Lowering a Hairline

Fri 26 Jan 2007

Hello I was thinking about whether it was possible to have hair replaced in my hairline without seeing scarring. My hairline goes back a bit and makes me feel paranoid. How much would it cost? Thank you, Debbie.

Debbie, It is certainly possible to re-establish a lower hairline with hair transplantation or surgery. Especially for women it is critical to achieve a high density of hair in the hairline since it is not natural for women to have a thinning look in the hairline. Thus if you do hair transplant surgery you will probally need at least two surgical sessions to establish the density and thickness in your new and lower hairline to make it look natural.

hairline reductionAn alternative is doing a “forehead reduction” surgery, as shown in the photo in this post. This forehead reduction surgery was performed by Dr. Sheldon Kabaker in Oakland California. For a larger view, click here. You can read more about such a forehead reduction surgery by visiting our forum topic Optimal density in the hairline in only 2 hours.

Best wishes for achieving the hairline you want.

Pat – Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog. To share ideas with other hair loss sufferers visit our Hair Restoration Discussion Forum.

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49 Comments so far:

  1. Katie says:


    I desperately want to lower my hairline and reduce my high forehead. I have seen Dr. Sheldon S. Kabaker offers this surgery. However, I am from the United Kingdom. Therefore, can you recommended anywhere in Britain that offers this procedure?



  2. Tave says:


    I would like to have the forehead reduction surgery performed by Dr. Sheldon S. Kabaker but was wondering if the fact that I live in Canada might prevent my chances of scheduling an appointment and procedure?
    I appreciate your time.
    Thank you, Tave

  3. George says:


    I’m a 21 year old male and am desperate to reduce the size of my forehead. It makes me so paranoid and I’m sick of having to always wear hats. Can anyone recommend a Doctor within the UK who can perform a lowering of the hairline?

  4. George,

    Have you considered the Farjo clinic in the UK? They’re highly esteemed Coalition members and doing consistent solid work. You can find their Coalition profiles by going to http://www.hairlosslearningcenter.org and clicking on the “Coalition” logo.

    All the Best,

    Bill Seemiller
    Associate Publisher/Editor

  5. The hairline lowering operation is not a hair transplant. It is a type of scalp reduction, as has been pointed out, that has stood the test of time. It is best performed on females who have no ongoing hair loss. Some males who have had transplants or will commit themselves to having them later might be considered only after extensive counseling. In general I discourage men from having this operation.If they are having male pattern loss follicular unit grafting should be considered first. Also women with female or male pattern loss should be similarly discouraged.

    It is fabulous procedure for those women who are self conscious of a high ,masculine hairline, who have always had this condition , who have a familial tenecy for this and have adequate laxity of the forehead and scalp. The procedure does not preclude someone from having follicular unit grafting at a later date.

  6. Zara says:

    Hello, is there any precudure for foreheads to be smaller. I’m 15 years old and hate everything about how I look, I want my forehead to be smaller and how old do you have to be for surgery?

  7. Zara,

    In my opinion, forehead reduction surgery is a viable solution for many women with naturally large foreheads and higher hairlines. Recommended hair transplant surgeon Dr. Kabaker is one of the world’s leading experts in performing this procedure with minimal risks and high rates of success.

    The best part about this procedure is that women can achieve the desired result in a fraction of the time as hairline reconstruction via hair transplant surgery. The major disadvantage of this procedure however, is that it’s highly invasive and requires more time to properly heal.

    In men, the procedure is a lot riskier, especially since unlike hair hairline reconstruction via hair transplantation, no DHT safe hair has been moved to the hairline with forehead reduction surgery. Thus, in the event a patient later experiences male pattern baldness, hairline recession could destroy the cosmetic result of the forehead reduction procedure.

    Another alternative is state of the art hair transplant surgery. However, it may take several procedures and will take much longer to achieve the results you want. It’s also much more expensive.

    That said, I imagine that no physician will perform this kind of procedure on you until you are at least 18 years of age. But since it concerns you, I suggest speaking with your parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) about your concerns and if they are willing, you can all consult with Dr. Kabaker together.

    For more information on how the forehead reduction procedure works, its advantages, and disadvantages, visit “Hairline Lowering Procedures in Women with High Foreheads“.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Seemiller
    Managing Publisher of this community

  8. haylet says:

    Hey, I am 22. I hate my high forehead!

    I was wondering if this procedure is available anywhere in Ireland?

    I am willing to travel if not!

