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Dr. Harry Singh explains why enhancing your temples can improve the cosmetic appearance of your whole face

Wondering where your temples are? You’re probably not the only one as it is an area of the face which doesn’t get discussed all that much, especially when it comes to cosmetic enhancements.

The temples, yes there are two of them, one on either side of your face, are the small flat areas that you will find if you place your fingers just above your crow’s feet area, in line with the tops of your ears, and just below where your forehead starts.

The temporal region, as it’s medically called, is quite bony with little volume in terms of fat compared to say the cheeks where you can pitch a good amount of tissue if you try. Yet, as we age, the temples start to lose the small amount of volume they have, and this affects the overall appearance and youthful aspect of the face.

A youthful face is round or oval, with a ‘full’ appearance to the shape. As we age, the overlying tissue and the bone density of the skull changes and this leads to a loss of this fullness. The easiest way to explain this is that the face goes from a round or oval shape to a ‘monkey-nut’ appearance with a distinct concavity or dent in the shape of the face. This changes the face from a youthful appearance to a more skeletal, aged look.

Correcting the hollowing of the temples due to this volume loss can be done with dermal fillers, the same products often used to augment lips, recontour the jawline, plump up cheeks and correct nose imperfections non-surgically. However, the temple area is also considered to be one of the more complex areas of the face where a good knowledge of the underlying anatomy is paramount, so any practitioner performing temple fillers should have advanced training and experience. I use hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler products at my clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire and have been performing cosmetic injectable treatments, including advanced techniques for over fifteen years.

Usually, adding dermal filler products to the temples will not be a stand-alone treatment, but part of an overall facial rejuvenation treatment. The temples also affect the structure around them so adding volume back, which will return the round-ness of the face, can have secondary effects such as lifting the side of the brow area and can also lessen other changes in the lower face affecting the cheek and nose-to-mouth (naso-labial) lines. Often overlooked, you may be surprised to discover how much difference can be achieved with some hyaluronic acid gel to the temporal region.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural component of human skin and something that our body makes daily. Our bodies need to produce lots of HA because it acts as a natural moisturiser, drawing in water to our skin to keep it plump and hydrated, but our natural HA doesn’t last very long before we metabolise it and then need to make more. Unfortunately, as we age, we are not able to produce as much HA as we did in our youth, so skin becomes dehydrated and less plump. Some clever scientists have synthesized HA from non-animal sources so that it is safe for use in humans. The difference being that the injectable HA is made into a longer-lasting gel, so it stays within the tissue for much longer than our natural hyaluronic acid.

I use the clinically-proven Restylane range of dermal fillers which has been proven to be safe and effective since the early 1990s. Restylane comes in different HA gel ‘thicknesses’ for use in different areas of the face to achieve maximum volume replacement and contouring. It also comes with the local anaesthetic lidocaine for a more comfortable treatment. By using these products in the temporal region, as well as other areas which could benefit from rejuvenation and volume correction, you can expect an improvement in your facial appearance to last between 6 and 12 months. We can then come up with a bespoke treatment plan to maintain the correction with future appointments at Aesthetics in Stevenage, Hertfordshire with me, Dr Harry Singh.

If you want to discuss if temple fillers are the right treatment for you, then please call 0800 006 2266 to book an appointment.

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