For many people, a prominent, asymmetric, bumpy or undesirable nasal shape leads to a desire for improvement. One of the most common, yet most difficult, of all cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) is used to improve the appearance and/or the function of the nose. Dr. Weeter has always had a special interest in all types of nasal surgery, both cosmetic and reconstructive. This includes treating patients whose nasal deformities may be due to inherited characteristics. Equally important to him are those whose deformities or airway obstructions follow nasal injuries or not entirely successful previous nasal surgeries. Some rhinoplasty surgeries are purely cosmetic surgery, which is not a covered health insurance benefit. When there are functional problems of nasal or septal airway obstruction, approval can be requested of the patient's insurance plan for benefits. Some patients have a blend of both reconstructive and cosmetic, i.e. partial insurance coverage plus partial self-pay (cosmetic). Septoplasty is the surgical correction of a deviated septum causing airway obstruction, which is usually post-traumatic; and, therefore, usually insurance covered.
A "cleft lip" is the medical term for a congenital (birth defect) separation that can occur in the lip and extends into the nose and the anterior palate (roof of the mouth). The cleft may be as minor as a notch in the upper lip or as extensive as a wide fissure extending through the lip and gum into the nose. Patients with a cleft lip usually have a cleft lip nasal deformity, as well. A cleft lip rhinoseptoplasty is the surgery to correct this congenital nasal deformity with the goal to correct the asymmetrical nasal landmarks and correct nasal airway obstruction. This surgery is typically covered by health insurance. It is not infrequent for these patients to benefit from more than one surgical procedure. Dr. Weeter has more than 30 years experience in treating patients with cleft lip and palate and their associated cleft lip nasal deformity. He treats patients of all ages beginning with newborns and continuing to care for them into adult life. He has also taught surgeons in South America as part of his medical missions for medical education and patient care.
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