  9. Haylet,

    I’m not familiar with any physicians in Ireland who perform this procedure. However, you may want to consult with Dr. Kabaker who specializes in this hairline lowering procedure.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Seemiller
    Managing Publisher of this Community

  10. arian says:

    hi i have a high forehead hairline and am very anxous to lowering my hairline i will travel anywhere so please reply back to this msg


    this is my hotmail pleas reply so i can send u pics and you can tell me what is needed and the estamite please reply as soon as possible thank you

  11. arian,

    I recommend reading the advice supplied above and contact Dr. Shelly Kabaker. Understand that this particular hairline lowering procedure is typically for women rather than men. Men wanting to lower their hairline need to be more cautious due to the increased possibility of male patter baldness.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Seemiller
    Managing Publisher of this Community

  12. maaria says:

    am 15 years of age and live in the uk i hateee my big forehead is they any chance i can have a my hairline lowered if yes how much would it cost

  13. Maaria,

    At your age, I don’t think you’d be a candidate for the hairline lowering procedure. I’d consider waiting until your at least 18. However, you could always talk to your parent(s)/guardian(s) about consulting with Dr. Kabaker to discuss the procedure and its costs.

    For more information about the hairline lowering procedure works, its advantages, risks and costs, visit “Hairline Lowering Procedures for Women with High Foreheads

    Best wishes,

    Bill Seemiller
    Managing Publisher of this Community


  14. alicia says:

    Hey, I am 24. I hate my high forehead!

    I was wondering if this procedure is available anywhere in Norway?

    I am more than willing to travel if not

  15. Alicia,

    Whereas this procedure may be performed in Norway, I’m not familiar with any physicians who perform it there. You may want to consult with Dr. Kabaker and ask his opinion on quality physicians performing this procedure closer to you.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Seemiller
    Managing Publisher of this Community

  16. PN says:


    I’d to lower my hairline and reduce my high forehead. I am from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Can you recommended anywhere in Vancouver that offers this procedure?



  17. PN,

    Coalition members Drs. Hasson and Wong are performing state of the art ultra refined hair transplantation in Vancouver however, as far as I know, they do not specifically perform the hairline lowering procedure as described above. If you are considering this procedure, I’d at least consider consulting with Dr. Shelly Kabaker who is a leading expert regularly performing this procedure.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Seemiller
    Managing Publisher of this Community

  18. Mohamed says:

    Hello. I am a 18 year old (male) with a very big forehead. I was just wondering if I would met the age requirement. I know there are some risks involved. I don’t particularly mind going bold around 35ish (I heard it’s around those times I may start to lose hair generally). I was also wondering what are the risks? Does this surgery/procedure mean high chance of baldness at 20 or later in life? Any average age that a person starts balding?

    PS, is this surgery/procedure offered in the UK or would I have to travel?

  19. Hi Mohamed,

    Although the hairline lowering or forehead reduction procedure can be carried out on a male the same way it can on a female, it’s usually not recommended. The reason why is because a significant percentage of men (somewhere around 50%) experience hair loss at some point in their life. If you were to go bald, the look achieved with the hairline lowering procedure would become unnatural, and a scar would likely be visible in the front of your head. Since you said you could go bald in your mid-thirties, this could be a problem.

    Technically, you could use hair transplantation to lower your hairline, but you begin to face the same problems with future balding. Although the transplanted hair would remain at the lower position in your scalp, the rest of your hair would thin or recede and leave an unnatural gap between your lowered hairline and the rest of your hair.

    Furthermore, at your age, it’s nearly impossible to accurately predict your future hair loss, and hairline lowering in general would not be recommended. The risks and future implications are just high. There are certain instances where individuals completely keep their native hair or stick to a medication regimen and are able to slightly lower the hairline, but your case just presents quite a few future “unknowns.”

  20. Tiffany says:

    I have a very high forehead and i cant stand hiding it with my bangs and holding it in the wind so no one can see it. im 15 female, living in california. can i do the procedure at my age? and if so how much would it be? if i had a smaller forehead, it would change my confidence.

  21. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    It is not likely that a physician will perform this type of procedure on someone under the age of 18. However, if you are concerned about it, I suggest that you discuss your concerns with a parent or legal guardian. If they are willing to allow you to pursue surgery, it wouldn’t hurt to discuss your options with Dr. Kabaker.

