Cheek bone reduction

Cheekbone reduction will make the face look smaller and more feminine. An oval or heart-shaped face is very desirable amongst Asian women.

In zygomatic (cheekbone) reduction, both ends are cut and the intervening bone segment (zygomatic bone) is moved inward, backward and downward. So, cheek prominence is depressed and the patient can get small, shallow face and smoother, smarter impression. The procedure is performed through an incision inside the ear in front of the ear canal, and from inside of the mouth, thus leaving no visible scars. This is then secured by stainless steel wires. The cheekbone heals very rapidly. In a week’s time, it will be firm and stable.


Risks and complications

The possible risks include: bleeding and prolonged swelling, infection, asymmetry or over resection, injury to facial nerves
the facial nerve to forehead can be injured.

Care after surgery

You will have to take it easy and keep your head elevated while resting and sleeping for 7-14 days after the procedure. Your face will look very swollen in the first 3 days. But, as the days go on the swelling and bruising will dissipate. Any sutures you may have will be removed 7-10 days after surgery.

Preparation prior to surgery


Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.


Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.


Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.


You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.


Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.