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  1. #1 Widening of Cheekbones 
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    Hi, I have a question.

    A friend of mine is convinced that he has slightly wide cheekbones on his upper face, so for a couple of weeks, he has been exerting pressure inwards with both hands on his cheekbones to try and push the cheekbones in. But recently he claims that his right cheekbone seems more protruding--kind of like the opposite effect. What happened? Does pressure cause the cheekbones to become wider? Is this a permanent effect?

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    Are you sure sure he has not just pushed too hard with his left hand?

    Seriously, If he is a mature person it is unlikely that normal pressure with the hands over a short period would have any effect.

    Our faces are not truly symetrical, it is possible therefore that he has made a more accurate measurement and found this?

    Has he lost weight? this is often a reason for bones to appear to stick out or through diet or disease (such as aids).


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    He is a bit on the thin side. He was convinced that his face looked gaunt and bony because of the protruding cheekbones so he applied quite a lot of pressure using his palms against the cheekbones to try and push them in. Clearly i dont think that will work. But would there be any side effects or damage to what he has done? Perhaps to the muscles or the skin?

    Any advice i can give him to make him appear less gaunt on the face? Hes 18 by the way
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    He may have just got welling from pushing too hard on one side. If he does have wide cheeks its unlikely to be the bone it may be the cheek fat or something like that unless its obviously a bone thing.

    If he had damage the muscle you would have noticed peculiarities about his facial expression. It could maybe damage the skins if hes doing it quite hard but I dont think anything major.

    as or changing the bone shape I doubt he can change that especially at his age. The maxilla is quite a sturdy structure. Perhaps if he did put on weight however his face may fill out and look a bit more normal (if it doesnt already)
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    If he is 'gaunt' at 18 he could probably do with regular exercise, healthy meals, and some good company (whatever his taste may be). Tell him
    to chuck his PC in the trash (unless he is a membre of this forum).
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    Right...his facial bones (zygomatic bone to be exact) shouldnt be changeable.

    What got me curious really is the effect of pressure on bones--do bones widen, thicken, or what. Biology brings a lot of curiosities to mind.
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    If a bone is repeatedly exposed to pressure it is most likely to thicken, the skeletons of English bowmen will attest to this.
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    Interesting. Is this thickening permanent for the bone?
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    If done over many years I believe it is, In the case of English bowmen they practiced archery from about the age of 10 by the time they reached maturity they could draw a 120lb bow. that's like picking up 120lbs with one hand high enough to touch your chin with the knuckles.
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    That;s different though, that's bone density you're on about, which would not really have much of an external feature on the bone.
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    If your friend is so concerned about his appearence of his cheek bones. Remind him that females care more about care and honesty as a person. But people should not really thibk wide cheek bones something not desired, it really is quite pointless.
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    I agree, he main issue is him being comfortable with himself no matter what we say here.
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    So I was skimming through google and happened to come across this webpage, read all of the posts, and I'm curious to know if there is some sort of reversal of this? Bone growth seems to be stimulated much more easily once it is triggered in certain areas, as mentioned. So what are the possibilities of halting and reversing this trend in increased bone mass? i.e. controlled method of bone resorption?
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    If he's 18 his facial structure is in the process of maturing. There really is quite a difference in the appearance of young men as they progress from about 17 through to about 24 or 25. One thing that might give him this impression is that the shape of his nose and forehead should be changing to a more adult male conformation from now on.

    There's also the other issue around such changes. Just as in puberty, some changes occur in advance of others. So there are months, sometimes a couple of years when the body shape or the face has entirely different proportions from the eventual result.

    All he needs to do is to look at his male relatives on both sides of his family and see where they got to eventually. Family photo albums can be a good guide here - how Uncle Joe looked when he was 20 as against when he was 25+.

    And being 18, he's yet to 'fill out' to adult male musculature. This will make a difference too.
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    Give the poor guy a break, at least he is not obsessed with the size of another body part.


    Yeah, that one. And if he IS I would rather he kept it to himself. I mean the obsession AND the body part. I have plenty of both.

    Really, I do.
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    Local hardware stores carry a kind of modified locking pliers with arms in the shape of two big Cs - furniture repair guys use them to compress glue joints while drying, etc.

    Fastening them on tight at bedtime, or for a few hours each day while shopping, watching TV, etc, would probably alter the shape of one's face over a few months - tell your friend about them. Worth a try, eh?
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    Ssssshhh! You will put the plastic surgeons out of business and the AMA will put out a hit on you!
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    I recommend he get bitten by a vampire. After a short time he will not be able to see his reflection - end of problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    I recommend he get bitten by a vampire. After a short time he will not be able to see his reflection - end of problem.
    And a most novel solution!
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