What is Hairline Lowering Surgery?
Hairline lowering surgery is a procedure for those individuals who feel they have a large forehead whether it’s due to genetics, hair loss, or prior surgery such as brow lifts. The surgery will allow a person to actually change the shape of the hairline, making it more oval or rounded by filling in the upper temporal and side regions. Forehead reduction surgery can be used to reduce an excessively high hairline or large forehead in both men and women.
Someone may consider undergoing this type of procedure because a high or excessively large forehead can take away from other facial features and make an individual feel very self conscious and limit which hairstyles to wear to help hide their large forehead. The cost for such a surgery can range between $7,000 – $14,000 depending on the number of stages that are required.
There are Two Ways to Lower a Hairline:
1. Move the Scalp Forward and Remove a Portion of the Forehead Skin
With this first method a fine incision is made along the hairline and is designed so that hairs grow through it which typically heals to be barely visible if at all. This process is more complicated than transplanting with hair grafts, but can be very effective and produce rapid results. Most patients recover within five to seven days and the sutures are taken out after this one week period. The procedure typically takes about 90 minutes to complete and dramatically improves the appearance of a lower hairline.
2. Make the Forehead Appear Smaller by Grafting Hair to the Forehead
The more common technique for lowering the hairline is performing hair transplant surgery.With this method, several hundreds to several thousand hair grafts are placed along the hairline giving a natural appearing lower hairline and smaller forehead.
The 3 to 4 hour long process in usually performed under a mild oral sedative and is essentially painless as well as the recovery period. Each graft general contains one to three hairs are placed along the hairline in the natural direction of growth into very tiny incisions both in front of as well as between the existing hairline hairs in order to increase density. Most patients can expect to resume normal activities, including exercise and hair washing, after about five days.
Any scars that may be the result of hairline advancement is typically hidden by the regrowth of hair. In cases where minor scars are obvious hair transplants can be used to totally disguise the scars. In men with progressive baldness, the surgical scar may become more visible as balding advances.
Hair thinning from shock loss (expect your newly transplanted hair to fall out) can occur and is usually temporary and regrows within a few months. Infections can occur but are not very common. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants can be done as an alternative treatment although the results can take up to 2 years to get enough hair length and density to compare with the near instantaneous results of the hairline lowering operation.
Keep in mind that the quality of your hair lowering surgery depends a lot on the flexibility of your scalp. Things you should do to maximize recovery after surgery and get better results is to avoid wearing wigs, braids, extensions , hair addition or headband for any period of time for the first six months after the procedure.
The best thing to do is to have your hair styled in one of the many forward direction styles such as bangs or curls. This way the healing areas will be hidden by your hairstyle and there will be no pressure or traction on the hairs themselves.