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J Korean Assoc Maxillofac Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar;32(2):132-140. Korean. Original Article.
Kang HJ , Song IW , Kang YK , Kim JR .
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University, Korea.

PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to identify the usefulness of unilateral mandibular angle ostectomy, so-called "Lateral Angle Reduction", in asymmetric prognathism patients by the assessment of postoperative stability and esthetic results PATIENTS AND METHODS: For the retrospective study, 10 skeletal class III mandibular asymmetry patients who were performed SSRO and unilateral mandibular angle ostectomy, Lateral Angle Reduction, was selected. Lateral and posterioanterior cephalogram was taken before surgery (T0), 1day after surgery (T1) and 6month after surgery (T2). To know the esthetic results the facial width and lateral facial contour were examined on posterioanterior cephalogram and to know the postoperative stability B point and Incisor inferius was examined on lateral cephalogram. Statistical analysis was performed. RESULTS: From T0 to T1, Intergonial width was significantly decreased, dominantly at shortened side but no significant changes at lengthened side. Those were well-maintained during 6 months. Lateral facial angle and Ramus angle was significantly decreased on only shortened side from T0 to T1. As a result, after surgery, there were no significant differences in all measurements between shortened side and lengthened side. Ramus deviation angle in shortened side and ramus angle in lengthened side which reflect the angulation of ramus on frontal plane didn't show significant changes after surgery and during postsurgical periods. Lower dental midline showed no statistical changes during postsurgical period. The relapse rate on B-point was 11.92%. CONCLUSION: Unilateral "Lateral angle reduction" in the asymmetric mandible is valuable to obtain the narrow lower face and symmetric facial contour with a good stability.

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