What Type Of Cheek Implants Are Needed For The Male Model Look?
Q: Dr. Eppley, regarding cheek implants, what sort of augmentation produces the male model look and you have written that the ‘male model look’ is a vague term, denoting a wide spectrum of shapes. So let me use Johnny Depp as an example of what I envision ad the male model cheek look that I want. There is a distinctive and characterful line that runs around the side of the face and down to the chin. From my perspective it seems like for a cheek implant to create this characteristic look it would need to focus augmentation on the lateral and oblique portions of the cheek. This, is it possible for a custom cheek implant to create this lateral augmentation of the zygomatic arch?
A: When it comes to the male model cheek implants look, Johnny Depp is one of the most classic examples of the look men are seeking. You have described what creates that specific cheek look and as you may be well aware, there is no standard off-the-shelf cheek implant that is really designed to create that look. While one has to have the right midface soft tissue anatomy for a cheek implant to create this effect (thin), no currently designed cheek implant augments the lateral edge of the zygomatic arch and comes forward anteriorly into the submalar region and onto the maxilla. Malar shell and submalar implants exist and are often used to try to create this effect but rarely create that exact cheek look. A custom or semi-custom approach to the design of cheek implants is the most likely method of at least creating the correct amount and location of the bone augmentation.
Dr. Barry Eppley