For a youthful appearance that boosts self confidence, it’s important for the facial features to work in harmony with one another. Even one disproportionate feature can undercut the balance of the whole face.

    This effect can be most obvious with a prominent forehead. Not only does a large forehead distract from other features such as the eyes, it also pushes back the hairline, making good hair days hard to come by.

    Forehead reduction–also known as hairline lowering or scalp advancement–shortens the forehead by bringing the hairline down to a more natural position. This restores focus to the eyes and other facial features, while significantly enhancing how the hair looks in any style or cut.

    Who is a candidate for forehead reduction?

    Patients with a hairline that sits disproportionately high on the scalp are the most common candidates for forehead reduction.

    Good candidates should have thick hair and adequate scalp laxity to ensure a successful procedure. As with any procedure, Dr. Schmidt will provide personalized consultations to determine what technique will achieve the desired results most effectively and naturally.

    Some patients who have experienced hair loss or a mildly receded hairline may also be good candidates for forehead reduction. However, thin hair or ongoing hair loss makes forehead reduction less feasible–these patients may consider hair transplantation instead.

    How does forehead reduction work?

    Forehead reduction involves the removal of a section of skin in the forehead region so that the scalp can be lifted and repositioned lower on the head. This procedure typically takes at least two hours and can be conducted under general anesthesia.

    Dr. Schmidt will make incisions near the original hairline, which will then be hidden underneath hair when it grows back after the procedure. The repositioned scalp is held in place with temporary sutures.

    After this procedure, the forehead will accentuate both the hair and other facial features, rather than competing with them.

    Results and recovery

    Patients should expect some minor swelling and bruising in the head and face following forehead reduction surgery.

    Dr. Schmidt will provide instructions for post-operative care and a timeline for removal of dressings and stitches. While the recovery process is different for each patient, most can return to normal activity after about a week.

    After healing, forehead reduction patients can enjoy immediate results that last a lifetime.

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