Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 21 year old girl, but I have a masculine forehead. I am interested in forehead augmentation and brow bone augmentation with bone cement. Could you tellI am a little girl, 5 feet tall, and I have a pretty small forehead. Also I was wondering, after the procedure will there be permanent metal or titanium in my forehead? Lastly, what is the general recovery time like? Thank you for your time!
A: Such forehead augmentation can be done using bone cement materials which are like putty and are shaped and allowed to harden during surgery. There are no metal materials that are used. The recovery from this type of surgery is largely just about the swelling that temporarily occurs around the eyes and forehead area. (the eyes do not swell shut) Most patients come in the day before the surgery, have surgery the next day and stay over night in a hotel the night and first day after. One can go home fairly quickly in a day our two after the surgery. It is not a procedure that is usually associated with much discomfort. In fact the forehead will be numb for awhile rather than painful.
Dr. Barry Eppley