Cosmetic Services

Cheekbone Reduction

The cheekbones are an important structure of the face. The too high cheekbones may cause us to lose confidence in ourselves. Nowadays the high cheekbones can be corrected by doing cheekbone reduction surgery. Our comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the procedure, from initial consultation to post-operative care.

What is Cheekbone Reduction?

Cheekbone reduction is also known as zygoma reduction plasty. It is popular with some Asians who feel that their prominent cheekbones project a harsh or unbalanced look on a face with otherwise small, delicate features.  Surgical incisions are made in the oral cavity. Thus the cheekbones are chiseled properly to suit the face without creating visible scars.


Comprehensive Guide to Cheek Reduction

Everything You Need to Know

Cheekbone Reduction: Before Surgery

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Consultation: Schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Discuss your goals, medical history, and any concerns you may have.

Medical Evaluation: Your surgeon will conduct a thorough medical evaluation to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.

Pre-operative Instructions: Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet, medication, and lifestyle changes before surgery.

Discussion of Expectations: Have a detailed discussion with your surgeon about your expectations from the surgery and any potential risks involved.

Cheekbone Reduction: During Surgery

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Anesthesia: Cheekbone reduction surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure.

Incisions: Your surgeon will make incisions inside your mouth or along the hairline to access the cheekbones.

Bone Reshaping: The surgeon will carefully reshape the cheekbones to achieve the desired contour and symmetry.

Closing Incisions: Once the bone reshaping is complete, the incisions will be closed with sutures.

Cheekbone Reduction: After Surgery

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Recovery Room: You will be monitored in a recovery room immediately after surgery.

Pain Management: Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort during the recovery period.

Follow-up Appointments: Schedule follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress.

Swelling and Bruising: Expect some swelling and bruising around the surgical area, which will gradually subside over time.

Activity Restrictions: Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding physical activity and movement restrictions.

Dietary Guidelines: Stick to a soft diet initially to avoid putting pressure on the surgical area.

Skin Care: Follow your surgeon’s instructions for caring for the incision sites to prevent infection and promote healing.

Cheekbone Reduction: What to Expect

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Immediate Results: You may notice some improvement in your cheekbone contour immediately after surgery, but the final results will become more apparent as swelling subsides.

Gradual Healing: It may take several weeks or months for swelling to fully resolve and for the final results of the surgery to be visible.

Scarring: Incisions are typically well-hidden and tend to fade over time, becoming less noticeable.

Cheekbone Reduction: Considerations

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Realistic Expectations: Understand that cheekbone reduction surgery can enhance your appearance, but it may not completely change your facial structure.

Risks: Like any surgical procedure, cheekbone reduction surgery carries risks such as infection, bleeding, and nerve damage.

Alternative Options: Discuss alternative options with your surgeon, such as non-surgical treatments, to achieve your desired look.

Cheekbone Reduction: Post-Surgery Care

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Follow-Up Visits: Attend all scheduled follow-up visits with your surgeon for proper monitoring of your healing progress.

Avoid Smoking: Smoking can impede the healing process, so it’s best to avoid smoking during the recovery period.

Protecting the Surgical Area: Avoid activities that could impact or injure the surgical area.

Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise to support your overall healing process.

**It’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results from your cheekbone reduction surgery.



Hospital Stay

Price (THB)

Contouring Malarplasty

1 Night


Reduction of Malar Projection (Osteotomy Malarplasty)

2 Nights


Correction Malar Reduction: Bone grinding (Contouring Malarplasty)

1 Night


Malar Reduction: Bone dissection (Correction Osteotomy-Malarplasty)

2 Nights


Cheek Implant (general anesthesia)

1 Night


Cheek Implant (local anesthesia)



Cheek Implant Removal



Facial Dimple: 1 cheek



Facial Dimple: 2 cheeks



Lipofilling - Cheeks  



Lipofilling – per additional site



Buccal Fat Excision



Cheek Liposuction



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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be asleep during the cheekbone reduction surgery?

Yes, you will be sleeping under general anesthesia and unable to feel pain during surgery.

What adjustments do I have to face after cheekbone reduction surgery?

It will hurt to open your mouth so you will be on a soft diet for a few days. Your limited facial expressions will be temporary for the same reason. As your incisions heal, regular food will slowly allowable under your doctor’s supervision and you will be able to smile or frown with less pain.

How long should I plan to stay near Bangkok?

Plan to stay near Bangkok for 7-10 days to accommodate your surgery and follow-up appointments.

How long will it take for me to appreciate my new look?

Your face will gradually lose its swollen and puffy appearance. And by the end of the second week, you will have an idea of your enhanced look. However, wound healing will take about 6-12 months to mature and show the final results.

What are the potential risks?

As with other surgeries, the risks of reduction malarplasty are bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection, and delayed healing. Also a possible nerve injury with weakness and numbness, asymmetry, sub-optimal aesthetic result, and the need for revision surgery.

How do I prepare for cheekbone reduction surgery?

You need to have realistic expectations from the surgery. To avoid complications and reduce risk factors, you need to stop smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and taking hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medicines. Other than those that your doctor allows you to continue, at least two weeks before the operation. People with diseases need surgical clearance from their medical specialists.