Cheekbone Reduction Reversal

Q: Dr. Eppley, I found you on RealSelf and noticed you have a lot of experience in this area. (cheekbone reduction reversals) I had my cheekbones reduced in Korea over a year ago. I’m very disappointed with the results and incredibly depressed with this surgery. My question is:

1) Is it possible reverse this surgery by pushing the zygomatic arch and malar bone back out? 

2)if bone graft is needed is there a computer program tthat can make a mold of my cheekbones ad estimated how much bone graft is needed?

3)Have you done this or met anyone who reversed this surgery with pleasing results?  Thank You.

A: In answer to your cheekbone reduction reversal questions:

1) Cheekbone reduction osteotomies can be successfully reversed. The anterior osteotomy is almost always more important than he posterior osteotomy site.

2) The most precise way to do is with virtual planning. A 3D CT scan can be done and the cheekbones moved out digitally from which the bone grafts can be digitally created in design to be used for the surgery.

3) Most cheek bone osteotomies reversal that I have done (by osteotomy and one grafting or custom cheek implant augmentation are usually happy to be back ‘home’.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana