Correction of Upturned Nasal Tip With a Costal Cartilage Graft in Bilateral Cleft Lip Patients

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We used a piece of costal cartilage as a cartilaginous strut to correct the upturned nasal tip in patients with bilateral cleft lip. The grafted cartilage provides more definition of the tip and improves the obtuse nasolabial angle. Neither the septal cartilage nor the ear cartilage has enough strength to shape the tip. This method of correction has consistently produced favorable, long-lasting results in adults and has improved the contour of the nasal tip in younger patients.

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