Forehead Reduction Surgery

The Procedure

A high hairline or elongated forehead in women can result in a more masculine appearance, often prematurely aging those affected. An oversized forehead can detract from a woman’s facial harmony and balance and is particularly disliked by younger women. Our experienced and specialist doctors can help you.

Recovery from Hairline Lowering

  • A light dressing is applied that is typically removed 1 to 3 days after surgery.
  • Any sutures are usually removed 7 and 12 days post-operation.
  • In our experience, the procedure is typically very well tolerated. The vast majority of patients are able to return to work within 3 to 7 days of the surgery. Many patients are able to wear their hair pulled back within weeks of the surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much hair lowering can I expect?

This is determined by your scalp and forehead laxity (how easily you can move it backwards and forwards). Usually, 2-3cm can easily be achieved, sometimes more. Depending on the results a second procedure can be performed to further lower the hairline.

How long does the improvement last?

Our approach offers permanent improvement and does not need to be repeated, but a second procedure may be performed at a later stage to further lower the hairline.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure takes approximately 1 .5 to 2 hours and is normally performed under intravenous conscious sedation.

What age is best for hairline lowering?

The hairline lowering procedure can be performed at any age, although most people come for the procedure in their 20s or later.

How long should I take off from work?

You should be up and about the afternoon after surgery but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. Most people are back at work within 7-10 days, but it is possible to return to work sooner.

How Long before I get back to normal activities?

Avoid strenuous activity including aerobics and heavy housework for a week to 10 days.
Walking and mild stretching are fine. Yoga and Pilates postures involving inversion or extensive stretching should probably be avoided for 1-2 months.

What Does it Cost?

The cost can vary greatly and is dependent o factors such as whether the surgery is performed in one stage, and two, the amount the hairline must be lowered and the surgeon performing the procedure.

The cost is approximately R22,500 (excl. VAT) including the conscious sedation.

Forehead reduction surgery is not typically covered by health insurance because it is considered to be a cosmetic procedure.

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