The forehead is a common source of self-consciousness for many people, especially those who feel it is too large. Forehead reduction surgery, or hairline lowering, can address those insecurities. This procedure permanently enhances the proportions of the face by creating a smaller forehead and lower hairline. Dr. Ourian is proud to provide the best hairline lowering surgery Beverly Hills has to offer.
Our Beverly Hills forehead reduction surgery is a procedure in which the hairline is lowered to create a more proportionate look or reduce the appearance of hair loss. The result is a smaller forehead which appears natural and in balance with the rest of your facial features. Forehead reduction is different from a brow lift both in the technique used for the surgery and its end results, as brow lifts serve to reduce wrinkles in the forehead and lift the eyebrows while a forehead reduction serves to bring the hairline forward.
Forehead Reduction/Hairline Lowering
At A Glance
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Surgery Length: 2 - 3 Hours
Recovery Time: 1 -2 Weeks
Forehead reduction surgery in Los Angeles is typically performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Ourian will first make an incision along the hairline, with care taken to preserve nerve endings and hair follicles while ensuring any scarring will be sufficiently hidden and inconspicuous. A section of skin will be removed from just below the hairline before it is lowered and sutured into its new position. Dr. Ourian is expertly trained and utilizes modern techniques to ensure the sutures leave least visible scarring possible; in most cases, these will be subtle and completely hidden in the hair.
Who is a Good Candidate for Forehead Reduction - Hairline Lowering Surgery?
So long as they are generally healthy, most patients make good candidates for forehead reduction surgery. There are a few criteria that must be considered.
First, it’s important that you have sufficient skin laxity in the forehead to perform the procedure. If your skin is tighter and firmer, you may not be able to achieve ideal results of a forehead reduction as there is not enough tissue to be removed to complete the procedure.
In cases where patients don’t have enough laxity, this may necessitate placement of a tissue expander as the first stage surgery, followed by the hairline lowering surgery as a second procedure.
In addition, patients with certain pattern baldness or a family history of these patterns may not be good candidates for hairline lowering, as the incisions cannot be sufficiently hidden within the hair.
If you are not a good candidate for forehead reduction, Dr. Ourian may be able to recommend other procedures which can better meet your goals. Your candidacy for a forehead reduction can be determined during a consultation.
There are several reasons why patients choose forehead reduction surgery in Beverly Hills.
First, men and women both experience hair loss. Hairline lowering surgery can reduce the impact of hair loss by revising the position of the hairline.
A disproportionately large forehead can also be the result of genetic factors, and is a source of self-consciousness for many people. If this is the case, forehead reduction is an option to create a more balanced face. Some Beverly Hills forehead reduction patients may also find that their brows appear too low or heavy, in which case the procedure may create a more proportionate look.
Finally, patients who have previously undergone another procedure, such as a brow lift or hair grafting, may find that their facial proportions would look more natural by pairing the results of that procedure with a forehead reduction.
A brow lift is one of the most commonly paired procedures with forehead reduction. Dr. Ourian’s signature Los Angeles hairline lowering surgery may result in the brows being raised slightly, but this is not the primary goal of the procedure. For patients who wish to smooth wrinkles or fine lines in the forehead or elevate the position of low or droopy eyebrows as well as lower the hairline, a brow lift and forehead reduction can typically be performed simultaneously.
In less extreme or advanced cases of wrinkles or fine lines in the forehead, a forehead reduction may be paired with nonsurgical treatments such as Botox or other injectables. These offer temporary reduction of fine lines and wrinkles without additional downtime and recovery, and some patients choose to begin receiving injectables when they undergo.
Forehead reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you are free to return home after the surgery is complete. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure, and note that most patients require one to two weeks to rest and recover before returning to normal activities.
While recovering from a forehead reduction, most patients experience swelling, redness, and some discomfort. Dr. Ourian will provide a prescription pain medication for the first few days of healing, after which residual discomfort can be alleviated using over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol. You should refrain from strenuous exercise for several weeks after the surgery. Dr. Ourian will monitor your healing during follow-up appointments and give you detailed instructions on your recovery process.
The final cost of your hairline lowering surgery varies depending on the extent of the surgery, geographic location, whether you are pairing the surgery with other procedures, and other factors. Our patient concierge will be able to determine a more accurate price range for your Beverly Hills forehead reduction during your consultation.
Frequently asked questions
- When will I be able to wear my hair pulled back after hairline lowering surgery?
- After your hairline lowering surgery, the incision typically remains visible as it heals, and the hair grows back to cover it. Most patients prefer to style their hair in such a way as to hide this incision until healing is complete, and in most cases the incision should be covered as it heals to avoid infection or other complications regardless. You may wear a hat or headband to hide the incision as you heal. The hair has typically sufficiently grown back to wear it pulled or brushed back at about three to six months after hairline lowering surgery.
- How long does forehead reduction surgery last?
- Once the hairline has been lowered, the forehead should remain in its smaller size permanently. So long as you do not experience hair loss after your forehead reduction surgery, you will be able to enjoy the results for life.
- Does hairline lowering surgery cause hair loss?
- A small percentage of patients (approximately between 10-15%) can experience temporary shedding of the hair after they receive hairline lowering surgery. This is commonly referred to as “shock loss,” and is usually limited to the incision area. “Shock loss” is temporary and new hair tends to grow back after about three to six months.