The Underestimated Value Of The Temple
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I’m 52, very thin and my face is quite hollow. I’m told I need filler in my sunken cheeks and temples. I can see where filling my cheeks would help, but my bangs cover my temples. Is there really a major benefit to spending the extra money for my temples?
Answer: The significant benefits of restoring lost volume in the temple are commonly misunderstood and highly undervalued.
As we age and lose volume in our temples, our outer brow bone and eye socket becomes visible, making our face appear more bony. With temple volume loss, the outer part of the eyebrow also begins to sag, making us look tired. Additionally, these effects make the upper face appear narrow, giving the eyes an appearance of being closer together.
Restoring lost temple volume can make our eyes look more wide open, re-establish the natural contours of the face to a more youthful upside-down triangle and lift a sagging outer eyebrow.
The public is not as educated on temple volumization given how the focus of many cosmetic doctors is volume restoration of the cheeks. Over-focus on volumizing cheeks when significant volume loss is also present in the temples can give the appearance of an over-filled cheek and unnatural facial contour. This is a common phenomenon seen walking the streets of Palm Beach County and often the result of an inexperienced injector.
A skilled injector understands the natural balance and proportion of a youthful face and how to effectively reverse aging facial contours. A skilled injector will also recognize when restoring cheek volume alone is insufficient and when extending volumization to neighboring facial areas such as the temple is necessary to maintain a natural, balanced facial appearance.
While temporary fillers such as Sculptra, Juvederm, Voluma and Radiesse have been used for temple volumization, my filler of choice for both the temples as well as the cheeks is Bellafill, the 5-year filler. Based on my experience in over 4 years of performing more than 2000 syringes of Bellafill, I have found it to the most natural, long-lasting and predictable in terms of results and satisfied patients.
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