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Journal of Stomatology Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume 120, n° 2
pages 122-127 (avril 2019)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jormas.2019.01.012
Received : 28 December 2018 ;  accepted : 20 January 2019

Facial surgery for cosmetic purposes: Practice guidelines

L. Guyot a, , F. Saint-Pierre b, V. Bellot-Samson c, L. Chikhani d, R. Garmi e, P. Haen f, P. Jammet g, J.-P. Meningaud h, J. Savant i, J.-M. Thomassin j, G. Thiery k
a Maxillofacial surgery unit, North university hospital, 13015 Marseille, France 
b Private practice, 75016 Paris, France 
c Maxillofacial surgery Private practice, 13008 Marseille, France 
d Maxillofacial surgery, Private practice, 75016 Paris, France 
e Maxillofacial surgery unit, Caen university hospital, Caen, 14000 France 
f Maxillofacial surgery unit, armed forces health Laveran Hospital, 13013 Marseille, France 
g Maxillofacial surgery unit, Lapeyronie university hospital, 34000 Montpellier, France 
h Maxillofacial and plastic surgery unit, 94000 Creteil, France 
i Maxillofacial surgery Private practice, 84000 Avignon, France 
j ENT Private practice, 13006 Marseille, France 
k Maxillofacial surgery Private practice, 38043 Marseille, France 

Corresponding author.

Facial surgery for cosmetic purposes aims to improve the physical appearance and self-image of normal individuals.

The aim of the guidelines is to answer questions related to legislation, patient evaluation and motivations, relevance and risk assessment, patient information and patient follow-up.


Analysis and synthesis of the medical literature through research of bibliographic databases in French and English from 2000 to 2017. Research and use of guidelines from evaluation agencies and academic societies. Drafting of guidelines with indications on levels of evidence.


24 guidelines with levels of evidence B (scientific presumption), C (low level of evidence) or EO (expert opinion) were selected to answer the questions. Cosmetic facial surgery must be performed by certified, qualified professionals in authorized structures. It must follow certain specific rules as well as a charter and code of ethics so as to enforce the rules of practice.

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Keywords : Facial, Cosmetic, Aesthetic, Surgery, Guidelines

 Practice guidelines conducted by the French Society of Stomatology, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery (Société Française de Stomatologie, Chirurgie Maxillo-faciale et de Chirurgie Orale (SFSCMFCO).

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