How Much Does Forehead Reduction Surgery Cost?
Hairline lowering, known as a forehead reduction, is designed for those who have a forehead that looks out of proportion. This surgical procedure will bring the scalp and hair lower onto the forehead.
How much is it?
- Forehead reduction surgery often has to be performed in two different stages, meaning that you may have to go through it twice, but not all doctors abide by this rule. Depending on the number of stages that you have to go through, plan on spending anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000 for a two-stage surgery.
- One-stage procedures can cost $5,000 to $9,000.
- Since forehead reduction surgery is deemed a cosmetic procedure, health insurance providers generally will not cover this. While it does not hurt to call to make sure, 99% of the providers out there will more than likely deny the claim unless it is deemed medically necessary. This usually only happens in the case of disfigurement due to a birth defect, car accident, etc.
- On the website MySurgeryMD.com, the writers claim that the procedure can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $14,000 for a two-stage procedure and $7,000 for a one-stage procedure.
- Eppley Plastic Surgery Center, located in Indianapolis, stated that the surgery can cost anywhere from $5,500 to $6,500.
What is going to be included?
- There are a few common approaches that doctors use to get rid of a larger forehead. One of these ways is to remove a part of the forehead skin. By removing this skin, the surgeon is able to bring the hairline down. Many people who have this procedure done worry about whether their hair will grow back in that area due to the scar left by the surgery. Over time, however, the hair can grow back and make the scar almost invisible. in the rare cases that the hair does not grow back, there are hair transplant or re-growth options from which you can choose.
- Another common procedure can include grafting the hair in the front of the hairline. By doing this, it is going to give the appearance of a smaller hairline. To learn more about this particular procedure, see: How much does a hair transplant cost?
- The pain with this procedure should not last any longer than two to three days.
- DrAharonov.com has a very detailed step-by-step procedure along with pictures that show how everything works.
What are the extra costs?
- Some doctor offices will include the general anesthesia fees, while others may not. If they do not include this in the quoted price, plan on spending an additional $400 to $1,000 for a certified anesthesiologist.
- If hair grafts are recommended after the procedure, multiple sessions will be required. On average, a graft will cost $2 to $5 per graft. The average transplant could use more than 750 to 1,500 grafts.
- There will most likely be follow up appointments necessary to ensure that everything is healing correctly and completely.
- You may be prescribed medication to help ease the pain and discomfort from the surgery. You might also be given an antibiotic to prevent infection. These will need to be paid for separately. There is a chance that your insurance’s prescription coverage will include this since it is prescribed by a medical doctor, but you will need to check with your specific policy.
Tips to know:
- Great candidates for this procedure will include both women and men would have either a high hairline or a larger forehead compared to the average person.
- The average forehead reduction surgery can lower a hairline by more than one to two inches.
- This procedure is known to be relatively safe and does not have too many side effects. There are some, however, of which you should be aware such as infections, fluid accumulation, and slight bleeding. Less than 0.5% see any noticeable infections.
Question to ask the surgeon:
- Am I able to see some before and after pictures from patients in the past?
- What should I expect after the surgery? What is the typical recovery time?
- What are the overall costs in your clinic?
- How many procedures have you done in the past year?
How can I save money?
- Most certified plastic surgeons are able to perform this procedure. To get a better idea what they can do for you, be sure to contact a few clinics over the phone to get more information. Most clinics are more than happy to give a free quote in person, along with a free consultation.
- If you cannot afford the procedure up front, most clinics can offer some sort of a financing similar to a credit card.
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