For some women and men, prominent forehead bones can disturb their facial balance, while a high hairline can exacerbate aging. In the ideal situation, the hairline is 5 to 6.5 cm above the brows and usually begins at the point where the scalp slopes from a more horizontal position to a more vertical position. When there is a high hairline, the face can look elongated and/or attention is given to the forehead rather than to your eyes or the rest of your face. Also, as aging occurs and brows droop, the high forehead (long forehead) or high hairline can become even more pronounced. Forehead reduction is to achieve harmonious facial features.
For those patients with prominent forehead bones, Dr. Agha employs a one-stage forehead reduction which enables you to appear in public within 5 to 7 days of the operation with a new, lower hairline. There are 2 components to a forehead reduction. The first component relates to the prominence of the forehead bone and the second relates to the high hair-line. Depending on the patient’s needs and desires, Dr. Agha will typically address both components in his forehead reduction technique. During a forehead reduction, an zig-zag incision is made at the junction of the forehead and hairline. The forehead is then undermined to the level of the brows. The excess non-hair bearing forehead skin is then marked and excised at an appropriate level. Dr. Agha then sculpts the forehead bone to remove bony prominence. The hair-bearing scalp is then advanced forward and the forehead reduction incisions are closed via absorbable sutures.
The result of a forehead reduction is appreciated immediately because the hair may be combed downward. Forehead reduction can be combined with a forehead/brow lift to achieve the optimal result in those with both a high hairline and drooping brows. Patients often report some decreased sensation of the frontal scalp, but this usually resolves by 6 months.
Forehead reduction is a rewarding procedure that makes significant change in your appearance by bringing a balanced harmony to the whole face. Forehead reduction comes with a set of risks and complications that can be avoided by selecting an experienced plastic surgeon.
How long does forehead reduction surgery take?
Dr. Agha usually takes 2-3 hours to complete a forehead reduction, depending on the complexity of the forehead prominence.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Forehead reduction surgery may be performed under general anesthesia, which is given by an expert anesthesiologist. These services will be provided by the Surgery Center and will be billed separately.
What happens after my forehead reduction surgery?
The incisions are covered with light dressings. Stitches will be removed in 5 to 10 days. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Scars will usually fade within a few months.
Is forehead surgery covered by insurance?
The forehead reduction surgery is typically considered to be a cosmetic procedure and is unlikely to be covered by insurance.