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Advancements in modern cosmetic techniques allow us to address this issue. Hairline lowering surgery, sometimes referred to as forehead reduction, is a surgical procedure designed to shorten the distance between the eyebrows and the scalp. With this technique, surgeons are able to reposition the hairline and change facial harmony. If you are interested in hairline lowering, you can discuss this option with a specialist plastic surgeon like Dr Jeremy Richardson.

What is Hairline Lowering?

A person’s hairline generally begins at the transition between the forehead and the slope of the head towards the scalp. For some, the scalp is naturally further back. Several factors can cause this, such as hair loss, genetics, and prior surgeries.

Although hair transplants can be an option to address general hair loss, hairline lowering can also help address a naturally high or receding hairline. The procedure lowers the hairline by two or three centimetres. The surgery has permanent results and only needs to be performed once.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Before the surgery, it is important to discuss your concerns and goals with Dr Richardson. Generally, suitable candidates for hairline lowering are healthy and have concerns about the high position of their hairlines. Patient suitability can also depend on hair thickness and scalp laxity.

During your consultation, we will discuss your general health, including any medical conditions or current medications. We will also assess your condition to determine the treatment plan for your case. This opportunity also allows you to discuss your expected outcomes and ask questions to ensure you are fully informed.

The Procedure

On the day of hairline lowering surgery, Dr Richardson will use a general anaesthetic. A section of skin between the hairline and the upper forehead will be marked and surgically removed. This usually involves removing at least two centimetres of length from the forehead. Dr Richardson will take care to make the hairline incision at a precise angle in order to preserve the underlying hair follicles. This will allow the hairs to regrow after surgery and camouflage the scar.

Once the incisions have been made, Dr Richardson pulls the scalp down to meet the forehead skin, creating a shorter forehead. The incision is then closed with stitches in a way that allows the hair to conceal the scar upon regrowth. The process will take around two to three hours to complete. Patients should note that although the procedure might affect the eyebrows and forehead, it does not necessarily lift the eyebrows.

Cost of Hairline Lowering

Since each patient has different needs and reasons for seeking hairline lowering, fees can vary from person to person. When outlining the fees of surgery, we must take a number of factors into account. For example, we will need to consider hospital fees, the cost of anaesthesia, medication, and aftercare.

We will discuss the fees for the procedure during your private consultation.

Your Personal Consultation

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Your personal consultation is the first step to finding the right procedure for you. Dr Jeremy Richardson is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, dedicated to providing quality results and a positive patient experience.

Book your appointment to
  • Discuss your physical concerns and goals
  • Receive an outline of your surgical options
  • Get quality advice from a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • Receive a customised treatment plan
  • Meet Dr Richardson’s Patient Coordinator and team who will support you through your journey


After the forehead reduction surgery, Dr Richardson will lightly dress the incision site, and you will likely be able to go home on the same day. Patients should take care of their incisions after their surgery to prevent complications and produce a good outcome. Dr Richardson will give you instructions to follow during the healing phase, such as:

  • Keep your incision site clean and dry.
  • Sleep on your back with your head propped up.
  • Do not wash your hair for at least two days.
  • Avoid smoking as well as alcoholic drinks.
  • Eat a healthy diet to aid in recovery.
  • Take time off work to give your body time to recover.
  • Contact us if any healing issues arise.

The recovery process may include the following:

  • Mild soreness and swelling for one to two days
  • Resume daily activities and work after one to two weeks
  • Swelling should reduce after a couple of weeks
  • Return to a normal exercise routine after two weeks

Risks and Complications

Like every surgery, hairline lowering comes with risks. Mild side effects such as swelling and numbness are common and will generally resolve on their own.

If you notice any prolonged or serious issues after the surgery, it is important to consult Dr Richardson or seek medical help. Risks can include:

  • Infection and bleeding
  • Anaesthesia reactions
  • Damage to underlying structures
  • Hair loss
  • Visible scarring
  • Unwanted outcome
  • Pain or swelling that persists
  • Further surgery to correct issues

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