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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 283–289 | Cite as

Refinement in aesthetic contouring of the prominent mandibular angle

  • Se-Min Baek
  • Rong-Min Baek
  • Myoung-Soo Shin
Article

Abstract

Oriental women, in general, greatly desire a more delicate and feminine facial shape. This can be obtained by contouring the prominent mandibular aangles that give a strong, masculine image. Western authors regarded masseteric muscular hypertrophy the main cause of a square facial appearance, so they usually corrected it by partially excising the masseter muscle. In the authors' view, a square facial appearance in the Oriental is not due to masseteric hypertrophy but to a posterior projection and lateral flaring of the mandibular aangle. However, it is sometimes difficult to make the square face narrow and ovoid by using only the conventional curved-aangle osteotomy. We divided patients, whose chief complaint was a square facial appearance, into three groups after clinical, photographic, and radiographic evaluation. We applied different contouring methods to each of the three groups and obtained cosmetically improved facial appearance in both lateral and frontal views.

Key words

Prominent mandibular aangle Curved osteotomy Tangential osteotomy 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Se-Min Baek
    • 1
  • Rong-Min Baek
    • 1
  • Myoung-Soo Shin
    • 1
  1. 1.SeoulKorea

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