    Best wishes,

    David (TakingThePlunge)

  22. Tiffany,

    You could definitely discuss the issue with a dermatologist or one of our recommended hair restoration physicians (http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors.asp, but I think you’re too young for surgery at this time. I think you should give your appearance more time to mature and wait before truly investigating hairline lowering.

    I hope this helps!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  23. Julia says:

    Iam interested about the Hairline Lowering.
    Do you know someone who is doing this procedure in France?
    Many Thanks

  24. Julia,

    I would review and consult with one of our recommended hair transplant surgeons in Europe(http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors-europe.asp) or France specifically (http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/surgeon-list.asp?StateAbr=FRA) and discuss the hair line lowering procedure with one (or several) of these excellent physicians.

    I hope this helps!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  25. fatima says:

    hi iam 19 years old i am so intersting to do hairline lowreing which i have got large forhead i just wandering if i can do it in u.k and also i want know the price that it cost.

  26. Britt says:


    My name is Britt and Im from Denmark in Europe. I have been looking for a surgeon for years, who can do this procedure (Im 34 and my forehead has been driving me more and more unhappy since the age of 15).
    So I was wondering, do you know any surgeons in Denmark or Europe who can do this as good as Dr. Shelly Kabaker?

    It’s probably my biggest wish to get this surgery done, just the thought of being able to comb my hair back in a ponytail and feel a whole lot less abnormal to look at is wonderful.

  27. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    Currently the only hair restoration clinic we recommend in the UK is the Farjo Clinic.


    While I’m uncertain if Dr. Farjo performs the hairline lowering procedure, I suggest contacting them for advice regarding your options.

    David (TakingThePlunge)

  28. David (TakingThePlunge) says:


    There are very few doctors that I am aware of that perform this procedure. To my knowledge, none of our recommended hair restoration physicians in Europe offer the hairline lowering procedure. However, they may be able to recommend someone. I suggest contacting one of the quality hair restoration clinics in Europe listed here and requesting information.


    You may also consider traveling to the USA to visit Dr. Kabaker. The exchange rate would work very well in your favor.

    Best of luck!
    David (TakingThePlunge)

  29. Angie says:

    i live in new york and i was wondering the costs and loan programs you have because i am interested in getting a forehead reduction surgery. i want the hairline lowered for the longest. please right back asap

  30. Angie,

    While the hair transplant network and/or hair loss Q & A blog do not offer any sort of loan program or set hair transplantation costs, we do recommend some excellent hair restoration surgeons in New York. These specific physicians and clinics would be able to give you more information regarding hairline lowering, how much the procedure would cost, and what type of payment plans they have available. I hope this helps!

    Hair transplant surgeons in New York: http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/surgeon-list.asp?StateAbr=NY

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  31. maria says:

    Hi i am 21 years old and i would like to lower my high forehead. Is there any clinic around Massachusetts, US? and also how much will it cost for hair restoration surgery or hair reduction surgery.

  32. Maria,

    Why don’t you take a look at our list of recommended hair restoration physicians: http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors.asp . We recommend an impressive group of doctors on the East coast, and each should be able to analyze your situation and recommend an appropriate ‘next step.’

    As far as cost is concerned, this is going to depend on the type of procedure (an actual forehead reduction/hairline lowering or hair transplantation – most likely the most efficient option) and, more importantly, the policies of the clinic you choose. Good luck!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  33. Ernie says:

    hi im 18 (male) and have a problem with my forehead line and was really interested in what i saw in the site. can u reply to my email so i can send u pics and you can tell me if this is right for me. thanx

  34. David (TakingThePlunge) says:


    For a male your age, it is not advisable to pursue surgical hair restoration of any kind. There are many factors to consider, including taking into consideration any future hair loss you may experience.

    If you were born with a naturally high hairline and have no family history of male pattern balding then you may be a candidate for the hairline lowering procedure. However, for most men, hair transplant surgery is the best option.

    If you are experiencing hair loss, I recommend consulting with a dermatologist. You may benefit from using Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride). The earlier you start this regimen, the better the results you can expect. Later, when you are older and your hair loss pattern has defined itself, you may be a candidate for surgery.

    David (TakingThePlunge)

  35. TeeRod says:

    Hey there!

    Im from australia, is there any surgeons that do thus operation in australia? I hate my forehead!!! It ruins my whole face!! And i hate it!!


