Hair Advancement (Forehead Reduction Surgery)

Men and women who feel self-conscious about having a high hairline or large forehead can benefit from hairline advancement surgery at our Tucson, AZ, practice. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jerold Olson performs the procedure, also called forehead reduction or hairline lowering, using techniques that preserve the hairline’s natural flow while creating cosmetically pleasing results.

Hairline Advancement
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Hairline Advancement Case 152 Before & After Right Oblique | Tucson, AZ | Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery
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Motivated by a desire for a natural-looking adjustment to her hairline, a 26-year-old patient chose Hairline Advancement in Tucson at Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery. With the aim to reduce her larger forehead that had often made her self-conscious, the patient trusted her appearance to Dr. Jerold Olson, a board-certified facial plastic surg... Read More
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The 40-year-old patient consulted with Dr. Jerold Olson, expressing unhappiness with her large forehead and inquiring about possibilities for a hairline advancement in Tucson. The patient had considered hairline advancement, an elective medical procedure designed to reduce the size of the forehead and create a more proportionate facial appear... Read More
Hairline Advancement Case 171 Before & After Front | Tucson, AZ | Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery
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The above patient, a dynamic 29-year-old woman, sought out a Hairline Advancement in Tucson in an effort to reduce the size of her forehead. This desire, rooted in personal aesthetics and increased self-confidence, led her to Dr. Jerold Olson of Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery. This particular technique, also known as hairline advancement, i... Read More
Hairline Advancement Case 133 Before & After View #1 | Tucson, AZ | Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery
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The patient, a 35-year-old woman, was interested in reducing the appearance of her high forehead. Her quest for suitable hairline advancement procedures led her to discover Dr. Jerold Olson's practice in Tucson. The presentation of a positive transformation in self-image was an appealing factor for her. After consulting with him, they decided... Read More
Facelift Case 143 Before & After Front | Tucson, AZ | Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery
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The desire to enhance one's appearance and age gracefully was at the forefront for this 55-year-old patient, a longtime user of specialized ZO skincare products. However, she still felt a facelift could provide the overall rejuvenation she sought. In her consultation with internationally recognized Dr. Jerold Olson of Foothills Facial Plastic... Read More
Hairline Advancement Case 145 Before & After Front | Tucson, AZ | Foothills Facial Plastic Surgery
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Seeking to minimize the prominence of her forehead, a 30-year-old woman approached renowned Tucson-based facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jerold Olson, for a Hairline Advancement consultation. The patient was conscious that the size of her forehead might appear more considerable with age, so she opted for a preemptive measure to address her concer... Read More
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Motivated by her desire to address her high forehead, a 20-year-old woman sought surgical advice for Hairline Advancement in Tucson. From an out-of-state location, she had a beneficial online consultation with Dr. Jerold Olson, a certified American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery physician. He advised a hairline advancement... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Who Gets Hairline Advancement Surgery?

The shape of a person’s face and the amount of space between the eyebrows and the hairline typically define if someone has an overly high forehead. For most people, the hairline starts about 5.5 to 6.5 centimeters above the eyebrows. People whose hairlines are higher than this—either because it’s receding or it’s a genetic trait—often try to style their hair to conceal their foreheads.

Hairline Lowering/Forehead Reduction Surgery vs. Hair Transplant Surgery

Men with male pattern hair loss are good candidates for hair transplant surgery at our Tucson practice. Hair transplant surgery works by harvesting hair follicles from an inconspicuous spot on the back or sides of the scalp and then transferring them to more visible areas to create youthful-looking, even coverage. Forehead reduction, meanwhile, lowers the hairline to create a better hairline-to-forehead ratio.

Forehead reduction surgery is an excellent option for women and men whose high hairlines aren’t related to hair loss and who can’t conceal their foreheads with bangs or other hairstyles. Forehead reduction is also often included in facial feminization procedures.

Other factors that Dr. Olson considers before performing hairline advancement surgery include the laxity (stretchiness) of a patient’s scalp, the density of the hair-bearing scalp, and whether there is a family history of hair loss.

Why Choose a Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist?

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Olson thoroughly understands the anatomy involved in hairline advancement surgery. He’s also a hair restoration specialist who understands hair loss patterns and can recommend the best approach to meet a patient’s desired outcome. Dr. Olson uses this expertise to examine the shape and structure of the entire face and create a detailed surgical plan designed to improve the overall harmony and balance of a patient’s appearance.

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Meet Your Surgeon

Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jerold Olson is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor® who specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. A leader in the field with advanced expertise in rhinoplasty, he delivers exceptional results with compassion and a commitment to helping you look and feel your best.

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How Is Hairline Advancement Surgery Performed?

Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Olson carefully marks the spot of the patient’s new hairline. He then makes an incision that follows the flow of the natural hairline just behind the first few hairs of the hairline. When the hair eventually grows back, it will camouflage the appearance of the scar.

Dr. Olson then loosens the hair-bearing scalp tissues and moves the skin forward, removing any excess skin. Forehead advancement surgery typically takes 2 hours and is performed in an ambulatory surgical center where you are made comfortable.
Once Dr. Olson repositions the hairline, he sutures the incision and covers it with a surgical dressing to prevent bleeding.

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Combining Hairline Advancement With a Brow Lift

In some cases, Dr. Olson may recommend combining the forehead reduction procedure with a brow lift, which also shortens the distance between the eyebrows and the hairline. He uses a limited scar technique that creates natural-looking results, avoiding the “surprised” appearance that can result from other techniques.

How Long Is Recovery After Hairline Advancement Surgery?

The time it takes to recover varies from patient to patient, but most people take a week off work to let the swelling and bruising resolve. You can expect to experience some numbness along the forehead and scalp, but this is temporary and you should notice feeling restored after a few weeks.

Even though most patients don’t experience much discomfort during the recovery, it’s still important to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 10 days following the procedure. Dr. Olson provides all patients with detailed post-op instructions to help ensure the recovery period goes as smoothly as possible.

If you’re looking in the Tucson area for a hairline advancement specialist and want to discuss the procedure with Dr. Olson, you can request a consultation using the online form or call our practice at (520) 200-2218 to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is forehead reduction surgery safe?

When performed by a skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon, forehead reduction surgery is generally considered safe. Any surgical procedure, however, involves some risk, such as infection, scarring, or adverse reactions to anesthesia. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery can maximize your safety and satisfaction with the procedure.

Will I have a noticeable scar following surgery?

In forehead reduction surgery, the incisions are typically made along the new hairline, which can help conceal scars. Over time, scars often become less noticeable. Scar management techniques, such as silicone scar sheets or gel, can further improve their appearance.

What’s the best age to get forehead reduction surgery?

The best age for forehead reduction surgery depends on individual factors, such as the extent of hairline recession, genetics, facial aging, and personal preferences. While there is no specific age limit, if a high or receding hairline is bothering you, we can discuss your candidacy and treatment options during a consultation.

How painful is hairline lowering surgery?

Forehead reduction surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, meaning that you will be asleep and comfortable during the procedure. However, it is common to have some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the days following the surgery. We will provide pain management options to help you alleviate any postoperative discomfort.