Corrective jaw surgery is a procedure that can profoundly impact someone’s life and dramatically change their appearance. Because of the importance of the positive impact of the procedure, it is one of my favorite things to do. However, while corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is very popular in Asia, orthognathic surgery hasn’t caught on as much in this country because it is a very long, painful, and expensive process that involves orthodontics, surgery, recovery, and sometimes more orthodontics. As I say, “The run is well-worth the slide”, and nearly every patient is very happy he or she went through with the process.
Dr. Hatef’s Background with Orthognathic Surgery
My fascination with orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, began when I was a fourth year medical student. Now-famous New York plastic surgeon Ed Rodriguez was a chief resident; he presented a couple of his orthognathic surgery cases to us at Johns Hopkins, and I was floored by the results. Nothing changes someone’s appearance like corrective jaw surgery.
Your Consultation with Dr. Hatef
If you are interested in corrective jaw surgery, please come see me for a consultation. I will work with your orthodontist to coordinate timing and the dentofacial plan. The orthodontist is the most important doctor in this journey, and they will be involved in every step of the way. I like to do orthodontics first, before surgery (in Asia, this is becoming reversed, with surgery first, then orthodontics, although this is more surgeon-marketing-driven), so if you are not currently working with an orthodontist, we will refer you to one.