The hands, neck and temple regions are often one of the most overlooked and underestimated features as they relate to aging and skin care. Many will spend money and time to complete facial rejuvenation, but completely disregard these regions in our rejuvenation efforts. Like changing the curtains, painting the walls but keeping the same old carpet.
Playing a vital role in providing youth to the structure and shape of the face, the temples actually establish facial softness and balance. Sadly, as we age, the temples hollow as the underlying tissue disintegrates leaving many to appear gaunt and older than their true calendar age. Thinner women and men are particularly predisposed to this problem. For some, this condition can surface as soon as they approach their mid to late twenties and becomes particularly problematic once they reach their forties. Men have the added problem of hair recede and increased show the temple regions. Hollowed temples cause an imbalance in facial harmony -often giving the “peanut head” effect where the forehead is disproportionate to the cheeks and temples. A tell tell sign of “old age”.
The evolution of dermal fillers and solid silicone implants have allowed this condition a relatively easy fix. Depression of the temples can be addressed with a variety of dermal filler injections. Typically, the most effective fillers for this area are Scupltra, Radiesse or a hyaluronic filler such as Perlane or Juvederm.
Essentially, dermal fillers restore volume to hollowed temples. The procedure involves an injection of a dermal filler, through a syringe, to the temples which only take about 30 to 45 minutes to perform. For the most part, no downtime is required and results are immediate. However, some swelling and bruising may be present at the injection site for up to one week. Depending on the severity of the temple hollows, one to two syringes may be needed. The cost of dermal fillers typically start around $400 per syringe. Varying among filler brands and types, results last anywhere from six months to two years.
A similar longer lasting solution, you may be a candidate for a fat transfer to the temples. During a fat transfer, fatty tissue is removed from a donor area (commonly the stomach or thighs) by liposuction. Then, the filtered fat is injected through a syringe to the hollowed temples. Many patients recover from the procedure within one week. Fat transfer can cost anywhere $2000 to $5000. As far as results are concerned, there is quite a degree of uncertainty and variability. Results are unique to the individual and can last up to five years .It is important to note that there is a slight chance the fat may “not take”. There is no way to predict how much of the fat will actually be absorbed.
A more permanent solution is placement of solid silicone implants. Similar to breast implants, the solid silicone implants are anatomically shaped flat discs of silicone. These disked are surgically placed into a small space just above the temporal muscles. The incision is hidden in the hair bearing areas. The silicone implant is secured with small sutures. This allows substantial fill to the hollow areas. The implants are totally reversible if the desired effect is not attained. Temporal implants can be completed as an outpatient surgery with IV sedation and local block. They cost anywhere $3000 to $5000.
While on your pursuit to erase the hands of time, be sure not to neglect the temples. Provide softness and balance to your face by restoring volume to hollowed temples. If you are interested in facial temple rejuvenation, call 423-648-4011 and schedule your complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Surgeons.
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