Expert Removal of Mounds on
Top of the Cheek

Are you self-conscious about the folds of skin that appear as mounds on the tops of the cheeks (malar festoons)?

This condition often gives men and women a tired and “worn out” looking appearance.

Dr. Greg Chernoff has successfully improved over 10,000+ malar festoons. He is an internationally recognized expert for his proprietary and minimally invasive laser eye bag removal technique.

Depending on the severity of the festoons, Dr. Chernoff may use a combination approach that uses a laser and/or microneedle RF device along with a second technique to address excess tissue.

This approach not only removes the underlying excess tissue and fat that causes the festoon but also helps to shrink the tissue over time to improve the under-eye skin tone and quality. Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Indianapolis, IN, can help you address these concerns to help you look rested and refreshed.

What Are Malar Festoons?

While malar festoons and eye bags can often be mistaken for one another, several differences make them distinct. In fact, many people aren’t familiar with the term malar festoons.

Malar Festoons are a concern in which the lower eyelid appears damaged, causing folds that can result in mounds on the tops of the cheeks. Festoons are typically caused by a swelling within the skin that protrudes fat in the lower eyelid.

Festoons are made worse by the age-related loss of bone and fat below the muscle of the lower eyelid. Dr. Chernoff will customize a treatment plan for Malar Festoons that begins with a non-surgical approach using series of MicroNeedle RF treatments. If no improvement can be made non-surgically, he will work with the patient to put a surgical treatment plan together.

Eye Bags Versus Malar Festoons

The development of eye bags is due to fat protruding through to the lower eyelid as a result of aging. While eye bags are only seen in the lower eyelid region, malar festoons generally develop on the top of the cheek with a minor presence in the lower eyelid area.


Customized Malar Festoon Treatment Plans

Dr. Chernoff customizes each patient’s treatment plan based on the severity of the festoons. Dr. Chernoff will most often use a combination approach to obtain optimal results. First, he will perform a series of Microneedle RF treatments. If the festoons cannot be improved using this non-surgical method, he will put a surgical treatment plan together based on each patients specific anatomy and treatment goals.

Dr. Chernoff surgical approach not only removes the underlying excess tissue and fat that causes the festoon but also helps to shrink the tissue over time to improve the under-eye skin tone and quality.

With a the surgical malar festoon reduction procedure, patients will first experience a short period of swelling and bruising. Next, patient will notice pink healing tissue where the festoon used to be that gradually heals over time. You must carefully follow all instructions provided by Dr. Chernoff to get the best results possible. During your pre-operative appointment one of our nurses will advise on the recovery process.

Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery offers advanced treatment to correct malar festoons. Many patients combine lower eye bag treatment and malar festoon treatment with another facial surgery or laser treatment. Our center in Indianapolis offers all options for total facial rejuvenation.

Are You a Candidate for Malar Festoon Treatment?

You may be a candidate for malar festoons procedures if you are bothered by any of the following conditions:

  • Sagging under the lower eyelid eye
  • Excess amount of skin in the lower eyelid/upper cheek area
  • Swelling within the skin that protrudes fat in the lower eyelid
  • Folds and mounds that develop on the cheek

Dr. Chernoff and his expert team can help you decide if a malar festoon procedure is right for you. During your consultation, we’ll evaluate the skin under your eyes and at the top of your cheeks. If you are a candidate for malar festoon removal, computer-projected imaging is offered to show a result you could expect from the procedure.

Preparing for Your Procedure

If the non-surgical method for malar festoon reduction is not an option for you, prior to any surgical procedure, Dr. Chernoff recommends that all our patients read our “Patient Guide for Plastic Surgery.” The guide explains important points that all patients should think about as they are considering a surgical procedure.

You're In the Right Place

From the moment I was led into Dr. Chernoff’s office was where his practice truly separates itself from the others. Once it’s laid out for you and he customizes his plan to what your needs are specifically, you start to feel that you’re in the right place.

- John

What Results Can You Expect After Your Malar Festoons Procedure?

Following your procedure, Dr. Chernoff and his dedicated team of recovery and aftercare nurses will provide you with specific instructions regarding the best way to care for your eye rejuvenation procedure.

After the surgery, you may expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but they subside within a couple of days. The results of malar festoon surgery can last for years.