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Plastic Surgery

Forehead Reduction

Forehead reduction is a procedure designed to reduce the size of the forehead in relation to the rest of the face. California Skin Institute physicians often get this request from patients who feel that the size of their forehead may be disproportionately large. To address this issue, we can use a variety of forehead reduction techniques to bring more balance to the face, lower the hairline, and create an appearance that the patient finds more aesthetically pleasing. Of course, every patient’s situation is different, but generally, California Skin Institute surgeons use a surgical technique that pulls the scalp forward.

How Forehead Reduction Works

The idea behind forehead reduction is to decrease the size of the forehead by lowering the hairline. This effect can be achieved by surgically moving the hairline and the scalp lower.

During surgical forehead reduction, an incision is made at the hair line. The excess skin is removed from the forehead, and the scalp is repositioned so that the hairline appears lower. The degree to which this repositioning can occur will depend on the laxity of the scalp. A brow lift can also be effectively combined with this procedure.

Once the hairline has been lowered, your California Skin Institute surgeon will suture the incision in such a way that hides the scar under the hairline.

What Forehead Reduction Treats

At California Skin Institute we find that the best candidates for forehead reduction are individuals who have a larger/taller forehead due to genetic factors. Such patients typically have sufficient hair density and hair loss is usually not a factor in the size of the forehead, which makes the outcomes more long lasting.

In some cases, a tall forehead can be the result of a poorly-performed surgical procedure in the past. If your previous surgeon caused your forehead to appear enlarged, please contact the experts at California Skin Institute for options in repairing this problem.

Our surgeons can also perform forehead reduction for individuals with a receding hairline. However, it’s important to note that such treatments may need to be repeated in situations where the forehead size has increased due to a receding hairline, as the hair loss is likely to continue in the future.

Is Forehead Reduction Safe?

Yes, forehead reduction performed by California Skin Institute surgeons is a safe procedure that can produce dramatic improvement. As with any surgery, there is always a risk of infection, but your physician will discuss after care procedures in great length to significantly reduce chances of any potential side effects.

How Soon Will Forehead Reduction Results Appear?

With the surgical stretching of the scalp, the hairline is fully repositioned after the procedure is complete. The area will simply need time to heal, for any redness to dissipate, and for the scar to fade (scars are minimally visible after surgery, and can fade almost completely after several months).

Forehead Reduction Side Effects

Side effects from forehead reduction surgery often manifest due to the inexperience of the surgeon. For example, if the hair density of the scalp is relatively low, any stretching of the scalp can further reduce hair density, making the hair appear as if it is thinning.

At California Skin Institute we are experts when it comes to creating forehead reduction outcomes that look natural.


Treatment results will vary, talk to a practitioner to see if this treatment or procedure is right for you.

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