Contemporary techniques for the correction of temporal hollowing: Augmentation temporoplasty with the classic dermal fat graft

Colton H. McNichols, Daniel A. Hatef, Patrick Cole, Larry H. Hollier, James F. Thornton

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Temporal hollowing is a depression within the soft tissues overlying the temporal fossa, sometimes seen after surgical dissection for access to the facial skeleton. Surgeons have successfully used bone grafts, hydroxyapatite, methyl methacrylate, and autogenous tissue to correct the deformity. A systematic review of the literature demonstrated that the most popular technique for the correction of temporal hollowing seems to be the use of nonbiologic materials. These materials have been used successfully but are associated with some complications. There has been a growing experience with augmentation of the soft tissues of the temporal fossa using dermal fat grafts at our institutions, and this article describes this experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e234-e238
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012



  • Dermal fat graft
  • Fat deflation
  • Soft tissue descent
  • Surgical anatomy of the temple
  • Temporal contour deformity
  • Temporal fat pad
  • Temporal hollowing
  • Temporoparietal fascia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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