Frontal lipomas and osteomas are benign growths that can develop beneath the skin of the forehead or cheeks. In most instances, they are harmless, but can become uncomfortable and even painful if left untreated. As lipomas and osteomas grow, they can also become undesirable aesthetic features. Fortunately, a straightforward surgery can safely remove them.
As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Jose Barrera has developed a technique for extracting lipomas and osteomas. If you have one of these benign tumors, the best course of action is to have an in-person or virtual consultation with him to determine how you should proceed with treatment.
Understanding Lipomas and Osteomas
Frontal lipomas are fatty lumps that are typically slow-growing and painless, and may remain unnoticed for years. However, they can grow to a significant size and become embarrassing, especially on your forehead. They can form at any age, but are most common in middle-aged and older people.
The primary difference between an osteoma and a lipoma is that osteomas result from bony growth. They typically appear as smooth, hard bumps that vary in size and shape, and can grow anywhere on the forehead. Most cases of frontal osteomas are hereditary, but they can also develop in people with head trauma or injuries.
Like frontal lipomas, frontal osteomas are typically benign, but they can grow to a point that they affect your appearance and self-confidence.
Frontal Lipoma and Osteoma Treatment in San Antonio
If you have a bothersome frontal lipoma or osteoma, Dr. Barrera can surgically remove it. Frontal lipoma extraction generally requires local anesthesia. Then, Dr. Barrera will make a small incision through which he will cut and extract the growth. Depending on your circumstances, you could be a good candidate for lipoma removal with an endoscopic forehead. An endoscopic approach to lipoma removal of forehead (link to browlift page) or face may be possible to minimize scarring and hide the incisions in the hairline.
Since they are hard bone, frontal osteomas require a lengthier treatment. If an osteoma isn’t causing you any pain or distress, monitoring and observing it is often the best course of action. However, if the growth continues to a point where it is protruding cosmetically or embarrassing, Dr. Barrera can remove it in an outpatient procedure performed while you are under local or general anesthesia.
Recovering From Frontal Lipoma and Osteoma Surgery
Healing from lipoma and osteoma surgery is simple. After either procedure, Dr. Barrera will inform you must keep the stitches and bandage dry and avoid touching the area for up to a week after the treatment.
The most common side effects of lipoma and osteoma removal are discomfort and swelling. Dr. Barrera will prescribe pain management medication as necessary.
If you carefully follow your post-surgical instructions, attend follow-up appointments, and give yourself time to rest, you will likely feel well enough to resume your daily routine within a few days.
Frontal Lipoma and Frontal Osteoma Removal Surgery in San Antonio, TX
An unwanted growth anywhere on your body can be distressing. If these issues occur in highly noticeable locations such as the forehead, it can understandably lead to aesthetic concerns.
Fortunately, Dr. Barrera has extensive experience in frontal lipoma and osteoma removal surgery. To schedule your no-obligation consultation, contact us with our online form or call (210) 468-5426.
Frontal Lipoma and Frontal Osteoma Surgery FAQs
Up to 80% of reported osteomas occur on the frontal bone of the forehead. However, as many cases go unreported and undiagnosed, the accurate number is impossible to estimate.
Around 1% of the U.S. population experience some form of frontal lipoma growth – most of which are painless.
Some forehead osteomas can go away on their own, while others will continue to grow. Everyone’s case is different.
While forehead osteomas are benign, they can grow to become painful and affect your self-confidence. If you notice an osteoma starting to develop, it’s wise to consult with a physician. What might initially resemble a benign osteoma could be something harmful, such as a cancerous growth.
Forehead lipomas can be genetic, but doctors aren’t sure why they develop.