A hairline lowering or forehead reduction surgery is a unique, cosmetic surgery designed to improve the appearance of a disproportionately large forehead. High hairlines negatively affect a person’s self-esteem. Many patients do not know there is a specialized surgical procedure for both men and women that effectively reduces the appearance of a large forehead.
Hair Procedures for Men & Women
Double board certified, fellowship-trained facial plastic and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Natalie Attenello
is one of the few surgeons around the world that is highly trained and skilled in forehead reduction surgery. Many of her patients have traveled from around the globe to receive this specialized aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Attenello is one of very few female surgeons that perform this hairline lowering surgery. She provides a novel perspective that delivers the most natural appearing results for male and female patients.
Get the Hairline You’ve Always Wanted
Dr. Attenello performs hairline lowering and forehead reduction surgery in a fully-accredited plastic surgical center
located on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills. Achieve excellent results without revealing any hints of surgery. Call 310-871-9599
to schedule a surgical consultation today.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Forehead Reduction Surgery?
A high hairline often gives the appearance of a large forehead. A high hairline or large forehead can result from a number of factors. Oftentimes, it is genetic or just the natural position where their hairline starts. Other factors include certain hairstyling that has pulled the hairline back, prior surgeries, or even hair loss.
Depending on your scalp and forehead laxity, a forehead reduction surgery may be an excellent option for you. For most patients, results can be achieved in just a single procedure at an outpatient surgery center.
What to Expect from a Forehead Reduction Procedure?
Hairline lowering or forehead reduction surgery begins with an outline of the new hairline that is desired. The design of the hairline is crucial to a successful surgery, and Dr. Attenello pays extreme attention to the details of this—the direction of the hair growth, the specialized incision to provide the best and often imperceptible scar, as well as the amount that the hairline can be lowered and the forehead reduced.
Most patients’ hairlines can be successfully lowered without using a tissue expander. During your initial office visit or virtual consultation, Dr. Attenello will assess your need for a tissue expander. In a small number of patients, hair grafts or a tissue expander may be recommended to provide the best hairline possible. Dr. Attenello is skilled in all facets of hairline lowering and hairline design to ultimately help you achieve the most natural-looking surgical results and deliver the satisfying cosmetic make-over you desire.
Read testimonials from Dr. Attenello’s aesthetic facial plastic surgery and hair restoration patients
Where Will My Hairline Surgery Be Performed?
Dr. Attenello’s plastic and cosmetic surgical procedures are performed in a fully-accredited surgery center in Beverly Hills
. Our surgical center uses only the best board-certified anesthesiologists, and we are committed to your safety, comfort, and wellness the entire time you are under our care.
How Long Does Hairline Lowering Surgery Take?
Hairline lowering treatments usually take between 1.5 and 3 hours, depending on each patient’s specific needs. In the majority of cases, the procedure is done in a one-stage surgery with limited downtime and recovery.
How Long Is Recovery After Forehead Reduction Surgery?
Typically, there is minimal downtime after forehead reduction surgery. After surgery, you will have a light compression dressing placed over the top of your head to help with the swelling and any bruising. Bruising and swelling is usually minimal to moderate after hairline lowering surgery. This light compression is usually removed the next day. Some numbness is expected behind the hairline and this usually resolves after a few weeks or months. There will be sutures along the hairline that stay in place for about seven days.
Will I Have a Scar from a Surgical Hairline Procedure?
With the technique that Dr. Attenello uses, the incision is performed in such a way where the hairs along the frontal hairline should eventually grow through the scar. In the ideal patient, this scar is virtually undetectable. That being said, healing and scar formation varies among patients and some are overactive healers (for example, a history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring).
How Soon Can I Return to Work After Hairline Lowering Surgery?
Most individuals feel comfortable returning to their daily routine the day after hairline lowering surgery. Patients who wish to return back to their regular social settings or work are usually able to after a few days and can wear a scarf or hat if they choose to hide their sutures.
How Long Should I Wait to Travel After a Forehead Reduction Procedure?
Patients who come from out-of-town usually feel comfortable flying back home after one or two days. We often recommend staying in Beverly Hills for a week so we can take out your sutures. It is advised to avoid strenuous activity for one to two weeks.
How Much Does Hairline Lowering Surgery Cost?
Each cosmetic surgical procedure performed by Natalie Attenello, MD is customized to fit your unique needs and aesthetic goals. Many patients may choose to undergo more than one procedure at one time. Schedule a surgical consultation with Dr. Attenello in Beverly Hills, CA
to discuss a personalized facial plastic surgery treatment plan and associated costs.
Do You Have More Before and After Photos?
Yes! You can view before and after hairline lowering and forehead reduction surgery photos
. Dr. Attenello values and respects patient privacy and chooses to only post publicly those patients who have given written consent to do so. During your office consultation, she can show you several more before and after photos of those patients who have consented as well.
Are There Alternatives to Hairline Lowering Surgery with Comparable Results?
Yes, hair transplantation is a common alternative to hairline lowering surgery
. The hair transplant procedure takes donor hair from the back of your scalp and is placed individually on your forehead to lower your hairline. You can achieve quite natural and beautiful results from a successful hair transplant. Unlike a single procedure forehead reduction surgery, however, you may need two separate procedures to achieve an ideal hair density. Hair transplant results tend to take a little more time—anywhere from six to nine months—for the hair to grow to your desired length. The advantage of hair transplants, however, is that it does not require an incision along your frontal hairline.
Dr. Attenello offers a variety of additional hair restoration procedures for men and women, including:
Can Hairline Lowering Surgery Reverse the Effects of Male Pattern Baldness and Receding Hairline?
Unfortunately, hairline lowering surgery is not the best option for anyone effected by male pattern baldness. The forehead reduction surgery requires an incision to be made along your frontal hairline which leaves a scar.
In a good candidate, this scar will be hidden by the hairs in the frontal hairline and can be quite imperceptible. But for men with a history of hair loss, the scar will be noticeable as the frontal hairline recedes and thus make this surgery unfavorable.
Many patients have high recessions in the temples in addition to a high hairline. The recessions in the temples will be improved with the hairline lowering procedure, but sometimes, patients also would benefit from hair transplants to the temples as well.
If you are experiencing male pattern baldness you may best achieve your desired hairline results with hair transplantation
because it this does not require a scar along your frontal hairline.
Do You Raise the Eyebrows During a Hairline Lowering Procedure?
Our patients often ask us about eyebrow lifts during forehead reduction surgery. The eyebrows do not get raised when you do a hairline lowering procedure. Dr. Attenello’s hairline lowering technique does not affect or change the position of your eyebrows. If a brow lift is desired, then that can definitely be performed at the same time.
Before & After Photos from Forehead Reduction Surgery
This patient felt her forehead was too high and wanted to lower her hairline by 2.5 cm as well as soften the widow’s peak to improve the balance of her facial features. She underwent a one-stage forehead reduction/hairline lowering procedure. Here she is before and after the procedure.