Cheekbone reduction surgery
in the NYC tri-state area

If you are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers cheekbone reduction, you’ve probably discovered that there aren’t many in the United States. Patients on the East Coast, particularly those in the NYC tri-state area are fortunate to have convenient access to one of the nation’s foremost ethnic plastic surgeons. Dr. Edmund Kwan offers cheekbone reduction and many other advanced surgical procedures at his offices in New Jersey, Flushing, and Manhattan.

What is cheekbone reduction?

Cheekbones are an essential aspect of the facial structure. Many people struggle with low confidence and poor self-image, due to the height and shape of their cheekbones. Thankfully, today’s plastic surgery techniques can correct this problem.

The cheekbone can be reshaped by reducing the height and the width. Dr. Kwan uses precision techniques and discretely located incisions so that patients don’t need to worry about visible scarring.

Dr. Kwan uses Vectra H1 in diagnostics and treatment planning in NYC
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How cheekbone reduction is performed

The first step is treatment planning. Dr. Kwan uses state-of-the-art technology, including Vectra H1 three-dimensional imaging, which provides high-definition, detail-accurate simulations of results. This allows the patient to make an informed decision with confidence.

The actual surgery uses one of two techniques, as discussed above.

  1. Osteotomy – This is the most complex type of cheekbone reduction. Only a surgeon with specific training and considerable experience in craniofacial surgery, such as Dr. Kwan, should perform this procedure. Cheekbone is cut at two places and re positioned to reduce prominence.
  2. Shaving – This method is less complicated, and it only removes a very small amount of bone tissue. It requires excellent judgement on the part of the surgeon.

About Vectra imaging

The VECTRA® H1 handheld imaging system brings clinical-quality 3D imaging by Dr .Edmund Kwan
The VECTRA® H1 handheld imaging system brings clinical-quality 3D imaging to any practice. It delivers precision optics for high-resolution 3D images in an intuitive, lightweight and easy to handle image capture system. Ideal for facial aesthetics, clinical documentation, and more, it's completely self-contained with integrated flash and ranging lights, the VECTRA H1 is ready to go with minimal staff training.

The VECTRA® H1 handheld imaging system brings clinical-quality 3D imaging by Dr. Edmund Kwan
The VECTRA® H1 3D imaging by Dr. Kwan

Dr. Kwan uses Vectra H1 in diagnostics and treatment planning. Facial scans are completed with a special type of camera. All you need to do is hold still while we take three photos, one from the front and one from each side. The exclusive Vectra software seamlessly stiches these pictures into a single, extremely accurate, 3D image of your face. It can show dimensions of certain features, skin texture, and much more. Most importantly, it can show you a simulation of results before you commit to any procedure.

Cheekbone reduction side effects

As with any surgery, some side effects and recovery time are normal and expected. Chewing can be difficult for the first week, so you may need to eat soft foods. Additionally, you might experience some numbness or soreness at the surgical site, as well as swelling and bruising. These effects typically fade within a month or two. Dr. Kwan will provide a prescription for post-treatment pain relivers, if needed.

What cheekbone reduction surgery can do for you

If you feel that your face is too wide, angular, or disproportionate, reducing your cheekbones may be the ideal solution. The benefits of this procedure include:

  • Your face will appear more slender
  • Facial features become softer
  • You can feel more confident about your appearance
  • Cheekbone reduction is an excellent complement to procedures such as jaw contouring

Cheekbone Reduction Before and After
Done By Dr. Kwan

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After doing the Cheekbone reduction to a patient 3
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Why choose Dr. Kwan for cheekbone reduction

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Having plastic surgery can be a life-changing experience. Choosing the right surgeon is essential for those changes to be positive ones. You need and deserve not only clinical excellence, but also convenience, affordability, compassionate care, and more. You don’t want to compromise or settle for less in any way – and when you choose Dr. Kwan, you won’t have to.

  • Expertise you can count on – Dr. Kwan is a Board-certified plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience. His training includes studying ethnic plastic surgery with a pioneer in the field, Dr. Flowers, and craniofacial reconstruction training at Johns Hopkins.
  • Surprisingly affordable – With nearly unparalleled skills and premier office locations, you might expect Dr. Kwan’s services to come with a high-end price tag. However, his practice is about helping patients, not about charging exorbitant prices. Many people are surprised to find that his charges are often comparable with doctors who have far less experience.
  • You can explore your options – Plastic surgery is about loving what you see in the mirror. Often, patients commit to procedures without knowing what that “new face” will look like. Dr. Kwan removes that worry, with Vectra H1 imaging. He uses it to scan the face and neck area, creating detailed 3D images. With the sophisticated Vectra software, he can adjust the digital image to reflect results of various procedures that you are considering.

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Pre- and post-operative guidelines


  • The first step is a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Kwan, facial analysis, digital imaging, and treatment planning.
  • The doctor will review your medical history and ask some questions. It is important that you tell him about any medical conditions, allergies, prescription or non-prescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements.
  • You will be provided with pre-operative instructions, including avoidance of nicotine, and certain medications such as NSAIDs.
  • You need to arrange transportation, because you won’t be able to drive until sedatives wear off completely.


  • Use cold packs for the first 72 hours to manage swelling and bruising.
  • For the first three days, you will need to lie down with your head at about a 45-degree angle.
  • Avoid nicotine, alcohol, spicy or pickled foods, and seafood for the first month.
  • Clean and dress the surgical wounds as instructed.
  • Avoid excess facial movement.
  • Closely follow all post-operative instructions and attend scheduled follow-up appointments.

Getting started

Cheekbone reduction is a major surgery, requiring an elevated level of skill. Not only is Dr. Kwan among a small handful of American surgeons offering this procedure, but he also has many years of experience performing it. He caters to all ethnicities, taking care to enhance each patient’s unique beauty.

How does the Cheekbone Reduction Procedure work by Dr .Edmund Kwan

Who is an ideal candidate for cheekbone reduction?
This is an area concern especially for many Asians who have very large cheeks or cheeks that flaring out. Many don’t like it. It exceeds the line of their face as to some sort of imbalance and asymmetry of the face.

How is the procedure done?
By reducing the bone, or cheekbone, I can achieve a really a narrower face.

This is done by making cuts on the cheekbone much like a facial fracture somebody who broke their face. By making precise cuts and allowing the bones to sort of sink in I can narrow the face.

Can it be done without using plates and screws?
Some surgeons use plates and screws and I don’t used them and have been doing this procedure over twenty years and found it to be very effective even without the use of plates and screws I hold it in and the bone pretty much stays in place within a week and within 3 weeks it will be healed so you get the desired effect.

Are any scars left after the procedure?
The incision to do this surgery is mostly from inside the mouth and patients don’t really see any external scars with cheek reduction.

Patients considering a cheekbone reduction are encouraged to schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Kwan (212) 734-4488

Dr. Edmund Kwan sculpts your dream cheekbones

Cheeks that overwhelm your face may be great candidates for cheekbone reduction surgery. There are many techniques available, and you’ll get to see your options virtually during a consultation. Experience Dr. Kwan’s skill and advanced technologies like Vectra 3D imaging – schedule your appointment at Edmund Kwan, MD

Call any of our offices to schedule your consultation
Manhattan: (212) 734 4488
Flushing: (718) 661 4580
New Jersey: (201) 947 3636
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Dr. Edmund Kwan, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon in New York specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr Kwan is committed to performing non surgical and surgical procedures to help his patients restore a more youthful appearance with natural and beautiful results. Connect with Dr. Edmund Kwan, M.D. on Linkedin