How Can I Make My Cheeks Look Less Fat And My Nose More Refined?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in cheek augmentation and an African-American rhinoplasty. I have fat cheeks and I want them smaller. I also want a more refined and less fat nose. I have attached a picture of me so you can see what needs to be done.

A: Thank you for sending your picture. This one view is not the best picture to judge the result but it is helpful. I believe you are looking for a buccal lipectomy to reduce the fullness under your relatively flat cheek bones. Or you could leave the buccal fat alone and augment the cheekbones which I think is a better alternative. (maybe just a little buccal fat removal. Your nose shows many of the typical ethnic features and that could be improved by an open rhinoplasty in which the nasal bridge is built up with an implant, the tip lengthened and narrowed and the nostril flaring/width reduced. I have just imaged the buccal lipectomy and the rhinoplasty.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana