Introduction to Hairline Lowering
Our hair can be a crowning feature, or it can be the cause of insecurities when it doesn’t frame the face the way we envision. Things such as genetics, hair loss, or even prior surgery can all be possible causes for a high hairline, and most people are unaware that there is a specialized surgical procedure for both men and women that effectively reduces the appearance of a large forehead. Hairline Lowering in Las Vegas from Christopher Costa, M.D. is a safe and effective way to improve your hairline and restore your confidence in your appearance.
What is Hairline Lowering?
A Hairline Lowering or Forehead Reduction surgery is a unique, cosmetic surgery designed to improve the appearance of a disproportionately large forehead. Occasionally, a two-stage procedure will be required for the individual with a very high hairline or minimal scalp laxity. Many factors play a role in surgical planning for hairline lowering including:
- Scalp laxity,
- hair thickness and density at the hairline,
- the direction of the natural exit of your hair
- and even previous surgery.
During the procedure, an incision is made from ear to ear across the top of the head to raise the brow. A portion of the scalp is removed and can raise the height of the hairline in the process.
Who are the best candidates for the hairline-lowering procedure?
If you are considering a Las Vegas Hairline Lowering surgery, these are some of the attributes that can make you an ideal candidate:
- Women with a naturally high hairline or large forehead who otherwise have thick hair and no personal or familial history of hair loss.
- Men with a high hairline or large forehead can also be good candidates for hairline-lowering surgery if they have a thick hairline and no personal or family history of hair loss.
- Good scalp laxity is important.
When you book a consultation with Dr. Costa, he will assess your individual case to determine if you are the right candidate for this type of surgery. He will never recommend a procedure that is not right or that you will not benefit from.
What are the benefits of Hairline Lowering?
The benefits of Hairline Lowering in Las Vegas for most patients typically include the following:
- Reduction in forehead surface area
- Lower hairline
- More dense hairline to frame the face
- Adjustment to facial symmetry
- Restoring self-confidence in your appearance
- The ability to wear hair pulled back without feeling self-conscious
- The appearance of a fuller head of hair starting at the hairline and forehead
What’s the First Step?
The first step on your road to a lower hairline that compliments your overall facial symmetry is to call Platinum Plastic Surgery for a consultation. Dr. Costa can conduct an in-person or virtual constitution with you. During the consultation session, Dr. Costa will assess your hairline, and your scalp laxity and assess how a hairline lowering in Las Vegas will benefit you. He may ask you for a background medical history as underlying health issues can impact your ability to get this procedure. Dr. Costa will also be able to give you a visual idea of what a hairline lowering surgery will look like on your scalp.
Before you arrive at our practice, Dr. Costa and his team may give you a set of pre-operative instructions to follow to prepare for surgery. This can include fasting for a certain period of time or avoiding certain medications such as blood thinners.
What to expect on the day of Hairline Lowering surgery
On the day of your procedure, Dr. Costa will walk you through the techniques he will be using, as discussed in your consultation. The first step will be to administer a type of anesthesia to numb the area. Depending on what is discussed during your consultation, this could be either local or general anesthesia, IV Sedation, or a combination.
Next, Dr. Costa will mark the hairline where the incision will be made, as designed in the consultation based on your approval. You will then be brought into the operating suite where you will be placed in the supine position with the head slightly elevated. Once the scalp is well anesthetized, the incision is made at the hairline. Individual hair grafts are taken from the back of the scalp and implanted to create a newly shaped and lower hairline. Finally, Dr Costa will suture the skin together to reduce the size of your forehead.
Once the surgery is complete, you will be given time to recover from the anesthesia in our waiting room, where our medical team will give you instructions on post-operative care and recovery. The surgery can take up to 2 hours altogether.
Hairline Lowering recovery
Before you leave, Dr. Costa may apply more anesthesia to keep you comfortable on your return home. It is recommended that you arrange transportation to and from your surgery, so you can relax after the surgery. A dressing or bandage will be placed on the surgical site to keep the sutures in place. You will need to avoid wearing restrictive head coverings and hats for up to a week following surgery so as not to disrupt the sutures as they begin to heal.
Due to the initial incision, the scalp will be quite sensitive for 6 to 9 months following surgery, and Dr. Costa will continue to monitor your progress and healing along the way.
