Hair Grafting or Hairline Lowering Surgery, Which is a Better Option?

hair grafting or hairline lowering

Have you noticed over the years a larger forehead or receding hairline appearing on the front of the face? There are generally two procedures one can look for to improve the aesthetic of an overly high hairline: hair grafting (FUE) and surgical hairline lowering.

First, let’s talk about surgical hairline lowering.

‘Hairline lowering surgery is typically performed with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation, and involves making an incision along the hairline and advancing it, lowering it by as much as 1.5 inches or more in a single procedure, removing the excessively high forehead skin. The new hairline can be tailored to the patient’s preferences and is often wavy to mimic a natural hairline. The incisions are made in such a manner (trichophytic) so that hair regrows through and in front of the eventual hairline scar making it virtually undetectable.’

There are potential drawbacks to hairline lowering surgery however, and that is the risk, invasiveness and trauma associated with it. Especially for those seeking minor adjustments to their frontal hairline or temple region, a major surgery like hairline lowering can potentially cause further hair loss after the procedure. Other risks include swelling, bruising and bloody scarring. Hairline lowering surgery is generally better suited to more major aesthetic demands.

Now let’s talk about hair grafting or follicular unit extraction. With hair grafting, hair follicles are extracted methodically and meticulously by a micro-punch from one part of the scalp to another, resulting in an extremely fine and intricate procedure. By removing hair follicles one by one from the back of the scalp, where hair is generally the most durable, and then implanting them into the thinning or balding frontal region of the head, an FUE hair transplant can produce an aesthetically flawless and rejuvenated hairline, with no cutting of any kind.

Transplanted grafts can be placed in any area of baldness or thinning, creating natural density and coverage across the scalp. At Modena we tend to recommend hair grafting over hairline lowering because the former procedure can be more subtle, designed and natural looking.

So, for the final verdict, which is a better option? The answer is that it depends on what the client needs and wants. Hair grafting is better for smaller jobs and involves less surgical risk, while hairline lowering surgery can be helpful for those who are seeking large aesthetic manipulation.

Note of caution: At Modena Hair Institute, we understand that surgical procedures may not be for everyone, and it is paramount to feel confident and comfortable with not only the process, but the surgeon of your choice. Do bountiful research prior making any decisions. Here at Modena, Dr. Yazdan personally performs each hair transplant in his Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas clinics, utilizing a dedicated team throughout the entire process. He is involved in every aspect of the procedure in order to ensure the best possible hair restoration results and is committed to performing only one surgery per day in order to provide patients with the undivided attention they deserve.

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.