Jun 11

News Flash: Fat Transfer Cheek Augmentation improves Midface Aging

Plastic surgery journals are filled with pseudoscience, “How I do it”, and “Me too” articles, so when the odd actual attempt at science comes around, we like to give it a little attention. Such is the case with a recent article in this month’s volume of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery about the anatomy of the fat pads in the cheek area. “Medical News Today” has summed up the key points of the article here.

In the study, researchers better described the complex anatomy of this area by injecting dye into cadaveric cheeks. They were able to identify a discrete deep fat compartment that is associated with aging of the midface, as it loses volume with age. Restoring the volume in this area can reverse these signs of aging.

This photo of Angelina Jolie highlights the appearance of a youthful cheek. This area should be the widest point of the face. You can see how the cheek has a smooth dome-like shape with a fullness in the center, gradually smoothing out towards the eyes and the lips.

Angelina Jolie

This is a useful finding because the cheek area has always been the hardest area to improve with traditional face lift procedures. That’s why we’ve had the opinion for some time that some sort of volume is often needed as part of any procedure that deals with the cheek area. So, we’ve incorporated micro fat transfer as part of our Hybrid Lift™ for many of our patients who are face lift candidates. This can give the entire face a smooth, cohesive youthful look without the usual stigmata of a traditional face lift such as pulled skin, visible scars, and sagging cheeks that don’t fit with the windswept jawline.

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