Author(s): Grayson BH, Maull D
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Abstract The principle objective of presurgical nasoalveolar molding (NAM) is to reduce the severity of the initial cleft deformity. This enables the surgeon and the patient to enjoy the benefits associated with a repair of a cleft deformity that is of minimal severity. Retraction of the premaxilla, presurgical elongation of the columella, correction of the nasal cartilage deformity, alignment of the cleft alveolar segments, increase in the surface area of the nasal mucosal lining, up-righting of the columella, and achieving close approximation of the cleft lip segments at rest result from gentle application of forces through the NAM appliance. Preservation of these presurgical changes is achieved through the coordinated and modified surgical technique of the primary cleft repair.
This article was published in Clin Plast Surg
and referenced in Journal of Surgery