Most patients can resume non-strenuous activities in the days following surgery. For any additional pain felt throughout the recovery period, Dr. Costa can give you advice on pain management and pain medication.
Why choose Platinum Plastic Surgery?
When you come to visit Dr. Costa at Platinum Plastic Surgery, you are choosing the best Las Vegas has to offer when it comes to your plastic surgery and cosmetic procedure needs. Dr. Costa specializes in providing cosmetic procedures of the face and body to individuals who are seeking to enhance their aesthetic appearance while also improving function and achieving a natural look. As a board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Dr. Costa serves the greater Las Vegas and Henderson areas, providing both surgical and nonsurgical solutions for patients who are looking for rejuvenation for the face and body.
Dr. Costa is one of the top-rated plastic surgeons in Las Vegas and has won numerous awards for Best of Las Vegas for his work in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and liposuction techniques. In addition, Dr. Costa has a special interest in East Asian cosmetic surgery from the many years he spent living in Hawaii. He has sought to learn the subtle differences between Asian cosmetic surgery versus Caucasian cosmetic surgery and, as a result, offers procedures specific to the needs and body types of Asian patients. Dr. Costa is passionate about providing the latest techniques and services to his clients, constantly staying at the forefront of research in the industry and incorporating innovative ways to create the best outcomes for his patients.
How much does Hairline Lowering cost in Las Vegas, NV?
The cost of Hairline Lowering in Las Vegas can vary depending on a number of factors:
- The time it takes to perform the surgery
- The amount of hair needed to be grafted for the new hairline
- Whether it will be a one or two-step procedure
- The length of the incision and sutures needed
Each of the factors will be assessed during your consultation, where Dr. Costa will be able to give you a more accurate price point for your surgery. We offer financing for all our patients to make this procedure affordable and accessible.
Schedule Your Consultation
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Costa, contact us today through our website for either a virtual or in-person consultation. We look forward to helping you meet your aesthetic goals with hairline lowering in Las Vegas.
Hairline Lowering FAQs
Is Hairline Lowering Painful?
With the application of anesthesia before surgery, you will not feel any pain during your hairline lowering procedure. Dr. Costa may give you an additional dose of anesthesia before you leave the hospital to ensure you are comfortable for your journey home. Once you are in the recovery phase post-surgery, you can expect to feel soreness at the surgical site. Dr. Costa will advise you on the best type of medication to manage the pain as you are healing. As you come back for your follow-up appointments, Dr. Costa will also monitor your pain to ensure it is within the normal range at every stage.
How many appointments will I need?
Most hairline lowering surgery patients can complete their procedure in one appointment, but there may be cases where it needs to be scheduled in two separate surgical appointments. Your consultation will determine which category you fit in. Throughout your recovery process, Dr. Costa will schedule a few follow-up appointments to monitor your healing and progress, and determine when your bandages can be removed, as well as your sutures.
How long until I see results?
After a few months, you’ll see hairs growing through the incision, and the incision itself should be well on its way to healing. Within six months, the incision will be fully healed and start to fade. In the meantime, most patients choose to style their hair over the scar to keep it hidden from view. Moreover, patients use headbands, hats, and scarves to conceal the incision.
Can I combine Hairline Lowering with other procedures?
Yes, you can! One of the most common and highly recommended procedures to combine with Hairline Lowering is a Rhinoplasty, Facelift, or Eyelid Surgery, but if you are interested in other procedures we offer at Platinum Plastic Surgery, discuss your options and wishes with Dr. Costa during your consultation. He will be able to advise you on what is possible and what to avoid. The final cost and time for your surgery will be adjusted accordingly if you choose a combination of procedures in one appointment.
What are the risks associated with Hairline Lowering?
With any type of surgery, there are some potential risks to discuss before booking an appointment. Hairline Lowering Surgery in Las Vegas typically leaves a scar along your hairline where the incision is sutured closed. The scar is usually easy to hide under your hair. Although complications with a hairline lowering surgery are rare, these are some of the possible side effects:
- Fluid accumulation
- Facial asymmetry
- Hair loss around the scar
- Loss of mobility and expression in the forehead
- A need for revision or secondary surgery.
Dr. Costa will talk through all the potential risks of your surgery during your consultation so you can make an informed decision.