If you are a man or woman feeling self conscious about the appearance of an enlarged forehead, a forehead reduction may be a procedure you could benefit from.
A forehead reduction is a surgical procedure that is commonly referred to as hairline lowering surgery. The main goal of this procedure is to reduce the height of the forehead by removing excess skin and bringing the forehead down to a more natural level. Everyone’s forehead skin laxity is different but the most a hairline can be lowered is 2 inches. During your initial consultation, the patient and surgeon together will determine the desired forehead height.
Who is a good candidate for a forehead reduction?
Someone who is interested in a forehead reduction typically has an elongated forehead and/or heavy eyebrows. However, this procedure is more common among women because women are less affected by androgenic alopecia (pattern baldness). The typical female forehead ranges between 4 to 6 cm, this is the space on the forehead between the eyebrows and the hairline.
Although this procedure is more popular among women doesn’t mean men can’t benefit from a forehead reduction as well. Men who are seeking out this procedure usually suffer from a receding hairline. In this case, it is especially important to assess the degree of balding before proceeding. If a man with a receding hairline has a forehead reduction it may be necessary to follow up with a hair transplant, or other hair restoration treatment, if the hairline continues to recede.
Forehead Reduction Recovery and Results
Recovery from a forehead reduction is typically very tolerable. Bruising and swelling around the forehead and eyes can be expected but resolves within a few weeks. It is also normal for patients to experience temporary numbness around the incision which can last from a few weeks to several months. Once the nerves gradually grow back, you will begin to feel itching around the incision. This is completely normal and means the nerves are healing properly. During the recovery period it is also common that you will have some hair fall out around the incision. This type of hair loss is called “shock alopecia” but resolves on its own after 3-6 months.
Results from this procedure are immediate once healed and look completely natural. The incision from the surgery is along the hairline and is easily hidden once healed.
To learn more about a forehead reduction in Draper, Layton. SLC or surrounding areas, please call our office for a complimentary at (801) 776-2220 or contact us HERE.