Introduction: Cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) is the most common congenital craniofacial malformation. The severity of the anatomic deformity is highly variable and different techniques can be employed depending on whether the defect is unilateral or bilateral, complete or incomplete. Patients usually undergo multiple steps of reconstruction throughout childhood and adolescence and, for this reason, secondary deformities of the nasolabial region of the midface may ensue. Considering our experience in the treatment of scars, we opted to correct the cleft lip surgery sequelae not only with local flaps/scar revisions, but we decided to add the use of the autologous fat grafting (AFG) to induce a regenerative effect in these young patients. Materials and methods: In this study we present the results obtained from a series of 12 consecutive Caucasian patients aged from 23 to 44 years with widened paramedian lip scars secondary to cleft lip reconstruction surgery, treated with a combination of needle-induced lysis of the scar tissue and AFG from January 2013 to December 2018. Results: After the procedure we observed an overall improvement in the quality of the scar tissue, in the function of mimic features, in the symmetry and cosmetics of the lower third of the nose. Patients' satisfaction was excellent. Results were long lasting and remained virtually unchanged after 1 year of follow-up. Conclusions: Scar release by needle, AFG and local flaps are excellent tools for the treatment of cleft lip correction sequelae, but the combination of these surgical techniques can lead to even better results. Level of evidence: Level V.
Secondary Treatment of Cleft Lip Correction Sequelae With Percutaneous Needleotomy, Autologous Fat Grafting, and Local Flaps : An Integrated Approach / M. Klinger, F. Klinger, A. Battistini, A. Lisa, L. Maione, F. Caviggioli, V. Vinci. - In: THE JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY. - ISSN 1049-2275. - (2020 Nov 06). [Epub ahead of print]
|Titolo:||Secondary Treatment of Cleft Lip Correction Sequelae With Percutaneous Needleotomy, Autologous Fat Grafting, and Local Flaps : An Integrated Approach|
BATTISTINI, ANDREA (Corresponding)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/19 - Chirurgia Plastica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||6-nov-2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/SCS.0000000000007028|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|