Can Temporal Reduction And A Lower Facelift Be Performed At The Same Time?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am contemplating this temporal reductio b surgery. My skull is already wide and in addition those muscles are very prominent on me. My hairline is also thinning on the sides which has been exposing them even more Into my mid 40s. I was also wondering about a jowl lift and how much that will benefit me in the long run if I got one this early in life. My mother’s are very pronounced and mine are getting there but, I’m only 43. I thought I should at least ask if I end up going for the temporal reduction anyway. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for me? Thanks
A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. I believe you are referring to the temporal reduction surgery in which the posterior temporal muscle is removed which appreciably narrows the side of the head. It is actually a very uncommon requested procedure for females because of hair coverage on the side of the head but how the operation is performed and the merits of doing so remain the same.
What you are referring to for the early onset of jowling is a jowl-tuckup type of lower facelift…what I call a Level 1 Facelift. (some call it a ‘mini’ facelift etc) You are at the right age for this type of limited lower facelift in which patients want to get early correction to keep the jawline and neck clean and smooth.
Temporal reduction and any form of lower facelift surgery can be combined if the patient so desires.
Dr. Barry Eppley