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Midfacial Issues

Dr. Harris will answer all your questions about facial plastic surgery for African-Americans and people with skin of color, including rhinoplasty (nose job), facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), lasers, dermal fillers and all other types of facial plastic surgery.

Midfacial Issues

Postby Intel » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:16 am

Hello Dr. Harris,

I've read an article to which you contributed that discussed facial aging and ethnicity. African Americans being more likely to require midfacial treatments as opposed to a traditional facelift procedure. this observation rings very true with regards to my current situation.

with age my midface seems to have flattened somewhat leaving less cheekbone definition and hollowing under the eyes as well as upper cheek.
I'm considering dermal fillers or mid face lift with orbital rim implants. i've heard however that sometimes facial implants can cause changes in pigmentation in those with darker skin. Could you please let me know what your thoughts are on this Dr. Harris ?

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Postby drharris » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:56 pm

Hi Intel,

Patients with skin of color are excellent candidates to rejuvenate the midface with cosmetic treatments which address the volume loss. Injectable fillers are a good option. I am a big fan of facial fat transfer as I able to harvest my patients own "natural" filler. I am not a proponent of orbital rim implants because they may become more visible over time in the thin skin area of the lower lid . . .as the cheek fat pad drops with further aging. In my hands, the combination of synthetic fillers and fat transfer produces very natural results . . .which stand the test of time.

Take Care,

Dr. Harris
Monte O. Harris, MD
5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 612
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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