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Hair Line Lowering/Forehead Reduction

Women who seek hairline lowering almost always share a common complaint: namely, they are not happy with the size of their forehead. Typically, this type of issue has been a persistent source of personal frustration and often an embarrassment for most of their lives. This is a very personal matter that can cause self-consciousness and affect self-esteem. In many cases, women with a high hairline may try to conceal their forehead with various hairstyles, scarves, or hats. Fortunately, our plastic surgeon, James Vogel, MD, offers an effective, two-hour hairline lowering procedure that can adjust the forehead proportions to achieve a more balanced facial appearance.

Benefits of Hairline Lowering

Dr. Vogel’s hairline lowering procedure offers many advantages to women who want to reposition their hairline further down on the forehead. For the majority of patients, hairline lowering:

  • Can reduce the forehead by an inch (or more if needed)
  • Is typically performed in about 2 hours
  • Improves facial proportions
  • Results in a well-concealed incision
  • Involves a short recovery time and produces rapid results
  • Can improve self-esteem and self-confidence

To provide the most optimal cosmetic outcome, Dr. Vogel may recommend other women’s hair transplant techniques to further advance the hairline or camouflage any visible residual scar tissue.

Candidates for Hairline Lowering

Most women with a high hairline and good skin elasticity can potentially be candidates for the hairline lowering procedure. Since general anesthesia is required to complete this surgery, patients must be in good overall health to avoid complications. Individuals who have difficulties with abnormal scarring and wound healing may be encouraged to consider other options. The only way to find out if you are a candidate for forehead reduction surgery is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vogel. During your appointment, he will perform a full medical evaluation, examine your hairline, discuss your concerns, and determine whether hairline lowering is the best option for your needs.

About the Hairline Lowering Procedure

The hairline lowering operation is a terrific way for well selected patients to achieve a lower hairline in only 2 hours. The operation is performed while the patient is sedated in our certified surgical center by our dedicated anesthetist. The scalp is brought forward through an incision at the front hairline and excess forehead skin is removed. The hairline is then positioned lower on the forehead, typically an inch lower, or perhaps more, depending on your needs. The incision from the procedure can usually be hidden along the hairline for a natural appearance. Most patients are able to wash their hair the day after surgery and many return to work within a few days. After about a week, stitches are commonly removed. For some patients, a follow-up hair transplant procedure can further lower the hairline, and in some cases provide more coverage of the surgical scar, with natural-looking hair transplants. Following the procedure, many of Dr. Vogel’s patients enjoy the look of their new hairline and express a boost in self-confidence.

Recovery After Hairline Lowering

Some mild swelling and numbness of the forehead is common in the first few days of healing after surgery. Prior to surgery, Dr. Vogel provides comprehensive post-surgical instructions, which should be followed closely to facilitate proper healing. While healing time can vary between patients, recovery typically takes about two to three weeks. It is important to avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities until Dr. Vogel says it is ok to resume them.

Once you are fully recovered and the incision has healed, you can enjoy your new look. The appearance of any scarring should continue to improve with time. For the majority of patients, their adjusted hairline beautifully accentuates their facial features and provides them with renewed confidence. They are also able to enjoy a wide variety of new hairstyles and are free from the burden of trying to conceal their forehead with scarves and hats.

Hairline Lowering Patient Reviews

Learn more about the hairline lowering process by watching testimonial videos of Dr. Vogel’s patients. Each featured patient discusses her unique experience and results.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Hairline Lowering Consultation

If you would like to learn more about hairline lowering and other common hair transplant options for women, please contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. James Vogel.