If I Get Cheekbone Reduction Surgery And Develop A Soft Tissue Sag What Is The Best Way To Treat It?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am planning to get cheekbone reduction surgery. I have done lots of research and understood and accepted the certain risk of skin sagging. My surgeon recommended me lifting the muscle while doing the cheekbone reduction surgery to precent from sagging. Can this help the sagging? Even if i sag would smas facelift help? Because you mentioned that it is hard to fix skin sagging from surgery with facelift. Thank you.

A:I do not know what ‘lifting the muscle’ means or how that would be done at the time of cheekbone reduction surgery. Once the muscles are lifted off the cheekbones to do the surgery there is no method to put them back.

The definitive treatment for significant cheek sagging is a SMAS based facelift or some form of a lower eyelid or temporal cheeklift.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana