The malar augmentation procedure adds cheekbone definition to the face by means of a medical grade implant. This procedure is frequently performed in conjunction with other facial surgeries such as blepharoplasty (surgery of the eyelids) or rhytidectomy (facelift surgery).
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for cheek implant surgery. The most appropriate patient is the individual with a long, narrow face or one with a round face and relatively flat mid face. Cheekbone surgery has been utilized for many years in reconstructive surgery and can also produce gratifying results for individuals with congenital defects or facial asymmetries.
While malar augmentation is rapidly gaining popularity, it requires the skill of an accomplished aesthetic surgeon to achieve excellent results for the patient. Dr. Stevens offers the most discriminating patient not only a high level of experience and specialized training in the technique but his ability to meticulously analyze the face and evaluate the best position for the implant earns him the reputation as one of the most sought after surgeons. Because of his willingness to take the time for thorough, advance planning, the patient is afforded the best aesthetic result with dramatically lower risk of complications.
Of course not everyone with lesser defined cheekbones seeks implant surgery. For instance, Isabella Rossellini is blessed with a fairly round face and not as prominent cheekbones as fellow actress/model, Brooke Shields. Yet both women are beautiful and have enjoyed successful modeling and acting careers. As with other cosmetic surgery procedures, the decision to have cheek implants is a highly personal one and the decision should not be based solely on information gained from the Internet.
However, if you are considering malar augmentation surgery and have questions or want to make an appointment to discuss how your appearance might benefit from cheek implant surgery, you're invited to email Dr. Stevens or contact the Plastic Surgery and Laser Center.