Nearly 20 years, ago I complained about my puffy cheeks, and my plastic surgeon removed what he said were my fat pads. Now, at age 54, I look hollow beneath my cheek bones. What can I do to get that volume back? Are there any facial implants for this problem?
Facial Implants to Restore Lost Volume After Removing Fat Pads?
Doctor Answers (2)
Malar& submalar implants will increase cheek volume
Cheek augmentation using Silastic cheek implants is an excellent alternative to build volume back in the cheeks. If the fat that was previously removed was located very low in the cheek area over the teeth, it is pretty hard to augment that area. Malar and submalar implants can be used in different sizes to further augment the hollowness in the cheeks. The implant is placed through the mouth above the teeth and the gingival focus and can always be removed if the desired result is not obtained.
Web reference: http://www.seattlefacial.com
Facial implants versus fat grafting.
Today, the use of facial fat injections is a popular technique for restoring facial volume loss. Implants, although popular in the past, are used less frequently. However, implants are available in a variety of shapes and sizes for different anatomic locales.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
You might also like...
Ask a Doctor
Get personalized answers from board-certified doctors. For free.