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    Hairline Lowering

    Hair restoration isn't always about increasing the amount of hair on your head. Hairline lowering surgery makes the forehead smaller, making the frontal hairline more prominent.

    Recovery Time:
    2 to 3 Weeks
    Resume Exercise:
    2 weeks
    Noticeable Results:
    Final Results:
    3 to 6 months (incision camouflaged)

    It takes a refined aesthetic eye to capture the intricate balance between facial features and the hairline. If the distance between your hairline and eyebrows is too great, it can make you feel self-conscious wearing certain hairstyles or give the impression you are losing your hair. Hairline lowering at the Quatela Center improves facial proportions by reducing the distance between the frontal hairline and the brow area.

    In addition to having expertise in hair restoration, our surgeons are board-certified in facial plastic surgery and have an in-depth understanding of the aesthetics of facial anatomy. They perform hairline lowering, also called forehead reduction surgery, to give the face balanced, natural, more attractive proportions. The beauty of choosing a facial plastic surgeon specializing in hair restoration is having access to a wide range of options. Dr. Quatela, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Montague take a comprehensive approach that includes surgical and nonsurgical options to accommodate different goals, lifestyles, and concerns.

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    Benefits of Hairline Lowering at the Quatela Center

    Unlike hair transplant surgery, hairline lowering reduces the forehead, offering patients unique advantages, including:

    • Immediate results
    • Higher hair density than with transplant surgery
    • A size reduction in the forehead of 1.5 to 2 cm (a noticeable difference for most patients)

    Is Hairline Lowering Right for You?

    Hairline lowering patients tend to be women; however, men also benefit from the procedure. The best candidates have the following attributes:

    • High hairline or large forehead with little to no hair loss in the front
    • Skin laxity of the forehead
    • Enough hair density to conceal the scar

    Our hair restoration surgeons will help you decide if forehead reduction is right for you during a private one-on-one consultation.

    Combining Treatments

    For a more pleasing transformation, our surgeons may recommend combining hairline lowering with other procedures, including:

    Your Hairline Lowering Procedure

    Our surgeons perform hairline lowering as outpatient surgery using a trichophytic incision placed just inside the frontal hairline and another incision below it on the forehead. The trichophytic incision technique allows hair to regrow in front of the resulting scar. After making the incisions, the surgeon advances the existing hairline to sit lower on the forehead and closer to the eyebrows. After removing the excess forehead skin, the surgeon carefully sutures the incision closed.

    A Reputation Built on Results

    This is Your Surgeon - You Can Stop Looking ! Dr. Montague is not only incredibly talented, but also possesses what I feel is a rare quality of genuine kindness and understanding. he took his time and listened attentively to my conserves patiently answering all of my questions and making me feel comfortable. I felt as if I was his only patient and that he was listening and really making sure he could...
    Top-shelf Care! Dr. Montague has made my experience with my procedure and follow-up absolutely pleasurable. He really cares about how you feel every step of the way. He answers any questions I have,in a way that makes me feel at ease. If anyone is considering facial surgery, Dr. Montague is a sure bet for a great experience.
    Love my results and would recommend Dr. Montague and his team My experience with Dr. Montague and the Quatela Center was phenomenal. Dr. Montague was involved from day 1, answering all questions and being extremely attentive after the surgery. Any questions/concerns I had were immediately answered in terms/language I could understand, and I never felt embarrassed or silly for asking any questions....
    Exceeded expectations - not only can I see better, I look better In September I had an upper and lower blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery) preformed by Dr. Alex Montague at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery. One of my top eyelids had started to drop so that it was affecting my vision. The lower eyelids I wanted done to repair the sagging skin. From start to finish the professional manner, care,...

    Hairline Lowering Recovery Timeline

    Patients recover along the following general timeline (experiences vary):

    Day of surgery:Return home and rest.
    Day 3:Tightness and soreness ease.
    1 week:Sutures are removed. Resume normal hair-washing routine.
    10 to 14 daysSwelling and bruising fade.
    1 to 2 weeks:Return to work. Incision healed.
    3 to 6 months:Incision fully camouflaged by the hair.
    6 to 12 months:Scalp numbness fades.

    For proper healing and optimal results, closely follow our pre- and post-operative instructions.

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    Recovery Tips for Optimal Results

    During your recovery, be sure to:

    • Always keep your head elevated, including while sleeping, to minimize swelling and discomfort.
    • Drink plenty of water and other fluids.
    • Avoid bending, heavy lifting, and rigorous exercise for the first 3 weeks.
    • Resume exercise gradually when cleared by your surgeon.
    • Keep the surgical area dry until the incision is healed.
    • Do not smoke or drink alcohol, as it interferes with the healing process.
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    How Much Does a Forehead Reduction Cost in Rochester, NY?

    The cost for forehead reduction varies with the specifics of your procedure. You will receive a personalized price quote during your hair restoration consultation with one of our double board-certified facial plastic surgeons. At that time, we can also discuss financing plans if you are interested.

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    Concierge Program for Out-of-Town Patients

    With decades of experience serving national and international clients, we have streamlined the travel process for our out-of-town patients. Our proximity to an international airport, discreet onsite and offsite accommodations, and concierge offerings ensure your experience with us will be stress-free and rewarding.

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    Hairline Lowering FAQ

    Can I have the procedure if my forehead skin is tight instead of lax?

    In certain cases, our surgeons can use a scalp expander to stretch the scalp and forehead skin enough to perform the surgery.

    Does forehead reduction surgery leave a visible scar?

    While the incision may seem extreme to some, it typically heals beautifully into a thin, flat scar well camouflaged within the frontal hair.

    Is hairline lowering the same as scalp reduction?

    No, these are two distinct procedures. Hairline lowering moves the frontal hairline closer to the brows, reducing the area of the forehead. Scalp reduction removes balding areas from the upper scalp to address hair loss and reduce the number of follicles needed for a hair transplant.

    Will I need a hair transplant to cover the scar?

    While our surgeons use a meticulous technique when creating a trichophytic incision, there are rare cases where a hair transplant is needed to help camouflage the scar. We recommend waiting at least 6 months to assess hair growth in and around the surgical scar. 

    I’m from out of town. How long should I plan to stay in Rochester after my surgery?

    Our out-of-town patients need to stay in the Rochester area for one night after hairline lowering before flying or traveling long distances. Our private, onsite recovery suite, the Carriage House, is located next to the Lindsay House and is an overnight option for our surgical patients. We have also arranged special rates with premier hotels nearby. Learn more about our support for patients who travel.

    If you’re ready to attain a balanced, natural-looking hairline and boost your confidence, request your consultation online or call the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration in Rochester, NY, to schedule an appointment.

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