Otherwise known as forehead contouring, forehead shaving is a surgical procedure helping patients change the appearance or proportion of the forehead by shaving the bone to create a smoother, more regular surface shape.
Forehead shaving is performed by making an incision across the scalp, at the top of the forehead or at the hairline if a forehead reduction is also required. The skin is then carefully peeled forward before the forehead or brow bone is shaved down using a drill. The severity of the bone prominence and how to reduce it is assessed before being shaved to create a smoother shape. The forehead skin is then put back into place and the incision in the scalp is closed.
Minimal reductions may sometimes be made using an endoscopic keyhole approach with minimal incisions in the hairline.
A CT scan prior to surgery is often indicated prior to surgery.
This maybe either day case surgery if done endoscopically, or overnight if an open procedure. If you have had an open procedure then you will initially have a head bandage and drains. These are usually removed the following day and you may go home. Time off work is 1-2 weeks depending on the extent of the surgery.
As with all facial surgery, there are risks to think about when considering forehead shaving, including bleeding, infection, asymmetry and bony contour irregularities. You can expect some numbness or altered sensation to the forehead which will usually settle over time. The scar maybe quite visible initially but should fade and soften with time.