“Stamp Perforation” Technique for Correction of Prominent Mandibular Angle: 10 Years of Experience in Mandibular Reshaping in Asians
Resection of a prominent mandibular angle is commonly used in Eastern society to improve the lower one third facial proportion. Historically, this procedure had a high complication rate, such as severe bleeding, asymmetry of the angle reduction, and “second mandibular angle.” A safer and more effective way of performing such procedures is needed. The aim of this study is to introduce 3 instruments, a tunable guide handpiece, milling cutter, and flywheel, which were invented by the author, as well as a related ostectomy technique for correcting prominent mandibular angles using a modified full-thickness marginal ostectomy of the mandibular corpus angle, named the “stamp perforation” technique. This technique has 4 highlights: First, it ensures a smooth symmetric contour. Second, it prevents the risks of rupture of the inferior alveolar vessel and facial artery, ensuring the safety of this approach. Third, the “stamp perforation” technique eases the removal of bone fragments, shortening the operation time. Fourth, the recovery time of patients treated with this approach is much shorter than with the traditional approaches. From January 2006 to January 2016, 1106 patients underwent the surgery to contour the prominent mandible angles, and satisfactory results were achieved. Thus, we recommend the instruments as well as the “stamp perforation” technique for correcting prominent mandibular angles, and we hope that our 10 years of experience could provide a reference for other plastic surgeons.