Can Cheekbones Be Reduced?: What You Should Know About Cheekbone Reduction Surgery in Singapore
A pair of well-defined cheekbones is a considered a desirable and attractive facial feature as it gives the face instant definition and contour. On the contrary, if the cheekbones are too high and extremely prominent, it makes the face appear wider and more “masculine”, which is not exactly the ideal look for women who want a softer and delicate facial structure. Although it would be nice to be born with perfect cheekbones, unfortunately, not many people area lucky enough in the genetics department. If the question “Can cheekbones be reduced?” pops in your mind, the answer is yes, and it might just be what you need to achieve the cheekbones you have always dreamed of! Cheekbone reduction surgery cost in Singapore can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000. It is definitely not cheap but considering the fact that you will get permanent (and life-changing) results, the price tag is justified. Furthermore, the cost of the procedure varies depending on several factors: location, credentials and experience of the plastic surgeon (a board-certified plastic surgeon is a must!), duration of the surgery, and the aftercare.
To learn more about cheekbone reduction in Singapore, this article will discuss the following:
- What is cheekbone reduction surgery in Singapore?
- What are the benefits?
- What to expect before, during, and after the procedure?
What is cheekbone reduction surgery in Singapore?
Cheekbone reduction surgery in Singapore goes by different names: malasplasty, malar reduction surgery, and zygomatic reduction surgery. The aim of this cosmetic surgical procedure is to adjust the shape of the cheek so that it will suit the contours of the face. In simpler terms, this type of surgery is performed to reduce the width of the mid-face, making it look slimmer and more proportional. According to aesthetic standards, the cheek should not project too much over the cranial bones. The surgeon will examine the face of the patient and use 3-dimensional computed tomography to identify the cheekbone’s shape, degree of protrusion, and the location of the projection before performing surgery.
What are the benefits?
Patients who undergo cheekbone reduction surgery in Singapore can expect the following benefits:
Improve cheek contours
Getting more definition to the cheeks is something that is difficult to achieve through exercise and diet alone – that is a fact. The hollow of the cheeks contains buccal fat pads and large buccal fat pads cause facial fullness or “chubby” cheeks. Removing these fat pads though surgery can add the needed definition to the cheeks. Instant cheek contour without breaking a sweat!
Slimmer and more attractive facial angles
The slimmer the cheeks are, the slimmer the face looks, too. Cheekbone reduction surgery can give the lower part of the face a slimmer silhouette, which creates an aesthetically pleasing visual – from rounded cheeks to a more desirable heart or oval-shape.
Zero scars and minimal downtime
The mention of the word “surgery” is enough to conjure images of painful and unsightly stiches and scars. Cheekbone reduction surgery, on the other hand, promises no visible scars. The surgery is performed via the oral cavity, so you do not have to worry about the scarring. And with a small incision and quick procedure time, the recovery is also pretty fast. Patients only need a few days off work to rest and then they can continue the healing and recovery process over the next the four to six weeks.
If you have been feeling self-conscious about your cheeks for most of your life, getting a cheekbone reduction surgery might just be the best decision you will ever make. By reducing the size of the cheeks, your face will have a more defined, balanced look. No need to stress about your appearance anymore!
What happens before, during, and after the procedure?
Before: The patient will consult with the surgeon to discuss the desired results and how they can best be achieved. A physical examination will be performed to determine if the patient if the patient is physically fit enough to undergo surgery. If the patient is more that 40 years old, some surgeons may require an ECG to identify if the patient is at any risk from a heart condition. A facial x-ray will also be carried out as part of the standard pre-surgery protocol.
The patient will be advised to stop smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages at least two weeks prior to the surgery. The surgeon will also recommend that they avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications for at least two weeks.
During: Cheekbone reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia and it usually takes about two to three hours to complete. The surgeon will create one incision in the oral cavity and another in the temporal area to access the cheekbone. Some parts of the bone will be fractured or shaved so they can be moved further inwards to reduce the outward protrusion. The surgeon may also remove a small portion of the bone if needed. In some cases, the surgery is performed by making an incision either in front of or above the ear to allow the surgeon to work on the arch and the body of the cheekbone. After altering the cheekbone, titanium plates and screws are added to the zygoma bone to hold it in the desired position. Lastly, surgeon will apply sutures to close the incisions.
After: Immediately after the procedure, there will be facial swelling, bruising, and numbness, which can be managed using over-the-counter medication. Patients can also expect post-operative pain around the cheeks. To alleviate pain and prevent infection, analgesics and oral antibiotics will be prescribed. There will be a mandatory overnight hospital stay as well so that the doctor can monitor the patient’s condition.
For the next three days, a compression bandage should be worn over the treated area at all times, then for the following one to two weeks, the patient will only be required to wear the bandage when at home. And lastly, head elevation when sleeping is required for the first four weeks following the procedure.
If you have any questions about cheekbone reduction surgery in Singapore, you can contact the TES Clinic for Face and Jaw and we will be happy to help.
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