Quantitative analysis of aesthetic outcomes of morphofunctional septorhinoplasty for secondary cleft lip nasal deformity

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      The main aim of this study was to assess nasal symmetry after morphofunctional septorhinoplasty, more specifically, symmetry of the alar base and nostrils, and nasal projection, in patients with unilateral and bilateral cleft nasal deformities. Secondary cleft rhinoplasty was performed using morphofunctional septorhinoplasty techniques in 150 patients with unilateral and bilateral cleft lip and nose deformities. Nasal changes were analysed by measuring nasal tip projection, nostril height, nostril width, alar base width, and nasal gap area preoperatively and postoperatively on standard submentovertex view 2-dimensional photographs. In the unilateral cleft group there were statistically significant improvements (p<0.001) in ratios of nasal height and width (p=0.024) and nasal gap area, and in nasal tip projection and alar base width. In the bilateral cleft group there were statistically significant improvements in nasal gap area ratio (p=0.009), nasal tip projection, and alar base width. The morphofunctional septorhinoplasty technique improved aesthetic outcomes.


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