What effects does it have?

  • Face

    Changed forehead shape

What is it?

Surgery to make the ridge on the forehead under the eyebrows less prominent.

More information

Forehead recontouring involves changing the shape of the bones of the skull. This can often be achieved by opening the forehead and shaving down the bone. In some cases, it is necessary to cut out a section of bone, trim it, and replace it in a new position using titanium plates or screws. Forehead recontouring is often combined with hairline advance surgery and brow lift surgery 1.

Possible complications of forehead recontouring include alopecia (hair loss), bones not correctly growing back together, and mucocele (mucus filled cyst). These complications may require further operations, and it may not be possible to completely fix some problems that forehead recontouring can cause 2.

To ensure you are receiving the safest possible treatment, you should follow this advice from the Care Quality Commission on how to choose cosmetic surgery.


  1. 1 Altman, Keith (2017) “Facial Feminization Surgery,” in Bouman, W. P. and Arcelus, J. (eds.), The Transgender Handbook: A Guide for Transgender People, Their Families and Professionals, Nova Science Publishers Inc, pp. 301–317.
  2. 2 Morrison, Shane D, Vyas, Krishna S, Motakef, Saba, Gast, Katherine M, et al. (2016) “Facial Feminization: Systematic Review of the Literature.” Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 137(6), pp. 1759–1770.

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