Forehead Reduction

What is Forehead Reduction Surgery?

A surgical procedure that helps you reduce the height of your forehead is forehead reduction surgery. Genes, hair loss, or effects of other surgeries can cause more prominent, broad foreheads. Forehead reduction procedure, also known as hairline lowering surgery, helps make your forehead more proportionate to the face and balances the overall facial features. It may be performed as a stand-alone procedure or as a part of Facial Feminization Surgeries.

Who can get Forehead Reduction Surgery?

You are a likely candidate for Forehead Reduction Surgery, if:

  • You have a high hairline and wish to bring it lower.
  • You have a disproportionately large forehead and wish to shorten it.
  • You are looking for Facial Feminization.

What Surgery Can and Can’t Do?

  • Can
    • Bring your hairline forward for a better appearance
    • Provide better facial aesthetics
    • Make your forehead more appealing
    • Correct facial proportions
    • Boost your self-confidence
  • Can’t
  • Change your facial appearance completely
  • Promise to make you look like a celebrity or any other specific person
  • Diminish your vision
  • Grow new hair

How should you prepare for the Surgery?

  • Consult your surgeon about your individual facial aesthetic needs.
  • The amount of practically possible reduction will be decided in preoperative visits after assessing the quality of scalp tissues.
  • The results of forehead reduction surgery are permanent. Determine how much and what kind of shift you want.
  • Mentally prepare for the face transition.
  • Discontinue smoking or other substance use for at least two weeks before surgery.

Forehead Reduction Surgery Procedure

The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, either alone or in combination with other forehead procedures like brow lift or forehead bone contouring. Your maxillofacial surgeon will protect the hair follicles by tracing the incision along the hairline.  They will make another incision to define your desired hairline on the forehead skin. This marking is your choice which you describe to your surgeon during the pre-operative preparation. This incision is hidden in the hairline, resulting in no unsightly scars.

The scalp soft tissues are then surgically separated from the underlying skull bone and stretched forward and downward over the forehead. After that, the specified forehead skin area between the two-incision markers is carefully cut off, and the progressed scalp tissue is fastened to the bone with various stabilising devices. The incision is then sutured, resulting in an aesthetically lowered hairline.

Advanced Technology Implemented Under Forehead Reduction Surgery

With new technological advances, forehead reduction surgery is safe, effective, and predictable. The following are the key technologies used during most maxillofacial surgeries:

Crisalix 3D

Before the procedure, Crisalix 3D, three-dimensional imaging and visualisation software, is used. It assists both the patient and the surgeon in the planning and evaluating postoperative outcomes. As a result, both the patient and the surgeon are confident in the outcome and how to achieve it.

Fixation Devices

Advanced resorbable fixation devices secure the advanced scalp to the underlying bone, ensuring long-term outcomes and reducing the risk of scarring.

Additional Treatments and Piezotome

Once the surgeon and patient have determined how much reduction is required to achieve the best results, they will explore further procedures that the surgeon may use to supplement your facial feminization aspirations. Additional treatments, such as brow bone reshaping, can be performed using high-quality, ultrasonic bone surgery using an advanced tool – piezotome.

Recovery after Forehead Reduction Surgery

Forehead Reduction Surgery, when performed alone, is a simple daycare procedure. Specific postoperative alterations may occur, but they will fade as the healing process proceeds.

The following are some of the critical aspects of the recovery period:

  • Mild swelling over the forehead which subsides in a few days
  • Slight numbness over the scalp and forehead
  • Tightness of the scalp for a few weeks

It is important to note that tissue healing is a gradual procedure, and it may take 2-4 weeks for the effects like swelling to fade away and results to become completely visible. The resulting features keep improving over 6-12 weeks, and patience is the key.

For the procedure to be successful, you’ll need an expert surgeon who can assure your safety while also considering your needs. When you have a complex surgery, you can predict outcomes that a less skilled surgeon cannot provide.

Risks involved with Forehead Reduction Surgery

The following are some of the most common risks associated with forehead reduction surgery:

  • Numbness over the scalp
  • Scarring at the hairline
  • Under or overcorrection

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