Forehead reduction surgery for women with high foreheads has been popular since the late 1990s. Dr. Sheldon Kabaker in Oakland, California is a well-known and prominent surgeon who has offered female forehead reduction surgery for many years. The procedure sometimes requires the use of tissue expanders to drastically lower the hairline.
Since 2006, Dr. Gal Aharonov in Beverly Hills, California has been offering a slightly modified approach to the forehead reduction surgery. His method has gained great popularity all over the world. With third party review sites such as RealSelf, the hair transplant community is seeing a demand for women seeking an alternative to forehead reduction.
A forehead reduction procedure can present some potential problems such as the visibility of a scar along the hairline and the surgical limitations of creating an oval or rounded appearance. While most patients are generally happy with the drastic reduction in their forehead size, others are self-conscious about the scar. They do not wear their hair pulled back and sometimes used makeup as a cover up.
A hair transplant procedure is an alternative for women who do not want to undergo a forehead reduction surgery. A hair transplant involves harvesting donor hair from the back of the head to individually relocate single follicles to the front. The limitation of a hair transplant lies in the wait time required to see results. It can take six months to a year to see the full results of a hair transplant since the hairs need to grow out from the roots. The advantage of a hair transplant over a forehead reduction surgery is that the natural shape of the hairline is dictated by the artistry of the surgeon who creates the hairline when he implants the moved follicles.
Hairline lowering is achieved by using a technique known as Follicular Unit Strip Surgery and sometimes referred to as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is usually not used since it requires shaving the back of the patient’s head; something few women will accept. There is no shaving involved in strip surgery and the incision around the donor area on the back of the head is covered by the patient’s hair. Even if the hair is wet or worn up, the incision line (or scar) is rarely or even ever noticed.