I am a 21-year-old male. I would like to know whether my case would require surgery or just weight loss. I am not huge, but I do have a couple of extra pounds. I have noticed that the fat in my cheeks is hanging, and almost looks like it's separate from my cheek bone and it creates a slight depression on both of my cheeks. I have made this image to show where the depressions are (picture is not me, just an example). If I lost weight would this go, or would it require surgery? Thank you.
Do Fat Cheeks Causing Depressions Need Surgery?
Doctor Answers (1)
MAnagement of cheek depressions, malar festoons, fallen cheeks
Without a picture and physical examination it is difficult to guess what the solution or natural history of your condition will portend with weight loss.
As a rough estimate, you may require a midface lift to restore fullness of the cheeks and resuspend the malar or cheek fat pad overlying the malar prominence.
Alternatively, you could undergo a camouflage procedure with fillers, fat injection or cheek implants. Occasionally arcus marginalis release with re-distribution of fat along the infraorbital rim may provide you with an improvement as well.
Web reference: http://www.bodysculptor.com/cheek.html
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.
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