Although ptosis of the tip of the chin is common and can be seen in persons of any age, it is frequently seen in older patients seeking facial rejuvenation. A variety of techniques have been described to correct ptosis of the chin. The authors describe a minimally invasive method that can be used correct chin ptosis. This technique uses a small intraoral incision to place a U-shaped Prolene suture that gathers the soft tissue of the chin and elevates it above the lower border of the mandibular symphysis. A retrospective review of 314 cases performed in conjunction with face lifts between January of 1994 and January of 2000 was performed to evaluate this technique. There were no significant complications, and long-term results have been very satisfactory and lasting.
From the Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and The Center for Advanced Surgical Aesthetics.
Received for publication September 25, 2002;
revised May 8, 2003.
Jorge I. de la Torre, M.D.
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Birmingham, Ala. 35294-3411
Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Orlando, Florida, November 3 through 7, 2001.