Is There A Surgery To Reduce The Size Of A Protruding Forehead?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I was very curious about their was any surgery that could reduce the size of a protruding forehead. I was born with a large, protruding front skull (not frontal bossing, just unfortunately how I was born), and was wondering if you were capable of preforming this procedure, as it is something I am insecure about. I am not looking for a hairline lowering procedure by the way. I have seen one notable doctor responding to a similar question saying their is a procedure that is capable of doing this, but didn’t supply much information about it. I hope you read this and are able to answer my concern, and hopefully I will be able to get my concern resolved thank you. 

A: Bony forehead reduction, with or without hairline lowering, can be performed in anyone. The question is not whether the protruding forehead can be reduced but by how much and whether that would be satisfactory to the patient. That I can not tell you without seeing pictures of your forehead in profile. Conversely, however, like all skull reductions there are limits as to how much bone can be safely removed. So whatever amount can be removed, even if it falls short of the patient’s ideal goal, is the result a patient has to accept.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana