3D cheekbone reduction

3D Cheekbone Reduction: Fiction or Fact?

3D cheekbone reduction surgery is an innovative technique of cheekbone reduction which is designed to reduce the rugged angles and sharpness that prominent cheekbones create. This surgery will help the patient attain a more chiseled look with smooth facial lines by taking a more holistic three-dimensional approach to cheekbone reduction rather than just focusing on reducing frontal cheekbone protrusion.

What makes 3D cheekbone reduction surgery different from normal cheekbone reduction surgery?

While a basic or regular cheekbone surgery reduces the cheekbone protrusion from the front, a 3D cheekbone reduction reduces the cheekbone from both the front and the sides of the face.

A 3D cheekbone reduction is, therefore, different from  non-3D cheekbone reduction techniques because it not only cuts and pushes the lateral cheekbone inwards. Rather, through the procedure, the cheekbones will be cut, shifted and rotated at the same time. This technique makes structural improvements by reducing the cheekbone volume.

Other problems that many patients worry about such as facial sagging, droopy cheeks, bone instability due to residual fractures or non-union of the cut segments of the cheekbone following regular cheekbone surgery are also addressed through 3D cheekbone reduction surgery.

A 3D cheekbone reduction not only removes prominent cheekbones, but it attempts to create beautiful facial contours while maintaining overall harmony and balance. It also carries limited risk of facial sagging or nonunion because this surgery uses a strong fixation method through cheekbone rotation and lifts muscle and skin at the same time.

A 3D cheekbone reduction technique can also reduce overtly prominent cheekbones by 6 to 10mm, making a significant change in the patient’s overall appearance while non-3D cheekbone reduction techniques can only reduce the cheekbones by 3 to 5mm. The result is also permanent. Therefore, it’s the most preferred option for people who want a lasting solution to reduce their protruding cheekbones and develop smoother facial contours.

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Who are the best candidates for 3D cheekbone reduction surgery?

– People who have strong or protruding cheekbones that are out of balance with the rest of the face.

– People who have a wide face due to over-developed side cheekbones.

How is the 3D cheekbone reduction surgery performed?

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and generally takes 1.5-2 hours to complete.

The patient will have to go through a 3D CT scan for the plastic surgeon to figure out the anatomical structure of muscle, bone and nerve tissue as well as vascular tissue around the cheekbones. This 3D scan will also help the surgeon have a closer look at the patient’s bone structure and set realistic expectations for the patient on the limits of what the surgery can achieve, cosmetically.

At first, an incision (2 cm) will be made inside the mouth. Frontal and 450 angle cheekbones will be cut off into a trapezoid shape using a medical saw. In combination with this osteotomy, an osteotomy on the zygomatic arch (side cheekbone) will be carried out through a small incision of 5mm made inside the hairline above the ear to ensure that any scars at the incision site are not visible after the surgery.

Instead of being simply shifted backwards towards the center of the face, bone fragments which are exposed through the incisions will be rotated while being shifted in order to maximize impact. Fragments of bones are pushed inwards and tightly fixed using titanium plates and medical screws. It will shorten the recovery period and prevent dislocation or nonunion (bones not fusing together after the surgery).


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Source: GNG Hospital

The muscle and skin will be carefully tightened and lifted at the same time, giving a younger and smaller look to the patient’s face.

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A 3D jaw reduction surgery is often combined with a jaw reduction surgery as shown in the picture above to facilitate a more holistic approach to contouring the facial structure.

What is the recovery timeline and precautions for a 3D cheekbone reduction surgery?

As the accuracy of surgery is relatively high with minimal incisions, and causing little swelling and scars, the patient can quickly get back to daily life.

The patient will have to apply ice packs right after the surgery for the first 2-3 days. Some swelling can be expected which will largely subside 3-4 days after the surgery.

Soft foods and non-alcohol drinks are highly recommend for the first 2 weeks after the surgery. The patient will have to keep the inside of the mouth clean to avoid infections and inflammations.

The stiches can be removed after 7-10 days. The final result can be seen fully after 3-4 weeks.

What is the cost of a 3D cheekbone reduction surgery?

A 3D cheekbone reduction surgery can cost anywhere from $4000 to near about $7000 with South Korea being the most popular destination, globally. In Thailand, 3D cheekbone reduction techniques are not as widely practiced as they are in South Korea but the cost is likely to be in the range of $4000 to $5000.

Costs vary by surgeon, geographic region, and the complexity of the procedure.