Occlusion-Fit V-Line Guide and Gooseneck Saw for Safe and Accurate Mandibuloplasty in Asians
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A slender or slim face with narrow facial features is considered esthetically appealing in Asian people. Plastic surgery to obtain an oval face, called a ‘V-line,’ is popular among young people.
Materials and Methods
A total of 20 Korean patients were included in this study. The patients underwent mandibular anguloplasty with three-dimensional computer-aided design and manufacturing surgical guides that were accurately fitted to the upper and lower teeth, allowing for precise replication of a virtual surgery during a real surgical procedure.
There were no significant complications, including severe bleeding, facial nerve injury, or airway obstruction. All patients were satisfied with the esthetic and functional results, except for one who was neutral toward the result. The mean satisfaction score was 4.75, which was between ‘satisfied’ and ‘very satisfied.’
The V-line guide and gooseneck saw allowed for safe and fast resection of bone in the mandibular angle area. This technique provides consistent results during surgery as well as minimizing surgical complications.
Level of Evidence IV
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KeywordsThree-dimensional imaging Computer-aided design and manufacturing Computer simulation Mandibular osteotomy
The authors would like to acknowledge Young-Gil Lee for help in the digital design of the guide and operation of the 3D printer.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. The authors got informed consent from the patients for publishing patients’ photographs with masking the eyes.
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