Forehead Reduction

Forehead reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that can help to reduce the height of your forehead.

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What does a forehead reduction procedure involve?

Forehead reduction surgery is a surgical procedure that is typically done under general anesthesia. Local anesthetic is also used in the forehead area to help reduce pain and bleeding.


Your plastic surgeon will take the following steps during the procedure:

  1. The hairline and area of forehead to be removed will be marked with a surgical skin marker. Great care is taken to ensure that the cut along the hairline preserves the hair follicles and nerves.
  2. The entire forehead, from the hairline to just above the brows, is numbed using a local anesthetic.
  3. An incision is made along the marked area of the forehead and hairline (also called the pretrichial incision). The surgeon will carefully separate the skin from the connective tissue underneath and cut out the area that has been marked for removal.
  4. The top incision along the hairline is then pulled down to join the forehead incision. This closes the gap and shortens the forehead.
  5. The skin is sutured together in a way that minimizes scar formation and is hidden almost completely by the hairline upon hair regrowth.

It should be noted that although forehead reduction surgery reduces the height of the forehead and may change the appearance of the eyebrows, it does not necessarily raise the eyebrows.

If necessary, a separate surgery called a brow lift can be performed at the same time as the hairline lowering surgery.


Most people can return home within a few hours after the surgery. You’ll need to return to the office for suture removal over the following week and a half. You’ll also be asked to return for observation and post-operative checkups roughly 2 to 4 weeks after surgery.

As with any surgery that involves an incision, great care should be taken to keep the wound clean and allow it to heal properly.

You’ll want to check often for any signs of infection at the site of the incision. Your doctor will also provide you with post-operative instructions for how to properly care for your surgery incision, including how to reduce pain, swelling, and risk of infection.