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    Regardless of the technique chosen to treat the aging midface, the isolated lateral approach facelift has a limited impact on the midface volume deficit. In an effort to overcome this limitation, modern facial rejuvenation procedures incorporate an additional modality for replenishing the midface volume. Some of the author's facelift patients present with bulging buccal fat pads despite volume deficiency in the inframalar region. The author's technique is designed to utilize the buccal fat pad to replenish the inframalar volume deficit. The author sought to present the fat pad transposition surgical technique along with objective outcome data. This study was a retrospective review of nonconsecutive cases where the sub-superficial-musculo-aponeurotic-system transposition of the buccal fat pad was performed. A total of 22 patients underwent the fat pad transposition technique by the author (O.B.) between July 2013 and December 2017. Patient data were obtained from patient records, 3-dimensional models, magnetic resonance images, and standardized photography. Preoperative differences in midface volume were assessed utilizing curvilinear surface measurements on 3-dimensional models and the Allergan midface volume deficit scale on standardized photography. The average midface volume deficit score significantly improved, and the average midfacial curvilinear surface measurement significantly increased after surgery. Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed a stable position of the buccal fat pad after surgery. The sub-superficial-musculo-aponeurotic-system transposition of the buccal fat pad is an effective technique that can be safely employed for autologous inframalar augmentation in patients with a favorable facial morphology. © 2019 The Aesthetic Society. Reprints and permission:


    Ozan Bitik. Sub-SMAS Transposition of the Buccal Fat Pad. Aesthetic surgery journal. 2020 Mar 23;40(4):NP114-NP122

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    PMID: 31111860

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