What Is Involved In Reducing My Forehead Bumps?

Q: I have two forehead bumps that are very distressing to me. They have been there since I was very young. They stick out like horns and I am very self-conscious of them. Can they be taken down and made smooth with the rest of my forehead? What is involved in this type of surgery and what are the risks?

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. I can clearly see the two upper forehead bumps. While they are not true osteomas, they are protrusions of the frontal bone. They can easily and simply be reduced through burring reduction. You can take down the outer table of the frontal bone in these areas up to 5mms to 7mms which should make them smooth and even with the rest of your forehead contour. This can be done through an incision either back in your hairline or just along your hairline. This would result in a very fine line scar. The hairline incision, commonly used in pretrichial or hairline browlifts, offers an advantage in that one could advance the frontal hairline forward if one desired. In your pictures, it appears that your forehead is fairly long between the hairline and the eyebrows. That distance could be easily reduced at the same time by bringing the hairline forward. I have found that to be very helpful with burring down upper forehead prominences as the combination of bone reduction and a shorter forehead length makes for a very smooth and more pleasing forehead shape.

This is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia that takes less than two hours to do. There is very minimal pain and swelling afterwards. A wrap around dressing is used just overnite. One can shower and wash their hair the very next day. There are are not real risks to the procedure other than the fine line scar which blends in quite nicely and is rarely detectable. Usually one’s hair grows through the very edges of the scar so it is not visible.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana