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Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jerold Olson and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Katherine Orlick blend their skills for your optimal well-being and comfort.Meet Dr. Olson Meet Dr. Orlick
Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery
7418 North La Cholla Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85741
Phone: (520) 731-1110
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Men and women who feel self-conscious about having a high hairline or large forehead can benefit from hairline advancement surgery at our Tucson, AZ, practice. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jerold Olson performs the procedure, also called forehead reduction or hairline lowering, using techniques that preserve the hairline’s natural flow while creating cosmetically pleasing results.
The shape of a person’s face and the amount of space between the eyebrows and the hairline typically define if someone has an overly high forehead. For most people, the hairline starts about 5.5 to 6.5 centimeters above the eyebrows. People whose hairlines are higher than this—either because it’s receding or it’s a genetic trait—often try to style their hair to conceal their foreheads. Men with male pattern hair loss are good candidates for hair transplant surgery at our Tucson practice.
Forehead reduction surgery is an excellent option for women and men whose high hairlines aren’t related to hair loss and who can’t conceal their foreheads with bangs or other hairstyles. Forehead reduction is also often included in facial feminization procedures.
Other factors that Dr. Olson considers before performing hairline advancement surgery include the laxity (stretchiness) of a patient’s scalp, the density of the hair-bearing scalp, and if there is a family history of hair loss.
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Olson thoroughly understands the anatomy involved in hairline advancement surgery. He’s also a hair restoration specialist who understands hair loss patterns and can recommend the best approach to meet a patient’s desired outcome. Dr. Olson uses this expertise to examine the shape and structure of the entire face and create a detailed surgical plan designed to improve the overall harmony and balance of a patient’s appearance.
Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Olson carefully marks the spot of the patient’s new hairline. He then makes an incision that follows the flow of the natural hairline just behind the first few hairs of the hairline. When the hair eventually grows back, it will camouflage the appearance of the scar.
Dr. Olson then loosens the hair-bearing scalp tissues and moves the skin forward, removing any excess skin. Forehead advancement surgery typically takes 2 hours and is performed in an ambulatory surgical center where you are made comfortable.
Once Dr. Olson repositions the hairline, he sutures the incision and covers it with a surgical dressing to prevent bleeding.
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In some cases, Dr. Olson may recommend combining the forehead reduction procedure with a brow lift, which also shortens the distance between the eyebrows and the hairline. He uses a limited scar technique that creates natural-looking results, avoiding the “surprised” appearance that can result from other techniques.
The time it takes to recover varies from patient to patient, but most people take a week off work to let the swelling and bruising resolve. You can expect to experience some numbness along the forehead and scalp, but this is temporary and you should notice feeling restored after a few weeks.
Even though most patients don’t experience much discomfort during the recovery, it’s still important to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 10 days following the procedure. Dr. Olson provides all patients with detailed post-op instructions to help ensure the recovery period goes as smoothly as possible.
If you’re looking in the Tucson area for a hairline advancement specialist and want to discuss the procedure with Dr. Olson, you can request a consultation using the online form or call our practice at (520) 731-1110 to schedule an appointment.