When you look at yourself in the mirror, does the size of your forehead bother you? For both women and men, a high forehead can look like a receding hairline at almost any age. Hairline lowering procedures go by many names, including “forehead reduction,” “scalp advancement” and “hairline advancing.” All of these terms describe the same basic concept: improving the visual balance of the upper third of the face for a more harmonious aesthetic.
What to Expect from Forehead Reduction Procedures
First, a consultation with a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon will help you determine which procedures are best suited to your needs. Once your consultation and preoperative tasks are managed, then it’s time to schedule your procedure.
Forehead reduction or hairline lowering procedures are done while you are sedated or under general anesthesia. From start to finish, the process typically takes about three hours. During this time, your surgeon will craft a new hairline by loosening scalp tissues and moving the skin forward to the predetermined new hairline. Any excess skin will be removed during the incision closure.
Because everyone’s body is different, recovery times can vary, but most people return to normal activities in the week following their surgery. This is often long enough for any residual swelling or bruising to subside, though you can wear a hat or headband to block sutures from view until they are removed.
Patients are usually advised to avoid strenuous activity for that first week, and may be prescribed pain medication for the initial recovery period. During this time, it’s important to keep your head elevated to minimize swelling and the incision clean to avoid infection.
How Forehead Reduction Surgery Can Change Lives
How much time do you spend thinking about your high forehead and the illusion of a receding hairline? Any time spent fixating on parts of your body that make you unhappy is time wasted unless there is a plan in place to address the issue.
You don’t have to spend the rest of your life devising meticulous hairstyles or creatively camouflaging a high forehead. Hairline lowering procedures can give you more confidence and more freedom to style your hair without worrying about the height of your forehead. Ready to find out if it could be a game changer for you, too? Call or contact Los Angeles Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the procedure.