Does Injectable Fillers Approximate What Temporal Implants Would Look Like?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I do have a few questions.  The first are related to the temples:

a.) If Dr. Eppley were to use filler this time around, would that show me pretty much exactly what an implant would look like?

b.)  What is the price differential?

c.) If I went with the implants, would open me up to the possibility of visible scarring or bruising?  How about the filler?  (I’m thinking about the fact that I have to be back at work four days after surgery.

A: In answer to your temporal augmentation questions:

1) Fillers will have some under approximation of what an implant will do as they are not comparative volumes. A standard temporal implant, for example, is the equivalent of 2.7cc of filler per side. Most patients are not going to invest 5 syringes of filler to ‘see what it looks like’.

2) Temporal implants are gong to cause some swelling which will not be gone by four days after the surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana