How Would a Facial Plastic Surgeon Be Able to Avoid Long Incisions Across the Forehead of a Balding Person?

The goal is to tighten cheek skin slightly and to rid forehead lines noticeable when at rest. Incisions equal scarring and long term redness at the surgical site of someone with a light complexion.

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How Would a Facial Plastic Surgeon Be Able to Avoid Long Incisions Across the Forehead of a Balding Person?

        I have performed facelifts in bald men, and this does not create any difficulty and the scars are not any more noticeable.  This is only the case with a short scar facelift.   Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of facelifts and facial procedures each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Avoiding facelift scars

Facelift scars are not placed in the forehead area and so this would not be a concern in a balding individual. However, I think you are referring to brow or forehead lift scars. I perform brow lift when the brows weigh down the eyelids; for forehead lines, the simpler, and far less expensive way to proceed, would be to use a combination of Botox and facial fillers.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift changes to forehead of balding person.

Only a browlift or forehead lift would involve consideration for scarring on a balding man. A facelift should not affect the forehead unless a browlift is also being done. If a man shaves his head, a facelift is likely to leave detectable scars. 

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Face lift in balding man

Thank you for asking about facial scars from a face lift in a balding man.

  • Certainly balding men can have face lifts.
  • It takes careful planning. Have your surgeon show you his/her plan for the incisions.
  • Botox is probably best for the forehead lines. It avoids a visible forehead scar.
  • Hope this helps. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures for Forehead Lines and Cheek Skin

You are talking about different procedures.  For the cheek skin, this is really a facelift, however to remove forehead lines, there are a variety of techniques, including Botox, fillers, and possibly surgery including midforehead browlifts which can be effective.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Forehead Incision Scars in Balding Man

You need to understand what features you want improved and what is causing them.  For instance, forehead lines at rest are usually due to resting muscle tone and can be improved with Botox injections.  Occasionally, permanent depressed lines will require filler injections.  A forehead or brow lift in a balding male should be avoided unless you are willing to accept a scar somewhere on the forehead (placed in a natural crease to minimize visibility) or higher on the scalp.  If you want the cheeks tightened, then some type of a cheeklift is indicated, and this will leave a scar travelling up along the border of the ear (usually well camouflaged) but then going up above where the sideburn would be.  There really wouldn't be a way to hide that part of the scar unless you had some hair growing in the temple.

Richard G. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Forehead scars in bald men for facelift surgery

Facelift surgery does not require any scars in the forehead or scalp. But it will also not cause any changes to the forehead or eyebrow position. If you need any of these changes than somewhere there will have to be some scars. Sometimes this can be done with just a few short scars when performing endoscopic surgery. Another variation is to place the scar across the middle of the forehead, right in center of where there are already wrinkles. This is done rarely, but works great in the right patient. Good luck.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Bald men and scars

the facelift incision should not pose difficulties when performed in isolation. I perform a temporal browlift through the face lift incision and scars can also be hidden through an upper eyelid incision. Experiences facial plastic surgeons will be able to discuss your options.

Dominic Bray, MBBS, FRCS
London Facial Plastic Surgeon
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You cannot avoid long incisions in an open forehead or brow lift

You cannot avoid long incisions in an open forehead or brow lift. But these incisions heal well and are very light at 12 months. 

Naveen Somia, MBBS, PhD, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
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Avoiding long incisions across the forehead on balding patients

If one is undergoing a facelift only, ie. cheek and neck lift, there are no incisions that go across the forehead. The only time incisions are made in the forehead, more commonly in the frontal hairline if present, is when one is undergoing a forehead lift. Keep in mind a forehead lift is meant to lift the brows, it is not done for the horizontal wrinkles. If one is interested in softening the horizontal wrinkles of the forehead, Botox or Dysport work very well, although temporary.

Ronald Caniglia, MD
Scottsdale Facial Plastic Surgeon
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