A high hairline can make your forehead look overly large or extended, leading to suboptimal facial proportions. A hairline-lowering surgery can help restore optimal facial harmony.
Restore optimal facial harmony and proportions
Previous studies on facial aesthetics have demonstrated that the “ideal” face is divided into three equal portions, or “vertical thirds”. The lower third is from the chin to the bottom of the nose; the middle third is from the bottom of the nose to the upper ends of the eyebrows; and the upper third is the forehead. When the hairline is too high, the forehead takes up more than one vertical third of the face, altering “ideal” facial proportions. Dr. Hicks offers a personalized hairline lowering surgery to reduce forehead height and improve overall facial harmony.
Benefits of hairline lowering surgery:
- Reduce the height of the forehead
- Improve overall facial proportions
- Conceal scarring along the hairline
- Improve overall self-esteem and confidence
What is a hairline lowering surgery?
Hairline lowering surgery is a procedure that reduces the distance between the eyebrows and the hairline, which, in turn, reduces the size of the forehead and improves facial balance. Dr. Hicks makes a trichophytic incision along the natural hairline to mobilize the scalp and reposition the hairline into a more desirable position.
Since the incision is placed along the hairline using meticulous trichophytic technique, it’s barely visible once fully healed. This procedure allows you to adjust both the hairline and the brow position, if desired.
Your hairline lowering consultation with Dr. Hicks
During your hairline lowering consultation, Dr. Hicks carefully examines your hairline and forehead, reviews your medical history, and ensures your candidacy for the procedure. She also asks about your motivations for pursuing a hairline lowering procedure and your overall expectations. After a thorough evaluation, she presents a personalized treatment plan and discusses your options.
How is hairline lowering surgery performed?
Dr. Hicks usually performs hairline lowering surgery under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation in the operating room. After anesthesia has been administered, she makes a beveled, “irregularly irregular” trichophytic incision along your hairline. Beveling the incision helps ensure that future hair growth occurs through the incision, helping to conceal it. Making the incision “irregularly irregular” adds further camouflage, as the eye is much less likely to see this type of incision as opposed to a long, straight incision.
After making this incision, she will carefully mobilize your scalp and advance the hairline to its new position. Small, absorbable anchors are used to hold the scalp in precise position while it heals. The incision is closed with multiple layers of sutures, helping to ensure a tension-free closure. The procedure generally takes between 2 and 2.5 hours.
What can I expect after hairline lowering surgery?
You should expect some swelling, tenderness, numbness, tingling, and bruising around the forehead after the procedure. Most of these symptoms will resolve within 1 to 2 weeks, but the numbness and tingling may last longer. You may also experience some nausea, and Dr. Hicks will prescribe medication to treat this. You may resume light activities and work after a week, but please avoid strenuous workouts and heavy lifting for at least 10-14 days. Dr. Hicks will provide postoperative instructions that you should follow accurately to ensure optimal recovery.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks
Dr. Kate Hicks is a board-certified, double fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon specializing in the latest and most effective surgical techniques. She is committed to ensuring safe and natural results for her patients. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks to explore your hairline lowering options in Greenville, South Carolina.