Can Cheek Implants Help Widen A Long Thin Face?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Can I benefit from cheek implants? I have a long thin face that has always bothered me. I don’t know what if anything can be done to add fullness or reduce length? I always look like I am scowling and as I age…it gets worse. The first picture attached us awful I know but it at least gives you an idea of my situation. The second pic is simply one I have played with to widen my features and wish were possible. Thanks for your time.

A: There are improvements that can be made to a long thin face in terms of both length and width. Facial height reduction options are more limited than those of width and are often relegated to the considerations of vertical chin reduction, upper lip lift (shortening) and in some cases rhinoplasty. Numerous facial width increase options include jawline and jaw angle widening, cheek implants and fat injections between these two skeletal area. (the trampoline facial zone) Which one(s) of these might be most beneficial to your face depends on a computer imaging analysis. Unfortunately your one picture is not adequate to much of anything with due to the poor picture quality. If you could send me a front, quarter and profile views of your face (non-smiling) I would be happy to do that assessment for you. Based on this one picture it does seem that cheek implants may be helpful for more facial width and that could be combined with fat injections for a more blended transition from the implants into the thinner and non-bony supported areas outside of the cheek zone.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana