Will Cheek Implants Show Through On A Skinny Face?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Is there any problem if you remove from me the Medpor Midface Rim and replace them with malar and submalar cheek implants, considering the fact that my face is very skinny? I mean will the cheek implants show itself too much under the skin or does the submalar mask the implant show of malar implant?

A: You are referring to whether the implant outlines/edges of midface cheek implants will show through a lean face. That would depend on the type of implant chosen for replacement. This risk is virtually zero in custom implants because of the feather edging of their design and the fit to the bone. The standard malar-submalar implants, known as Midfacial or Combined Submalar Shell implants, generally blend well into the surrounding tissues and have low risk of implant show provided their size is not excessive. The overlying soft tissues, even in lean patients, always add a significant blanketing effect.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana