Hairline Lowering Procedure
Before scheduling an appointment with our expert plastic surgeons, it’s important to check your scalp flexibility. Try this simple exercise at home: start by gently pulling on the scalp near the hairline to see if it moves forward and is not stuck in place. A flexible scalp increases the success of the procedure. Next, measure your face into thirds to plan your ideal hairline placement.
During the consultation with Dr. Ende, the patient will be informed of all details of the procedure and what to expect during and after surgery. All of your questions and concerns will be addressed.
In most cases, general anesthesia is unnecessary for patients undergoing this procedure, which decreases complications.
The hairline lowering procedure takes approximately one hour. During the surgery, an irregular trichophytic incision is used behind the first two rows of the existing hairline. Hair is able to grow back through the scar using this incision. The scalp is lifted to advance it forward and is relatively bloodless due to the technique.
The incision is closed in layers in order to create very fine sutures along the hairline to avoid a noticeable scar. Endotines are used to provide a long lasting result and a hairline lowering bandage is applied. The patient can remove the bandage the next day after the procedure, and no further bandages are usually required.
Bruising and swelling are uncommon after the procedure. Hairline lowering sutures are usually removed in 5-7, and can be removed by a doctor in your home state or country.
Recovering from Hairline Lowering Surgery
The recovery from a hairline lowering surgery is relatively short. Often, patients do not experience any significant bruising or swelling. Many patients are healed enough to travel and return to work after a couple of days and are able to use a scarf or hat to conceal the area. Sutures placed at the hairline are removed after one week.
Within three to six months, the hair typically grows through and in front of the scar. The scar will be natural and unnoticeable.