Are My Forehead Augmentation Goals Realistic?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in forehead augmentation. I am wondering what all can be done to make my forehead go more up and down rather than how it slants severely back starting immediately above my eyes. After looking up pictures and seeing people with different types of foreheads I think I have found the answer to my problem, or rather, what I would desire to have for myself. I just don’t know how much can actually be done in the present time and how realistic my ideal results are. I would like to add quite a bit to my forehead to make it more vertical instead of so severely slanted and I was wondering if I am desiring something beyond the limits that are currently set? I gave a picture of myself from the side with wet hair to give an accurate shape of my skull as a whole, especially the slanting forehead/top of head, and then another picture of what I am thinking I would like my forehead to look like. I look at pictures of myself (such as this one) and worry if it is only a small amount that can actually be added onto one’s skull, and if I am drastically unrealistic in my hopes, what are the limiting factors? Some of the ones I read about (like the amount the skin will stretch on one’s head) seem like the major one.
A: What you are seeking is a commonly performed aesthetic craniofacial procedure, forehead augmentation. This is done for a variety of forehead shape concerns, one of which is to change a sloping backward slanting forehead to a more vertical one. While the limiting factor is how much the scalp and forehead skin can stretch, the result you are desiring to achieve is largely very realistic and within the ability of the scalp to accommodate a greater volume and convexity underneath it.
Dr. Barry Eppley