Social media is packed with plastic surgery trends and filler crazes. In this blog, we look at the most recent fad growing in popularity: forehead reduction surgery, also known as brow-reduction surgery or natural hairline lowering. Is it safe? Does it work? What does “working” even mean in this situation?
In a recent Allure article, digital creator Camilla Colbro posted a TikTok video documenting her forehead-reduction surgery, showing her journey through head bandages, a beanie to braided hair, and the noticeable red scar on her forehead. Her post garnered 44 million views, with nearly 500,000 followers watching her journey of recovery.
Forehead-reduction surgery has become more popular on social media. You might see impressive before-and-after comparisons and read stories of quick recoveries that are getting even more attention from people and plastic surgeons alike.
Jordan Hudson, 28, documented her hairline-lowering procedure on TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram. The pre-op and post-op footage she posted, as well as the daily updates she gave, caused many people to reach out to Hudson about her experience as they researched the procedure for themselves.
Some people get the procedure because they feel self-conscious about their foreheads. As cosmetic surgery becomes more common and people grow more comfortable taking charge of their autonomy, more people are opting to change things about themselves that they don’t like.
Colbro reiterates in one of her videos that individuals should not be influenced by others’ opinions when making decisions regarding their bodies or facial features. She says she underwent the procedure because she didn’t like her forehead, not because of someone else’s opinion.
But keep in mind: The edited, 30-second clips of the surgical procedure on TikTok make it seem deceptively easy. But in reality, it involves skin removal and scarring and requires some down time for healing. So read on to learn more about this increasingly popular procedure.
What Is Forehead Reduction?
Forehead-reduction surgery is a process that involves taking away a section of skin from the upper forehead, then pulling down the hairline. An incision is created along the frontal hairline, and the scalp slides toward the front. Following this, the overlapping forehead skin is eliminated, and when the incision has been stitched up, the result will be a lower hairline that is closer to your face and a smaller vertical height on your forehead.
Why Is the Forehead Reduction Gaining Popularity?
Forehead reduction has become increasingly popular because it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and furrows in the forehead and creates a more symmetrical hairline. Additionally, it can help those with thinning hair by shifting thicker hair strands to the front.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Forehead Reduction?
The ideal candidate for a forehead reduction is someone with a high forehead, thinning hair, or an asymmetrical hairline. It can also be beneficial for those who have deep wrinkles and furrows on their forehead. The procedure is typically done on individuals between the ages of 18 and 65.
Candidates for the forehead-reduction procedure must have reasonable expectations of the procedure going into it.
What to Expect With the Forehead-Reduction Procedure
Before any surgery, it is important to have a patient consultation. During this visit, your doctor will take a history of your medical conditions and perform a physical exam. The doctor may also do a psychological evaluation to ensure you are mentally prepared for the procedure. It is recommended that you bring someone with you during this visit, such as your spouse or another family member. This person can help ask questions and understand the answers given by the doctor.
The healing process from the forehead-reduction surgery can take up to two weeks, and you may experience some swelling, bruising, and numbness in the area. It is important to follow all post-operative instructions given by your doctor during this recovery time to ensure good results. We recommend that you limit physical activity and strenuous activity for a couple of weeks after surgery.
Can the Forehead-Reduction Surgery Be Combined with Other Procedures?
Yes, the forehead-reduction surgery can be combined with other procedures such as a brow-lift or upper-eyelid surgery. Combining these procedures can help to create a more balanced and youthful appearance. It is important to discuss all your options with Dr. Peterson during your consultation so that you can make an informed decision about which procedure is best for you.