Achieve the aesthetic result you desire
Whether you are undergoing gender transition surgery, or simply unhappy with the overall aesthetics of your forehead, forehead reshaping surgery can help you to achieve the look you desire.
Dr Paul Gerarchi has a particular interest in forehead reshaping surgery. He has lectured nationally and internationally on this topic, with particular reference to a powerful procedure for reducing frontal bruising know as the ‘eggshell’ technique.
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The results you deserve
Forehead surgery may appeal to you for a variety of reasons, including:
- Create a more masculine or feminine forehead contour as part of your gender transformation
- Reduce the frontal prominence (“bossing”) which may give an overly masculine appearance or, if bossing is excessive may produce a Neanderthal -like appearance.
- Reduce the brow bone or shorten the forehead for a more pleasing shape
In addition to forehead reshaping, Dr Gerarchi can also help you achieve your aesthetic goals through procedures such as hairline lowering, a brow lift or temporal implants. Precise skin and tissue removal may also be instrumental to achieving the precise contour you aim for. To achieve the most desirable result, your treatment process will be tailored to you individually.
Meeting your surgeon
Dr Gerarchi will carefully evaluate your specific goals and concerns in the initial consultation in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of your expectations. Since this procedure typically involves general anaesthesia and more extensive incisions, your current health status will also be an important consideration in moving forward with the procedure. A 3D CT scan and scan of your sinuses will be required prior to the surgery. This is the best time to ask questions, as it is key to gaining confidence in your decision to undergo surgery and be satisfied with the results.
Your forehead reshaping journey
General anesthesia is the most likely form of sedative used for this procedure. Incisions will be placed within or at your hairline and may extend from ear to ear. This allows for access to the bone so that appropriate corrections can be made. After the reshaping process is complete, the skin is smoothed back over the forehead and sutured back together. Depending on the extent of the correction you require, the forehead reshaping procedure could take several hours complete.
Forehead reshaping may make an overnight stay in hospital necessary, particularly if other procedures are performed at the same time. Bruising and swelling are standard after this procedure and can persist for a number of days. It should be noted that this swelling may not fully resolve for a few weeks; it is also typical to have forehead numbness for up to three months after surgery, but this will also generally resolve on its own. If dissolvable sutures are not used in the incision, they will generally be removed by Dr Gerarchi within a week.
You post-procedure journey
Before you return home, dressings will be applied to the affected area protect the incisions and minimise swelling. Care instructions will be specific, and provided to you following the surgery by Dr Gerarchi. They include instructions for hair-washing and incision care to encourage effective healing and minimise visible scarring after the procedure.
Managing your pain and recovery
In order to ensure an effective recovery and your personal comfort, oral pain medication will be prescribed by Dr Gerarchi for the days following surgery. Antibiotics will also be prescribed to prevent infection. Be sure to consult with Dr Gerarchi prior to taking any medication before or after surgery to prevent complications and facilitate faster healing.
Forehead reshaping may be performed for a number of reasons. Regardless of your motivation, Dr Gerarchi is qualified to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. To learn more about forehead reshaping at our Sydney practice, contact us today.