What Is This Bulge Back By My Ear After Cheekbone Reduction Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m a 32 years old male. Since a long time I’d like to reduce my temporal head breadth a bit and I was also never satisfied with my too wide cheekbones. 

As for this matter, I had a cheekbone reduction in January 2020 in South Korea, and I’m not 100% satisfied with the result. Especially after the screws came out. It’s still a bit too wide, especially at the end of the zygomatic arch near the ears I got some small “bulges” which I hate! It’s probably a mix of scar tissue and bone. Unfortunately, I can’t reach the Korean surgeon anymore for a post-correction. 

I’m very unsatisfied with this and would like to consult Dr. Eppley for this matter. On photos or video, it’s very difficult to see what I mean. As far as I understood, he offers these kinds of operations and hopefully could bring the result to a satisfying finish for me. 

For this a personal meeting would be important for which I could bring the current 3D DVTs (digital volume tomography). 

I’m looking forward to hear from you.

A:What I need to see is a postop 3D CT scan. Most likely this represents a prominent posterior zygomatic arch which has either not been reduced or continues to have a prominent arch shape to ir which is very common.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana