Orthognathic surgery is surgical discipline to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure and growth disorders of the facial skeleton. Also malocclusion problems owing to skeletal disharmonies, or other Orthognathic problems. It is also used in treatment of congenital conditions like Cleft Palate. Bones can be cut and re-aligned, then held in with either screws or plates. Orthognathic surgery is also referred to as corrective jaw surgery
Orthognathic surgery is performed only by highly trained Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons and planning for the surgery usually involves input from a multidisciplinary team. Radiographs / CT scans and photographs are taken to help in the planning and advanced software is utilized to predict the shape of the patients face after surgery. Its relevance in Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery is clear to see, as is the importance of highly experienced Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons.