Do Men Need Bigger Cheek Implants?

Q: Dr. Eppley, in seeking online consultations I have spoken to several plastic surgeons ti get their cheek implant choice opinions. Most have recommended a 3 to 4mm cheek implant for me. I understand that a small amount of augmentation goes a long way, but even so, 4mm and especially 3mm just seems a little too small, even though I don’t have much in the way of a deficiency. Do you often find a need for bigger cheek implants in men?

A: The reason that no greater than 4mm cheek implants were recommended to you is that 4mms is the thickest or largest in commercially available malar shell implants…the most popular cheek implant used today. While it is true that a few millimeters of augmentation go a long way in the face, you will likely find that inadequate for the cheek look you are after. I have designed custom cheek implants that are as much as 8 to 9mms thick for men seeking that male model look.

But cheek implants for most men can use several of the available styles and sizes that are commercially available. The male model look is a unique and often an extreme variant of what many men and women want for their cheek augmentation results.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana