Forehead Reduction - Forehead reduction or hairline lowering surgery consists of removing a strip of forehead skin just above of your current high hairline. The incision is made slightly behind the hairline, which helps minimize the visibility of the scar. The hair typically grows back within the scar, further decreasing the scar's appearance. Once the forehead is placed at its desired position and balanced with the rest of the face, the new lowered hairline is held in place with a tiny titanium screw or an implant similar to a carpet tack so that the scalp doesn't put tension on the new lowered hairline and this reduces the chance of the forehead elongating again.
- Forehead reduction
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What should I expect?
You may expect your hairline to be lowered 1-2 cm after the procedure and even though this doesn't sound like a large distance, a larger reduction would look completely abnormal.
How should I prepare?
The night before your operation, cleanse your scalp with Hibiclens soap which can be found in your local drug store.
What are the risks?
The implant used to keep the hairline in its new position could become infected. You may be able to feel the implant under your scalp but it is not visible.
How do I ensure my safety?
While this is a safe procedure, it must be performed under general anesthesia. This is safe as long as you are having your procedure in an accredited operating room with a properly board-certified plastic surgeon.
What will recovery be like?
Following surgery, the forehead is wrapped in a soft dressing. A drain may also be placed to help remove any fluid collections from under the scalp. The dressing reduces swelling and helps protect the area. Patients should expect bruising and swelling directly after the surgery. Recovery time is fairly quick. The swelling decreases after a few days and any pain experienced is managed with prescription pain medication. Washing your hair and showering in the immediate postoperative period is determined by your doctor. It is important to treat your incision site with great care. Towel drying and combing hair must be done towards the incision line to avoid stretching it. Also, when blow drying hair, it must be done on the "cool" setting. Many patients lose sensitivity at the top of the head for several weeks after the procedure, however no one has reported permanent sensitivity loss. Most patients regain sensitivity about 2-4 months after surgery; although some patients have waited a bit longer - about 8-10 months.
How much does it cost?
In the United States, the average cost of a forehead reduction is $5,880, according to BuildMyBod's 2020 Plastic Surgery Pricing Report.This includes costs of anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related fees.
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