Which Is Better For Making By Forehead Look Smaller – Hairline Advancement Or Hair Transplants?

Q:I would like to ask you some advise. I have a high natural hairline that makes my forehead look bigger. I don’t have problem of losing hair. I would like to have a hairline lowering, but I don’t know how to choose between a forehead reduction and a hair transplant. With the forehead reduction I will have a quick result and after seeing some pictures on internet the result looks great. The bad point is the scar and I would like to know if this procedure can have a bad consequence for the future. For the hair transplant I would like to know if the result can be natural, I have long and dense hair. I have attached some pictures for you to see.

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. I don’t know if that is the standard way you wear your hair or whether you were doing that just for the pictures. (I’ll assume you were doing that just for the pictures) You have a very good hair density and a relatively full hairline pattern. I really think you could go either way with a hairline advancement or hair transplants. each has their own advantages and disadvantages for you. Hair transplants will have no hairline scar but I doubt you can get the density of your natural hair down to 2 cms from your existing hairline. You certainly won’t be able to do it in one session. If for whatever reason you don’t like the transplants then that effort will be wasted by doing a hairline advancement after. With the hairline advancement, you will get a well matched hairline density and pattern but at the expense of a very fine line scar.

My thoughts are that the hairline advancement is the best initial approach. Because…if the scar is too prominent it can be easily covered up with some hair transplants later. The reverse is definitely not true.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana