Forehead reduction


  1. What is a forehead reduction?
  2. Why is it done?
  3. What does it involve?
  4. How do you prepare for a forehead reduction?
  5. Aftercare
  6. Alternatives to a forehead reduction

What is a forehead reduction?

A forehead reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that helps reduce the height of a person’s forehead.
Large foreheads may be due to hair loss, genetics or other cosmetic procedures.


Why is it done?

A forehead reduction can help balance the proportions of your face.


What does it involve?

A forehead reduction surgery is usually done under general anaesthesia. Local anaesthetic is done often to reduce bleeding and pain.

How do you prepare for a forehead reduction?

A plastic surgeon will guide you through the procedure.

1. The area of the forehead to be removed will be marked with a surgical skin marker, care is taken by the surgeon to ensure that the cut along the hairline will preserve follicles and nerves.

2. Local anesthetic is used to numb the entire forehead, from the hairline to just about the brows.

3. An incision is made where the marked area of the hairline and the forehead is. It is often referred to as the pretrichial incision. The connective tissue underneath the skin is separated.

4. The top incision located along the hairline is pulled down to connect with the forehead incision. The gap is closed and the forehead appears to be shorter.

5. The skin is stitched together in a way to minimize scar formation and is almost completely hidden by the hairline once hair grows back.

The surgery can usually take approximately 1.5 hours. It should be noted that although forehead reduction surgery reduced the height of the forehead, it may change the shape of the eye brows.


Moderate pain and discomfort can be expected from 3 to 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 1 to 2 weeks but should avoid activities/exercise for 6 weeks including contact sports.

  • Patients may have to two weeks off from work.
  • 6 weeks off from doing any exercise.
  • Patients should sleep at a 45-degree angle for 2 weeks.
  • A full recovery can take 6 to 12 weeks.

It’s best to speak to your surgeon who will be able to advise you accordingly.

Alternatives to a forehead reduction

If a forehead reduction isn’t right for you, there are many other options including:

A brow lift – shifting the sking of the eyebrow area to lift the brows higher on the face.

Hair grafting This involves taking hair from the follicles at the back of your scalp and transplanting them to the front of your hairline.

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