Forehead Reduction

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A forehead reduction, or a hairline lowering, is a plastic surgery procedure that reduces the shape and size of the forehead by altering the location of the hairline.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

6 weeks




Surgical Procedure




$7000 - $14000


Before & After Images by Provider

Forehead Reduction Before, Female 32 - 1883Forehead Reduction After, Female 32 - 1883
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The Specifics

What is a forehead reduction?

A forehead reduction (a.k.a. a hairline lowering procedure or scalp advancement) is a plastic surgery procedure to create a smaller forehead and correct the appearance of a high hairline or receding hairline. A Forehead Reduction is not recommended for individuals with active or advanced hair loss as this procedure alters the hairline and can cause hair loss.

Some forehead reduction procedures are combined with a hair grafting or hair transplant technique to simultaneously improve the hairline, augment hair restoration, and optimize the overall aesthetic. Forehead reduction is commonly used for facial feminization.

What cosmetic concerns does a forehead reduction procedure treat?

  1. Forehead Shape & Size: In a forehead reduction, or hairline lowering surgery, the hairline is advanced towards the eyes to alter the appearance of the brow, forehead, and hairline.
  2. Hair Loss: For those experiencing unwanted changes to their hairline, a forehead reduction surgery can change the shape.
  3. MTF Gender Confirmation: A forehead reduction can help MTF transgender candidates acheive their authentic body aesthetic.

Who is the ideal candidate for a forehead reduction procedure?

The ideal candidate for a forehead reduction plastic surgery procedure are women with a high hairline or large forehead with thick hair, or men with more than three quarters of an inch of lowering need. A Forehead Reduction procedure is not recommended for those who have had a coronal brow lift, poor scalp laxity, hair transplant via strip excision, thin hair or active hair loss, or darker skin.

What is the average recovery associated with a forehead reduction procedure?

The acute recovery period following a forehead reduction procedure lasts two to three weeks and consists of inflammation, pain, tightness, bruising, itchiness, and numbness. Fine hairs may shed, and normal hair returns after about three months. The scar may remain red and elevated for two to six months. Most patients return to work after one week, and resume most all normal activities after three weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a forehead reduction procedure?

The possible side effects following a forehead reduction procedure include bleeding, pain, changes in expression, poor wound healing, prolonged swelling, bruising down into the under eye, hair loss around the scar, infection at the incision site, changes in sensation, and asymmetry.

What can someone expect from the results of a forehead reduction procedure?

The results of a forehead reduction procedure are immediately noticeable and permanent enhancements to forehead shape and forehead size. The final results, however, will evolve over about 12 to 18 months as the body heals.

What is the average cost of a forehead reduction procedure?

A forehead reduction procedure can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $14,000. The actual cost of a forehead reduction is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.


  • Permanent
  • Restore Facial Proportions
  • Youthful Appearance
  • Reduce Temporal Hair Loss
  • Alleviate Upper Forehead Wrinkles


  • Possible Visible Scar
  • Hair Loss
  • Asymmetry

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Forehead reduction, commonly referred to as hairline lowering, moves down the location of where the hairline begins. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a forehead reduction.

The Takeaway

A forehead reduction surgery, or hairline lowering, performed by an expert plastic surgeon can significantly enhance the facial aesthetic through alterations to the hairline.

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  1. Jeffrey Epstein Hairline-Lowering Surgery; 2020-05-01
  2. American Academy of Dermatology Association Hair Loss: Tips for Managing


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