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October 1990

Augmentation Mentoplasty Using Mersilene Mesh

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From the McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic PA, Birmingham, Ala.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116(10):1154-1158. doi:10.1001/archotol.1990.01870100048010

• Many different materials are available for augmentation mentoplasty. However, the optimal implant material for chin implantation has yet to be found. During the past several years, a number of experienced surgeons have turned to the use of Mersilene mesh. Mersilene mesh is a nonabsorbable Dacron polyester fiber that can be conformed easily into layers to achieve tailored dimensions and shape. At the McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic PA, Birmingham, Ala, 277 patients over a 10-year period underwent chin augmentation with Mersilene mesh implants. The material provides excellent tensile strength, durability, and surgical adaptability. The overall complication rate was 3.2% (nine patients); infection rate, 2.5% (seven patients); and removal secondary to infection, 1.7% (five patients). Based on this 10-year experience, Mersilene mesh remains our material of choice for chin augmentation.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116:1154-1158)

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