What is Asian cheekbone reduction surgery (zygoma reduction)?

Typically, people of east Asian descent – particularly those from Japan, South Korea, Mongolia or northern China – tend to have wider faces. Caucasians, on the other hand, usually have narrower, longer faces.

To give their faces greater balance and a more sculpted, oval shape, many people with wide faces choose to have Asian cheekbone surgery. This procedure reduces the width and fullness of the cheeks, making them less noticeable than they were previously.

During cheekbone reduction, also known as zygoma reduction surgery, part of the zygomatic bone and arch is removed. This typically requires a maxillofacial surgeon that has specialist training in correcting the soft and hard tissues of the face; in this case, the facial bone structure.

Mr Mark Ho-Asjoe does not perform cheekbone reduction surgery. One alternative is face and jaw slimming injections or masseter injections. Muscle relaxing injections are injected into the masseter muscles which can make the face look wider and more masculine looking. Facial slimming with botulinum toxin has become an increasingly popular procedure for Asian patients.

Leading surgeons

Asian Plastic Surgeon at Karidis Clinic

Mr Mark Ho-Asjoe is our Consultant Plastic Surgeon – and one of London’s most highly sought-after cosmetic surgeons. He has 25 years of plastic surgery experience behind him.

After graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he performed his surgical training in the UK. He then chose to specialise in plastic surgery, studying both in the UK and at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, which is a world-famous centre for microsurgical reconstructive surgery in Taiwan.

Mr Ho-Asjoe has such a respected reputation that he’s an examiner for the Diploma of Aesthetics Plastic Surgery. He’s also been elected as an Elected Trustee to the BAAPS Council (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), for 2021 to 2023. In addition, he sits on various other plastic surgery bodies, passing his expertise on and staying up to date with the latest thinking in the sector.

Plus, he lectures on plastic surgery in the UK, mainland Europe and Asia – and is an Honorary Lecturer at Hong Kong’s Queen Mary University Hospital.