Hair Transplantation For Cleft Lip Scarring
According to the CDC, “each year in the United States, about 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip with or a cleft palate.” The cleft lip is a congenital disorder that results in a physical split or gap in the upper lip. Since the cleft lip can cause a variety of health problems, kids are usually treated early on with surgery. The cleft lip surgery can successfully restore the continuity of the lips and their function, but typically leaves unpleasant scars where the patient cannot regrow hair.
Recently, I had the pleasure of helping a patient restore hair on his upper lip where he stopped growing hair due to scarring from a cleft lip surgery. In this case we were able to successfully restore hair to the scarred area using hair grafts from his chin as the donor area. This patient has undergone multiple scar revision procedure hoping he can eliminate the visibility of the scar with no luck. Here is a video showing the procedure:
Although there are several methods to revise and minimize the appearance of the scar, the results of these procedures almost never camouflage the scar completely. Hair transplant into the upper lip is a successful method to restore hair to the upper lip scar. We use facial hair to restore scalp baldness. The same hair follicles could be used to repair any hair loss or scar in the hair bearing area of face. If it is done using facial hair the results could completely eliminate the visibility of the cleft lip scars. It should also be noted that some patients may need more than one procedure for optimal results.
If you or a loved one is considering hair transplantation as an option to hide the scarring from a cleft lip surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation.