Forehead Lengthening - How Much of a Gain in Length?

I am a 23 year old female.I have a very short hairline (almost 2inches). Is there any way of lengthening the forehead with a lift of some sort? If so how much of a gain in length would you see. Please briefty explain the procedure you would suggest. Roughly the cost as well. thanks for any help as I am extremely unhappy with my low hairline.

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Hairline Advancement for Forehead Extension

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By elevating the hairline, usually through an incision made back within the hairline, the forehead can be extended by as much as 2 to 3 cm in a flexible forehead.  To achieve any more elevation, tissue expansion of the forehead would be indicated, something that few patients are willing to tolerate.

Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Making Foreheads Longer.........Difficult!

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You can gain a little with a endo forehead or a coronal lift.  The hairline will actually shorten your forehead.   I guess plastic surgeons will have to think hard and try to come up with a better operation but at present the most you can gain is about 5 to 10 mm.  (less than 1/2 inch)   Happy Valentines Day.   Dr commons

Forehead Lengthening

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If your eyebrows are low, an endoscopic or coronal browlift will elevate the hairline and stretch the forehead skin.  A bettter  technique is the placement of an expander in the forehead, strech the skin as much as desired, and then elevate the hairline  when the expander is removed. With this approach, we have total control when establishing forehead length.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hairline adjustment

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We can lengthen the forehead. This is typically done with a coronal brow lift and is ideal for someone with concomitant low eyebrows. 

The procedure coset 5,500$ at our office and requires an incision in the hairline. There is a 2 wk recovery period. Patients are very happy with this procedure over all and the hairline can be raised up to 2cm but keep in mind this will also raise the brows significantly so it is typically performed in an older population with low or ptotic eye brows.

I hope this helps.

Best of luck,


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Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lengthening the Forehead with Forehead Lift

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Of course photos and preferably an exam is required for the best recommendation. The simple answer is yes there are procedures that will lengthen (or for that matter shorten it for others)  your forehead including endoscopically and with open approaches to the forehead lift.

Forehead lengthening

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I agree that a coronal forehead lift is the best procedure, especially if you need brow elevation as well - but it would be difficult to raise your hairline more than ~ 1cm.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Short forehead

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Foreheads can be lenghtened by removing some of the hair - bearing scalp above the forehead.  This can be done with a lift.  It can be difficult to get a natural appearing hairline this way and a lift is required in order to stretch the skin. Make sure you see a board - certified plastic surgeon in consultation.

Samer W. Cabbabe, MD, FACS
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon

A Coronal brow lift will increase the height of your forehead but you need to have lower eye brows also

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A coronal brow lift will increase the height of your forehead but it will also elevate your eyebrows. By making the incision back behind the hair line you lengthen your vertical forehead. This is one of the most exciting operations I do and it gives great results in the right patient. If your eye brows are a little low and you have deep frown lines between you eye brows this is exactly the operation for you. How ever if you don't have these changes then you won't want to look strange because your eye brows are too high. A brow lift done in front of the hair live will shorten the forehead as will a endoscopic brow lift. At 23 you probably are not a candidate for this procedure. 

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Most browlifts will lengthen the forehead

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A short forehead is more difficult to improve than a long one. Most types of browlifts, other than a hairline or pretrichial technique, will actually lengthen the forehead to some degree. But this degree of lengthening is never more than .5 to 1 cm in actual length. It is possible to create real forehead lengthening through tissue expansion and scalp excision but this would be an extreme approach.

Forehead lift?

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Dear hersheykissy,

A forehead lift is a great surgery, but only in the appropriately selected cases.  Surgery is generally preserved as a last resort for most cosmetic issues.  A low hairline is not traditionally treated with a forehead lift.  This is a difficult question to answer without pictures.  First, you must decide the aesthetic ideal placement of your hairline.  If it is indeed too low, consider possible hairstyle changes as your hairline will likely lengthen with aging.  If you are certain that it is too low and prefer a more immediate change, consider laser hair removal or depilation along the frontal hairline.  Tissue expansion of the forehead is an option, but is less than ideal.  This essentially involves baloons placed beneath the skin that will stretch and lengthen your tissue.  It would be wise to visit one or several board certified plastic surgeons to gain some information and consider your options.

Good luck!!

Jason Hess, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

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