I understand it is a piece of tissue, like collagen. could it possibly be used in the chin to bring it out a bit or under the eyes for undereye hollows?
Can Alloderm Be Used in the Face?
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Acellular dermal matrices, such as alloderm, have been used successfully in the face for multiple applications,
including the ones you mentioned. I use FlexHD for breast reconstruction and Belladerm for facial cosmetic surgery and facial reconstruction. In particular, I have been most pleased by the results of combining a small segment of belladerm in the cheek in combination with a short scar facelift to rejuvenate the face and fill in the mid face area over the cheek bones. I have also used Belladerm in nasal reconstruction to smooth out any small defects on the dorsum of the nose.
Alloderm for under the eyes
I use quite a bit of AlloDerm for breast reconstruction and would not recommend using alloderm for under your eyes to assist with the "hollowing out" appearance. There are other options for that - please see a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss what is the best option for you.
Alloderm, Lip Augmentation
I've used Alloderm for over 15 years for Lip Augmentation and believe that it's the gold standard for Lip Augmentation. I would not use Alloderm under the eyes or in the chin for Chin Augmentation. Alloderm would be to thick for the thin lower eyelid skin and would not have the augmentation effect, in the chin, that a Chin Implant would offer.
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Alloderm use in face - eyelid
As an oculoplastic surgeon, I use alloderm in the lids for the correction of lid retraction. It works well in providing structural support but not really for volume addition to correct undereye hollows in the lower lids.
Alloderm not so good for volume
Alloderm is a very useful tool in the operating room, but it would not be my first choice for adding volume to re contour the face or any other area. It does provide an excellent framework where more structural integrity is needed, but very little in the way of volume. There are more reliable and less expensive ways to add volume, such as fat grafting.
Alloderm use in the face
Thanks for the question.
Although it is possible to use Alloderm for facial volumization procedures, a better and more predictable alternative would be fat transfer. Alloderm can tend to resorb over time and sometimes completely. Alternatively, facial fillers such as Radiesse and Juvederm are excellent non-permaent alternatives for your mentioned procedures.
Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Alloderm use in the face
Alloderm is very useful for facial work, whether as a volume replacement or augmenter such as in the lip or cheek, or for reconstruction such as after a large skin cancer or eyelid malpositions.
Alloderm is often used in the Face
Usually there are better options in the face than Alloderm
Alloderm can be used in nasal surgery to smooth the contour of the bridge or camouflage certain graft materials but most surgeons would prefer to use your own tissue for that purpose rather than a non-living acellular dermis product. I would agree that there are far better filler options for lip augmentation and that chin implants are superior to using alloderm in the chin. Resorption is always an issue which makes it impossible to predict the final result with alloderm.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
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