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What is forehead reduction surgery?

Forehead reduction surgery is a popular plastic surgery procedure that can help create more balanced and harmonious facial proportions. It involves moving the hair-bearing scalp forward and securing the hairline in a lower position on the forehead.

Patients who undergo this surgery have faster and better results than with hair restoration, as the transplanting of hair does not yield as much hair density in the desired area. Also known as hairline lowering or anterior scalp advancement it is commonly recognised for having a high patient satisfaction.

Hair Doctors, we do not offer forehead reduction surgery but do offer FUE surgery to lower the hairline. Sydney residents wanting to find out more about this procedure can read here for more information or contact us directly.

Forehead reduction surgery is a procedure designed to reduce the distance between the hairline and eyebrows. By moving the scalp forward and securing the hairline in a lower position, this procedure can create more balanced facial proportions and a more natural-looking hairline.

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Benefits of anterior
scalp advancement?

There are several benefits to having a good anterior scalp advancement procedure performed which include:

  • Improved appearance: hair-lowering surgery can help improve your appearance by providing a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing look.
  • Improve self self-esteem and self-confidence: this procedure can improve appearance, which can improve self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Short recovery time: hair-lowering surgery has a short recovery time, allowing patients to return to normal activities quickly compared to other procedures.
  • Reduced risk of hair loss: Hair-lowering surgery can reduce the risk of hair loss due to genetics, hormones, and other conditions.
  • Improve scalp flexibility: hairline surgery creates a relatively flexible scalp.

Risks of hair-lowering surgery

There are potential risks associated with this procedure. Due to the risks involved with this invasive type of surgery at Hair Doctors, we encourage other types of forehead reduction techniques.. They include:

  • Scarring: Hair-lowering surgery carries the risk of permanent scarring. This can be particularly noticeable in cases where the hairline was perhaps lowered too far or the surgeon was somewhat inexperienced.
  • Infection: Hair-lowering surgery may increase the risk of infection due to the incisions made in the scalp.
  • Loss of sensation: Hair-lowering surgery may cause temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the scalp.
  • Poor results: Depending on the surgeon and the technique used, hair-lowering surgery may not produce the desired results, leaving the patient with a less-than-satisfactory outcome.
  • Hair loss: Hair-lowering surgery may cause additional hair loss in the area of the scalp where the surgery was performed.
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Hair grafts are harvested from one area on the
head and transplanted to the required area.
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Who is a good candidate for this procedure?

Candidates for a hairline-lowering procedure are typically men and women with a high hairline and good skin elasticity. You are a candidate if you have a receding hairline or are experiencing any type of hereditary hair loss in the forehead area. It is important to note that general anesthesia is necessary for the surgery, so patients must be in good overall health to reduce the risk of complications.

Should you be concerned about having to undergo general anesthetic you may want to consider less invasive forehead restoration techniques, where this is not necessary. At Hair Doctors, we can assist with several safer alternatives.

Those with a history of abnormal scarring or difficulty with wound healing may wish to explore alternative options.

How it works

The procedure typically involves making an incision in the hairline, removing a section of the excess forehead skin and tissue, and then bringing the remaining skin together in a lower position. The incision is then closed with sutures or staples.

In some cases, the surgeon may also use a special technique called a burrow technique, which involves creating a tunnel beneath the existing anterior hairline and then pulling the skin down through the tunnel. This technique is often used to reduce the size of the forehead without creating a visible scar.


It is common to experience some mild swelling and numbness of the forehead in the initial days of recovery after hair transplant surgery.

Most patients are able to wash their hair the day after surgery and many can return to work within a few days. After about a week, stitches are usually removed.

The overall healing process may take two to three weeks, at which time it is important to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting until the surgeon says it is safe to do so. If desired, further hairline lowering can be performed after the initial recovery period.

With time, the appearance of any scarring should improve and the patient can enjoy their new look.

They are also able to enjoy a wide variety of new hairstyles and are free from the burden of trying to conceal their forehead with scarves and hats.

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Hairline surgery costs

We offer several successful cost-effective forehead restoration techniques such as FUE hair transplant.

At your initial consultation, which will take approximately 45 mins, you will meet with one of our doctors directly, who will complete a full assessment and supply you with a detailed quotation of which treatment we recommend based on your individual requirements.

Please visit our website for a free quote. We also offer finance options for your convenience. 

Why choose us

If you are searching for a reliable hair restoration and transplant clinic in Sydney, look no further than Hair Doctors.

Our team of experienced doctors are dedicated to providing medical and surgical hair loss treatments, such as consultations, digital scalp analysis, medication, and growth factor therapy. We offer our services to both male and female patients.

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Meet our doctors

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Hair Transplant Doctor

Dr Ateka obtained her qualification from the University of Dundee, UK in 2006. With a decade of experience in Aesthetic Medicine and Minor Surgery, including anaesthesia and acute care, she broadened her knowledge and expertise by training at the London Hair Restoration Academy.

There, she specialised in micro FUE extraction and DHI implantation techniques for hair transplant surgery.


Hair Transplant Doctor

In 2009, Dr Oz graduated from the University of Dundee, UK with a degree in Men’s Health and Aesthetic Medicine. To further hone his expertise, he pursued additional medical education and is now the Medical Advisor/Educator for MOSH, Australia’s top Men’s Health platform.

He is certified by the London Hair Restoration Academy and specialises in modern micro FUE extraction and DHI implantation techniques for hair transplant surgery.

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If you require more information on forehead reduction surgery, please read our most frequently asked questions:

The cost of a hairline-lowering surgical procedure in Australia depends on the complexity of the procedure and the doctor performing it. Generally, the cost of forehead reduction in Australia can range from around $3,000 to $10,000.

Forehead reduction surgery is a relatively painless procedure. Most patients will experience some mild discomfort the evening after the surgery, but this is usually not severe enough to require taking pain medication.

In rare cases, however, more significant pain may be present and a doctor may prescribe medication to ease this.

In general, this surgical procedure is very safe. However, there are potential risks such as numbness, bleeding, scarring, bruising, swelling, discomfort, asymmetry, temporary or permanent hair loss, and infection that may occur.

Hairline-lowering surgery can be helpful in reducing the appearance of hairline recession. It is a procedure in which the hairline is surgically lowered to a more desirable level.

Hairline lowering surgery, also known as forehead reduction surgery, can affect the scalp blood supply if the incision line is too close to the hairline. The incision line needs to be placed at least 1-2 cm away from the hairline in order to prevent any damage to the scalp’s blood supply.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

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