Many different types of facial feminization procedures exist to address different perceived flaws on different parts of the face. While forehead reduction surgery is not as common as some of the others, it can play an important role in making you appear more feminine. Here, you can learn more about this procedure and how it differs from various hair loss treatments and procedures your plastic surgeon might offer.
What is Forehead Reduction Surgery?
Forehead reduction surgery (also known as scalp advancement surgery) is a procedure in which your facial plastic surgeon will alter the location of your hairline in order to make your forehead appear smaller. This is ideal for many different people for unique reasons. For men, forehead reduction surgery can go a long way toward reducing the appearance of a receding hairline. For women, it can create a more feminine appearance by making the forehead (and therefore the face in general) appear smaller. If you are unhappy with the size or appearance of your forehead, reduction surgery could help.
Hair Grafting & Transplants
Hair grafting and transplants, on the other hand, are procedures that are designed to help thicken the hair by grafting or transplanting new follicles onto areas where hair is thinning. This is ideal for men and women who have symptoms attributed to male pattern baldness, and in some cases, it may also benefit those who have experienced permanent hair loss due to certain medications or treatments. Though this procedure can help provide patients with a thick, full head of hair as the transplanted or grafted hair grows, this surgery is not the first line of defense for a receding hairline. In that case, a scalp advancement is best since your surgeon can reposition your hairline with a completely natural-looking result.
The Difference in the Results
The recovery associated with hair transplants and grafts as well as forehead reduction is relatively quick. In both cases, patients must follow careful instructions for shampooing and brushing their hair until the incision or graft heals completely, but they can generally resume normal activity in a week or two. The real difference between the two procedures is the results.
With forehead reduction, the results are immediate and astounding. Some swelling and redness may be present for a time, but this quickly goes away and leaves a natural-looking hairline and a much smaller forehead. The results from hair grafts and transplants take much longer to become noticeable; when the hair is transplanted, it will take some time to grow and fill in any thin areas, which could take three months or more depending on the intended length of your hair.
Forehead reduction surgery, hair grafts, and hair transplant procedures all address one important issue among men and women – hair loss. However, while hair grafts and transplants work well for thinning areas anywhere on the head, forehead reduction surgery is only ideal for reducing the appearance of a receding hairline and making the forehead appear smaller. In some cases, it may benefit patients to consider both procedures for the best possible results.