Cheekbone Contouring Surgery

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A woman with illustrations on her face depicting cheekbone changes

Cheekbone (zygoma) contouring surgery has been one of the most popular procedures performed on females in Asia. It has also gained much attention for transgender females who seek to narrow the width of their midface for a more feminized look.

Pre-surgical Evaluation & Planning

With the advent of virtual surgery planning, cheekbone (zygoma) contouring surgery can be planned and executed more precisely. After the initial office visit where your surgical goals and expectations are discussed, a CT of your facial bone is obtained. Virtual surgical planning (VSP) will be performed on a computer simulation program based on the facial bone CT. The expected final surgical outcome will be fine-tuned and visualized, and custom-made surgical cutting guides and bone fixation places can be made.

Surgery will be performed by making an incision inside the mouth as well as the hairline. Bone cuts are then made on the cheekbone to narrow the facial width. The cheekbone is then fixated with titanium plates and screws. Final contouring is done by shaving off any residual irregularities. The surgical scars usually heal well.

A man with attractive cheekbones

Recovery Time

Cheek contouring surgery usually takes several hours to complete. We recommend an overnight stay at one of our hospitals for certain individuals. Swelling typically subsides within two to four weeks. As with all cosmetic procedures, the time it takes for swelling to subside varies. Patients can return to normal non-contact activity after 4 weeks of limited activity. We will be available for post-operative appointments to ensure the best results.

Get more details on the management of swelling and scars in blog post: Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery.

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