There are several ways to reduce the forehead. As a craniofacial and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Rodman is trained in both bony contouring as well as soft tissue and scalp surgery.
For patients with a large bony prominence at the brow, the bone can be reduced to create a more feminine look. The browbone can be reduced either by shaving it down, or by resetting the bone. Which procedure each patient needs is determined by a CT scan. The majority of patients need to have the bone reset in order to achieve a dramatic difference in the contour of the forehead. This is also called a frontal set back. In this procedure an incision is made right at the hairline, the prominent bone is removed and filed down, and then replaced in a less prominent position.
For many patients, the brows are in a low position over the orbital rims. This generally looks masculine, and may also makes patients look angry or tired. A browlift elevates the brows above the orbital rim, giving a refreshed and feminine appearance.
All three of these procedures are usually be done at the same time. They can also be done in combination with a hair transplant.
What each person wants and needs varies, depending on the size of the browbone and the length of the forehead. Dr. Rodman will work with every patient to meet their individual goals and bring balance and harmony to the patient’s face.
For patients who have a very high hairline and too much vertical length to the forehead, Dr. Rodman can advance the hairline. This involves making an incision right at the hairline, loosening the scalp and then bringing it forward. For patients with a low eyebrow, the forehead skin can also be lifted, giving the eyes a refreshed look. Most women have a hairline that is about 5 cm above the eyebrows. Advancing the hairline forward creates a more feminine and balanced appearance.