In this article, the authors present a practical surgical technique using the anatomical character of the inferior alveolar nerve to fully expose the mental nerve (MN) in narrowing genioplasty. During the procedure, a rectangular mandibular outer cortex adjacent to the mental foramen is removed before the osteotomy. The objective is to avoid the injury of the MN from the reciprocating saw or bur and offer abundant space for the surgical operation. The technique has a minimal learning curve and will be useful to plastic surgeons to minimize unintentional cutting or pulling injury to the MN in narrowing genioplasty.
From the Craniofacial Center One, Plastic Surgery Hospital, Peking Union Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
Received for publication July 16, 2015; accepted September 9, 2015.
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Jianfeng Liu, MD, The Craniofacial Center One, Plastic Surgery Hospital, Peking Union Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, No. 33 BaDaChu Road, ShiJingShan District, 100144 Beijing, People’s Republic of China, E-mail: email@example.com
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