Will My Frontal Hairline Advancement Scar Be Visible If My Hairline Recedes?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello, I have a question about scalp advancement/forehead reduction procedures in men. I know most of the time these procedures are down with a trichophytic hairline incision and generally they heal very well. If a man (in this case me, I’m a 30 year old guy) and as I got older my hairline were to recede a bit, would this scar be very noticeable or does it generally blend well?

A: The long-term fate of a frontal hairline incision in a young male is a good question to which the answer is not one of which I know. I have done plenty of hairline incisions in young men and have yet to see a hairline recession later. This does not mean that it can not happen, just that I have not yet seen it. I would speculate that the scar line should this occur will not just ‘blend in’ and be invisible however.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana