Zygomatic Arch Implants

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have sone questions about zygomatic arch implants. 1.I am wondering if this patients results are a normal outcome of this procedure? 2. Where is this type of implant usually inserted? 3. Did he augment his malar area as well 4. Is buccal fat removal a good procedure to combine with the zygomatic arch implant with to get better results Thank you


A: In answer to your zygomatic arch implants questions:

1) Since I can not see the case to which you refer I can not answer your questions specifically about whether such outcomes are normal or not. But if your question is whether one can achieve a more well defined and sculpted midfacoal appearance as a result depends on the natural shape of one’s face. Thinner faces always get more defined results than fuller ones.

2) The case study has the title of ‘custom infraorbital-malar-zygomatic arch implant’ indicating that it did cover the malar area as well. Such custom implants are usually placed through lower eyelid incisions. Isolated zygomatic arch implants are placed through an incision inside the mouth.

3) Buccal lipectomies are commonly done along with many types of midface implants to create a bit of more defined facial result.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana