Hairline Lowering Surgery:
Hairline lowering is a plastic surgery procedure that involves shortening the forehead while moving the hairline forward. Surgical hairline lowering/advancement procedures can lower the overly high hairline in one single step. Almost exclusively it is performed on women, where the high forehead can be shortened by as much as 5cm (2 inches). When combined with hair grafting (in a second step) it is possible to change the shape of the hairline, making it more oval or rounded by filling in the upper temporal/side regions, creating a more feminine appearance. Hairline lowering or hairline advancement as it is also known is an effective procedure that offers subtle and natural-looking results.
Preparation prior to surgery:
Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all
medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
Types of anesthesia use:
Local Anesthetic agent or General Anesthesia
1-night stay in the hospital if surgery done under general anesthesia
surgery may take an hour or two
During the procedure:
Pre-operative photographs will be taken at this time. For your procedure, you will be given a twilight anesthetic which allows the doctor to perform the procedure safely but without the need of a full anesthetic. You will also have a drip in your arm to provide you with fluids during the procedure and be connected to monitoring equipment to keep you safe and sound. The duration of the procedure will be 2 hours but will seem like minutes whilst you are sedated.
We ask you to return the following two days after surgery, then a one week and two-week check-up are essential for us to monitor closely a speedy recovery.
Depending upon your workplace and tolerance for some minor bruising and swelling you should be able to return to work in 10-14 days following the procedure.
It is very important to discuss this with your doctor, who will have a better idea based on your skin type and extent of the procedure and how physical your job is.
Risks and Complications:
All of the following complications are treatable and may include swelling, bruising, skin irregularities, asymmetries, puckering of the skin, infection and collections of old blood. As in all facial operations, nerve damage resulting in weakness of facial movement is possible but rare. Numbness to the scalp is very common initially but sensation returns with time approximately six months. The main complaint is a feeling of tightness.