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Female Hairline Lowering at Hessler Plastic Surgery

Dr. Jill Hessler offers female hairline lowering to achieve a softer, more feminine appearance for these patients.

How female hairline lowering works

Female hairline lowering involves creating an incision at the front of the hairline and moving this area forward to create a lower hairline starting point. The best surgical approach for your specific needs will depend on multiple factors, including the pattern of baldness, the location and amount of your existing hair, and your personal aesthetic preferences.

Female hairline lowering procedure details

Female hairline lowering typically takes between 2 and 3 hours, and is typically performed under twilight anesthesia and a local anesthetic. The procedure will start with Dr. Hessler marking where the new hairline will be. The exact amount of inches that the new hairline can move down to will be determined by how loose a patient’s scalp is. The amount of skin between the current hairline and the “goal” hairline will be surgically excised, and the hair-bearing scalp will be moved forward to the new hairline. The scalp is secured to its new position with bone anchors. The incisions will then be closed. 

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What will the scars be like?

Dr. Hessler will minimize the visibility of the incisions as much as possible. They can be placed slightly behind the new hairline, where they will be hidden with hair. In addition, the pattern of the incisions is designed to help them be easily camouflaged. 


Patients can typically return to work or school a few days after a hairline lowering procedure. Common side effects include numbness at the hairline, swelling at the forehead and scalp, and mild bruising around the eye area. The numbness can last up to a couple months, but the swelling will subside within two weeks.

The sutures will be removed in one week, during your follow-up appointment. Patients should avoid washing their hair for two days after the hairline lowering surgery. Strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or exercise should be avoided for two weeks.


Your new hairline will look completely natural 3 to 6 months after the procedure. Patients should be aware that sometimes a condition called shock alopecia can occur, in which the entire scalp thins temporarily. This can last a few months.

Is female hairline lowering right for you?

If your hairline bothers you, hairline lowering may be the ideal procedure for you. The best candidates for this procedure are those who:

  • Have a naturally high hairline or large forehead
  • Have a scalp that is loose enough for the procedure
  • Have thick hair
  • Have no personal or genetic history of hair loss

Hessler Plastic Surgery: Center for Hair Restoration

To learn more about female hairline lowering or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hessler, contact the Center for Hair Restoration at Hessler Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Jill Hessler is an award-winning, double board-certified plastic surgeon who is a locally and nationally recognized leader in her field. She is dedicated and passionate about achieving the absolute best results for her patients.

When you choose to work with Dr. Hessler, you are in excellent hands. To schedule a consultation about hairline lowering, contact us today.

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