The Temples

Restoring temple volume

Loss of volume in the temples is one of the most overlooked signs of ageing. Luckily there are ways to correct the concavities to help improve, lift, and balance the face

As we age, the temples begin to hollow and narrow, shifting the balance of the face downward. Volume loss in the temples contributes to the appearance of sagging cheeks and drooping eyebrows, and eyes.

Hollowing of the temples occurs naturally as we age, with changes in the skeletal structure, fat volume, muscle, and connective tissues (fascia). Weight loss or heavy exercise can further exacerbate fat loss in the temple region.

Loss of volume in the temple region can have a significant effect on the face. Patients are often described as looking hollowed-out, gaunt, wasted, or skeletal. Some teasingly use the term “peanut head” to describe a face with a wide forehead, narrow temples and wider cheeks.

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It is imperative to inject in the correct layer. Dr Debbie injects a dermal filler to volumize the temples

Temple hollowing also affects the height and shape of the eyebrows and exaggerates the stubborn horizontal lines just above the lateral brow.

Volumizing the area

The lower face depends on the bone structure of the upper face so treating temples with dermal filler improves, lifts and balances the entire face.

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There are eight anatomical layers from the skin to temple bone.

There are important nerves and blood vessels in the temple area. Knowledge of anatomy, using Swifts Point (named after Dr Arthur Swift) and carefully mapping the vessels with a Veinlight, ensures a safer injection of dermal fillers. Depth of injection is vital in this area, which has eight anatomical layers from the skin to temple bone. It is imperative to inject in the correct layer. This is why only medical doctors are qualified to inject dermal fillers.

Depth of injection is vital in this area, which has eight anatomical layers from the skin to temple bone. It is imperative to inject in the correct layer. This is why only medical doctors are qualified to inject dermal fillers.

Volumizing the temples with dermal filler corrects the concavities to a more neutral or flat position. This helps to balance temple volume with the rest of the face, lifts the lateral brows and smoothes the transition between the forehead, temple and cheek.

The temple area

Image Credit:  J Carruthers, American Society of Derm Surgery