High Wide Forehead Reduction Possible?

I have a high and wide forehead. Is a forehead reduction possible, where the skin at the corners will be pulled in to bring the hair line down? If so, what is the estimated cost and recovery period of this procedure? Thanks.

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Forehead Reduction?

Thank you for the question.

Reduction of the forehead is possible by performing a hairline incision forehead lift procedure. This type of forehead lift removes non-hair bearing scalp and “lowers” the hairline. It is a useful operation for patients who have “long foreheads” and wish to undergo forehead lifting for any reason.

I hope this helps.


Not enough information to do forehead reduction .

Depending on your age and the amount of wrinkles on your forehead the scar could be placed in the middle of the forehead and the brows lifted and the forehead advanced ,together this change of the brow and hairline position would reduce the forehead size and have a better appearance. The middle age to over 60 male forehead scar in the wrinkle lines of the forehead is usually not visible.

The incision could be at the hairline but at that point you may as well do a hair transplant and reduce the forehead size that way.

Get a consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Walter D. Gracia, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
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Forehead Reduction

In a forehead reduction a scar is placed at the hairline and the excess skin and forehead distance is removed. This results in a brow lift at the same time. From El Paso.

Browlifts are Great For Reducing The Large Forehead

I perform about 80% of my browlifts using what is called a trichophytic incision.  This incision is done along the first row of hairs at the top of the forehead, pulling the brows up and the hairline down.  Because of a special beveling technique I use with the incision, the scar ends up with hair growing right through it.  As a result, the scar darn near becomes invisible once healing is done and you not only have higher eyebrows, but a lower hairline and shorter forehead.

The other two common ways of doing a brow lift are endoscopic and coronal.  Endoscopic has the appeal of requiring only a few small incisions behind the hairline, but that is at the expense of a higher hairline.  Keep in mind, when you lift the eyebrows from behind the hairline, the hairline goes up 2 or 3 times as much as the eyebrows.  For example, lift your eyebrows 1/8 of an inch, the hairline goes up as much as 3/8's.  Since most people already have a hairline that is bordering on the upper edge of desirable, rarely do patients pick this route.

Louis W. Apostolakis, MD
Austin Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Forehead reduction is possible using a pretrichial (hairline) incision.

Forehead reduction is possible using a pretrichial (hairline) incision. It is essentially a 'reverse forehead lift'. This procedure can lower one's hairline and elevate the brow position simultaneously. Healing time is approximately one week. Costs will vary from surgeon to surgeon and from region to region.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Forehead Reduction Options

Female forehead reduction is a necessary tool in brow reduction. Essentially a scar is placed just anterior to the hairline. The scalp and hair is elevated and released, allowing it to be pulled forward. The release of the scalp is called a galeotomy. While doing this, the brows can be elevated and lifted. Despite extensive dissection, the tight nature of the scalp usually allows for about 2 cm of reduction. This can be determined preoperatively by feeling how mobile the scalp is. Note this procedure can not be performed if you had an old fashioned brow lift (coronal lift) prior.

I don't perform forehead reduction procedures in men. The hairline may continue to recede and scars that remain may look ridiculous. Men with receding hairlines, that is every male patient, require innovative techniques which elevate the brow while maintaining the hairline and minimize scarring. Fortunately, for most male patients the brow needs minimal elevation or just maintenance of position. Hair transplants can be helpful in some male patients.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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It is possible.  Generally, forehead height can be reduced with forehead reduction. Forehead width can be reduced with hair transplant surgery.   You would need an examination to make sure this is possible in your particular case.  Estimated cost can vary widely.  It can be in the range of $10,000 or more (or less) depending on your specific needs.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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High forehead

Decreasing the height of the forehead is possible by doing hair transplantation or by excising the non  
hair-bearing skin in front of the hairline. In the latter procedure, the incision is placed just within the front hairline and angled so as to avoid damaging the follicles. The undersurface of the hair-bearing scalp usually needs some relaxing incisions so that the scalp can be brought forward a couple of centimeters. Devices called endotines are placed within the bone of the skull. The endotine has little pointed prongs or "tines" onto which the scalp is impaled so as to keep the advancement from being pulled back. The excess non hair-bearing forehead skin is then excised and the wound closed.
In some cases an expander is placed for 2-3 months first, if it is felt that the scalp will not advance sufficiently.
Expanders are also helpful in stretching the skin around male temporal recessions for adequate closure in these areas.

Stephen J. Pincus, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Forehead Reduction

Yes, an experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeon can perform a forehead reduction utilizing an hairline forehead lift. Consult with 3 - 4 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to explore your options.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Hairline lowering works

Look at celebrity Kim Kardashian and you see the ideal hairline. Her hair frames her face perfectly, no matter what style she selects. She is among the fortunate few. Other women struggle with too-high hairlines that distract from their facial beauty. Many women have a large forehead secondary to a congenitally high hairline; some women found themselves with a too- high hairline after cosmetic surgery. A high hairline can give women a balding, masculine appearance, so they spend a lot of time and money finding ways to style their hair in a way that disguises the high forehead and gives them their desired look.

A new hairline lowering procedure has been developed to bring the proportions of the face into balance. The hairline lowering can be performed as an isolated procedure or at the same time as the hairline forehead/brow lift. With this technique, an incision is made within the fine hairs of the hairline and the scalp brought forward. The appropriate amount of bald forehead skin below the existing hairline is removed. Hair follicles are buried under the skin closure at the completion of the operation, so hair will grow through and in front of that line, giving patients total freedom of hairstyling.

This hairline lowering technique is used to enhance or maintain facial proportion and beauty

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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