Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in forehead reduction. I wanted to inform if it’s possible to help me with the following. I have a bulged forehead, that looks bigger than the one’s of people I generally see. Maybe it’s scaphocephaly, I’m not sure. I’ve attached a photo. Is it possible to reduce it to a more normal appearance? You mentioned a ‘conservative change’, would it be possible to go even further? Would an operation cause a large scar? How much recovery time would be neccesary? What would roughly be the costs for such an operation?
A: Certainly some reduction of the forehead bulge with or without some brow bone reduction can be done. (forehead reduction) I have imaged a conservative change to see if I am going in the right direction. When I do computer imaging I like to demonstrate what I feel is the minimum amount of change that will occur. More may be possible but a patient’s decision for surgery should be based on the least amount of change they can accept.
To do forehead reduction an incision has to be made somewhere and this is actually the biggest decision in the surgery as to where to place it so it the most aesthetically acceptable.
Most of the recovery (swelling) should have resolved by 7 to 10 days after surgery.
My assistant will pass along the cost of the surgery to you on Monday.
Dr. Barry Eppley