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Is it possible for a male to lower a high forehead with hair transplant surgery? What’s the success rate and is it okay to do it at the age of 24?
If your present hairline height was truly high, in the neighborhood of 9cm above a line across the top of your eyebrows, then there is an awful lot of forehead showing and I would certainly be willing to do some transplanting to make the height at which the face is framed a little lower. But, usually when a fellow your age comes in wanting a hairline lower, it is presently at a height that is probably appropriate for the future when you are 40, 50 or 60 yrs of age. The temptation is great at your age to want the hair restored exactly the way it is in your non-receding peer group members. So I would have to say that nine out of ten times, I would refuse to transplant someone 24 yrs old making that request. My guess is that your hairline is probably 6-7cm above the eyebrows and that you would like it at around 5cm (just a guess).
The other problem with your situation is that you probably have dense hair behind wherever your hairline is now and, for it to look good, the transplanting out front of the hairline has to be dense so it matches the hair behind it. Let’s say that you are destined to bald behind your receding hairline someday into a stage VI on the Norwood Scale. Later on there may not be enough donor hair to continue the density that was started in the front and it could look unnatural and unbalanced because of that. Also, extreme dense packing now in a small area out front may consume a lot of your valuable donor hair, leaving inadequate amounts later to address future hair loss.
My personal philosophy is to help young men over 23 frame their face in the front center area if it is really thinning out and rising. In other words, help them frame their face. Beyond that, I think the hair restoration surgeon is taking big risks if he or she fills in the side temples and other peripheral projects that often go with filling in the hairline.
Dr. Michael Beehner