Postoperative Temporal Hollowing: Is there a Surgical Approach That Prevents This Complication? A Systematic Review and Anatomic Illustration ☆

Research paper by Elbert E. Vaca, Chad A. Purnell, Arun K. Gosain, Mohammed S. Alghoul

Indexed on: 09 Nov '16Published on: 05 Nov '16Published in: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery


Temporal hollowing is a common complication following surgical dissection in the temporal region. Our objectives were to: (1) review and clarify the temporal soft tissue relationships - supplemented by cadaveric dissection - to better understand surgical approach variations and elucidate potential etiologies of postoperative hollowing; (2) identify if there is evidence to support a surgical approach that prevents hollowing via a systematic review.