Background Midline facial clefts are rare deformities with a wide range of clinical findings from a simple midline vermillion notch to major skeletal malformations, including orbital hypertelorism. The bifid nose is a relatively uncommon malformation that is frequently associated with hypertelorbitism and midline clefts of the lip. The presentation of a bifid nose ranges from a minimally noticeable midline nasal tip central groove to a complete clefting of the osteocartilaginous framework, resulting in 2 complete half noses. We describe our experience with 2 patients with midface clefts who presented with bifid noses and a variety of other congenital abnormalities. The anatomy, extensive treatment, and complications of the bifid nose are discussed.
Design Retrospective case review and literature review.
Results Successful creation of an aesthetic nasal contour and normal nasal function was achieved without complication via extensive skin, bony, and cartilaginous resection.
Conclusions The bifid nose challenges the rhinoplasty surgeon. A successful outcome is dependent on a thorough understanding of the bifid nasal anatomy, proper patient evaluation, careful preoperative planning, and meticulous surgical technique.