The Cheekbone Reduction Procedure
Zygomatic remodelling is a highly effective procedure for men and women who feel that their face appears too broad. It is also popular with Asian patients to reduce facial width. The face looks slimmer and facial balance is improved.
2 – 3 hours
Day case or one night hospital stay if required
Time Off Work
1 – 2 weeks
4 – 6 weeks
An operation to narrow the zygomatic bones can be used to reduce lateral protrusion of the cheekbone (Zygoma). This is the diamond-shaped bone that is situated below and lateral to the eye socket at the broadest part of the cheek.This remodelling of the malar complex or zygoma can be used to alter the facial width and can be a powerful way to slim the overall facial shape and change the appearance of the facial form.
Mr Juling Ong’s expertise as a facial reconstructive surgeon means he is highly skilled in producing a subtle improvement that achieves a more attractive appearance to the mid-face, with minimal scarring that should not be noticeable when fully healed. Mr Juling Ong will carefully plan the procedure to adjust the cheek’s projection, shape and volume, taking into account your other facial features.
Mr Juling Ong’s facial expertise as a reconstructive surgeon means he is highly skilled in producing a harmonious and natural result. Each patient has a unique facial structure and different concerns, and Mr Ong will give you unbiased, expert advice and ensure you have realistic expectations from surgery.
During a cheekbone osteotomy, the zygomatic arch is cut, and the cheekbone is rotated inward and fixed into position with a titanium plate and screws. The procedure typically takes 2 to 3 hours and is performed under a general anaesthetic.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the recovery like after cheekbone reduction?
In the first week after surgery, there will be significant discomfort, swelling and bruising. Pain is usually well controlled by over-the-counter painkillers and should dissipate quickly. Swelling can last up to three months and it may be 12 months before it fully disappears.
When can I return to normal activities after zygomatic reduction surgery?
Patients can usually return to work between one to two weeks after surgery. You will be advised to avoid strenuous exercise and physical activity for up to six weeks after surgery.
What are the risks associated with zygomatic reduction?
There are some risks associated with undergoing a general anaesthetic. Possible complications from a zygomatic reduction are infection, numbness and a loss of sensation in the mid-face area, asymmetry, tightness when opening the mouth and instability of the zygomatic arch. In some cases, revision surgery may be required.
During your consultation, Mr Juling Ong will explain all potential risks and discuss your treatment options in full. Please call us on 020 7927 6528 or email us at email@example.com to arrange an appointment.