Is forehead contouring a common surgery? And how often do you do it?

Nearly 15 years ago, forehead contouring surgeries were not as common as they are now. During that time, most forehead contouring procedures were done on patients who met with car accidents which caused permanent indentation or forehead irregularity from dents or breaks in the forehead bone. Moreover, patients who had prior surgery for forehead irregularities or who had suffered gunshot wounds were subjected to forehead contouring surgery during that time.

As time passed by, the scope of patients on which forehead contouring surgery was performed extended from medical to cosmetic reasons. As such, forehead contouring surgery was not only performed on injured patients but also on patients who wanted to improve the shape of their foreheads strictly for cosmetic reasons.

Implants and Substances

Even from those days, plastic surgeons have been using either bone cement or silicone implants to achieve their desired aesthetic result from a forehead contouring surgery. However, some surgeons believe that silicone implants are much less reliable than bone cement. These implants sometimes tend to accumulate fluid and move around in the forehead resulting in an unpleasant appearance. Moreover, in some cases, the size and/or the border of these implants become clearly visible, causing an abnormal and unaesthetic appearance. In contrast, when bone cement is used, it sticks right to the bone, enabling the surgeon to effectively smooth out the entire forehead without any visible borders. As a result, a normal and aesthetic appearance is achieved.

Good Candidates

The ideal candidates for forehead contouring surgery are patients who have misshaped, sloping, indented, depressed, or irregular foreheads which cause an unaesthetic appearance. Results achieved through a forehead contouring surgery markedly improve the aesthetic appearance of the forehead which in turn enhances the entire facial appearance of the patient.

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