The Mini-Zygoma Reduction Surgery: A Simple and Reliable Approach for Mid-Face Narrowing

J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Jul;27(5):1298-301. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000002789.


Reduction of mid-face width is a major concern in Asian facial contouring surgery, and some patients want their mild or borderline problems to be improved in a minimally invasive manner. The authors' mini-zygoma reduction surgery technique is indicated for patients who seek both minimal invasiveness and reliability. Patients presenting with a wide mid-face and isolated zygomatic arch protrusion without severe zygomatic body prominence were included into the study. All surgeries are performed under local anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. Through temporal and sideburn incisions, complete osteotomy was performed on the temporal process of the zygomatic body and just in front of the anterior tubercle of the zygomatic arch. After transposition to a proper inward position, the osteotomized segment was rigidly fixed on the zygomatic arch with metal fixtures. All surgeries were successfully performed without excessive blood loss or any unpredicted events. Over the 6 to 18-month follow-up period, most patients were satisfied with the aesthetic results of the surgery, the rapid recovery, and the minimal postoperative swelling. Even with a 1-point fixation, the segment remained stable and did not show displacement of the bony segment. In patients showing a minimal zygomatic arch prominence and seeking minimally invasive surgery, the proposed technique can be a proper surgical option with reliable and predictable results. The surgery can be performed without general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis, thereby resulting in prompt postoperative recovery. Predictability and reliability is assured with rigid fixation with a metal fixture on the zygomatic arch.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anesthesia, Local
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Osteotomy / methods*
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Rhytidoplasty / methods*
  • Young Adult
  • Zygoma / surgery*