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Brow Bone Reduction Bellevue

Brow Bone Reduction Bellevue

Brow bone reduction surgery is an important part of feminizing and contouring the forehead. It’s typically performed on transgender women to alter the bone beneath the brows so that it’s smaller and softer. Dr. Kris Day, an experienced, board-certified craniofacial surgeon at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, is pleased to offer brow bone reduction in Bellevue and the surrounding areas.

What is a Brow Bone Reduction?

Also known as forehead reduction or facial feminization, brow bone reduction aims to reduce the size and prominence of brow bones to create a more feminine appearance. It helps enhance femininity in the upper face and allows transgender women to feel more confident in their own skin. The current size and thickness of the brow bones as well as the level of projection, will determine which surgical technique Dr. Day uses during the procedure.

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Good Candidates for a Brow Bone Reduction / Forehead Reduction

You might be a good candidate for brow bone reduction /forehead reduction in Seattle if you:

  • You have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria (there is a mismatch between your biological sex and gender identity.)
  • You’d like to align your physical characteristics with your true gender
  • Have excessive protruding brows that create a more masculine appearance.
  • Hope to change your male characteristics and achieve a feminine forehead.
  • Have rough or uneven forehead surfaces or protruding regional bones on your forehead.
  • Have sunken or crooked eye sockets because of protruding brow ridges.
  • Need facial reconstruction surgery.
  • Are in reasonably good health and have realistic expectations.

Benefits of a Brow Bone Reduction & Facial Feminization Surgery

There are a variety of benefits of brown bone reduction/facial feminization surgery, which is considered a gender-affirming procedure that can do wonders for transgender women. It can lead to a flatter, more feminine forehead and diminish gender dysphoria. For even more dramatic results, a brow bone reduction can be paired with other procedures, such as a brow lift, hair transplant, cheek augmentation, rhinoplasty, or lip augmentation. It’s a great way to achieve a natural-looking, more feminine face that increases confidence and self-esteem.

Your Brow Bone Surgery Consultation

Your facial feminization journey begins with a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Kris Day, our highly skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. During this initial meeting, Dr. Day will get to know you and your unique medical history, transition path, and medication routine. Additionally, he will make sure to thoroughly understand exactly what your aesthetic goals are and how you envision your physical appearance post-surgery. He will use this information to create an individualized surgical plan best suited to help you achieve the feminine appearance you desire.

Dr. Day recognizes that the decision to undergo a brow bone reduction is deeply personal and can be overwhelming. Therefore, he will take the necessary time to address all of your questions and concerns and ensure that you are informed and feeling confident heading into this. Furthermore, we follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health standards of care, which include the collection of a letter from a licensed mental health professional. This letter confirms that another clinician has diagnosed gender dysphoria and the patient’s desire to undertake an irreversible procedure.

What to Expect During Brow Bone Reduction Surgery

Once Dr. Day evaluates your face and learns more about your goals, he will determine what type of surgical technique to use. Here’s a brief overview of the various brow bone/forehead reduction techniques he specializes in:

Type I

With Type 1, the least invasive approach, Dr. Kris Day uses a burr to shave down the brow bone.

Type II

Type II combines shaving down the bone and using bone cement to fill the area above it.

Type III

Also known as a forehead reconstruction, Type III removes the bone that’s located above the frontal sinus so it can then be reshaped and replaced.

Type IV

During Type IV, Dr. Day reconstructs the forehead and places a significant amount of bone cement in the hollows to allow for a smoother, more feminine curve.

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Recovering From Brow Bone Reduction

In most cases, brow bone/forehead reduction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. You’ll likely experience some pain and soreness for a few days after the surgery. Fortunately, prescription pain medication will improve comfort and keep the pain at bay.

Initially, your scalp will be completely numb above the incision, but the feeling will slowly but surely come back within months. While the scar will be visible at first, it will eventually fade away as new hairs naturally grow through it. Your Bellevue plastic surgeon Dr. Day will encourage you to return to our office for follow-up appointments and remove your stitches one week after the procedure. We recommend at least one week off work after your forehead reduction, depending on the nature of your job.

Schedule Your Consult

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Frequently Asked Questions About Brow Bone Reduction

Yes. Since Dr. Day will make an incision in the scalp, there will be a scar. The good news is hair will grow in the scar area and disguise it over time.

General anesthesia is administered before Dr. Day performs brow bone reduction. As a result, you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, there will be some pain after the surgery that can be managed with pain medications.

Compared to female brow bones, male brow bones are longer and larger. The brow bone usually has more projection, which leads to an apparent protrusion in the area where the forehead meets the nose. A female brow bone is typically more curved.

Since the brow bone won’t grow back, a brow bone reduction surgery is permanent. It’s important to keep in mind that injuries or other procedures you choose to undergo may alter your results.