Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m a healthy 32 yr old man who previously had a successful rhinoplasty one yr ago. One week ago I had Radiesse (1,5 ml x 2) injected in my cheeks and I loved the results immediately after. But since the inflammation has gone away, I lost that chiseled male model look I am going for. It still looks good but not as good and not that chiseled look anymore. I can’t afford to inject my cheeks with Radiesse every week so I need a permanent result. The problem with off the shelf cheek implants is that they only provide a 4 mm thickness and the post op pictures look too subtle for me. (because I want to be a model). I have low body fat and a narrow face with thin cheeks so I feel that I have the anatomical prerequisites to achieve that attractive look with the help of a skilled surgeon like yourself. What is your opinion on this? I have attached 2 photos from before and immediately after my Radiesse injections. I also attached photos of three male celebrities with the chiseled look that I am looking for.
A: Injectable filler treatments can be a good test to see the effects of cheek augmentation but are clearly not suitable for a sustained and repeated cheek augmentation approach over time. If an injectable filler treatment gave you very pleasing results then I am certain that a bone-based cheek implant can do the same if not better. Cheek implants do come in thicknesses greater than 4mms so I am not certain that a preformed standard cheek implant of the right style and size would not work for you. There is, of course, always the option to make custom cheek implants.
Dr. Barry Eppley