Maxillofacial Surgery at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.

Performed at our Atlanta, GA location.

The term “maxillofacial” refers to the two-thirds of the face below the eyes. Thus maxillofacial surgery is a type of specialty reconstructive surgery used to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, defects, and/or injuries of the face, head, neck, and jaws. The most common types of surgeries include repair of facial defects from birth such as a cleft lip and abnormalities of the jaw, but maxillofacial surgery can also be the solution to correcting uneven problems of the face and other rare abnormalities.

Candidates for maxillofacial surgery include all ages of people – from infancy to the elderly – who have been affected by birth defects, injuries of the face, uneven jaws or receding chins.

Because each defect/abnormality is unique, there are different kinds of reconstructive surgeries to correct these various conditions.

  • Facial deformities
  • Facial deformities in children
  • Facial cranial deformities (cleft lip / palate)
  • Genioplasty (chin surgery)
  • Malocclusion (misalignment of teeth)
  • Cleft nasal reconstruction / nasal deformities
  • Lip revision
  • Madibular Reconstruction

View maxillofacial surgery photos and learn more about this procedure such as costs, risks, advanced techniques and frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Maxillofacial Surgery

What does the term “maxillofacial” mean?
Literally, the prefix “maxillo-” refers specifically to the maxillae, bones that make up the upper palate (roof of the mouth) and the upper jaw, while “facial” obviously refers to the structures of the face.  Technically then, maxillofacial surgery includes all cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures that target the areas of the face below the cheekbones and above the jaw line.  However, in practice, it encompasses the entire bottom two-thirds of the face, including portions of the neck.

Who is a candidate for Maxillofacial Surgery?
Because the term “maxillofacial surgery” includes such a wide range of procedures, ranging from chin and jaw reconstruction to cleft palate repair, potential candidates can include men and women of all ages, from infants to the elderly.  There are many different variables involved and so every procedure needs to be carefully customized to the individual patient.

Is Maxillofacial Surgery covered by insurance?
Forms of maxillofacial surgery that are deemed medically necessary, or that address specific functional problems that have arisen as a result of structural malformation, may be covered by most forms of insurance. However, it is important to note that the details of individual insurance plans can vary significantly and are constantly changing, so you should definitely check with your provider to determine the specific requirements of your individual plan.  Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. also offers a number of different financing and insurance options, so it is important to discuss the specifics of your plan with your surgeon during your initial consultation.

The following doctors perform Maxillofacial surgery at Atlanta Plastic Surgery. Click on a doctor to learn more about their practice and to view Before & After maxilliofacial surgery photographs.

Joseph Kerwin Williams, M.D.
Michael Mirzabeigi, M.D.