J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg.  1999 Jul;26(4):575-581.

W-Shaped Triple V-Y Advancement Flaps for the Correction of Secondary Cleft Lip Nasal Deformity


A secondary cleft lip nasal deformity can be corrected by many procedures including central lip tissue transfer, forked flap, nasal floor and alar base advancement, nasal skin flaps and composite graft. These procedures have been applied for many years, but each one has some conspicuous residual problems. We propose triple V-Y advancement flaps, which we have performed on 13 secondary cleft lip and nasal deformity patients over the past 6 years. The W-shaped triple reverse V-shaped incision easily exposed the alar cartilages. We made the advancement and rotation of the nasal skin flap to lengthen the columella and project the nasal tip. Postoperatively, the columella length and nasolabial angle were found to be increased by an average of 3.7 mm and 42 degrees, respectively. In lateral view, a relatively natural nasal line was achieved. The scar in the nasal tip posed few problems. This procedure should be useful for the correction of the secondary cleft lip nasal deformity.

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