Can A Hairline Be Lowered In A High Rounded Forehead?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello, I am a 19 year old female with a high rounded hairline. I’ve always been picked on and teased due to it. Causing me to quit sports in high school because of my bangs blowing back when I’d run… Im always hiding behind my bangs but unfortunately I won’t be able to in Navy boot camp in six months . I am enlisted in the delayed entry program for the US Navy and I just know that in boot camp the RDC’s will make fun of my hairline as a part of breaking me down. I just want to know if your facility does any sort of military discount for the hairline lowering procedure? Or if fees can be waived out of generosity. I don’t know how that works but I figure it’s worth asking. If this is not possible, thanks anyway for your time!

A: Thank you for your inquiry. A hairline advancement/lowering can be a very effective method forehead reduction if one fulfills three criteria. First the scalp must be naturally mobile enough that it can be moved one to two centimeters forward. You can have a pretty good idea of that by pushing around your own scalp and seeing if it moves forward anyy. Secondly, one has to  have a good frontal hairline with adequate follicular density to position a well-designed incision. Lastly, one has to be willing to accept a permanent fine line scar along the frontal hairline. Please send me some pictures of your forehead for my assessment. I have asked my assistant to pass along the cost of such a procedure to you and she is the one to whom you can direct your financial questions.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana