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Forehead Reduction Surgery

Forehead reduction surgery is designed for those who are unhappy with the balance of their facial features due to a larger-than-average forehead or a high hairline. Lowering the hairline and reducing the forehead's size can create a more harmonious facial symmetry, enhancing your overall appearance.

What is forehead reduction surgery?

Forehead reduction surgery, also known as hairline lowering surgery, is an effective solution for individuals who feel self-conscious about a prominent forehead or high hairline. The procedure can dramatically alter the balance of your facial features, providing a more proportionate, aesthetically pleasing appearance.

The surgery involves creating an incision within the natural hairline to remove a portion of the forehead skin. Once the excess skin is removed, the hairline is brought lower, thus reducing the forehead's apparent size. The incision is then carefully closed to minimise scarring and blends seamlessly with your existing hairline.

While the surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure, it's often combined with hair transplant techniques like FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) or FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) to achieve optimal results. 

As with any surgical procedure, forehead reduction surgery requires a comprehensive consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals, assess your hairline and scalp, and determine the most effective approach to achieve your desired outcome. At FUE Clinics, we place great importance on this initial discussion to ensure you are well-informed and comfortable before proceeding with any treatment plan.

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The forehead reduction surgery process

Understanding how forehead reduction surgery is performed can help ease any anxieties and give you a clear idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that each operation is customised to the patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals.

  1. Consultation: Every procedure begins with a comprehensive consultation. A surgeon will evaluate your hairline, forehead, and overall facial structure to devise a surgical plan that meets your aesthetic goals. They'll discuss the procedure in detail, including potential risks and the expected outcome.
  2. Anaesthesia: On the day of the surgery, you will be administered either local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
  3. Incision: The surgeon makes a precise incision along the planned hairline. The incision shape and location are carefully determined to ensure minimal scarring and a natural-looking outcome.
  4. Skin removal: The surgeon removes a section of forehead skin based on the pre-determined plan. This will create a new hairline position lower down on the forehead.
  5. Closing the incision: The scalp is then gently pulled down to the new hairline position, and the incision is meticulously sutured. Surgeons use advanced techniques to minimise scarring and ensure the most natural transition.
  6. Observation and discharge: Once the procedure is complete, you'll be observed in a recovery area for a short period before being discharged. You'll receive detailed post-operative instructions and arrange for follow-up appointments.

The entire procedure typically takes around 2 to 3 hours, depending on the specifics of your surgical plan. While you might see immediate changes, remember that final results won't be fully visible until the surgical site has completely healed and any swelling has subsided.

Forehead reduction recovery and aftercare

Recovery is an essential phase in any surgical procedure, and forehead reduction surgery is no exception. This period allows your body to heal and adapt to the changes made during the operation, resulting in the final aesthetic outcome.

Immediately following the procedure, your forehead and scalp may feel tight, and there may be some swelling and bruising. These are normal side effects and will gradually subside within a week or two. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication can be used to manage any discomfort, and your surgeon may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.

It's important to keep your head elevated as much as possible in the days following the surgery to help minimise swelling. Most patients can return to work and resume non-strenuous activities within a week, though this can vary depending on individual healing rates and the nature of your job.

The incision site should be carefully protected from sun exposure and harsh hair products to promote optimal healing and minimal scarring. Any sutures or clips used to close the incision are typically removed within 7 to 10 days after surgery.

While you might notice a significant change in your hairline position immediately after surgery, the final results become more apparent over several months as the hair grows back around the incision and any residual swelling resolves.


What are the alternatives to forehead reduction surgery?

Choosing forehead reduction surgery is a big decision as it can be a fairly invasive procedure. There are, however, alternatives available that are likely more suitable for most patients.

By lowering the hairline, you can reduce the size of your forehead without the need for a visible incision. With either an FUE hair transplant or an FUT hair transplant, our skilled surgeons can craft you a new, realistic hairline further down your forehead in a way that looks natural and grows in a way that compliments your face. 

Speak directly with our experts to evaluate which procedure is most suitable for your situation. Get in touch today for a free, no-obligation online consultation with one of our clinic specialists today.


Forehead reduction surgery is considered a permanent procedure and typically cannot be reversed. That's why it's crucial to have a thorough consultation with your surgeon to ensure that this treatment aligns with your aesthetic goals before proceeding.

No, forehead reduction surgery does not impact the muscles responsible for facial expressions or movement. The procedure solely involves the removal of skin and, potentially, hair follicles, leaving muscles and nerves intact.

Absolutely. Forehead reduction surgery can be beneficial for both men and women who wish to reduce the size of their forehead or lower their hairline.

The cost of forehead reduction surgery can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of your case and the specifics of your surgical plan. A personal consultation with a surgeon will lead to a detailed cost estimate.


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