Child helps mom repair a cleft lip via Play-Doh surgery

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I always wondered what a Whipple procedure looked like.

Reading about plastic surgery years ago, I learned something kind of interesting. Done correctly, a lot of reconstructive plastic surgery looks like like a botched procedure immediately post op. Tissue moves and contracts as it heals, so that has to be compensated for. Cleft lip is a prime example.

If you fix the lip so that it it looks all lined up and normal, it will eventually heal with a notch. So you have to create a small bulge at the suture line. Getting that budge just right is what makes plastic surgery such a difficult skill to learn.

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