Out of the many beautifying procedures out there, ranging from a simple botox or filler injection to major plastic surgeries, one procedure is just simply mesmerizing.. Forehead reduction surgery, a.k.a. foreheadplasty is a thing now..! Hairline-lowering surgery is an uncommon one however, for those of you who suffer from a wide forehead and/ or a receding hairline, now there is a solution that will banish your insecurity forever and save you a lot of time spent contouring as your only solution.
For as long as I can remember I have hated how large my forehead was. My hair was always styled with a side fringe, I would never face the direction of the wind in case it exposed my forehead and I hated that I felt I could never just scrape my hair back off my face.
1 || How Far Can You Lower The Hairline?
It depends, and varies from individual to individual. The laxity of one’s scalp, and whether the receding hairline is caused by hair loss are two major factors that decide how far the hairline can be advanced..
2 || How Does Forehead Reduction Surgery work?
Hairline-Lowering Surgery normally takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery. It is done under general anesthetic as a day-case procedure. It involves the following steps in details..
#1 First of all, hair is washed followed by injecting local anesthetic to the area, which helps to reduce bleeding during the procedure, this also helps with pain control postoperatively.
#2 A zig-zag incision is made along the hairline (this helps to minimize scarring). The scalp is then mobilized to the back of the head and pulled forward as much as needed.
#3 Two small endotine devices [tiny implants] are placed under the scalp, often described as ‘carpet grippers’. These are made from a dissolving suture material and should dissolve away within the first three to four months following surgery. These help to keep the scalp in place as it heals.
#4 A section of the forehead skin at the hairline is removed. A tissue glue is sprayed right after to hold the scalp in place. This helps to reduce fluid buildup underneath the scalp as well as to reduce the risk of the scalp sliding backward during the healing process.
#5 The incision is closed using deep dissolving stitches and non-dissolving stitches externally along the incision. The non-dissolving stitches are removed after 10 days.
3 || How long Is The Downtime?
Apparently, moderate pain or discomfort is expected for three to five days after surgery, and patients can go back to their normal daily activities after one to two weeks, excluding intense exercise or contact sports, which should be avoided for at least six weeks post-op.
Pain medication is definitely prescribed. However, one week later there might be pain between the eyebrows that feels like a huge weight resting on there. An expected yet bearable discomfort..
4 || Will Scarring Be Visible?
The incisions are placed in the natural hairline to be as hidden as possible, that’s why a zig-zag incision is made, as this allows for the scar to fade more naturally into the hairline as it heals. These incisions heal well in seven to 10 days and continue to fade over time. A scar will not become completely invisible, although over eight to 12 months it will become more inconspicuous as redness is reduced and pigmentation returns to normal skin color. Scar usually heals completely 2 months later..
5 || Post-Surgery Skincare
Any creams or ointments should be religiously applied as instructed by your surgeon, SPF is crucial on a daily basis so the area doesn’t darken. A vitamin C and E serum speeds up healing and prevents oxidative damage..
6 || Who Is A Candidate For Hairline Lowering Surgery?
To determine if it is appropriate for the individual to have the procedure, he/she is assessed during the consultation. Factors that would require further assessment would include if the person has had any previous surgeries to the head or scalp, or if the person has had hair or skin-related conditions. If for any reason the individual is unsuitable for hairline-lowering surgery, he/she will be advised against this form of surgery.