An osteoma is a benign bone tumour that tends to develop most visibly on the skull but can also form other bones around the body. Osteomas are benign skin lesions, but they can cause aesthetic or even physical discomfort.
This article explores the minimally invasive procedure of osteoma removal, detailing the most important features of the reconstructive surgery and how you can begin to plan a safe and effective removal in London.
The CREO Clinic’s Medical Director, Dr. Omar Tillo, has successfully removed countless forehead osteomas throughout his career, so you can feel confident you are in the hands of an experienced practitioner. Dr. Tillo’s skill and expertise allow him to make artful removals that leave minimal scarring and excellent long-term results.
Contact the CREO Clinic today to find out how Dr. Tillo can help permanently remove your skin lesion or osteoma.
Safe Forehead Osteoma Removal in London
Forehead osteoma removal is a minimally invasive and generally extremely safe procedure. It requires surgical removal of the tumour using different methods to exercise the lump depending on the osteoma’s stage of development.
The key to optimising the safety of your forehead osteoma removal is to research your prospective reconstructive surgeons, making sure they have experience in the procedure, are board-certified, and have been well-reviewed by previous patients.
What is an Osteoma Removal?
In order to remove a developed osteoma on the forehead, the tumour must be accessed via an incision and flattened. Generally, the method of removal depends on the hardness of the forehead osteoma itself and the aesthetic preferences of the patient. Forehead osteomas can be accessed directly, leaving a scar over the treatment site, or via a more indirect method that accesses the forehead osteoma via an incision in the hairline (only for osteomas 2cm or less from the hairline).
Who is a Good Candidate for Osteoma Removal
Anyone who has a forehead osteoma can be a good candidate for osteoma removal, but any visible lump must first be diagnosed via CT scan to ascertain the nature of the lump whether it is boney, fatty, benign, or suspicious). Patients should be over the age of eighteen and in good physical health.
What Does an Osteoma Removal Surgery Entail?
Direct Incision Method
If your osteoma appears on your forehead, it can be accessed under local anaesthetic by making an incision directly across the skin above it. The forehead osteoma beneath is then removed using a specially designed chisel, separating it from the skull, which is then smoothed out to create a flat surface under the skin.
Surgical excision may be preferred if the forehead osteoma is well developed, i.e., hard and bony in nature. Dr. Tillo will also send the osteoma to biopsy.
Minimally Invasive Method
The minimally invasive method for treating forehead osteomas involves an anterior hairline incision – this is where an incision is made at the hairline where it can be concealed, and then the forehead osteoma is accessed from here and removed. This method is generally preferred when the patient wishes to avoid an obvious scar over the treatment site and the osteoma itself is less than 2 cm away from the hairline.
How Much Does an Osteoma Removal Cost
At the CREO Clinic, osteoma removal surgical procedures begin at £2,490. A full cost breakdown of the surgical excision will only be available after your first consultation, as each and every procedure we perform is bespoke to the patient’s needs.
For example, sending your forehead osteoma to biopsy is not included in the initial price for osteoma removal and will require an extra fee.
Should you wish to spread the cost of your osteoma removal over multiple instalments, our partner Chrysalis Finance offers a variety of financing options.
Preparing for Your Osteoma Removal Procedure
Dr. Tillo will lay out all of the important information you need about your osteoma removal during your initial surgical operation consultation. Make sure to write down any questions about the surgical excision you hope to ask Dr. Tillo in advance of the consultation, as some patients find they may forget important questions otherwise.
Given its minimally invasive nature, there are a few steps necessary before your osteoma removal. However, Dr. Tillo does recommend stopping smoking or vaping two weeks before your surgery, as nicotine can affect your skin’s ability to heal.
Forehead Osteoma Removal Recovery
Most patients find they are able to return to work the day after their osteoma removal. A degree of swelling around the removal area is normal, and this can be treated with a gentle application of an ice pack wrapped in a towel and pain medication. Any soreness or discomfort should dissipate over the coming days, but Dr. Tillo can also provide prescriptions for pain relief if necessary.
You may need to avoid activities that could risk contact with your treatment site for – weeks after the surgery.
Osteoma Removal FAQs
Will Insurance Cover Osteomas being Removed from the Forehead?
The NHS does not cover the removal of an osteoma skin lesion as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. If you are covered by BUPA or another provider, you will need to discuss the possibility with them directly.
Should Osteoma Be Removed?
If your osteoma is not removed, the skin lesion may cause you pain or impact normal life activities – in certain positions, an osteoma can be sore and uncomfortable. A prominent osteoma can also have a negative aesthetic impact. Removing it can often bring considerable relief.
Do Osteomas Grow Back After Removal?
It is unusual for forehead osteomas to grow back after removal, but not impossible. The key to maintaining the absence of visible osteomas is to be vigilant of any skin lesions or growth and try to address it as early as possible.
What is the Average Age for Osteoma?
Osteomas can occur in children as young as 3 and have no upper age limit. However, they are most common in people between 4-25 years old.
What is the Success Rate of Osteoma Surgery?
Osteoma removal is extremely successful. Dr. Tillo’s experience shows that the surgical excision has a 100% success rate with a rate of recurrence at around 1%.
Contact CREO Clinic for Your Osteoma Removal Treatment Today
Get in touch with the CREO Clinic today and book a surgical treatment consultation with Dr. Omar Tillo. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Tillo has the skills needed to perform osteoma removals that smooth the skull, leave only subtle scarring at the incision site, and provide the highest quality aesthetic outcomes.