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Axhausen has written this book on the repair of cleft lips as a sequel to his cleft palate publication (Gaumenplastik) of 1936. The work begins with a brief discussion of various methods he has used, including those of Hagedorn, Lindemann, Blair and Brown, and Veau and Plessier, and then proceeds with the description of his own method used in total single clefts. He prefers to close the clefts around the age of 8 to 12 weeks. A small septal flap and one from the lateral wall of the nasal cavity are sutured together to form the floor of the nose. Incisions are then made in each buccal fornix with undermining of the alae and cheeks, and a lateral cut is made just beneath the ala out toward the cheek on the cleft side. The lip and nostril are then rotated into place and held with a catgut retention suture, which
Technik und Ergebnisse der Lippenplastik. JAMA. 1941;117(14):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820400078036
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