Malar Augmentation

Malar refers to the cheekbone. Malar augmentation is used to enhance the appearance of facial symmetry using cheekbone implants or osteotomy, which surgically shortens, lengthens, or changes the alignment of a bone, for improved function.  

Through malar augmentation, the surgical team at the Yale Maxillofacial and Orthognathic Program treats congenital or acquired defects. Examples of congenital defects that can be treated with malar augmentation include Treacher Collins syndrome and hemifacial microsomia. Acquired deficiencies may be due to trauma, radiation, or aging.

By using advanced 3D imaging to assess you or your child’s specific condition, we can simulate the outcome of proposed surgical plans and adjust any discrepancies before surgery. The 3D technology allows us to create a surgical plan with a level of accuracy not available with traditional imaging technology.

Malar deficiencies vary from person to person, so our comprehensive surgical team will create a treatment plan that is specific to you or your child. Understandably, the thought of surgery and malar augmentation can seem frightening, especially if it involves your child. We know you may have many questions and concerns. Our goal is to provide you with the best medical treatment and supportive care before, during, and after the surgery.