Forehead contouring surgery can help you get a more feminine look

Do you have a wide forehead that looks too masculine?

Forehead contouring or brow contouring – also known as forehead reduction or brow bone reduction and forehead feminisation, is a surgical procedure that transforms a masculine-looking forehead with a prominent brow ridge into a more feminine forehead with a smoother and well-defined eyebrow area. It is a popular facial feminising surgery or FFS.

The procedure involves the removal of excess bone followed by reshaping and sanding of the remaining bone to produce a smoother, flatter appearance.

Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of the best plastic surgeons in Sydney for facial surgery. He is a respected member of RACS the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and is a member of the ASPS – Australian Plastic Surgeons Association.

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What is Forehead Contouring Surgery?

Forehead contouring is a surgical technique that can soften the edges of a square shaped forehead to create a more feminine appearance. It is the ideal surgical procedure for both trans women and cisgender women who want to achieve a more feminine face.

The forehead is one of the first things people see when they look at you. Forehead contouring is a surgical procedure that can help you achieve a softer, more feminine appearance by reshaping your forehead.

Benefits of Brow & Forehead Contouring

The benefits of forehead contouring surgery are many. There are many factors that affect the appearance of the forehead area: colour, texture, hair growth patterns (alopecia), and receding hairline (balding).

When someone has a forehead that appears saggy or droopy, it can cause them to look much older than they really are.  A sagging or drooping brow can also make them look less alert and energetic than they really are. This can make it difficult for them to have a healthy social life.

Also, for transgender women, it is difficult to be their chosen gender when their forehead is quite large or prominent. Naturally, they do not feel comfortable in their own body, which can lead to gender dysphoria.

Forehead contouring offers several benefits:

  • It can help create a more feminine appearance
  • It can make the forehead appear longer and narrower while making the eye area appear larger
  • It can reduce the width of your forehead as well as smooth out any bumps or ridges.
  • It reduces the width of the forehead and lowers the hairline, creating a younger look

Dr Hunt will create an individualised plan based on your needs and goals that can help achieve the look you want for yourself.

Best Candidates for Forehead Contouring Surgery

If you have a square-shaped forehead, you may have a feeling that it affects your beauty or makes your facial structure similar to men. Your forehead may also be too big or too forward, with a large brow bone that automatically casts shadows on your eyes, making them look smaller. For some women, the prominent brow and forehead create the expression of a balding hairline or a receding chin, while in reality the rest of the face is perfectly proportioned and the forehead is large.

If you feel that your forehead doesn’t match your gender identity or expression and it’s negatively impacting your quality of life, forehead contouring can be the right procedure for you. Typically, forehead contouring or feminisation surgery is ideal for:

  • Patients who want a more feminine forehead shape
  • Transgender women who are transitioning to a more feminine presentation
  • Individuals with congenital defects that cause a masculine appearance of the forehead and brow area
  • Patients in need of correction of asymmetrical forehead- one side is flatter or rounder than the other

You are a good candidate for this procedure if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are in good physical health
  • You are at least 18 years old and have finished growing
  • You want a softer appearance of the face
  • You have realistic expectations about what surgery may achieve
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About Forehead Contouring & Brow Contouring Surgery

Forehead contouring is a surgical procedure where the brow bone is shaved down reduce the size of the forehead. Generally, this procedure also includes some facial fat grafting to fill out the area between the brows and around the eyes. The end result is a softer, more feminine appearance that helps eliminate any distracting elements from your facial profile.

The process begins with an initial consultation with Dr Hunt, where he will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you have. He will also talk to you about your goals for surgery, your medical history, and potential risks. Next, he will create a surgical plan customised to your unique needs. Next comes pre-op appointments where you will be required to do some tests to make sure you are healthy for the procedure.

You’ll need to stop smoking at least 2 months before the surgery, and you’ll need to stop taking medications that thin the blood (like aspirin) two weeks prior. On the day of the surgery, after arriving at the hospital you’ll be walked to the OR by one of our staff—they’ll make sure you have whatever support you need in order to feel safe and comfortable.

You’ll be given anaesthesia and pain medications so that you’re comfortable and pain-free. The procedure involves incisions being placed at or near your hairline. Forehead contouring can be performed under local anaesthesia or monitored sedation. As the skin is loosened from there, the bone of the forehead is accessible to the surgeon. He will alter the brow bone; cut it short or lengthen it depending on your need followed by reconstruction of the forehead bone. The shape of the bone is contoured using careful strokes of high-speed machines. The bone is then reattached in position. You may also need recontouring of the orbital bone (the bones around the eyes) to alter your brow shape. Dr Hunt will also lower your hairline to reduce the forehead size and to hide the scar.

