Our signature zygoma reduction surgery for cheekbones at View Plastic Surgery makes us one of the best facial contouring clinics in Korea. Learn more about our approach here”

Zygoma reduction (cheekbone reduction)

Zygoma reduction minimizes dissection which separates soft tissues from the cheekbones, adjusts the position of the cheekbones (zygoma) by considering the patient’s skin elasticity and texture, and firmly fixes the bones so their gap would not widen after the surgery to prevent droopy cheeks.

Operation time

1 hour




Same day discharge

Suture removal



7 days

What is cheekbone reduction (zygoma reduction)?

Zygoma reduction reduces protruded cheekbones.

The more protruded the cheekbone (zygoma), the stronger and rougher the impression it gives out. The cheekbones may look more protruded as the cheeks sink due to aging.
Zygoma reduction further reduces the cheekbone through L-shaped osteotomy (bone cut) to make the side and front cheekbone look smaller and forms a natural volume according to the twisting movement of the cheekbones.

1. Why the cheekbone surgery (zygoma reduction) is called baby face surgery.

The cheek looks more protruded due to aging from the 30s due to droopy skin and this is why people in their 20s look older.
VIEW Clinic considers the different size of bones and skin elasticity for each individual patient and adjusts the amount of zygoma reduction to effectively reduce any type of cheekbone.
In addition, the clinic fixes the skin a little bit higher during the surgery thus making a more beautiful and younger face by predicting cheek sagging after the surgery.

2. Making a beautiful cheekbone (zygoma) while nobody knows, absorbable pins and screws.

The cut bones are gathered together and firmly fixed in the front chin surgery. The pins and nuts used in this procedure are not harmful to the human body but can be identified by X-ray.
When fixing the bones with absorbable pins and nuts, there is no possibility of problems like nonunion because they disappear after the bones are completely fixed.
VIEW provides the option of using either the absorbable pins and nuts or conventional pins and nuts for surgery and the decision on whether absorbable pins can be used is made after consultation.

Special features of View Plastic Surgery’s zygoma reduction (cheekbone reduction).

Cheekbone reduction

It provides a more significant zygoma reduction effect by reducing the side as well as the front of the cheekbone.

Cheekbone volume

The trimmed cheekbone is rotated and pushed inside, forming a natural volume at a 45 degree angle.


Zygoma reduction adjusts the amount of bone resection depending on the size of the cheekbone to shape the cheekbone in harmony with the face.

Prevention of cheek sagging

Our surgery know-how for preventing cheek sagging like dissection, fixation and positioning shapes a lifted cheekbone.

Bone scalpel enhancing the accuracy and safety of surgery
The bone scalpel is an ultrasonic device which cuts the bones by responding only to the bone tissues.

It has less vibration within 0.5mm enabling a very precise surgery, protects nearby blood vessels and nerves by responding only to bones, causes less tissue damages and bleeding and provides quick recovery.


When you need zygoma reduction (cheekbone surgery)?

01If you want a natural V line

02If you want an egg-shaped face unnoticeable in everyday life

03If you have a large angle on the side jaw and a round front chin

04If you have previously received a square jaw surgery but do not have a V line

Zygoma Reduction Before and After the Surgery

Before the surgery
Cheekbone reduction
After the surgery
Zygoma Reduction Before & After - View Plastic Surgery

Surgery method

Facial bone

Cut a part of the front side of the cheekbone in an L shape through oral cavity incision.
At this point, adjust the amount of cutting depending on the size of the protruding cheekbone to adjust the size of the cheekbone.

Facial bone

Remove bone chips.
(In most cases, a certain amount of bones is removed but if the cheekbones are not too big, only osteotomy is performed.)

Facial bone

Cut and separate the arch on the side of the cheekbone through the incision of the scalp around the sideburns.

Facial bone

Rotate and place the separated cheekbone inside.

Facial bone

Shave off the rough border surface and firmly fix it with pins.

Principle of bone rotation in cheekbone reduction

View Plastic Surgery Clinic’s zygoma reduction (cheekbone surgery) has the effect of reducing the front and side of the cheekbones by rotating the bone inside. This procedure is effective for those who have cheekbones protruding to the front and on the sides.
The know-how of medical experts is crucial because the balance in the front side, 45 degrees angle and the side of the cheekbones depends on the amount of bone cutting, movement range and extent of rotation.

Zygoma Reduction - Bimaxillary Osteotomy - View Plastic Surgery
VIEW Clinic's Cheekbone surgery

Reduction of front and side of the cheekbone

bimaxillary osteotomy
VIEW Clinic's Cheekbone surgery

Reduction of front and side of the cheekbone


The existing zygoma reduction surgery cuts the cheekbone into an I shape and pushes the separated bones inside.
While the width of the cheekbones on the sides are reduced due to the amount of the bones pushed inside, the reduction of the front side of the cheekbones is insignificant. Therefore, this surgery method is not used that much.
However, it is good for patients with a flat front side of the cheekbone with developed cheekbones on the side. Thus, it is important to precisely analyze the cheekbones before performing the surgery.

Why is View the best Korean plastic surgery clinic for facial contouring surgery?

1The dream team of facial bones achieving the best results with safe surgery

Satisfactory results

Cooperation with more than 2 plastic surgeons
Direct consulting from the operating surgeons
Customized surgery plan and error-free surgery

Thorough preparation for safety

The residing anesthesiologist participates from surgery planning and takes care of the patients until they recover.
Defibrillator, UPS, antiseptic surgery system
Precise examination before the surgery

Special care after the surgery

Swelling and skin care by the dedicated facial contouring care department
Scaling and oral checkup by the partner dental clinic

23D CT upgrading the operational precision and stability

The 3D CT irradiates the X-ray into the human body and reconstructs the image with the computer to display the internal status with multidimensional images.

Unlike the existing X-ray image, the technique shows more than 3,000 times higher precision and thoroughly analyzes the size, location, depth, length and width of the facial bone to provide a customized operation plan with the operation method and range.

Furthermore, safe surgery is performed by precisely understanding the location of neural glands to prevent nerve damages.

Please be careful because common complications like bleeding, infection and inflammation after the surgery varies by patient.