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Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2000 Jul-Sep;2(3):222-5.

Malar augmentation with self-drilling single-screw fixation.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Wake Forest University, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1034, USA.


Augmentation with malar implants has traditionally relied on fixation techniques such as creation of a precise pocket, external taping, and transcutaneous fixation techniques with bolsters. We present an alternate technique that fixates the implants to the rigid facial skeleton rather than to the dynamic active facial soft tissues. To avoid the use of expensive drills, we describe use of self-drilling screws for fixation of malar implants. The technique avoids transconjunctival incisions, allows wide exposure, and is presented as an alternative to traditional fixation techniques.

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