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OR Snapshots – Tail of the Brow Bone Reduction


Brow bone reduction is a well known aesthetic procedure for reducing the horizontal projection of the lower forehead. Done by either burring for minor changes or an osteoplastic bone flap setback technique for more major setbacks, the horizontal position of the brow and/or its convex shape can be reduced. But no matter what brow bone reduction method is used, it almost always requires an open approach through a hairline or coronal scalp incision.

But the horizontal reshaping of the brow bones is not the only dimension in which it can be changed. Vertical brow bone reduction can also be done. This may be performed when the brow bone is sitting too low into the orbit, particularly the tail of the brow bone. This may be indicated in reducing the exposed or skeletonize brow bone after a browlift, for a congenitally short orbital height, in vertical orbital dystopia to even out the superior orbital rims or to try and increase the vertical opening of the eye.

Unlike traditional brow bone reduction surgery, vertical brow bone reduction is done through an upper eyelid incision. This provides direct access to the lower edge of the brow bone which is to be reduced by a burring technique. Because the outer half of the brow bone does not contain the frontal sinus, significant reduction of it can be done. The outer half of the lower edge of the brow bone can be removed to create an increased vertical distance between the superior and inferior orbital rims. Excessive projection of the tail of the brow bone can also be done to reduce its prominence through a combined vertical and horizontal bone removal.

Transpalpebral brow bone reduction is largely about reshaping the outer half or tail of the brow bone. The upper eyelid offers both direct and good aesthetic access to perform it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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