At Centre for Surgery, one of our most asked about procedures is forehead osteoma removal. But what exactly is it, and what does surgery involve?
What is forehead osteoma removal?
An osteoma is a benign growing lesion which is located on the forehead but can also be found on the neck. The lump consists of bone which forms beneath the skin and can appear as a singular lump or multiple lumps. They can be apparent from birth, or appear as we age. The osteomas are often slow growing, however, they can be unsightly and cause self-esteem or self-image problems. Currently, there is no known cause for forehead osteomas. Sometimes they may occur as a result of a head injury; however, the cause of osteomas apparent from birth is unknown.
While forehead osteomas are benign and do not cause any further health problems, many people will opt to have them surgically removed.
Am I a good candidate for forehead osteoma removal?
Prior to undergoing forehead osteoma removal, it will need to be confirmed that the growth is actually an osteoma. Forehead osteomas are commonly mistaken for lipomas. However, there is a crucial difference between osteomas and lipomas. While osteomas are formed of bone, a lipoma is formed of fatty tissue. A lipoma will feel soft and be able to move when touched, while an osteoma will be hard to touch and will not move.
To be considered for forehead osteoma removal, you will need to be:
- 18 years or older
- Physically and mentally healthy
- Have a healthy BMI
- Have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve.
How is a forehead osteoma removed?
There are numerous options available for surgical removal of a forehead osteoma. These include:
- Direct incision method: this involves the surgeon making an incision directly over the osteoma. The bone is removed using a small bone chisel. The osteoma is then separated at the base and smoothed, leaving a flat forehead surface.
- Minimal access method: this is often preferred for those who do not want an incision made directly over the osteoma, and for those where the bone which is not as hard. In this method, the incision is made within the hairline so it is not visible. The osteoma is scrapped off and the raised area is flattened.
Prior to surgery, you will have an in-depth consultation with your surgeon, who will be able to determine which is the more suitable and preferred method for you.
What happens after the operation?
Forehead osteoma removal is considered a minimally invasive procedure. Majority of people are able to return to work the following day.
It is normal to experience some swelling around the osteoma removal area, which can be treated with an ice pack application. You may also experience some mild pain and discomfort. Your surgeon will be able to give you medication to help alleviate any symptoms.
Are you interested in forehead osteoma removal? Centre for Surgery currently offers this procedure. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation.