Will Temporal Implants Change The Appearance Of The Eyes?

Q: Dr. Eppley, can you tell me if placing a temporal implant about 9mm thick under the temporal fascia, does this cause the eyes to appear smaller? Like does it pull the skin more to the temporal area and away from the eyes? It would be helpful for me to know, thanks.

A: That is an interesting question and one that I have never heard before. Temporal implants may push the skin in the temporal fossa outward but they do not cause any pull on the eyelid skin or the corner of the eye. Thus, temporal augmentation would not have any direct effect on the appearance of the eye. Whether it may secondarily cause the eye to appear smaller because of a more flat or convex temporal region is possible but not a complaint that has ever been voiced to me nor one that I have seen.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana