As an essential part of one’s facial structure Cheekbones can sometimes cause some people to struggle with low confidence and poor self-image, mainly because of the height and shape of their cheekbones. Cheekbone surgery, also known as zygoma reduction surgery, is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the size of the cheekbone, changes your face’s shape into an oval shape and as a result makes you appear younger. The cheekbone can be reshaped by reducing the height and the width. Dr. Kwan uses precision techniques and discretely located incisions so that patients don’t need to worry about visible scarring.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Cheekbone Surgery?
Cheekbone reduction surgery is a great way to improve your facial features and have a younger face. However, this surgery is not suited for everyone. Patients who can benefit from it include:
. Patients who have exceptionally prominent front cheekbones
. Patients who have wide cheekbones
. Patients who have uneven facial contour
. Patients with sunken or hollow cheeks
Zygoma reduction surgery will enhance the looks of the face by removing the cheekbones or fixing their shapes and positions. This surgery is sometimes called baby face surgery because it changes the facial features to look more like young people’s faces.
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How Is Cheekbone Reduction Surgery Performed?
During cheekbone reduction surgery, you will be under general anesthesia. To perform it, the surgeon will make two incisions, the first in the mouth and the other in the temporal area. Afterward, the surgeon will fracture the bones to weaken them so he/she can push them easily.
In some cases, the surgeon will make the incision above or in front of the ear. This method will enable the surgeon to access the arch and the cheek bone’s body and facilitate the rotation of the bone towards the inside. In other cases, the surgeon may need to use both methods if there is a need to modify both the arch and the body of the bone.
After reshaping the cheek, the surgeon will fix the zygoma bone using screws. This will prevent any possible movement of the bones. After the surgery, your surgeon will put a drain to avoid any fluids’ accumulation and close the incisions the next day.
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Cheekbone Reduction Risks and Side-effects
Although cheekbone reduction risks are low, you may suffer from some side effects and complications. Cheekbone reduction surgery risks may include:
. Reduced skin sensation in the surgical area
. Asymmetry cheekbones
. Fracture in the zygomatic arch
. Post-surgical pain
Cheekbone reduction sagging is one possible risk; sometimes, you might need a facelift due to the sagging. To reduce the risks, you need to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon and follow the after-care instruction carefully.
Cheekbone Reduction Surgery Recovery
When cheekbone reduction surgery is done, you will be taken to a recovery room and be required to spend the night in the hospital. The doctors will monitor your vital signs and keep an eye on you to check for any irregular signs.
After you go home, you will need to stay rested for a week to promote the healing process. Zygoma reduction recovery time will usually take 2 to 3 weeks. You will usually be able to go back to your job in 10 days (This may depend on the nature of your job, so it is essential to consult with your doctor and see when it is OK to return to work), but there will be some remaining swelling.
To promote a faster healing process, you should:
. Refrain from vigorous activities for the following month
. Avoid smoking and drinking for 2 or 3 weeks
. Sleep with your head elevated for the next month
. Eat only soft food for about two weeks
. Take any prescribed medications as instructed by your doctor
Will There be Pain After the surgery?
According to expert cosmetic surgeons, cheekbone reduction surgery entails very minimal amounts of pain. The incisions are made inside the mouth and in the temporal area. Through these, the specialized surgical instruments cut the cheekbone down. Even though patients do swell up following surgery, the associated pain is very minimal.
For some patients, chewing will be difficult at first. Hence, patients are placed on a soft food diet for about two weeks following surgery. But there’s very little pain associated with the chewing issue as well.