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August 1960

Alloplastic Materials in the Creation of Facial Contour: A Preliminary Report on Acrylic Chin Implants

Author Affiliations

New York
Chief, Otolaryngology Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, Brooklyn. Assistant Clin. Professor in Surgery (Head and Neck Division), Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;72(2):212-218. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.00740010217012

Cosmetic surgery not only demands surgical skill but also taxes the surgeon's ingenuity and judgment in the final attainment of satisfactory results. The ultimate results, of course, will vary between operators, and variations must of necessity exist which will depend on the patient's over-all facial configuration. It is imperative not to follow any definite pattern or patterns; freedom in desire and judgment must be present. Two separate operators may view a profile in complete opposite cosmetic aspects.

We described the importance of the relationship which was termed the nose-chin profile in a previous publication where we advocated the use of preserved costal cartilage for the correction of the receding chin.1 Emphasis was placed on the necessity of altering the chin in direct proportion to the nasal correction. Oftentimes it is of greater importance to correct the chin deformity than to correct the nasal problem.1-4 Patients are seldom aware