Also known as brow bone reduction or augmentation, forehead contouring is a cosmetic surgery procedure which aims to alter the shape of your forehead. The forehead is one of the most prominent facial features and can sometimes appear out of proportion compared with the cheeks or jaw. With a relatively simple procedure, surgeons can achieve significant changes in appearance, resulting in boosted self esteem and satisfaction.
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Forehead contouring works by physically altering the shape of the bones which constitute an individual's brow.
There are two main forms of forehead reshaping: reduction and augmentation.
Forehead reduction procedures go roughly as follows:
Before undergoing brow reduction procedures, you will need to meet with a cosmetic surgeon to discuss the risks involved, your personal aims and any underlying issues which may feed into the decision to operate. A CT scan may also be ordered to establish whether you are a suitable candidate for brow reshaping. If you are looking for a qualified plastic surgeon, we are here to help. Contact Qunomedical anytime!
If surgery is recommended, a date will be arranged. Immediately prior to admission, you will need to abstain from tobacco and alcohol, and it may be necessary to suspend certain medications. On the day of surgery, it is normal to administer a local anaesthetic, although in some instances, a general anaesthetic will be advisable. This will require a longer stay in hospital.
Surgeons must make an incision in the brow in order to access the brow bone. This will generally be made along the hairline, and the skin will be peeled back to allow for shaving or remodelling.
In some cases, surgeons will elect to shave (or "boss") the brow bone. This usually involves shaving the bone in front of the sinus, removing the excess bone mass, and rounding off the shape of the forehead.
However, bossing is not always sufficient to achieve a noticeable alteration in the contours of a patient's forehead. In this case, it may be necessary to detach the forehead bone and physically reshape it to guarantee acceptable results. In this case, your surgeon will shave the bone to remove excess bone mass, and they may apply synthetic fillers to smooth out any concave areas before carefully reattaching the bone above the sinuses. In some cases, it will be necessary to carry out supplemental cosmetic procedures such as hairline restorations or brow lifts. These can be arranged for subsequent dates or carried out during the same admission.
When the recontouring operation has concluded, the surgeon will seal the incision with surgical stitches and dress the forehead appropriately. You may be able to return home the same day, although an overnight stay can be advised to assess the success of the operation.
The description above relates to a forehead reduction process. If forehead augmentation is required, the process is similar but usually less invasive. In this case, surgeons will usually create a custom-made Gore-tex implant and place this underneath the skin in the appropriate part of the brow. Alternatively, surgeons can use a technique called "fat transplantation", where fat tissue is moved from other parts of the body to alter the shape of the brow. This method is the least invasive of all, requiring only the use of a syringe to apply fat where it is required. However, it is also the least permanent and far-reaching, so is only suitable in a minority of cases. There are also different types of brow reduction. In many cases, the brow bone can be shaved to achieve the desired results. Sometimes, shaving must be combined with a dermal filler to create a smooth, feminine appearance. And as we described above, other cases require extensive remodelling. The process varies considerably for each patient.
Whether you undergo a forehead reduction or augmentation procedure, expect significant changes to your facial appearance to be apparent soon after the operation. Both procedures have a high rate of success, and modern surgeons are capable of precise recontouring to achieve desired results. So, if you have a specific shape in mind, expect to be able to realise it with the help of cosmetic experts. If you desire a more feminine look, forehead remodelling is an essential step in many cases. But expect to require additional procedures to create the right facial balance. Many people find that reshaping brow bones must be combined with cheek augmentation, jawbone reshaping, rhinoplasty and other techniques. The mix will depend on your personal goals.