  36. Hi TeeRod,

    While we don’t currently recommend any hair restoration physicians in Australia, we do endorse a set of excellent hair transplant surgeons from various locales around the globe. I suggest reviewing these surgeons and considering a consultation (either online or over the phone). Good luck! Recommended hair transplant surgeons: http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors.asp

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  37. Jax says:

    I was seriously looking into this 2 years ago. I would love to have this done but with the cost of the surgery coud not afford to travel to america to get it done. I have seen a girl write on one of these sites that she had forehead reduction surgery done in uk england, would someone be able to tell me where as I have searched online and can’t find anywhere.


  38. David (TakingThePlunge) says:


    I suggest contacting Dr. Kabaker in California for his recommendation. He is an expert in the procedure and may know of a skilled surgeon practicing forehead reduction in the UK.

    Additionally, Dr. Farjo of the Farjo Clinic in London and Manchester may also be able to direct you to a quality surgeon in the UK.

    Remember, when considering this or any other surgery, having the procedure done correctly far outweighs the cost and inconvenience of air travel.

    Good luck!
    David (TakingThePlunge)

  39. Jo says:

    Hello, I am a 22 year old female and have been depressed about my high forehead since I can remember. It literally holds me back from a lot of things in my life. I live in Newfoundland, Canada and I don’t believe there is anyone here who performs this procedure. I am wondering if you could tell me about anywhere else in Canada that might (close to Newfoundland/east preferably). Thank you.

  40. Hi Jo,

    Essentially, there are two ways to effectively lower a hairline or mask a ‘high forehead:’

    1. To undergo a hairline lowering procedure like the one described in the above post called a forehead reduction.

    2. Is to undergo a hair transplant procedure where the hairline is lowered to a more aesthetically pleasing level by removing hair grafts from the back of your scalp and implanting them in front of your scalp to lower the hairline region.

    Dr. Sheldon Kabaker (http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/doctors.asp?DrID=138#page=page-1) in California is the surgeon I would recommend if you’re interested in forehead reduction, but, because he’s further away, if you’re interested in hair transplantation, we recommend quite a few excellent surgeons in Canada:


    Good luck!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  41. josephine says:

    hi doctor i have a protruding forhead and would like to get it contoured. i would like to have the bone that sticks out shaven down. is there any wehre u could recommend in london where i could have this done. i have done a hair transplant already and still not content woth results.

    please help

  42. Josephine,

    Since this type of procedure would be more of a plastic/reconstruction case, I’m not sure where to refer you (unless you were interested in another hair transplant procedure, which may help: http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors.asp).

    You may want to consider obtaining a plastic surgery referral from your primary physician. Good luck!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  43. hippy chick says:


    I’m 24 and always had issues with my big forehead. Would there be a posibility to get it done either in Ottawa, Canada or Montreal, Canada? If yes, at what cost?

    Please advise

  44. Hippy Chick,

    While I’m uncertain whether or not there are any surgeons performing the hairline lowering procedure in Canada, we do recommend excellent hair transplant surgeons in various regions of Canada who may be able to recommend someone or effectively lower your hairline through follicular unit transplantation: http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors-NorthUS.asp

    Additionally, you may want to consider contacting Dr. Kabaker regarding a recommendation, consultation, or information about general pricing: http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/doctors.asp?DrID=138#page=page-1

    Good luck!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  45. John says:


    I am 18 male and have read about the forehead reduction and hair transplant procedures. I wud like to lower my hairline and will not mind either procedure. The males in my family have good history with very little cases of balding. I would like to know if you know of any good places to get this procedure done in Australia, and if not, which overseas places u recommend? Also would it be okay to shave my head after teh procedure is done and i have recovered?

  46. John,

    Because of your age, it’s essentially impossible to tell how hair loss could affect your native hair at this point. Additionally, it’s likely that for a male patient, lowering a hairline via hair transplant surgery is a better option.

    Feel free to review our recommended hair transplant surgeons (http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors.asp) for more information.

    I hope this helps!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  47. Rosalie says:

    I’m 13 with a VERY high hairline. I’m absoulutley desperate to lower it. I’ve tried bangs and nothing works for me. Is there any way at my age I can get this done? And would it make me have hair loss? Also who would you recommend in West Virginia?


  48. Rosalie,

    At your age, you’re far too young for any sort of hair restoration procedure. Frankly, you still have plenty of time for your facial shape and hairline to change, and you need to wait before investigating surgery.

    I hope this helps!

    Blake (Future_Ht_Doc)

  49. Yimari says:

    Hey I’m just wondering how old do u have to be to get A hairline lowering
    I’m 17 going on 18 on January

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