Hairline Lowering or Forehead Reduction Surgery
Hairline lowering or forehead reduction surgery can be performed in the office or in an operating room with either sedation or general anesthesia depending on your comfort level and preference. An incision is made along the hairline at the top of the forehead and into the hair. The scalp is then freed and advanced, lowering the hairline and creating the ideal hairline for you. The excess forehead skin is then trimmed. At the same time, the brows can be elevated if a brow lift is desired. The incision is then meticulously closed with tiny stitches to achieve a well-hidden scar. The scar hides well in the hairline and, after healing, is usually imperceptible.
Hairline Lowering Recovery
After surgery, a small amount of discomfort, bruising and swelling may occur. The scalp above the hairline tends to be numb for some time but this should improve with time. Sutures are usually removed within a week after surgery. Most patients return to work in a few days. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery.
Hairline Lowering Results
Hairline lower results depend on many factors such as a patient’s hair density, scalp laxity, and head size. In general, the hairline can be lowered anywhere from 2-3 cm in most patients. Depending on your facial structure, we usually aim for a forehead height from the eyebrows to the hairline of about 6 cm. If the hairline is not low enough for you after surgery, a second hairline-lowering procedure can be performed once you heal and the scalp has enough time to stretch, but the need for secondary procedures is rare.
Hairline Lowering Scars
The scar from hairline lowering surgery usually heals imperceptibly and hides well due to the way it is designed. If the scar is visible after you heal or you would like further camouflage of the incision, a small amount of hair transplant can be performed to completely conceal the scar although it is rare that this is required.