Profileplasty (Sculpturing of the Face)
Sculpturing of the Face involves a careful anatomical study of facial bony contours. This is done by photographs in three positions front view, side profile and end on view i.e, the patient looks up and the nose is focussed. X-ray studies of the face, sometimes C.T. Scan and M.R.I are also helpful. The facial bones maintain a harmonised balance. If this balance is destroyed by abnormal protrusions or recessions in the facial skeletal framework then by craniofacial aesthetic surgery the skeletal corrections are undertaken to maintain the profile e.g augmenting nose and chin to maintain balance or bone grafts of check bone for a flattened face. Augmenting the forehead in case of flattened temples. The square jaw can be rounded for a better facial profile in women. A flattened nasal bridge can be corrected by rhinoplasty or nose surgery. A deformed jaw bone can be contoured. A twisted and crooked face can also be straightened by orthognathic surgery and orthodontics. This process of correction is known as profileplasty. Nose and chin profile help in proper contouring.