To report autologous free fat grafting as an isolated procedure to manage facial contour asymmetry of a subset of growing patients with craniofacial microsomia (CFM).Methods
A retrospective analysis of CFM patients (n = 11) with low socioeconomic and intellectual status, poor oral hygiene, living far from our center, Pruzansky-Kaban I/II mandibles, without functional concerns, and with no craniofacial skeletal surgery who underwent isolated free fat grafting between 2012 and 2013 was conducted. Surgeon and parent/patient satisfaction were elicited. Computerized photogrammetric quantitative and qualitative facial symmetry analyses were performed.Results
All patients underwent isolated autologous free fat grafting to restore the facial contour symmetry. Surgeon and patient/parent were mostly satisfied. There were significant (all P < 0.05) postoperative quantitative facial symmetry enhancement and an overall qualitative facial symmetry enhancement.Conclusions
A significant improvement of facial symmetry was obtained in this subset of growing CFM patients using only isolated free fat grafting.