Do I Need Both Cheek And Orbital Implants?

Q: D. Eppley, I am a 30 year old and have had prominent eyes that are congenital but not hereditary. I have no medical problems and the thyroid readings are normal. My eyesight is very good. I have a negative vector and shallow orbits . Will I need both cheek and orbital implants? Could you please give me an idea of the nature of the implants before I come down to your clinic. Thanks

A: When one has pseudoproptosis (eyes that appear to bulge out but actually are normal in position but the bone around them is deficient), the consideration of orbital rim augmentation with implants is a reasonable one. Whether the orbital rim or the rim and the cheek needs to be built up is a matter of one’s anatomy. In most cases, significant orbital; rim hypoplasia is accompanied with an underdeveloped cheek as well. This is where the use of a combined orbito-malar implant can be most beneficial.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana