Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in cheek implants as I think they would make my face look better. My cheeks just seem to be so flat and weak. I would like higher and stronger cheekbones as I think they would match the rest of my strong facial features. I have attached some face pictures from different angles for your opinion.
A: In looking at your pictures, I think your goal with cheek augmentation is to create better facial balance by making your cheeks bigger to go better with your longer face and prominent chin. Your chin and lower jaw is your most prominent facial feature and, by comparison, your cheeks are far less prominent. Ideally, the best way to get better facial balance is a combination of cheek implants and vertical chin reduction. I have done and attached some predictive imaging which shows the result of cheek implants with and without vertical chin reduction. The ‘ying and yang’ approach to facial reshaping is often best as most facial imbalances are usually combination problems and not just one single feature alone. Through computer imaging, you can determine if larger cheek implants alone or medium cheek implants with vertical chin reduction produces a more appealing facial change for you.
Dr. Barry Eppley