At RSJ Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jarial makes a small incision just into the hairline so that after the surgery, hair will grow through the scar and hide it. Once the forehead bone has been accessed there are a few options:
- In some patients, the bone is very thick and can simply be shaved down to create a feminine shape and appearance. This is only appropriate for around 10% of patients, usually those who have small brow ridges to begin with.
- The forehead bone may require shaving and filling: when the bone is shaved down and then filled in as necessary to create a smooth, round forehead. This is only used in patients who have a naturally large forehead-nose angle.
- The forehead may be reconstructed by removing the bone, reshaping it, and putting it back. This is the most common type of forehead contour and reduction procedure – and the most powerful.
- Sometimes the forehead needs to be filled during reconstruction to remove any bumps and get the desired straight-up-and-down appearance.
You will likely spend the night after surgery in a West Palm Beach hospital being monitored. There will be some pain – usually for a few days – which can be managed with normal painkillers. Down time is typically one to two weeks. The most common side effects of forehead contouring and reduction are bruising and swelling, which should subside within a week or two (though can last up to two months). Forehead numbness is common and can last up to a year.