Don’t Like Your Forehead? Check Out These Solutions

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Think your forehead is too big? Maybe you suffer from the classic “angry” or “tired” look when you’re anything but. Not only have I seen it all — I’ve treated it all too. The forehead, or brow, isn’t the most exciting or obviously beautiful facial feature, but giving it a little TLC can make a big difference, especially when a little lift opens the eyes or shortening the hairline balances proportions.
So whether it’s due to aging or simply a case of genetics (maybe both), here are a couple of solutions that focus on the brow, but also improve overall appearance.

If You Look Tired or Angry
As we age, fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear, which can make a face look tired, angry or older than it really is. Unchecked, in a few more years the brow can fall and become heavy, creating the appearance of exhaustion or anger.

To prevent reaching the fallen brow stage too soon, botulinum toxin injections can be used to soften the appearance of forehead lines and create a youthful eyebrow arch. These are subtle but noticeable improvements that give you that youthful edge without looking like you've had anything done.

If you already have deep creases across the forehead or excess skin and tissue that hangs over your eyes and create a sad, tired or angry appearance, a surgical brow lift may be in order. This procedure opens the eyes, redefines a more arched and youthful-looking eyebrow, and results in a refreshed appearance.

If You Have a Big, High or Long Forehead
That big forehead is likely a high hairline and often a hereditary trait. The idea of a “normal” hairline can be difficult to define, but when it’s too high it’s definitely obvious. Whether you call your forehead “big,” “high” or “long,” a hairline that is out of proportion with the face creates an overall imbalance. You can get creative with your hairstyle to hide a high hairline, but there is an easier, more permanent option: Hairline lowering surgery. This procedure can create a natural hairline position for a more youthful and symmetrical facial appearance.

There is an art and a science to hairline lowering. It involves measuring the distance between the eyebrows and hairline to determine ideal forehead proportions. Those measurements combined with your concerns and an evaluation of your individual facial aesthetics is the formula for my treatment recommendations.

If you have a high hairline, or high forehead, and would like to restore balance and symmetry to your face, this may be the right treatment for you.


Dr. M
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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon