Non Surgical Options For Forehead Reduction?

I'm a young male with a relatively high forehead. I would like it to be about 0.5-1cm smaller. I could do less though. What options do I have? Not keen on hair transplantation. Anything non-surgical? Thanks in advance.

Doctor Answers 9

Shortening the forehead

There is no non-surgical method of shortening the forehead.

The surgical options

1: incision infront of the hailine

2: hair transplant

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Non Surgical Options for Forehead Reduction?

Unfortunately, there is no great non-surgical option to lower your forehead aside from hair styling/bangs.  There are a few surgical options though to lower your hairline - this includes a hairline lowering procedure (one-stage surgery with instant results) or hair transplantation surgery (can be done in one or two stages, results in 3-6 months).  Both of these options can appear daunting at first, but I recommend having a consultation just to get more information about either procedure to see if they may work for you.  I hope this helps!

Natalie Attenello, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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A non surgical option to have a lower hair line would be trying new hair styles or wearing a wig.

If you are prepared to shave your head for the rest of your life, there is Scalp MicroPigmentation.  (Would not advise this based on your line of questioning).  

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Treatment Options For Forehead Reduction

Generally, there is no great non surgical way to reduce the size of the forehead except for styling your hair to cover specific areas. Either surgery to remove forehead skin or hair transplantation treatments are truly the only options that may give you what you want. It's always best to consult with a Board Certified physician to better understand treatment options that may work well for you.

Carlo P. Honrado, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Non surgical shortening of the forehead.

The only non-surgical forehead shortening that works is hair styling. Combing the hair forward or foreward and to the side will give a very good effect if you have good hair.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
Oakland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Non-surgical Options for Forehead Reduction

There are no effective non-surgical methods to reduce the size of your forehead. A young man like yourself who may experience male pattern baldness later in life must be very careful when deciding how to safely and effectively lower his hairline. Our procedure to lower the hairline with an irregular trichophytic hairline incision, hair transplants, and the Fleming/Mayer Flap are your surgical options.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Non Surgical Options For Forehead Reduction?

Shortening the forehead can only be accomplished through excision and removal of forehead skin or by lowering the hairline with hair transplants, IMHO.  Anything else is just a waste of time and money.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can I Shorten My Forehead Without Surgery?

Dear Luke123,  There are no non-surgical ways to shorten a forehead.  This is because the soft tissues of the forehead are so fibrous and adherent that any other the "non-invasive" treatments will obtain little if any improvement.  The surgical options are to excise the excess skin through a hairline incision which if done correctly usually hides well or to camouflage the high hairline by using hair transplants to give the look of a lower hairline.  Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options before proceeding.  Hope this helps.

Herluf G. Lund, Jr, MD
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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Forehead reduction procedures

FUE represents an excellent non surgical option to improve the apparent convexity of a high forehead in patients with non-active alopecia.  Our office specializes in this procedure in Los Angeles.


Dr. Karamanoukian

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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