Forehead Reduction

Forehead reduction, AKA hairline lowering or advancement, reduces the size of an elongated forehead through the removal of a portion of the forehead skin in order to create a lower hairline. The distance between the eyebrows and the hairline is reduced. In general, the hairline can be lowered 5-6cm. The surgeon marks the postoperative hairline and then makes an incision. The skin located above the marked line is excised to remove excess forehead skin and the hairline is then advanced. The incision is closed using stitches or surgical clips. Hair will grow through these incisions and will cover any scars resulting from the surgery.

Ideal candidates for forehead reduction include a person with a large forehead and a high hairline as well as people with forehead and scalp skin that has a good amount of laxity. In addition, patients with heavy or low brows are ideal since forehead reduction can elevate the brows to a higher, and more attractive, position. Patients with a high hairline with no family history of progressive hair loss are also good candidates.

The cost of forehead reduction is in the range of $8000-$12,500 depending on the amount of work that the doctor will perform during the surgery. The cost also depends on any fees charged by the doctor or the facility, the geographic location of the surgery and expertise level of the surgeon.

The recovery time involves some bruising and swelling that resolves on its own and patients can return to work within 3-5 days. Some hair loss may occur at the front of the scalp but it will grow back after several months. The results of forehead reduction surgery are long lasting as long as the patient follows the post-op instructions from the doctor.