Spontaneous Forehead Reduction - Beverly Hills, CA

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I always had a large forehead, but it didn't...

I always had a large forehead, but it didn't bother me much since everyone around me had the same problem. I just learned to live with it and style my hair a certain way etc. About 2 years ago I became obsessed with hiking, running, swimming and it became a problem since my hair would get wet and expose my huge recessions that I couldn't control without proper hairstyle and a gallon of hairspray. So I started looking on the Internet at hair bands, that led to hair imitating powder, then to minoxidil, to hair transplant and finally to forehead reduction. I had no idea this thing exists! Anyway, I looked up doctors online same day I found out about this thing. Since Beverly Hillswas the closest location, I chose my doctor there. I send an email about a consult and skyped with the Doctor the next day. He said I qualified for the surgery and we scheduled it for the next month.
Now about the surgery. I came in the morning, got 3 tylenols and an iv with hella fluids. Then the Dr came with a mirror and drew a line in the middle of my forehead. I said I want it higher, and after a little of negotiation we agreed on the height somewhere in between. I was taken to the OR, my iv was switched to real stuff and I was out. The time of the surgery 2 hours, total time with waiting and dressing/undressing 5.5 hours. I chose to go to the post op care center and made the right decision. Everything hurts, you can't go to the bathroom by yourself, can't turn and feel very weak. I was nauseated and couldn't eat. Nurses called the dr at the midnight to give me an anti nausea shot. After that I was ok. Extra painkillers and fluids fluids. Next day nurses washed my hair and took me back to the dr office. He looked and said he took out 3.5 cm and I was fine and sent me home.
Well, you can do whatever you want but your hair is a mess so the first week of hiding under a hat or scarf is highly recommended. After 6 days dr took my stitches out and off I went.
It's been over a month now. I have a scar, it's visible, people notice it even if they don't say anything. My forehead turned out slightly cricked, but I don't know people with perfectly straight hairlines so I take it as Drs attempt to make it look natural. There is a significant amount of hair loss. Only were the skin was detached from the scalp. I can see my skin through my hair. So be prepared. I have no idea if it's temporary or permanent so can't judge yet.
All in all, it's better than it used to be. I can live with a scar, it's a surgery after all, so just say good bye to a ponytail, other than that you have absolute freedom. Cricket hairline is better than huge forehead with resessions. Hair loss, it's your call. If you have thick hair, go for it.

It's been over a year...

So it's been 13 months since my surgery. Now that I am all healed and well, I can objectively judge the result.
I am definitely happy with the result. At the beginning I had feared that my forehead turned out too small, but living a year with a new face has changed my attitude. After the swelling got away and all the hairs grew through, it actually has a perfect length and width. But since I lived 25 years with a giant forehead, it took me more than a week to get used to it. Now my face is perfectly symmetrical, I turn out great on pictures, not afraid of the blowing wind or the rain.
It literally changed my life for the best. Going into the surgery I knew it will never look naturally. Please please have realistic expectations from your surgeons. They are fixing what nature herself messed up and that isn't an easy task! I do have a scar. It's not that the skin looks terrible, no, its the hair growing in a zig-zag pattern. Natural hair doesn't grow this way. I do get questions about my hairline, but nobody has a clue it is from the surgery, people think it's from the hair dye :) I do wear ponytails because I am not self conscious about my imperfection and because I remember what it was like having giant bald sides was like. I braid my hair, wear it up and down and don't have to spend hours trying to fix (or lock with hairspray) my bangs of filling in my sides with an eyebrow pencil (oh yea, I tried it all).
I am happy with my forehead. I look at my reflection in the mirror and I like what I see. It takes some getting used too. Sometimes i have a feeling like my eyebrows are higher, or my eyes changed their shape after surgery. Changing the shape and size of your forehead is a huge change, so be ready for it. And give yourself time to adjust (i spent couple of weeks crying about my forehead turning out too small)! Now I think that it could be a millimeter smaller! lol It has a scar, the heir is thinner, it has a zig-zag pattern, some people notice it, BUT IT IS PERFECT FOR ME! I finally escaped one of the worst hair routines and don't have to carry a flat iron and hairspray with me everywhere I go. I don't rent away with panic from the wind and don't have to pray for the rain to never come!

It's been over a year...

So it's been 13 months since my surgery. Now that I am all healed and well, I can objectively judge the result.
I am definitely happy with the result. At the beginning I had feared that my forehead turned out too small, but living a year with a new face has changed my attitude. After the swelling got away and all the hairs grew through, it actually has a perfect length and width. But since I lived 25 years with a giant forehead, it took me more than a week to get used to it. Now my face is perfectly symmetrical, I turn out great on pictures, not afraid of the blowing wind or the rain.
It literally changed my life for the best. Going into the surgery I knew it will never look naturally. Please please have realistic expectations from your surgeons. They are fixing what nature herself messed up and that isn't an easy task! I do have a scar. It's not that the skin looks terrible, no, its the hair growing in a zig-zag pattern. Natural hair doesn't grow this way. I do get questions about my hairline, but nobody has a clue it is from the surgery, people think it's from the hair dye :) I do wear ponytails because I am not self conscious about my imperfection and because I remember what it was like having giant bald sides was like. I braid my hair, wear it up and down and don't have to spend hours trying to fix (or lock with hairspray) my bangs of filling in my sides with an eyebrow pencil (oh yea, I tried it all).
I am happy with my forehead. I look at my reflection in the mirror and I like what I see. It takes some getting used too. Sometimes i have a feeling like my eyebrows are higher, or my eyes changed their shape after surgery. Changing the shape and size of your forehead is a huge change, so be ready for it. And give yourself time to adjust (i spent couple of weeks crying about my forehead turning out too small)! Now I think that it could be a millimeter smaller! lol It has a scar, the heir is thinner, it has a zig-zag pattern, some people notice it, BUT IT IS PERFECT FOR ME! I finally escaped one of the worst hair routines and don't have to carry a flat iron and hairspray with me everywhere I go. I don't rent away with panic from the wind and don't have to pray for the rain to never come!
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon

He is a good surgeon. If you don't expect miracles hell do everything in his power to give you what you want. Just have realistic expectations.

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