Hairline lowering is a common cosmetic outpatient surgery that has gained major attention in recent years, particularly among women. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 15 million cosmetic surgeries took place in the United States in 2013, which is a 3% increase from 2012. About one fifth of those were performed in the Mid-Atlantic region including New York. Statistics show that hairline lowering was performed nearly exclusively on women, with a few male exceptions. Many women find that lowering their hairline significantly improves overall attractiveness and eases feelings of self-consciousness associated with a high hairline. If you are considering this procedure, you may be wondering how the process works. Here is a look at what to expect when you get your hairline lowered.

The Procedure

A hairline lowering operation typically takes around two hours to complete and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Occasionally surgeons will use only localized anesthesia, but most patients feel more comfortable if they are sedated. Before surgery, your hairline lowering doctor will mark an area on your forehead where the new hairline will be. He or she then excises that area of skin and brings the scalp forward to meet your new hairline. This varies for everyone depending on scalp elasticity, but most doctors can easily move a hairline one to two inches lower. The scalp can be advanced even farther with the help of tissue expanders and appear even lower with the addition of hair grafts. Talk to your doctor about your expectations to find the right combination of procedures that work for you.

Prognosis and Recovery

Most people can return to normal activities within two days after surgery, although you may need to style your hair or wear something to hide stitches. You’ll be able to wear your hair tied back in around three to six months. New York hairline lowering doctors are extremely experienced in this routine surgery, so you should have no noticeable scarring. New hair will grow in front of and around where the scalp was moved, so it will look completely natural and leave you feeling confident. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ende and learn if a hairline lowering procedure is right for you.