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OR Snapshots – Zygomatic Arch Implants


Cheek implants are a well recognized form of facial augmentation that has been used for decades. By placing an implant on the cheekbones a permanent midfacial augmentation effect can be achieved. But cheek implants are not just one style or size fits all. There are over a half dozen styles of cheek implants designed to augment different parts of the cheek bone in various ways. These are most commonly seen as malar, submalar and shell (combined malar and submalar) style cheek implants.

But all forms of cheek implants augment the largest bony area of the cheek, the zygomatic body. No implant style extends more posteriorly across the thinner and more curved zygomatic arch. The zygomatic arch adds lateral projection to the midface as evidenced by its bowed convex shape. For those patients seeking a wider or a stronger arch cheek look, as often seen on male and female model faces, augmentation of the zygomatic arch is needed.

zygomatic-arch-implant-extension-off-of-cheek-implant-dr-barry-eppley-indianapolisThere are no standard preformed zygomatic arch cheek implants. They have to be individually made for each patient either through computer design or hand carving the implant shape from a solid block of silicone material. Zygomatic arch implants can be used in conjunction with standard cheek implants (as seen in this picture) or a combined cheek-arch implant can be custom made from the patient’s 3D CT scan.

For male or female patients seeking a high cheek augmentation look, or that ‘model cheek look’, a zygomatic arch component needs to be part of the cheek augmentation. Zygomatic arch implants can be done alone add facial width if sufficient anterior cheekbone projection already exists.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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