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What is a forehead osteoma?
Forehead osteoma’s are a slow growing benign tumor composed of mature bone tissue usually found in the skull the and neck area of the body that may attribute to facial asymmetry. Osteomas are quite uncommon and not related to any health issues, however the prominent location and the size can have a big impact in an individual’s life. Most are concerned with the unsightly swollen appearance of osteoma and in some cases even pain.
If an individual wishes the osteoma to be removed, surgical interventions is necessary.
Forehead Osteoma Removal
Osteomas are not just lumps like cysts that can be popped, because of which only surgical methods have been found to be an effective way of removing them. Forehead osteoma removal can be performed using various methods from surgical to endoscopic technique.
One approach used is by direct incision as shown in the picture on the left. The cut is made over the osteoma which unfortunately will leave a visible scar. Using a surgical drill, the bone tissue is then scraped off to reduce the size of the osteoma and flatten the area to give a smooth appearance.
Another approach is quite minimally invasive, but can be very difficult to perform is the path of dissection, however, it does give an aesthetically pleasing result. The procedure does allow to cut down recovery period and people can even go back to work within 24 hours.
At Centre for Surgery, we offer the conventional method of forehead osteoma removal, which is done by making a coronal scar on the head. The incision is made behind the hairline which will leave a scar, however, can be hidden with long hairstyles. The osteoma is exposed and then separated at its base and then removed for a smooth and flat forehead bone. The procedure takes under an hour for completion and the recovery is quite quick.
Am I a good candidate for forehead osteoma removal?
If you have a bony lump on your forehead that naturally grew out of nowhere, it is most likely to be an osteoma. To diagnose this correctly, you will need to have a CT scan to be sure.
How is forehead osteoma removal performed at Centre for Surgery?
A coronal incision is made behind the hairline to expose the osteoma, which is then removed to flatten the base of the forehead.
Will I be under general or local anaesthesia?
At Centre for Surgery, our procedures including forehead osteoma removal is performed under local anaesthesia to ensure maximum safety optimisation and you will be relaxed and comfortable throughout the whole experience.
How long does the procedure take?
Forehead osteoma removal typically takes under an hour to be completed.
Is the procedure going to be painful?
You will be under local anaesthesia which means you will not be in pain during the procedure, and rarely are people in pain following the surgery.
What is the reovery period like?
Forehead osteoma removal is a minimally invasive procedure that ensures low downtime. Most people are able to go back to work the next day itself but there may be a little swelling, which is expected.
Will I be left with a scar?
Unfortunately, the coronal technique does leave the scar. However, since the incision is made behind the hairline it can be covered with a longer hairstyle.
What are the complications associated with forehead osteoma removal?
The supraorbital nerve that provides sensation on the scalp may be cut during the procedure may occur, but if done correctly this risk can be completely avoided.
Will my oesteoma return after having it removed?
With the right approach, your oesteoma is very much less likely to return.