Should Hairline Lowering Be Done Before Or After Forehead Augmentation?

Q: I want to achieve a completely caucasian look, I am Asian. Do you have any recommendations for my forehead? I am doing a hairline lowering procedure soon, should that be done before or after a forehead/browbone augmentation? Since there will be a scar from the forehead procedure right? I have attached some pictures for you to see me.

A: Thank you for sending our pictures. It is not clear to me what type of hairline lowering procedure you are doing. If it is being with a frontal hairline incision (scalp advancement), then the forehead augmentation should be done at the same time. If the hairline lowering is being done by hair transplants, then the forehead augmentation should be done first so the scalp scar will lie behind the grafted area. Improving the convexity of the forehead is what many women want to achieve, particularly those of Asian ethnicity.

As for other facial recommendations, it is not possible for you to have a ‘completely caucasian look’. Some facial areas may be tweaked but you can’t change the basic foundational look of your face. Tell me what you think would make the greatest difference in your face. In other words, what facial areas do you think would make you look less ethnic? In looking at your pictures, I do not see major areas of change but options do include the creation of an upper eyelid crease, buccal lipectomies, rhinoplasty, chin augmentation and jaw angle reduction.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana