Can The Buccinator Myectomy Be Done Higher Up On The Cheek?

Q: Dr. Eppley, can your buccinator myectomy procedure, the one where you excise muscle to create a more concave effect, incorporate the same principles into the upper parts of the cheek to create a more concave appearance in those higher cheek areas? 

A:That is a good question but that can’t be done higher because of the location of the exit of the parotid duct (Stenson’s duct) at the inner cheek level. You can easily feel where that duct is located opposite the first maxillary molar) with your tongue. (that is the small bump that you feel)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana