Cheekbone Reduction Reversal

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in cheekbone reduction reversal surgery. I had the procedure done last year and do not like the way it looks now. Is the zygomatic arch after being reduced reversible? if not would a cranial facial reconstruction surgeon be able to reconstruct the zygomatic arch with plates to widen the midface to support the soft tissue? I have attached two photos of what I look like before and one photo of what happened to me after surgery. I had my cheekbone and jawline reduced which was a HUGE mistake and now looking to rebuild my face.

Thank You.

A: I have seen and treated numerous women and men who have had facial bone slimming surgery, such as cheekbone reduction, and wanted to reverse it. In short, cheekbone reduction reversal is very difficult to get the zygomatic body elevated back out and fixed into position with plates and screws…difficult but not impossible in some cases. But whether this is possible is best determined by getting a 3D CT scan to see exactly where the zygomatic bones look like. As for the jaw angles the only treatment option is vertically lengthening jaw angle implants for restoration to replace the missing bone.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana