Objective To describe a simplified method of malar fat pad elevation to rejuvenate
the midface, nasolabial folds, labiomental folds, infraorbital hollows, and
jowls via a percutaneous approach.
Patients and Design One hundred eighteen patients were evaluated over a 12-month period
in a prospective fashion by the operating surgeon. Preoperative and postoperative
photographs were used for comparison.
Setting Private practice.
Main Outcome Measures Elevation of the malar fat pad by a measured amount.
Results At 3 months, all patients had a significant elevation of the malar fat
pad (3-7 mm), with the exception of 2 early patients who underwent revision
surgery, with satisfactory results.
Conclusions A simplified method of malar fat pad elevation is described. This method
allows for elevation of the malar fat pad without extensive dissection. Excellent
results are obtained with very little morbidity.