Three-dimensional surgical management of a patient with Pruzansky I hemifacial microsomia and severe facial asymmetry: A 4-year follow-up

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      • Hemifacial microsomia can be successfully treated with an orthodontic-surgical approach.
      • Unilateral sagittal split osteotomy can correct severe asymmetries with good stability.
      • Three-dimensional surgical planning facilitates and improves surgical results.
      • Anatomic features should dictate distalization modality in personalized treatment.
      Treatment of hemifacial microsomia is challenging and often requires multiple interventions to restore function and facial esthetics. In this article, the combined orthodontic-surgical treatment of a young patient exhibiting Pruzansky I hemifacial microsomia is reported. The patient was aged 15 years, but his bone age was determined to be 18 years. His facial asymmetry was severe, with the nose and a retrusive chin deviated to the left side and a canted smile. The presurgical phase was aimed at centering the mandibular midline to the center of the chin through the distal movement of the mandibular left buccal dentition. The surgery was planned with 3-dimensional computer-aided surgical simulation and included a LeFort I and unilateral sagittal split osteotomies combined with a genioplasty. This report illustrates the therapeutic stages and a 4-year follow-up of a unique and complex orthognathic surgical approach, chosen among other alternatives and leading to improved function and appearance and stable results.
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