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Basic Concepts in Jaw Angle Implant Surgery – III. Surgical Technique

The surgical placement approach for jaw angle implants is intraoral through posterior vestibular incisions. While there are some indications, and sometimes patient requests for an external transcutaneous incisional placement method, this is the rare exception to the intraoral method even if it is a safe and effective technique. Jaw angle implants are done under general Read More…

Basic Concepts in Jaw Angle Implant Surgery – II. Implant Selection

The current commercial types of jaw angle implants available are of two types, lateral widening and vertical lengthening.  In reality each type also have a bit of the other dimension as well. A widening jaw angle implant can provide a very modest lengthening effect and the vertical lengthening style always provides some width increase as Read More…

Basic Concepts in Jaw Angle Implant Surgery – 1. Introduction and Aesthetic Considerations

Facial reshaping with alloplastic implants is a dynamic and growing area of facial plastic surgery.  Driven by the recent increasing demand for injectable synthetic fillers and fat, facial implants offer a long-term solution for facial contouring that includes rejuvenation, congenital or traumatic deformities, or aesthetic facial reshaping for enhanced facial convexity or refinement. However, the Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Custom Temporal Implants for a Head Widening Effect to Complement Prior Midface and Lower Facial Augmentations

Background: The face is well known to be divided into aesthetic thirds. This aesthetic concept is important in both frontal and side views but with different dimensional effects. A lesser appreciated proportional measurement is that of facial fifths in the frontal view which relates to various transverse and vertical relationships.  From this perspective the outer Read More…

Current Concepts in Chin Ptosis Correction

Sagging soft tissues of the chin, also known as a witch’s chin deformity or chin ptosis, is the result of a loss of attachments. One cause is that of aging, particularly in the person who wears dentures, where the jawbone has resorbed down to the point of loss of the upper mentalis muscle attachments. In Read More…

Current Techniques in Forehead Reduction

The shape of the forehead is affected by various hard and soft tissue components. The forehead is framed by the hairline superiorly, the brows inferiorly and the bony temporal lines to the sides. The projection of the forehead is controlled by the thickness of the frontal bone and its degree of convexity and smoothness. The Read More…

Current Concepts in Horizontal and Vertical Chin Reduction

Chin reduction, while less commonly performed than chin augmentation, is also an important form of chin reshaping surgery that can improve one’s profile. It involves changing the size and possibly the shape of the chin in order to make it appear smaller. It is far more commonly performed in females than in men. It is Read More…

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