How Can My Cheeks Be Sculpted To Look Young Again?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I want to look younger and more attractive. I used to get comments that I looked so much like Angelina Jolie. I don't get those compliments anymore. One of the attached photos is me when I was younger. The other one is me now. I need some cheek sculpting to bring my now fat cheeks in more.

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. The difference between you now and when you were younger appears to be wide or 'fatter' cheeks with loss of a high cheek definition look. This could be caused by aging (falling cheek tissue) or increased fat collections in the lower cheeks with age and some potential weight gain. Careful analysis of your pictures shows that the main difference is inversion of the soft tissue cheek triangle. When younger the cheek was an upside triangle with most of the fullness up top and the apex of the triangle down below inverted inward. With time the triangle has inverted with the base of the triangle now at the bottom of the cheek (most fullness) and the top of the triangle up high over the cheek bone. (Ileast fullness) To attempt to rearrange this soft tissue triangle the following needs to be done…buccal fat pad extraction and relocation to the cheek bone (like placing an implant) or cheek fat injections and perioral (lower cheek) liposuction. In essence, add fullness over the cheek bones and remove fat below the cheek bones. Since fat changes are the crux of the facial problem it makes most sense to undergo a fat redistrbution surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley