What is orthognathic surgery?

Written by: Dr. Marco Antonio Sicilia Gutiérrez
Published: | Updated: 17/05/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

This type of Maxillofacial Surgery is defined as responsible for the correction of facial deformities.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia after careful planning in the laboratory and in coordination with the orthodontist. Hospitalization time usually varies from 24 to 48 hours, indicating a variable recovery of between 7 and 10 days.

Orthognathic surgery treats those cases where there are problems facial harmony, either functional or aesthetic reasons.

Orthognathic surgery: before and after

Deformities in the face due to excess or lack of bone growth that forms (cheekbones, nose, jaw, chin, etc.), causing disharmony in the face, not only on aesthetics but also in functional. This alteration takes place during the growth phase and reaches its stability in adulthood.

Of all people affected by this disorder, 30% are candidates for orthognathic surgery, discarding extreme cases, but can also be performed in patients with mild malformations, achieving optimal results.

This surgery offers results both aesthetically and functionally, especially in malformations affecting the jawbone or jaw, producing problems lace or occlusion. In this case, it is also recommended complete orthodontic orthognathic surgery.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Marco Antonio Sicilia Gutiérrez
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Gutiérrez has a degree in Medicine and Surgery, specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Doctor cum laude from the University of Granada and Fellow on European Board in Oro-Maxillo-Facial Surgery (London, 2016), completing his training in Barcelona, Madrid and abroad. Honorary Member of the Spanish Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery and the Andalusian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. It is also the most experienced surgeon at the regional level in the treatment of maxillofacial deformities (orthognathic surgery) and, with his team, has developed numerous surgical techniques in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is also a member-founder of the Unit of Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology of Vithas Hospital "Virgen del Mar" in Almeria, Unit is a reference center at local and regional level in medical-surgical treatment of all alterations that affect integral to the face and mouth (aesthetic, traumatic, tumor, etc.). The main objective of the Unit is to cover very specialized manner all areas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (from cosmetic surgery of the facial skeleton to replacing missing teeth with osseointegrated implants) and provide, together with a located medical team forefront of the specialty, treatment of long experience and expertise in facilities and with latest equipment.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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