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Temporal Hairline Cheeklift


The treatment of facial aging is done by established procedures with long track records of success. These include the browlift (upper face), blepharoplasties (eyes) and the lower face. (facelift) The one area of the face to treat for sagging and loose tissue is the midface or cheek area. It is challenging because none of the traditional anti-aging facial procedures are designed to directly treat this area and the proximity of the lower eyelid also poses some anatomic concerns.

The many procedures that have been developed to lift the cheek area is a testament to the fact that there is no one universal technique that works in all cases. Cheeklifts (through the lower eyelid or from a combined temporal/inytraoral approch, malar/submalar implants, fat grafting and fillers have all been used extensively and each cheek  rejuvenation method has it advocates and indications.

Temporal Cheek Lift Incision Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisTemporal Cheek Lift Scars Dr. Barry Eppley IndianapolisOne of the least spoken about cheeklift methods, and also the ‘simplest’ is the preauricular hairline technique. By making an incision along the lower temporal hairline and back into the sideburn/preauricular tuft of hair, temporal skin can be removed which directly lifts the cheek tissue which lies anterior and inferior to it. This is a very powerful cheeklifting method even though it may only consist of skin removal.

The preauricular hairline cheeklift can be done as part of a facelift, after a facelift for residual cheek sagging or as an isolated procedure. Its obvious drawback is that it leaves a fine line scar along the lower temporal hairline whose visibiity depends on numerous factors. As a result, it is almost always best done in older female patients who skin is more loose with less elasticity.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

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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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