Q: I am interested in forehead reshaping. I have a very large forehead which I know takes away from my appearance and I’ve been teased about it alot. How is this procedure done?
A: The forehead makes up one-third of the total face and is frequently overlooked as having a major contribution to one’s appearance. Only when something about the forehead is ‘wrong’ does one take notice of its facial significance.
When a patient feels that they have a forehead problem, they are usually referring to two potential concerns or problems. The issues are usually its shape, which is a reflection of the underlying shape of the bone, or of its length or height, which is a the result of the amount of skin between the frontal hairline and the brows.
Forehead bone problems could be irregularities, bumps or high spots, prominent brow bones, or the narrowness or width of the forehead from one temple to the other. Such forehead problems are treated with frontal cranioplasty procedures where the bone can be reduced or added by different materials. This does require an open approach with a scalp scar needed for access. But with this wide open visibility, a wide array of bone reshaping and contouring can be relatively easily done to the frontal and brow bones.
Too high a forehead or too long of a forehead is a matter of skin reduction. This procedure is essentially a ‘reverse browlift’ where the skin is removed through an incision at the frontal hairline. Instead of the brows coming up, the frontal hairline comes down thus shortening the visible forehead skin to 7cms or less in vertical length.
Dr. Barry Eppley