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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1984 May;73(5):758-67.

Midface position after LeFort III advancement.


Nineteen of 30 patients who had midface advancement procedures between 1972 and 1980 had sufficient cephalometric data to be included in this retrospective study. The position of the midface in relation to the cranium and mandible was evaluated immediately postoperatively and for a period of 2 to 11 years (mean 5.8 years). At 1 year, midface position after LeFort III advancement was stable in 12 of 19 patients. Of these 12 patients, 8 showed some evidence of downward and/or forward movement of the midface. The remaining 7 patients showed a minor degree of midface relapse in the first year of follow-up. In 15 of 19 patients, at 2 years or more postoperatively, the final position of the midface was either at, anterior to, or inferior to its immediate postoperative location. Correction of exorbitism remained stable in all but one patient, who required a second advancement of the orbital segment. Three patients required subsequent LeFort I osteotomy to correct class III occlusion. Prognathism was determined to be secondary to mandibular growth, not midface relapse.

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