Can My Brow Bones Be Made Normal Looking?

Q: Dr. Eppley, my forehead bone has grown from from normal to abnormal. Because when I was young almost 10 years old I had fibrous dysplasia. I had an operation in 1999 and it started growing up at the age of 19 but then stopped at the age of 22. It is not growing anymore. I want to know now that it is not growing anymore if it is possible to make it normal? MANY THANKS

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. I can see that your brow bone has grown disproportionately compared to the rest of your forehead. Because the origin is fibrous dysplasia, your brow bone may well be completely ossified as opposed to be a large air-filled bone cavity. That could be determined by a CT scan. But regardless of what constitutes the brow bone protrusion, the surgical technique to reduce it is basically the same. I assume because you have had a prior operation that you already have an existing scalp incision/scar. This makes brow bone reduction ‘easy’ because there is not a concern about the method of access to do the surgery. Dramatic reduction can be done on your brow bones to get their appearance much more normal looking.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana