During the aging process, the overall shape, balance and proportion of the face changes over time. Generally speaking, a younger face has more fullness and width, and the upper third of the head and the face gently narrows and angulates to the chin region. This causes the overall facial shape to be similar in appearance to an upside-down egg.
Over time, there is a significant change in this overall proportion, as the face will begin to become oval in shape and lose the fullness and width in the upper third of the face.
This change in the balance and proportion of the face is due to a loss of volume as we age. One of the main areas that contribute to this change is the loss of fat in the temple region. The temples are commonly augmented or filled to help improve the facial architecture and create an improved aesthetic of the face. At Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, our board-certified nurse practitioner, Courtney Whitley, physician assistant Heather Bryant, and expert plastic surgeon Dr. Kulbersh, can help you achieve the look you desire.
What are the Signs of Lost Volume in the Temples?
During the aging process, the loss of volume in the temples is one of the most obvious areas to recognize facial volume loss. The signs that the temples have lost volume include:
- Indentation or concave temples
- The appearance and visualization of the bone surrounding the eye
- Increased prominence and visualization of the cheekbone
- Narrowing of the upper 1/3 of the head
What are the Causes of a Loss of Volume in the Temples?
There are a few causes that can create a loss of volume in the temples. During the aging process, it is natural for the temples to lose fat. Beyond this cause, the most common reason for hollowing in the temples is secondary to intense anaerobic exercise. Additionally, some patients may be genetically predisposed to having a thin facial architecture.
How are the Temples Augmented at Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, North Carolina?
The temples can be augmented by a variety of techniques at Carolina Facial Plastics. The 3 main ways the temples are augmented are:
In the office setting, the temples can be easily and quickly augmented with either hyaluronic acid fillers or Sculptra. If a filler, such as Restylane or Juvéderm is chosen, the results are instantaneous and will last 6 to 12 months. At Carolina Facial Plastics, these fillers are injected with blunt tipped micro-cannulas to limit trauma, swelling, and bruising.
Sculptra can also be used to fill the temples in-office. The results of Sculptra are gradual and can take up to 3 to 5 months to appreciate full results. Sculptra works by stimulating the body to produce collagen. This process is gradual and will take time. Sculptra is typically injected every 4 weeks for 2-3 sessions. The results of Sculptra will last approximately two years.
In a surgical setting, the temples can be augmented using one’s own fat during a facial fat grafting procedure. In this procedure, fat is harvested from either the stomach or thighs and transplanted to the temple region. The advantage of using one’s own fat is that the results will last for many years and may be cost effective if the patient is in the operating room for another procedure such as a facelift or eye lift.
What is the Recovery after Temple Augmentation?
Regardless of the technique used for temple augmentation, the recovery is similar for each. The recovery consists of minor swelling and soreness in the region for a few days. Whenever any volume is added to the face, there is a risk of a bruise. This risk is minimized by the use of a blunt-tipped micro-cannula.
A temple augmentation is a quick procedure regardless of the technique. The procedure will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Is a Temple Augmentation Painful?
A temple augmentation is well-tolerated by patients. During all office temple augmentation procedures, some type of numbing medicine or injection is used to help with patient comfort. During facial fat grafting, patients are commonly asleep and feel no discomfort. It is common for patients to have tenderness or soreness in the region for a few days. This pain can be controlled or eliminated by over-the-counter pain medications.
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Remarkable Results, Exceptional Care
Dr. Kulbersh is a double board-certified and Beverly Hills-trained facial plastic surgeon. He has a passion and love for both facial aesthetics and facial injectables. During a consultation, you undergo a full facial evaluation and you can discuss if a temple augmentation would be a good option for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kulbersh, please call (704) 579–6721 or fill out the online consultation request form.
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