Malar Augmentation

What does Malar Augmentation consist in?

Prominent cheeks are a symbol of youth and beauty. To date, many techniques have been described for achieving well defined, attractive cheekbones: cheek implants, injections of fillers or autologous fat. However, each of these techniques is accompanied by the following complications, respectively: the risk of rejection in the case of a prosthesis, the need for repeated injections of fillers and the unpredictability of the stability of the autologous fat.

New cheek augmentation technique at the Maxillofacial Institute

Dr. Hernández Alfaro and his medical team have proposed transferring Buccal fat to the cheekbone region, maintaining its vascular pedicle by employing minimally invasive techniques normally used for carrying out Le Fort I osteotomy in orthognathic surgery. See article published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journalMalar Augmentation with Pedicled Buccal Fat Pad in Orthognathic Surgery: Three-Dimensional Evaluation.

The Buccal fat pads are located in the cheeks, between the Masseter muscle, the main muscle used in mastication, and the Buccinator muscle, which demarcates the inside of the cheeks. This area is very accessible to maxillofacial surgeons, so Buccal fat pads are used in regular practice for covering or filling defects.

is MALARPLASTY or cheek augmentation for me?

Cheekbone surgery allows to harmonize the patient's features, besides attenuating wrinkles, and correcting asymmetries of the middle third. This surgery is for those who wish to modify the facial structure of the cheek area:

  • To palliate the passage of time and combat facial ageing
  • To balance facial features
  • To enliven the look in people with sunken eyes
  • To soften the nasolabial fold

WHY having malar augmentation at MAXILlOFACIAL INSTITUTE ?

Studies carried out by Dr. Hernandez Alfaro and his team have demonstrated that the cheek augmentation technique using buccal fat pads offers the following advantages:

  • The volume obtained in the cheek area is stable for a lifetime.
  • The amount of volume that is added to the cheeks of each patient is carried out according to their aesthetic needs.
  • It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, which leaves no sign of scarring.
  • There are no rejection problems.

This procedure is carried out on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, in an average of 35 minutes and with immediate aesthetic effect.