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Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery “Tip of the Day” from Dr. Francis R Palmer, III Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery “Tip of the Day” from Dr. Francis R Palmer, III Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Cheek Augmentation using Porex or Medpore Cheek Implants versus Silastic Cheek Implants.

I have had several patients recently that for one reason, or the other, didn’t like the Medpore (Porex) Cheek Implants that they had placed by other Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons. The patients wanted these Cheek Implants removed and replaced with other Cheek Implants of a different shape and material….mainly because I only use Silastic Cheek Implants for Cheek Augmentation. Here’s the problem:

1. I spoke with a Porex company rep who told me that after 3-4 months, the Medpore Cheek Implant becomes integrated into the bone of the cheeks. That means it can’t be removed! It becomes part of your bone…there’s no longer a discernable separate implant but ratrher a fused cheek bone/implant complex.

2. So, what I think will need to be done, is I’ll use my Palmer Beauty Principles top guide what shape the cheek should be and I’ll have to use a nasal rasp to rasp down the Medpore Cheek Implant/bone complex to the desired cheek shape.

Just my opinion people….so you can take it for what it’s worth. Silastic Cheek and Chin Implants may shift, although this is minimal in our hands but there is a definite downside to having an implant like Medpore that becomes integrated into the bone. What happens 4, 6, 12 months or a few years later if for any reason you want the implant out, replaced or modified. Silastic Implants are easy to take out and replace. Medpore can’t be removed and require filing, rasping, or grinding down to reduce their size and shape…

Dr. Francis R Palmer, III