Forehead contouring is a surgical procedure that involves reconstructing the protruding brow bone and reshaping the orbital bones to achieve a softer, more feminine appearance.
Masculine foreheads are typically more prominent than feminine ones, characterized by a wider shape and a heavy brow ridge (also called brow bossing) above the eye area. Forehead contouring is usually performed to reduce these traits and increase the overall femininity of the facial structure. It is designed to give you a smoother, flatter forehead and can be performed in conjunction with a hairline restoration or brow lift for a more feminine look.
People undergo forehead contouring to achieve a more a feminine facial profile, but that does not mean that this procedure is only for men. Women can have overtly masculine features as well, and they can detract from the femininity of the face. These features can be a strong jawline, a shorter forehead, or a prominent brow ridge.
Forehead contouring is usually done as part of facial feminization surgery, but it can also be performed to correct the following:
Forehead contouring requires both artistry and precision, which is why patients are in the right hands with Dr. Jacob Sedgh. As a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in both cosmetic and major reconstructive surgeries, he has extensive experience and knowledge in performing highly delicate procedures that require an artistic and discerning eye.
Dr. Sedgh places a strong emphasis on creating pleasing, natural-looking results. Therefore, in addition to achieving your desired forehead shape, this procedure also offers other benefits such as:
Dr. Sedgh is known for his professionalism, his calm bedside manner, and his genuine concern for his patients. During your initial consultation, he will take the time to get to know you and your specific surgery goals. This is essential for the doctor to fully understand your motivations for undergoing the surgery and what outcome you would like to achieve.
Here’s what you can expect from this initial meeting:
Dr. Sedgh also offers video consultations for international or out-of-town patients. Should you proceed with the surgery, his highly trained team will help arrange the logistics for your visit. This includes transportation and accommodation arrangements, aftercare assistance, and even a concierge service for leisure and other needs.
With forehead contouring, having a plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstructive head and neck surgeries is ideal. This region of the body has a very complex anatomy and requires extensive training to perform the correct surgical augmentations and produce the desired results.
To understand how forehead contouring can change your facial profile, here are the key differences between a masculine and feminine forehead:
The primary characteristic of a masculine forehead is the protruding ridge of bone above the eye sockets, which is called a “brow ridge” or “brow bossing.”
Masculine foreheads often have a flat spot that’s visible between the ridges of their two eye sockets.
Slope of the Forehead
Due to the brow ridge, a masculine forehead appears steeper and has a sharper angle between the nose and the forehead in a lateral view.
Everyone has their own specific goals for undergoing forehead contouring, which is why the procedure usually varies between patients. But generally, it involves reshaping the hairline, forehead bones, brow ridge, and the bones around the eye sockets to promote a more feminine appearance.
The procedure typically begins with a precise incision at the hairline or just behind it to access the bone structure underneath. Dr. Sedgh will then reconstruct and reshape the brow bone and other structural components of the brow and forehead until the desired result is achieved.
Gaps or indentations in the area may also be smoothed out with “bone paste” (harvested from discarded bone) or a biologically-compatible synthetic material, which will be used to fill the concavities.
Once everything is in place, Dr. Sedgh will close the incision with strategically-placed sutures to minimize visible scarring.
Forehead contouring is usually an outpatient procedure, but some patients may be required to stay overnight to be monitored and observed. The sutures will be removed five days following the surgery, during your first post-op appointment.
Side effects such as swelling and bruising are normal and may last for up to two weeks, while mild swelling may persist for up to two months. Discomfort is also common, but easily managed through proper aftercare adherence.
Patients can resume their day-to-day routine after a week, but strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a month.
As a rule, Dr. Sedgh makes it a point to personally monitor his patients throughout the entire postoperative process. Starting from the first day post-surgery up to a year after the procedure, he will schedule several post-op appointments (in-person or through video conferencing) to properly monitor and assess your healing and recovery progress.
“He is very accomplished. He performed an eyelid and forehead reduction procedure on me. He is very concerned that he knows exactly what his patient wants and continually is concerned with your results. He is very friendly as well as competent.”
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