The term malarplasty refers to the aesthetic surgical technique that increases the volume of the cheekbone volume or changes its shape by putting in a silicone implant or through the use of the lipofilling technique. To temporarily increase the cheekbone region, long-lasting hyaluronic acid-based reabsorbing fillers (i.e. Voluma or Macrolane) can be used, which can be repeated after 1-2 years.
There is no age limit to undergo this type of procedure. Men and women who wish to rejuvenate this part of their face by increasing cheekbone volume can contact Professor Dini to learn about the most cutting-edge plastic surgery techniques and aesthetic medicine treatments for a natural, balanced result.
The pre-operative visit is essential so the patient can express the desired increase in volume. Prof. Dini will evaluate the shape of the face, skin and subcutaneous tissue quality and will use a digitalised simulation program to show the patient the aesthetic results that can be achieved by using implants or fillers. Implants used in malarplasty are made of solid silicone, they are positioned in the cheekbone region and are customised based on the patient’s features and needs.
In “temporary” malarplasties, Prof. Dini uses the highest-quality reabsorbing fillers. The operation takes only a few minutes, can be done in an outpatient clinic with minimal local anaesthesia and the results last about 1-2 years. For “permanent” malarplasties, the professor either performs lipofilling (taking fat from the patient and immediately re-implanting it into the cheekbones) or uses solid silicone implants. The implants can be inserted from the oral cavity or, should the malarplasty be done along with a blepharoplasty facelift, they can be inserted through the accesses that have already been created for that procedure. There are no externally visible scars.
This surgical procedure lasts about an hour and can be done under local or general anaesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Minimal dressing with gauze and tape is required. To prevent swelling, ice must be applied to the cheekbones for 12 hours after the procedure.
After the procedure, there may be swelling and ecchymosis: these reactions are completely normal and will pass after just a few hours. About a week after the surgery, patients can go back to work and after just three weeks they can return to their daily routines and start exercising. The results of the malarplasty will be definitive after about six months.