AFTER decades of bullying and low confidence levels, a Texas woman paid over $11,000 to get her "six-fingered" forehead surgically reduced – and now she’s happier than ever.
Amina Mejdoubi, 35, a teacher and social media influencer, inherited her “large” forehead from her dad and said her hairline has been receding for years.
Due to the size of her head, Mejdoubi was often subjected to bullying as a child, with people calling her "big head" and "six head.”
The name-calling had a lasting impact. Eventually, she decided enough was enough and she went under the knife to have her forehead reduced – which involved slicing open her scalp.
"I hated having a 'fivehead,' as many kids call it,” Mejdoubi said. “It made me feel self-conscious about how I look.
The woman relied on her bangs to cover the area, but her insecurity remained.
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"I was bullied so much as a kid because of my forehead, that I suffered from really bad mental health issues,” she explained.
"It was not only the people you know that called me names, but it would literally be the most random young guys in the street who would call me ‘big head’ as I walked past them.
"As a young girl, I had a complicated relationship with my body and the way I looked,” Mejdoubi remembered.
“I wanted to love myself so much, but the comments I heard did not let me.”
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As well as dealing with hateful comments, Mejdoubi’s insecurity also left her avoiding social situations.
She said: "Having a big forehead made me feel very conscious about how I styled my hair, and what activities I participated in.
"For example, I had always refused to ride rollercoasters because I knew they would expose my forehead.”
One day, Mejdoubi said, she changed her mind. “I woke up and I decided that this would be my last summer with a big forehead," she said.
Mejdoubi had the procedure in June 2021.
Since having the surgery, which cost around $11,465 USD, Mejdoubi said she has never felt "more confident" and "loves" her new look.
Bizarrely, despite having her scalp "sliced open," the English teacher insisted the surgery wasn't painful. In fact, she described it as “a bit invasive.”
“They slice your forehead open, detach it from your face, and detach it from your scalp,” Mejdoubi said.
"They then cut a couple of inches off the forehead skin and put it back together. It sounds painful, but it was not at all.”
"I remember just feeling a tightness around my forehead like I was wearing a tight headscarf,” she recalled.
Within 48 hours of the surgery, Mejdoubi was able to shower. After two weeks she was able to fly internationally.
Mejdoubi now posts regularly about her procedure online, though she said she has received some backlash.
"When I posted my experience on social media, it was to help any other person in my situation who feels the same,” she said.
"A lot of people left mean comments that insinuate that I encourage plastic surgery when in fact I advocate for people feeling their best.
"And if that requires a forehead reduction, so be it,” she added.
Women from all over the world reached out to Mejdoubi, curious about the little-known surgery.
"They didn't know this issue can be fixed with surgery other than a hair transplant, which does not look natural,” she said.
After struggling with her appearance for years, Mejdoubi said she does not regret having the surgery, and only wishes she had done it "sooner."
She said: "My family has been super supportive because I have always said ‘I wish I had a smaller forehead' and it was not a surprise to them to learn about my decision of having it done.
"The surprise was more about the surgery itself because it is not so common,” she said.
"My friends love and support me, but of course, they were worried I would have a botched surgery.
“I think everyone knows what is best for them,” Mejdoubi added, “but if someone out there has a six-head, then, by all means, this will make them feel amazing."
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