How Much Can A Forehead Be Reduced?

Q: Hi doctor, I have a big forehead and I need a scalp advancement to make it smaller. To do this surgery do you needs to shave my hair? What is the maximum of centimeters that you can reduce? How much does this surgery cost? Thank you.

A: A long forehead can be reduced by moving the scalp forward (hairline advancement) and removing upper forehead non-hairbearing skin. While this does leave a fine line scar along the frontal hairline, that is usually nto a problem for most women. As long as the hairline is distinct with reasonable density, the scar is usually a good trade-off. One of the keys to a scalp advancement is to secure it to the underlying frontal bone in its new position. This will not only prevent relapse but will also take the tension off of the scarline so it heals as narrow as possible.

In answer to your specific questions:

1) No hair is ever shaved for the procedure.

2) Usually at least 2 to 2.5 cms of scalp can be advanced with the same vertical reduction in forehead skin. That tapers off into the temple areas. The greatest amount of advancement is in the center.

3) The overall costs are about $ 7500 – $ 8500

For those women afflicted with a very high hairline, a forehead reduction procedure through a scalpadvancement can be life-changing. One can think of it as a ‘reverse browlift’ so it is an outpatient procedure that takes about 2 hours to perform. The very next day one can wash and style their hair.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana