Do you have a huge and wide forehead that sticks out? Is it the first thing people notice when they look at you? You then realize, it doesn’t make you less attractive anyway so no worries. However, it does make you less confident, doesn’t it? Some people say having a huge forehead makes the face a little bit asymmetrical. In addition, a high hairline can limit which hairstyles to wear to help camouflage the large forehead. Luckily, for those who do mind having a huge forehead, there is such a thing as forehead reduction surgery.
Forehead reduction, also known as hairline lowering, doesn’t actually reduce the forehead, but rather moves down the location of where your hair grows in. Some call it scalp advancement too. Forehead reduction or hairline lowering surgery consists of excising a strip of forehead skin right in front of your current high hairline. Hair eventually grows back within the scar, and therefore helps minimize the appearance of the scar. Forehead reduction can sometimes be combined with hair grafting, especially in male patients, to lower the hairline.
Who Are The Candidates?
Good candidates for forehead reduction include women with a high hairline or large forehead who otherwise have thick hair. Men with large foreheads are also good candidates if they have a thick hairline and no family history of baldness. Individuals with thinner hair can have great results especially if the forehead reduction is used in combination with a small amount of hair grafting.
What To Expect
The first step you take with your plastic surgeon is to discuss the expectations from the procedure. All of your questions and concerns will be addressed properly. There is no need to shave your hair for your forehead reduction surgery, so there won’t be a long recovery period where you aren’t able to go out in public. You can expect to lower your hairline by up to 4-5 cm in a single procedure.
Potential Side Effects
Most patients will experience numbness of the front of the scalp. The sensation almost always returns in a 3-12 month period though. Sometimes there is an itching sensation during the recovery period too. However, these set of symptoms can occur after dense graft packing or any incision made in the scalp such as in facelifts and forehead or brow lifts. Second, there can be some shedding of the fine hairs in the front of the scalp within 2-4 weeks after surgery. However, no need to worry, the hair will usually come back after 3 months.