Once all steps of the procedure have been completed successfully, you will be sent to the post-op department to wake up from anaesthesia. You can go home that day but you will need someone to stay with you for a few days to ensure you are healing well. Once healed, the forehead will have a softer and more feminine appearance without visible scars.

Forehead Contouring Recovery after Surgery

Recovery after Forehead Contouring Surgery

You can expect some soreness and pain after surgery. The recovery process is very similar to other surgical procedures. You’ll need to wear a bandage for about two weeks after your surgery, and you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort during that time. You may also experience numbness in the area of your scalp that was treated as your nerves heal from their relocation during surgery. These symptoms typically improve within three months of treatment but may take longer in some patients. It’s important to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities for six weeks afterward.

Forehead Contouring Surgery Costs Sydney - How much does Forehead Contouring cost in Sydney NSW? - Prices & Fees

The cost of a forehead contouring procedure varies depending on the complexity of the case along with any other procedures you combine with it. The fee includes all costs associated with the surgery including, surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees, hospital fees and any medications required after surgery.

Please phone or contact Dr Hunt’s team for an estimate.

Is brow contouring surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

If you meet certain strict criteria, you might be eligible for a partial rebate by medicare or health insurance subsidy for plastic surgery.

You can learn more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage, Brow Contouring Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for face surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Brow Contouring Surgery Worth It?

If getting a more feminine appearance is your goal, then the forehead contouring surgery might be just the right procedure for you and is totally worth the price and effort.

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With over 20 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques. Dr Hunt prides himself on the level of care and attention he offers and that begins from the day of first consultation. Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

Dr. Jeremy Hunt prides himself on providing some of the best Face Surgery Sydney has to offer.

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Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of Australia’s leading specialist plastic surgeons. With over 20 years surgical experience and thousands of happy patients, Dr Jeremy Hunt is the smart choice for your plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.


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Considering a Forehead Contouring Surgery?

How long do the results of a forehead lift last?


Forehead contouring or lift surgery results are supposed to last around 10 years, but there are many factors that could affect this time frame. For one thing, everyone ages differently—some people might get more wrinkles than others, or have different genes that make them age faster or slower than others.

How to Find the Best Forehead Contouring or Facial Feminization Surgeon in Sydney?


When you need cosmetic plastic surgery, it’s important to take the time to find a surgeon who is perfect for you. You may want to do some research online, but that should in no way replace an in-person consultation.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a surgeon:

  • Look up their reviews on internet sites like Google and see what type of feedback past patients have had. You can also ask for recommendations from your friends who have had a similar procedure
  • Make sure the surgeon has photos of past patients and that you like their work
  • Even if the surgeon seems excellent from reviews and photos, it’s important that you meet them in person so you can get to know the doctor and make sure they are someone you feel comfortable with. This is especially important if the surgery will be sensitive in nature
  • When you meet with the surgeon, note if you feel comfortable. Do they seem knowledgeable about your concerns? Do they treat you with respect? These are all important factors

Does brow bone reduction hurt?


If you’re nervous about brow bone reduction hurting, talk to Dr Hunt about anaesthesia options before undergoing the procedure. Usually, for this procedure general anaesthesia might be used and you won’t feel any discomfort during the intervention. You may have some pain while healing.

How can I lower my hairline?


Forehead contouring surgery involves lowering the hairline along with changing the shape of the brow bone and forehead. Chances are you are really looking for both.

Can a woman get facial feminisation surgery?


Of course! This surgery is usually offered to trans women, but any person can get this. You’ll look so much more feminine after your forehead is smaller and rounder.

What are the risks and complications of Forehead Contouring Surgery?


All surgeries have possible risks and complications. However, the risks will be explained to you during consultation.

The specific risks of forehead contouring surgery are:

  • Fracture of the bone – although this can be treated in most cases
  • Infection – this can be treated with antibiotics if it occurs
  • Loss of feeling or sensitivity – although this will improve over time
  • Scarring- scars are typically small and are hidden within the hairline. However, they may become visible if your hair thins with age

You can minimise these risks by meticulously following all instructions given by Dr Hunt.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.