Forehead reduction surgery is an operation to correct an overly high forehead. Some people feel that their forehead is out of balance with other facial features. The procedure can address concerns you may have with your forehead. 

What is Forehead Reduction Surgery?

Forehead reduction surgery is also known as hairline advancement, foreheadplasty, or forehead lowering. It can lower the forehead to create a more rounded hairline and restore facial balance. A large forehead can be from hair loss and genetics. It’s common to combine forehead reduction surgery with other procedures like a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or a facelift

Forehead Reduction Surgery: Quick Overview

What Happens During Hairline Lowering Surgery?

With hairline lowering surgery, you can usually achieve a 2cm reduction in your forehead. However, you can get a larger reduction. You will discuss this with your surgeon and agree on the desired position before the operation. 

The surgery takes between 1.5 to 2 hours. Your surgeon will mark the location of your new hairline. The skin above this line is removed and then sutured back together. This surgically lowers your new hairline into the marked position. 

Forehead reduction via hairline advancement by 2cm, The Harley Clinic, London
Forehead reduction via hairline advancement by 2cm - its equivalent to 6,000 grafts of hair. It day case, local anaesthesia, 60-90 mins.

What are the Benefits of Forehead Reduction Surgery?

A forehead reduction can help to balance the proportions of your face. If you feel that you have an overly large forehead that doesn’t fit with your facial features, the reduction surgery can help address this problem. If you feel self-conscious about your forehead and hairline, the procedure can improve self-esteem and confidence. 

How Long Does it Take to Heal From Forehead Reduction Surgery?

Most patients take between 10 and 14 days to recover from forehead reduction surgery. After about 5 to 7 days, the bruising should subside, but the swelling tends to continue for a little longer. You may need up to 2 weeks off work to heal. In 1 to 2 weeks, you can start to resume normal activities. You should avoid exercise for 6 weeks. 

Hairline Advancement vs Hair Transplant

When it comes to problems with the hairline, the two main procedures are hair transplant and hairline advancement. A receding hairline is a common problem for both men and women. But these treatments are different, and depending on your situation, one may be much more suitable than the other. 

A hair transplant is suitable for pattern baldness with a history of gradual hereditary hair loss and hiding scarring near the hairline. Hair advancement can achieve more dramatic results. The main difference is that this treatment is for a naturally high forehead, but otherwise, you have thick hair and no hair loss. So, although the treatments sound similar at first glance, they have clear differences and need to be suitable for the individual. 

What are the Potential Complications and Risks of Forehead Reduction Surgery?

As with all surgeries, there are potential complication and risks, such as: 

  • Hair loss
  • Infection 
  • Bleeding 
  • Hematoma
  • Anaesthesia risks 
  • Skin and or fat/necrosis 
  • Fluid accumulation 
  • Pain 
  • Swelling 
  • Poor wound healing
  • Poor scarring 
  • Nerve injury 
  • Contour irregularity
  • Seroma
  • Over/under correction
  • Asymmetry
  • Damage to other structures
  • DVT
  • PE
  • Chest infection

At Harley Clinic, we have a range of procedures available focusing on different areas from the face and body to non-surgical. 

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