Am I a Candidate for Forehead Reduction Procedure? (photo)

I have really huge wide forehead which also sticks out. Bangs don't fit me, I look like 10 years old with them. I'd like to know if it's possible to do forehead reduction on my face or hair transplants would be better? I need to reduce it for 1,5 cm only

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Am I a Candidate for Forehead Reduction Procedure?

  Yes it's possible but you will never wear you hair like that again IMHO.  I have performed Brow Lifts for well over 20 years and have seen patients who have had the front hairline incision done elsewhere.  Even when beautifully healed, the hairline looks like it was drawn on with a white marking pen.  The villous hairs that break up the hairline are removed and the hairline appears straight and unnautural.  It might be best for you to learn the proper aesthetics of facial beauty so other ares of the face can be improved thereby drawing attention away from the high forehead.  Learn to like bangs as they are IMO, the best aesthetic option for you.  

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Candidate for Forehead Reduction

You appear to be a candidate for forehead reduction. To explore your options, consult in person with 3 - 4 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Candidates for Forehead Reduction by lowering hairline

Since you have a high hair line/receding hair line, the incision would be made at the hair line.  By using a beveling incision technique under magnification to preserve maximum hair follicles, the scar will be minimized as individual hairs will grow into the scar camouflaging it in many cases so that you could wear your hair pulled back. In other cases the scar may be visible but in that case micrografts could hide it.


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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You appear to be a good candidate for a forehead reduction.  There is a way to perform the procedure without significant brow elevation.

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Thank you for the question and the photo. Forehead reduction involves removing the skin at your hairline and is an option for you but you should understand the risks, the most common of which is the scar along the hairline. If you are willing to accept this, it is a great option to balance your face.

Forehead Reduction?

Thank you for the question and picture.

Although I see the area of concern,  I think you will be better off without intervention at this time. Of the two options you mention the forehead reduction is a better option  but this does have the downside of a potentially visible scar and  an irregular hairline.

In your case,  I think the advantages of the forehead reduction surgery are outweighed by the potential disadvantages.

Best wishes.

There is no free ride

Your high forehead can be reduced.  The hairline incision is camoflagued but not invisible.  Your scalp laxity, evaluated before the surgery in consultation, will forcast whether you are at risk for the incision/scar to widen and or inadvertant brow elevation as a result of the closure tension.  With or without surgery hair styles can emphasize and de-emphasize aspects of your face.  See your surgeon but also see a good hair stylist!!




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Forehead reduction not recommended

The hairline reduction procedure will unfortunately raise the eyebrows at the expense of lowering the hairline and will be an unacceptable cosmetic result, so it is best not to have any work done. 

William Portuese, MD
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Forehead Reduction Surgery

While technically you may be a candidate for a forehead reduction procedure, I feel that neither hair transplant nor forehead reduction surgery would be a prudent choice  for you.

Your skin is quite tight and therefore despite using undulating hairline incisions, you may end up with an unacceptable scar, an unnatural hairline or both.


Fredrick A. Valauri, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Well done forehead reduction works.


1)  I understand exactly what you mean, and a forehead reduction (advancing the scalp forward) will probably make your face look more balanced.  This becomes a more important issue as you get older. 

2)  Surgery is fairly simple and quite safe, with a one week recovery.

3)  Hair transplants definitely not a good idea.

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