Female Hairline Lowering
You may feel self-conscious about your appearance if you suffer from a high forehead or receding hairline. A forehead that is too large can make your face look unbalanced. A receding hairline often makes others perceive you as older than you are and can be difficult to conceal with hairstyling.
Fortunately, there is a surgical solution to these problems. Female hairline lowering surgery can help improve your face’s proportions and give you a more youthful appearance.
What Is Hairline Lowering Surgery?
Hairline lowering surgery, otherwise known as forehead reduction surgery, is one procedure that can address your forehead or hairline issue. The surgery involves making an incision in the hair-bearing skin of the forehead and removing a strip of skin.
Forehead reduction surgery can be performed as an isolated procedure or in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as a brow lift or blepharoplasty (eyebrow surgery).
How Does Hairline Surgery Work?
The hairline lowering, or forehead surgery, happens under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision along the hairline. The surgeon will remove a strip of skin, pull down the remaining skin, and suture it into place. This pull-down will result in a lower hairline.
After the surgery, you will need to wear a headband or scarf to support the incisions as they heal. You should do so for at least two weeks after the surgery, after which any swelling or bruising should subside. You should also avoid rubbing or scratching the incisions.
Hairline lowering surgery is considered a permanent procedure. However, your hairline may continue to recede as you age. If you are unhappy with the results of your surgery, you may be able to have revision surgery.
Are Their Benefits to Hairline Lowering Surgery?
Hairline lowering surgery can have several benefits, including:
1. A lower hairline can create a more youthful appearance
2. A lower hairline can help improve your face’s proportions
3. A lower hairline can help reduce the appearance of a high forehead or receding hairline
What Are the Risks of Hairline Lowering Surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with hairline lowering surgery. These risks include:
5. Numbness or tingling
6. Hair loss
What Recovery Time Is Likely for Hairline Lowering Surgery?
Recovery from hairline lowering surgery generally takes about two weeks. During this time, you should avoid strenuous activity, exposure to sun and heat, and rubbing or touching the incision site. It is also essential to sleep with the head elevated to minimize swelling.
After two weeks, most patients can return to normal activities. Make sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure a successful recovery.
Hairline lowering surgery can provide significant cosmetic improvement for patients unhappy with their hairline position. If you are considering this procedure, be sure to consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Hairline Lowering Surgery?
Hairline lowering surgery is typically for those without a family history of hair loss and those looking to achieve a more youthful appearance. For the surgery to produce the best results, a patient should have a high forehead, no hair thinning, and good scalp laxity (elasticity). Because females typically have higher foreheads than males, most hairline lowering surgery patients are female.
Hairline lowering surgery isn’t for those looking to correct a receding hairline because any future hair loss would reveal the incision scar. Those with already thinning hair should seek other procedures.
How Much Does Hairline Lowering Surgery Cost?
The cost of hairline lowering surgery varies depending on several factors, including the surgeon’s fees, the location of the surgery, and the type of anesthesia used. The surgery can cost anywhere from $8,500-$9,500. Since this is a cosmetic procedure, insurance doesn’t cover it.
Is Hairline Lowering Surgery Right for Me?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your forehead or receding hairline, hairline lowering surgery may be right for you. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your medical history and perform a physical examination. They will also discuss your goals for the surgery. Based on this information, they can determine if hairline lowering surgery is right for you.
Does Hairline Lowering Surgery Leave Scars?
Hairline lowering surgery will leave scars. The scars are usually well-hidden in the hairline. However, you may be able to see them if your hair is thin. Hair grafts can help further cover the scar.
The scars from hairline lowering surgery will eventually fade. However, they will never completely disappear.
What are the different types of hair loss and options to address them?
Diffuse Hair Loss or Thinning
The balding patterns in women differ from those in men; therefore, different procedures are often indicated to address concerns in women versus men. In women, most commonly a diffuse thinning pattern is seen, usually worse at the top and sides of the scalp. Wigs or hairpieces are often used to address diffuse hair loss or thinning.
In some patients, hair transplantation can be implemented to increase hair density in an inconspicuous fashion using a patient’s own, naturally growing hair. Another pattern of hair loss that may be seen in both women and men is loss of hair in the temples as a result of poorly-executed incisions during a facelift. Hair transplantation can often be utilized in this scenario to improve the thickness and appearance of hair in the temples, as well as help camouflage a visible incision. Please see our Hair Transplantation procedure page for additional information.
High Hairline or Long Forehead
Another type of “hair loss” (may also be where your natural hairline is) may be found in patients with a long (high) forehead or high hairline. In these cases, the distance between the hairline and the upper border of the eyebrows is greater than desired. In most patients, this distance should be roughly 1/3 of the vertical length of the face, which generally corresponds to a distance of 5-7 centimeters. This aesthetically-pleasing proportion tends to draw an observer’s eyes towards the areas of the face that, by our society’s standards, are thought to convey beauty: the eyes and the lips. When there is a high hairline, the face can appear elongated and draw attention away from these features and towards a long forehead.
Also, as aging occurs and the brows begin to droop, the high forehead (long forehead) or high hairline becomes even more pronounced. Hair stylists recognize this and invariably style the hair with bangs. In mild cases, this is often effective in framing the face in attractive proportions. However, in people with very high hairlines, optimal hairstyling techniques may not lead to sufficient improvement in appearance. In these patients, a hairline lowering procedure can lead to a dramatic improvement in their appearance. Additionally, in patients who are also bothered by heavy or droopy eyebrows, it is possible to perform a brow lift as part of the same procedure.
What does a Hairline Lowering (or Advancement) procedure do?
This is a relatively quick procedure that leads to a dramatic improvement for patients. It is performed most commonly in women, since men may go bald in the area of the incision. In very select cases, it may also be performed in men.
In patients who have a high forehead (high hairline) who are unable to achieve a satisfactory result from hairstyling alone, this procedure represents an effective solution with an extremely high patient satisfaction rate. As mentioned above, a brow lift procedure can easily be performed concurrently to raise heavy or drooping eyebrows. Ultimately, this procedure can better frame your face and impart a more youthful, well-rested appearance.
What can I expect after surgery?
Hairline lowering is most often a simple, one-stage operation that allows patients to appear in public within 2-3 days of the surgery with a new, lower hairline and full-length hair. Mild to moderate swelling and bruising are expected and may take up to 7-10 days to resolve. If the scalp is very tight and/or more than 3 centimeters of advancement is needed, a two-stage procedure may be most appropriate to avoid over-tightening the scalp and subsequent hair loss. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Sidle, he will discuss your concerns and help you decide which procedure will give you the best possible result.
How to Find A Qualified Surgeon for Hairline Lowering Surgery?
When choosing a surgeon for hairline lowering surgery, selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon is essential. This ensures that the surgeon has completed the necessary training and credentialing.
It is also essential to choose a surgeon with experience performing the surgery. You can ask the surgeon how many times they have completed the surgery. You can also ask to see before and after photos of the surgeon’s previous patients.
When you meet with the surgeon, ask about their experience, training, and credentials. Also, be sure to ask about their success rate with the surgery.
You should also feel comfortable with the surgeon, able to ask them any questions about the surgery.
Why Should You Choose Dr. Sidle for Hairline Lowering Surgery?
Dr. Sidle is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing hairline lowering surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons. He has helped many patients achieve their desired results.
Dr. Sidle is committed to helping his patients achieve their desired results. He will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
Contact us at 312-695-8182 to learn more about Dr. Sidle’s hairline lowering surgery with Northwestern Facial Plastic Surgery. We have other services, including brow lifts and tissue expanders, to help you achieve your desired look. We would be happy to answer any questions you have.
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