Zygoma Reduction Plasty (Cheekbone Reduction Surgery)

Cheekbone reduction surgery surgically reduces the cheek bone structure to create a more proportioned look of the face. There are two techniques: cheek bone shaving and a more invasive cheekbone osteotomy.

Zygoma Reduction Plasty (Cheekbone Reduction Surgery) Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Zygoma Reduction Plasty (Cheekbone Reduction Surgery)
avg. recovery
7 weeks
Is permanent
Surgical Procedure
$2000 - $8000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 07.27.2021

Cheekbone reduction surgery reduces the profile of the zygomatic bone for a slimmer facial contour. This procedure is meant for candidates who have large cheeks due to their inherent bone structure. Individuals with large cheeks due to oversized buccal fat pads would not benefit from this surgery. Zygoma reduction plasty can be performed through a less aggressive bone shave or by an cheekbone osteotomies (bone cuts). Cheek shaving is done from an intraoral incision and a dremel like tool is used to take down the projection of the cheekbone. Cheek shaving is best used to reduce a forward projection caused by the cheek bones. While this procedure will result in some narrowing of the face, cheek shaving is not ideal to address the width of the face. For more severe cases, cheekbone osteotomies are conducted under general anesthesia. Incisions will be made on the inside the mouth and in front of both of the ears to adequately access the zygomatic bones. The bones will then be cut with a saw, excess bone will be removed, and then arched inwards to create the new face shape. This contour will then be fixed into place with screws and plates. Incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures.

The goal of cheekbone reduction surgery is to reduce the prominence of the cheeks for a more proportioned appearance of the face.


Zygoma Reduction Plasty (Cheekbone Reduction Surgery) addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Be prepared to rest for at least 5-7 days for recovery after cheekbone reduction surgery. Take the medication prescribed by your surgeon in order to minimize swelling, bruising, and numbness as these conditions will disappear within 1-2 weeks. Results will be more noticeable after swelling reduces after 3 months.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for cheekbone reduction surgery feels they have prominent cheekbones.

Not Recommended For

Cheekbone reduction surgery is not recommended for patients under the age of 18 or who have unrealistic expectations. This procedure will not improve the facial contour of candidates with large cheeks due to large buccal fat pads.

Side Effects

Side effects from cheekbone reduction surgery may include asymmetry, infection, swelling, discomfort, poor bone healing, changes in sensation, droopy cheeks, and potential recurrence of bone growth if shaving method is utilized.


  • Slimmer face
  • proportioned face


  • Potential un-obvious results
  • Potential scars

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