Aesthetic plastic surgery [Aesthetic Plast Surg] 2011 Dec; Vol. 35 (6), pp. 1176-9. Date of Electronic Publication: 2011 Apr 13.
Adult, Aluminum Silicates, Clay, Female, Humans, Models, Anatomic, Fibrous Dysplasia of Bone surgery, Frontal Bone surgery, Orbit surgery, Prostheses and Implants, and Reconstructive Surgical Procedures methods
Skeletal deformity in the fronto-orbital region resulting from various problems can have significant aesthetic concerns. Restoring an aesthetically acceptable appearance relies most importantly on the restoration of a precise skeletal contour. Current surgical options for depression deformities or partial-thickness defects range from extensive corrective osteotomies to less complicated methods of onlay grafting with autogenous or alloplastic materials. Both methods have difficulties in providing a symmetric and smooth contour for predictable and reliable cosmetic results. Alloplastic implants provide another effective alternative and the success of the skeletal contouring correlates directly with the accuracy of the implant sculpture. Prefabricated methylmethacrylate implants, with the aid of modeling clay, computer imaging, and modern rapid-prototyping technologies, fits the depression deformity well and balances the skeletal contour. It provides plastic surgeons greater precision in customizing the implant, which ensures better predictability and reliability of cosmetic outcomes.