What Are All of the Options for Men Who Want a Lower Hairline/lower Forehead?

I am a male who has always had a high hairline and high forehead and it has always bothered me. What are your suggestions?

Doctor Answers 11

Lower the Hairline for Males

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A hairline incision forehead lift will lower your hairline but leave a scar which can be camouflaged with micro hair grafts. Hair Grafts by themselves can also lower your hairline.

Male Forehead

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In men the best option is typically to lower the hair line with hair transplant. A lot comes into play though with this decision. Balding? Receding hairline? Family history? Goal of new hairline? Brow position.

It is a complicated issue and a facial analysis is required for a recommendation.

Hope this helps.

Best of luck,


Benjamin Caughlin, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Male hairline lowering

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Most men who want their hairline lowered are currently seeking hair transplant procedures in my practice, but a hairline lowering surgery can be appropriate in certain situations.  I would need to see pictures to help further answer your question.

Kevin Ende, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon

Lowerint your Hairline

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The forehead procedure that is the best for you will ultimately depend on how much skin laxity you have, the hairline position that you desire, and the types of incisions/scarring that is acceptable to you. There are many methods for performing a browlift or forehead lift including an endoscopic browlift (through tiny incisions with the assistance of telescopes) , bicoronal forehead lift (extensive incision from ear to ear across the top of the head) and a tricophytic or hairline browlift. (hidden along the hairline. Each of these techniques achieves a similar result through the brow and the forehead in terms of smoothing of lines and gentle elevation of the brows.

The key difference is in how they affect your hairline. The Bicoronal (ear to ear) browlift elevates or pulls your hairline back, raising the frontal hairline by up to one inch. The Endoscopic lift has minimal effect of the position of the hairline. The tricophytic or hairline browlift can be used to adjust the hairline, usually lowering it to address a receding hairline or widow's peaks in the temporal hairline.
Best of luck!

Dr. Clevens

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Male with high hairline

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Depending on your age, balding pattern and family history, hair transplantation may be the better option if they can accept a conservative 

 Whether or not you are a candidate would depend on these and many other factors that can only be determined on physical examination and discussion.  

I have performed forehead reduction procedure on young men who had extenuating circumstance such a such as occupation as modeling or acting  or someone who feels they cannot function well unless they get this type of work done.  Early results are quite dramatic. And, whether or not the hair recedes with age and exposes the scar is impossible to predict. Men who have this procedure should have support from those close to them. 

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon

Strongly advise approaching this carefully. Even more caution needed if you are under 40.

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Hair grafting is very simple in concept but very difficult in execution.  Having a well meaning surgeon remove forehead skin along the hairline may lower your hair line or it may not.  What will be the case is the your hair line will never be the same again.  Even if the incision heals perfectly, there will be compression of the hairline which will look either unnatural or very unnatural.  For this reason micro grafting may be a better solution.  However, it is possible to make some distinctly unnatural hairlines with even micrographs.  The best hair grafters are artful and place the grafts in a very random way that can look very natural.    

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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What Are All of the Options for Men Who Want a Lower Hairline/lower Forehead?

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 Hair transplants along the frontal hairline is the least invasive and makes the most sense to me...if you have the donor hairs to do it correctly.  

High forehead

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Depending on age and position of the eyebrow. If there is a need for eyebrow lift then one can do a brow lift through an incision infront of the hairline.

If there is no need for brow lift then hair transplan is the best option

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Option for forehead reduction

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Thank you for your question. You have several options, from hair transplant to scalp advancement. You need to be seen by a plastic surgeon to determine which procedure is appropriate for you.

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Hair Transplants For Male Hairline

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Lowering the male hairline is a difficult challenge. All surgical options such as a scalp advancement or transposition flaps involve scars which is always precarious in the unstable male hairline. The safest choice is hair transplantation since it lacks visible frontal scars. But it must done well to have a natural appearing result.

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