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Reconstruction of microform cleft lip.

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Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Selcuk University Medical Faculty, Konya, Turkey.


Partial cleft of the orbicularis oris muscle without skin and mucosa can also be called "discontinuity of the orbicularis oris muscle" or "subepithelial cleft". Microform cleft lip or mini-cleft lip are better definitions. We present two women aged 25 and 29 years old who complained of vermilion notching, vertical depression on the upper lip, and asymmetry of lower lateral cartilage of the nose. The "discontinuity of the muscle" was found at operation in both cases and reconstructed successfully.

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