Are There Any Side Effects From Temporal Reduction Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in having plastic surgery to remove the temporal muscle. I would like to know if there is pain, visible scars, hair loss in the postoperative period, or any side effects.

A:I am not yet certain which part of the temporal muscle to which you refer. But assuming it is the posterior portion above the ears that is a procedure from the sulcus in the back of the ears so there is not visible. Within a day after the surgeyr most people have minimal discomfort. There is no hair loss in the overlying temporal scalp nor is there any negative effects on jaw opening and closing.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon