Forehead Reduction at Dr .Shettys Cosmetic Centre
Do you feel like your forehead is too large, or your hairline too high? A prominent forehead can look out of proportion and change the balance of the facial features. Thankfully, this can be corrected through a form of Cosmetic surgery known as hairline lowering or forehead reduction, a surgical procedure to bring the scalp and hair lower onto the forehead.
Good candidates are individuals who feel like their forehead is too long or hairline is too high. People with very thin hair density may not be good candidates for this procedure, though most other adults in good overall health are medically able to undergo forehead reduction. This procedure is often chosen as an alternative to hair transplants, which require multiple sessions over a longer period of time before achieving comparable results. Patients with both a high hairline and drooping eyebrows often undergo forehead reduction along with a brow lift.
Hairline lowering surgery is performed with either local or general anesthesia and requires about one to two hours. The incision is placed along the hairline. As the hair grows over the incision line after surgery, any resulting scar becomes inconspicuous. During surgery, the excess forehead skin is removed and the scalp advanced forward. The incision is then closed with sutures.
If the scalp is tight and the hairline is substantially higher than the optimum level, the surgeon may perform a two-stage procedure. Known as ‘expansion assisted hairline advancement,’ the first step is the insertion of an expander underneath the scalp behind the hairline. The expander is then inflated through injections of water stretching the scalp. Over a period of four to eight weeks, the device increases the amount of scalp with hair. Then, during a second surgery the expander is removed and the excess scalp tissue is moved forward to make the hairline lower. With this approach, the hairline can be moved by up to two inches.
Although forehead reduction surgery is relatively safe, no surgical procedure is without some degree of risk. The potential complications of hairline lowering include bleeding, infection, as such Possible aesthetic risks include unfavorable scarring, asymmetry, or hair loss around the incisions. These may be corrected through further procedures such as hair transplant.
After surgery, the incisions will be covered with a dressing. The stitches may dissolve, or they may be removed by the doctor in about a week. Most patients take about a week away from work and other activities, although some are able to return to their normal activity level within just 2 to 3 days. After surgery, some swelling and bruising can be expected. This may extend downwards to give patients ‘black eyes.’ During this time, ice compresses can ease discomfort and swelling. Keep the head and neck elevated and follow the surgeon’s instructions regarding recovery.