Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 197–200 | Cite as

A Novel and More Aesthetic Injection Pattern for Malar Cheek Volume Restoration

  • Ava Shamban
  • Mike D. ClagueEmail author
  • Erika von Grote
  • Alessandra Nogueira
Innovative Techniques Non-Surgical Aesthetic


The loss of superior midface contour and projection can be corrected with the use of injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers, however, the most frequently used injection pattern employs a technique which was originally designed for malar implant surgery. Here we describe a novel injection pattern for restoring facial contours with a HA dermal filler inspired by traditional make-up artistry, which includes greater superolateral positioning of injection sites. Importantly, this technique helps injectors avoid creating an excess of volume in the anterior portion of the malar complex. Contributing authors/injectors, who now use this technique exclusively, have found that it has so far provided optimal aesthetic results for hundreds of patients with no observables complications. The malar cheek contributes much to the aesthetic curvature of the face and deserves a thoughtful update for injectable HA, as the traditional technique has never actually been aligned with its medium. In the experience of the contributing authors, this technique helps achieve a greater aesthetic outcome in the correction of midface contour deficiencies and has consistently resulted in high patient satisfaction.

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HA dermal filler Malar cheek Injection technique 



Dr. Nogueira is an employee of Galderma Laboratories, L.P., Fort Worth, TX. Dr. von Grote was an employee of Galderma Laboratories, L.P., Fort Worth, TX, but is now employed by Allergan plc, Irvine, CA. Mr. Mike Clague is a paid consultant and trainer for Galderma Laboratories, L.P., Fort Worth, TX.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ava Shamban
    • 1
  • Mike D. Clague
    • 2
    Email author
  • Erika von Grote
    • 3
  • Alessandra Nogueira
    • 3
  1. 1.Santa MonicaUSA
  2. 2.FaceCoachElwoodAustralia
  3. 3.Galderma Laboratories, L.PFort WorthUSA

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