After reading this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Evaluate and plan appropriate surgical correction of chin deformities. 2. Understand the different surgical techniques of genioplasty. 3. Reduce the potential complications and mange them successfully when they occur.
The lower third of the face plays an important role in facial appearance and harmony. Chin disharmonies can offset the balance between the lower third with the rest of the face and can have a negative impact on facial attractiveness. This article reviews and discusses the factors to consider when assessing a patient for genioplasty, the surgical options available to treat chin deformities and restore congruity to the lower face, and potential complications and ways to minimize them.
The Maintenance of Certification module series is designed to help the clinician structure his or her study in specific areas appropriate to his or her clinical practice. This article is prepared to accompany practice-based assessment of preoperative assessment, anesthesia, surgical treatment plan, perioperative management, and outcomes. In this format, the clinician is invited to compare his or her methods of patient assessment and treatment, outcomes, and complications with authoritative, information-based references.
This information base is then used for self-assessment and benchmarking in parts II and IV of the Maintenance of Certification process of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This article is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on the subject. Rather, it is designed to serve as a reference point for further in-depth study by review of the reference articles presented.
From the Department of Plastic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University.
Received for publication November 7, 2006; accepted February 12, 2007.
Disclosure:The author has no financial interest or commercial affiliation with any product, device, or drug mentioned in this article.
The test for the MOC-PS–aligned CME article “Genioplasty” by Guyuron is available at http://www1.plasticsurgery.org/ebusiness4/OnlineCourse/CourseInfo.aspx?Id_14918.
Bahman Guyuron, M.D., 29017 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124, firstname.lastname@example.org