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Cleft lip repair innovator.
In 2000, Dr. Millard was nominated as one of 10 “Plastic Surgeons of the Millennium” by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In the April 2000 issue of Plastic Surgery News, Dr. Millard was described as ‘the most brilliant and creative plastic surgeon we have alive. His work and publications speak for themselves.’ He is considered to be one of the founders of modern reconstructive facial surgery. See also The paramedian forehead flap.
Millard was born in St. Lous, Missouri. He played football at Yale, where future president Gerald R. Ford was assistant varsity coach, studied medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1944, and interned in pediatric surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served stateside in WWII and in Korea* during the Korean War, where he became interested in local children with cleft lips.
The Millard cleft lip procedure.
The rotation-advancement procedure for cleft lip repair, also known as the Millard Repair, is designed to create a softer, more natural-looking lip. Surgery performed prior to the Millard procedure involved pulling both sides of the cleft lip together resulting in a tightly closed upper lip. The Millard Procedure rotates the tissue and creates a “Z” shaped scar instead. The “Z” shape gives the tissue more elasticity, resulting in greater flexibility and restoration of the Cupid’s bow
Movement of the flaps; flap A is moved between B and C. C is rotated slightly while B is pushed down. Note how the cupid’s bow is created. “
A full biography of Dr. Millard can be found here.
*Innovation in a MASH unit.
One of Millard’s students Anthony Wolfe says “Millard’s year in Korea is legendary. There was a lull in the fighting, and he developed an active reconstructive surgery service, caring for Korean soldiers from both sides of the conflict… He told the story of his conception of the rotation advancement procedure; he was looking at a picture of a patient with a cleft which he had placed up on an easel, and as he was dozing off, he said he had an Ah Ha moment where he visualized the procedure, and then marked on the picture the incision lines for the rotation-advancement repair. Another story, perhaps embellished, is that he found his first patient for the procedure in a rice field, and captured him with a lasso, having learned a number of rope tricks during his time in Houston.”