How Can I Fix My Face After Cheek Implant Removals?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to fix the natural look of my face. I removed cheek implants ten years ago and my face and smile have never been the same. I am assuming that there was residual scar tissue build up that remained and made my cheeks puffy.

A: Your altered facial appearance has little to do with scar tissue. When you take out cheek implants the support is lost for the tissues that were initially elevated to place them. Thus the cheek tissues drop down to a lower position than existed before. There is no assured way to lift those cheek tissues back up, short of providing some implant support to do so.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana