Bony bump on the forehead, also known as frontal osteoma, is a common concern among patients who come to our aesthetic clinic to remove a bony bump on the forehead.
An osteoma is a benign (non-cancerous) bony growth that can appear as a hard, fixed knot or bump on the forehead or scalp, although osteomas can sometimes develop in the sinuses as well.
A forehead osteoma usually looks like a solid, raised bump that is firmly attached to the underlying bone.
Osteomas generally grow slowly over time and most commonly present between the ages of 20 and 40, usually asymptomatic (or not causing symptoms), osteomas rarely cause pain or discomfort and cause real aesthetic discomfort.
Although no single cause has been definitively identified for the development of osteomas, the most commonly accepted scientific theories point to genetics and trauma as possible causes.
Are you bothered by a bony bump on your forehead? Discover in this article the solution that can help you get rid of it!
How do you treat an osteoma and remove a bony bump on the forehead?
Cosmetic surgeons most often treat osteomas with minor surgery.
The size and location of the osteoma helps the practitioner design a specific treatment plan and local anesthesia is usually used to remove the bony bump on the forehead.
After freezing the treatment area with numbing medication, the surgeon makes an incision directly above the osteoma or behind the hairline, after that the doctor dissects and “shaves” the bump, then carefully closes the surgical incision for the best aesthetic result.
The scar after osteoma surgery usually heals very well over time; although the incision never completely disappears, it can be difficult to notice when it is well healed.
Most scars are hidden in the scalp or natural expression lines of the face, which provides excellent scar camouflage.
What are the benefits of osteoma surgery?
The main benefit of treating osteoma is getting rid of the associated annoying “hump” or bone mass; most patients are relieved to have successfully treated the osteoma.
Some patients feel better after receiving a benign osteoma diagnosis after pathological analysis of the removed tissue.
Osteoma excision surgery is generally associated with little downtime and minimal discomfort.
What happens after the removal of the bony bump on the forehead?
Take prescribed medications for the first 2 days following your procedure; this helps reduce pain and discomfort.
You can apply cool compresses to your forehead or treatment area every 1 hour as needed if any discomfort occurs.
Do not use ice directly on the skin; instead, use a gel pack or a clean washcloth wrung out in ice water.
Sleep with your head elevated above the level of your heart for 3 to 4 days; this helps promote faster resolution of swelling.
If the practitioner placed an adhesive dressing over your incision and stitches, do not remove it until your follow-up appointment or as directed.
Generally, incisions in or near the hair-bearing scalp are left undressed. If you received a pressure dressing, please remove it approximately 24 hours after your treatment unless otherwise instructed.
You can shower and wash your face and hair approximately 24 hours after treatment, you can run water, shampoo and facial cleanser over your incision and/or dressing; dry the incision and/or dressing after showering.
Avoid lotions, moisturizers and creams on the incision.
Be aware that itching, tightness, and some patchy numbness are normal for several days to several weeks after your treatment.