Facial Animation Laboratory
Chihiro Tanikawa, DDS, PhD
A repaired cleft lip is characterized by the presence of scar tissue generally resulting in obvious deformities of the nasolabial region. Currently, surgeons determine whether a patient needs a nasal revision surgery based on subjective assessment of the patients' appearance and function which could result in bias. Development of a systematic method for evaluating and classifying the nasolabial form in patients with cleft lip and/or palate can greatly facilitate surgical treatment planning and outcome assessment. The study objectives are:
- To objectively categorize the morphology of different static 3D nasolabial forms.
- To evaluate 3D changes in nasolabial forms after revision surgery.
More about this research can be found in Objective Three-Dimensional Assessment of Lip Form in Patients With Repaired Cleft Lip.