Forehead Reduction or Hair Transplant?
Hairline lowering procedures at Utah Facial Plastics
Are you debating if you’d benefit more from a forehead reduction or hair transplant? Well, it depends. Often, forehead reductions are more common amongst women and hair transplant is most popular for men. Men or women can benefit from either surgery. However, it really just depends on what the main objective is. In some cases, a hair transplant is done as a follow up surgery.
A forehead reduction is a surgical procedure that is also referred to as a hairline lowering surgery. With this surgery, the main goal is to reduce the height of the forehead by removing excess skin and bringing the forehead down to a more natural level. The most the hairline can be lowered is 2 inches, it varies based on the amount of skin laxity on the individual’s forehead.
A candidate for this surgery can range from someone having an elongated forehead to having heavy eyebrows. As mentioned above, this surgery is more popular amongst women because they are less likely to suffer from pattern baldness or a receding hairline. When determining if an individual is a candidate for this procedure, the space on the forehead between the eyebrows and hairline are measured. For example, the typical female forehead ranges between 4 to 6 cm.
Men who are interested in this procedure typically suffer from a receding hairline. If this is the case, the severity of balding is assessed before proceeding. In some cases, both a forehead reduction and hair transplant are needed due to the progression of the receding hairline and balding in the area. In this case, the lowering of the forehead would be done first, followed by a hair transplant to fill in the area and conceal scarring.
A hair transplant is typically done to improve the appearance of balding. Areas of the scalp that hair can be transplanted to are typically the hairline, temples, and the crown. We offer our patients both FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplantation) also known as the strip method.
Candidates are commonly men who suffer from male pattern baldness or women who suffer from female pattern baldness. Someone experiencing thinning would also make an excellent candidate for this procedure.
Both forehead reductions and hair transplants, once healed look extremely natural and last a lifetime. And as far as downtime and recovery, both are very manageable.