Can My Forehead Horns Be Removed?

Q:  Dear Dr. Eppley, I am a young women and am very insecure about my forehead. It’s very large and I’m tired of bangs. As you can see in the pictures, my forehead sticks out because of the “horns” I have smacked in the middle of my forehead. It feels hard. It may just be the bone but I still want to see if any procedure can be done to make them go away or, if not, make them less noticeable when light is shown on them.

A: I can see by your pictures that you have an upper frontal bone bulges, often what people refer to as ‘horns’. There are two approaches to making your forehead smooth and less prominent. The simplest approach, and I suspect the one of most interest to you, is to do a burring reduction of these bumps to make your forehead smooth and less prominent. This would be done through an incision way back in the scalp. The other approach to forehead smoothness is to build up the forehead below and around it with a cranioplasty material. This would not only make your forehead smooth but would also give it greater convexity which is viewed by many women as a desireable forehead feature. Both of these forehead reshaping/reduction approaches will work to make the forehead smooth adn get rid of the bumps, it is just that the shape of the forehead in profile view will be different depending upon which one you would choose.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana