If the cause of your apneas (blocking of the airway) is from a collapse from the back of your tongue when you sleep, an additional procedure called a Genioglossal Advancement Procedure may be performed. Often these procedures are performed at the same time with a palatal reconstruction procedure.
The purpose of this procedure is to suspend the tongue by pulling or “slinging” the muscles that support the tongue forward.
The operation begins with a small incision in the lower lip (not visible). The front of the jawbone is then exposed. Next, a small segment of the jawbone with its attached tongue muscles is advanced forward less than an inch. This pulls the back of the tongue forward and opens the airway in the back of the throat.
Since a small bone segment is moved, this procedure does not change the appearance of the face.