No liposuction was done; 8 pounds of skin and fat were removed.⁠

After extreme amounts of weight loss (50, 100, even 200+ pounds), the skin becomes stretched out. Unfortunately, no amount of exercise will make that skin bounce back into place.⁠ ⁠ Some people have so much laxity in the side-to-side direction, that the usual horizontal incision is unable to improve that in a satisfying way.⁠ ⁠ Here, adding the vertical incision … Read More

Care is taken to precisely line up transitions between different areas of the lip, including the border between the skin and mucosa, and even the wet and dry mucosa.

Care is taken to precisely line up transitions between different areas of the lip, including the border between the skin and mucosa, and even the wet and dry mucosa. Some balancing is also done to add more height to the skin and mucosa on the right side of the cleft since this is always shorter than the noncleft side. For … Read More

Three months after cleft lip repair, this cleft cutie has stolen our hearts.

Three months after cleft lip repair, this cleft cutie has stolen our hearts. Of all patients we care for, our cleft lip and palate patients are the dearest. Look for an updated cleft care guide from us later this year! For more, visit our Cleft Lip Repair page or call us at (214) 241-1997. 💻 lawplasticsurgery.com 👨‍⚕️ Dr. Huay-Zong Law⁠ … Read More

Some of our favorite visits are with our patients with clefts as they continue to grow into children, teenagers, and then adults!

Some of our favorite visits are with our patients with clefts as they continue to grow into children, teenagers, and then adults! While some patients disappear for years at a time, follow-ups every 1-2 years are a good time for a few things: – Evaluating for and reassuring about expected, common issues (like a small nasolabial fistula until bone grafting), … Read More

Even wider clefts are able to be repaired in a single stage with our technique.

Even wider clefts are able to be repaired in a single stage with our technique. The skin markings are a hybrid of techniques based on Millard / Noordhoff / Chang Gung / Fisher principles. Adequate muscle release and reorientation is crucial for that Goldilocks-level of lip rotation and balance. Scarring can be thicker and darker — especially in our darker-skinned … Read More

Why does a bilateral cleft lip happen?

Why does a bilateral cleft lip happen? Most clefts are due to random chance in the first couple months after conception. Normally there is nothing that the parents or families could have done any differently to prevent it. (Some things like smoking, alcohol, or other drugs, can slightly increase the odds.) The premaxilla is the central part of the upper … Read More

Muscle-based approach to cleft lip repair

For more, visit our Cleft Lip Repair page or call us at (214) 241-1997. 💻 lawplasticsurgery.com 👨‍⚕️ Dr. Huay-Zong Law⁠ ☎️ (214) 241-1997⁠ 📍 Dallas, TX ⁠ 📍 Plano, TX 🏥 Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon⁠ 🎓 Craniofacial Fellowship Trained⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠

This sweet girl is one month after her cleft lip repair

For more, visit our Cleft Lip Repair page or call us at (214) 241-1997. 💻 lawplasticsurgery.com 👨‍⚕️ Dr. Huay-Zong Law⁠ ☎️ (214) 241-1997⁠ 📍 Dallas, TX ⁠ 📍 Plano, TX 🏥 Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon⁠ 🎓 Craniofacial Fellowship Trained⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