Forehead reduction surgery or hairline lowering surgery can be used to reduce an excessively
high hairline or large forehead in both men and women. The forehead reduction procedure can be
performed at the same time as a Forehead Lift (Browplasty), or alone.
In this procedure, an incision is made at the hairline. A portion of the scalp that does not contain hair
can then be removed which results in making the hairline appear lower. The hair follicles near the
incision will eventually grow through it and hide the scar.
The procedure usually takes about 2 hours to perform.
Care after surgery:
After the forehead reduction procedure, there will be some bruising and swelling. Ice compresses can
be used to control the swelling. Your forehead will be loosely wrapped overnight, which further helps
to minimize swelling. A drain might be used to help get rid of the fluids and that can collect in the
tissues. The individual might also experience numbness and slight pain, both of which will eventually
subside and can be controlled with medications. You will be able to shower and shampoo your hair
within two days, or as soon as the bandage is removed
Individuals vary on their recovery time. Many patients are healed enough to go back to work after a
week. After one week, your sutures will be removed. Most patients return to work in 7-10 days after
their hairline lowering surgery, but some patients return to work even sooner. Most of the visible signs
of surgery should fade completely within about three weeks. There may be some shedding of the hair
in the front of the scalp within 2-4 weeks after surgery. The hair will come back after several months.
Dr. Tanongsak suggests that patients apply 5% Minoxidil to the front of the scalp starting 2-6 weeks
before surgery and resuming it for 3 months after surgery.
We guarantee quality service and satisfying results of the operation but in cases of surgical
corrections, patient can assure a free of charge for revision. Please see before and after photos of Dr.
Tanongsak patients in the Photo Gallery (photographs showed are with patient’s consent).
Risks and complications:
Some risks associated with forehead reduction are fluid accumulation, scarring, hair loss at the
incision site, and infection. Any hair loss should grow back within a couple of months, however, and
antibiotics are generally prescribed to help thwart infections. Unsightly scarring is usually covered by
the new hair growth. However, in some cases the individual can opt to have an additional hair graft
done in order to cover up the scars.
Types of anesthesia use:
The procedure usually uses General anesthesia
The forehead reduction surgery procedure may be performed in the cosmetic surgeon’s office-based
facility, an outpatient surgery center, or at a hospital. This procedure is usually done on an outpatient
Preparation prior to Surgery
Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all
medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory
tests will be performed during consultation.
Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with
circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout
your recovery period.
Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and
supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery.
Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase
Surgical fees are fully paid prior to your surgery. Costs may vary and depend upon the complexity of
the operation, where the surgery takes place and what anesthetic agent is administered. The payment
can be in the form of US dollars, Euro, Japanese Yen, Singapore Dollars, and Australian Dollars. We
also accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard) for your convenience but we usually charge additional 5%
Booking and reservation:
Booking will be confirmed as soon as you deposit 10% of the total cost for major surgery and 200 US
Dollars for minor surgery. Please send us the copy of your wire transfer receipt. Please inform us your
flight itinerary one week prior to the surgery.
Appointment with the surgeon:
Consultation will be scheduled upon request. We will arrange it once you have already booked
for the surgery.