What is Brow Bone Reduction Surgery in Korea?



What is Brow Bone Reduction Surgery in Korea?


Brow bone reduction surgery in Korea reshapes or shaves down the bone above the eyes to create a softer, more feminine appearance. It is a key procedure for those seeking facial feminization surgery (FFS) as it reduces the masculine prominence of the brow bone. In Korea, known for advanced techniques in plastic surgery, this surgery offers patients a transformative option for achieving their aesthetic goals and enhancing facial harmony.


Difference Between the Male and Female Forehead

Male and female foreheads encompass a range of structural and aesthetic differences that reflect underlying biological and anatomical differences.

One of the main differences is the presence or absence of a prominent bony ridge encircling the upper edge of the eye socket, commonly referred to as “brow bossing” or “brow ridge.” This feature is typically more pronounced in males, with studies showing that brow bossing is one of the strongest gender markers. In contrast, females tend to have little to no bossing, resulting in a smoother contour along the upper brow region.

The disparity in brow bossing contributes to differences in the overall shape and angle of the forehead. In males, the presence of a brow ridge often results in a steeper angle between the forehead and nose, giving a more pronounced and angular appearance. Females present a more vertically oriented forehead characterized by a gentler slope from the brow to the hairline. Additionally, female foreheads tend to be relatively larger and flatter. This difference in size and contour can be due to various factors including, differences in cranial morphology and hormonal influences during development.  

Beyond structural variations, cultural and societal norms also play a role in shaping perceptions of male and female foreheads. For example, in some cultures, a more prominent brow ridge in males may be associated with masculinity and strength, while a smoother forehead in females may be considered a feminine ideal.


Types of Brow Bone Reduction Procedures

Brow Bone Reduction – Shaving

Many brow bone reduction surgeries in Korea are done by shaving or blurring away the excess bone. This technique is recommended for those with small sinuses and a thick frontal sinus wall. Therefore, it will only have good results with those who have small bossing or a small sinus. The burr method can also have possible complications. Because the bone is thinned, after the procedure, a hole can form in the frontal sinus wall. Usually, the hole will disappear because of little blood circulation, but if the hole is larger, a small dent in the bone may be visible. To solve this problem, fat can be filled, or the frontal sinus can be removed, and filled with bone cement. Either way, it can give the forehead the desired shape and outcome.

Shaving and Filling

Shaving and filling represent an alternative approach to brow bone reduction. This option is recommended when the projection angle between the nose and the forehead is adequate. In such cases, addressing the concavity behind the brow bossing suffices. This method involves filling the void with bone cement, effectively achieving a smoother forehead profile while maintaining facial harmony.

Forehead reconstruction

Forehead reconstruction emerges as a widely practiced and versatile procedure in reshaping the frontal bone structure. During the surgical procedure, the anterior wall of the frontal sinus bone is meticulously removed, reshaped, and repositioned. Depending on the desired forehead contour and volume, supplementary filling procedures may be necessary to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome. Forehead reconstruction remains a cornerstone technique in brow bone reduction, offering patients a customizable approach to facial feminization and enhancement.

Brow bone reduction is typically performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the surgeon and patient, the incision will be either on the hairline (trichophytic incision) or from ear to ear over the top of the scalp (coronal incision).

What is Recovery Like After Brow Bone Reduction Surgery?

The initial recovery usually takes about 1~2 weeks after surgery. Swelling and bruising are common side effects following brow bone reduction surgery and typically peak within the first few days before gradually subsiding over the following weeks. Apply cold compresses for the initial three days and keep the head elevated to help minimize swelling and promote faster recovery. Swelling can last for three months and fully healed after a year. There can be moderate levels of pain, which can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers. The sutures are usually self-dissolving, but clinics should remove most of them after 5~7 days of the surgery. Expect the forehead to be numb for about three months, and some patients may experience blurred vision for about 1~4 months.

In most cases, patients can expect to resume light activities and return to work within a week to 10 days after surgery, depending on the individual’s healing rates. Overall, patience and adhering to post-operative guidelines are essential for a successful recovery journey following brow bone reduction surgery.

Are There Alternatives to Brow Bone Reduction Surgery?

No procedures will give the results of a brow bone reduction surgery. Patients with minimal prominence in the brow bone can smooth the forehead out with fillers; however, in most cases, it can create an overfilled forehead, commonly referred to as a “dolphin head.” Moreover, Botulinum toxin, or Botox, will not change the brow bone at all. It may shrink the muscle in the area slightly but with minimal results.


Brow bone reduction surgery is one of the key procedures for facial feminization. If you want to feminize your face, consider brow bone reduction. It is important to note that the surgical technique that is best suited to your goals will be determined during your consultation. 

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