Hairline Reduction


If different hairstyles, hats, or scarves don’t seem to make our forehead look smaller or less noticeable, it can be frustrating. A large and disproportionate forehead can cause the face to look unbalanced and even be the source of teasing or ridicule. In some cases, surgery is the best option for lowering the hairline and creating a more natural, proportional look.

Hairline reduction, sometimes hairline lowering or forehead reduction, is a procedure that brings the hairline down and reduces the vertical width of the forehead. It works by removing excess skin along the top of the forehead and hairline, then bringing the hairline down to a more natural position. Any incisions are hidden within the new hairline and are virtually undetectable.

Your Hairline Reduction Consultation with Dr. Gilpin

During a consultation, you’ll meet with our double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon and Nashville’s top hairline reduction expert. Dr. Gilpin has decades of experience in performing brow lifts and hairline reduction surgeries and can give you the best estimation of how hairline reduction can enhance your look and restore your confidence.

The best time to ask questions and voice concerns is during your consultation. Dr. Gilpin will help you choose the best options for your cosmetic goals and make an informed decision about your procedure. Our team will also guide you through the process and ensure you have everything you need to make the most of your hairline reduction results.

How Do I Know When I’m Ready for Hairline Reduction?

Hairline reduction is the best option for patients who are bothered by the appearance of their natural forehead because of its visible area. If you identify with the following, hairline reduction may be a great option for you:

  • You feel like your forehead is prominent, large, or glaring
  • You feel like your forehead draws attention from your other features
  • You have a “fivehead” or a large gap between your hairline and eyebrows
  • You have a full head of hair but still have the appearance of a receding hairline

There are important considerations for hairline reduction, which is why it’s important to consult an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Hairline reduction is not a hair restoration surgery – in fact, it’s not a good option for patients who have hair loss around the hairline because it can result in visible scarring. It’s also best for patients who have denser, thicker hair that can easily cover the incisions. Hairline reduction is often combined with surgical options like the endoscopic brow lift or facelift. Dr. Gilpin will work with you to create your personalized treatment plan during your consultation.


  • High hairline
  • Large or glaring forehead
  • Aesthetic imbalance


  • More balanced appearance
  • Smaller or more flattering forehead
  • Younger-looking hairline



Investing in your confidence is a big step, and your choice of facial plastic surgeon should reflect it. We offer a premier, luxury environment where you can focus on yourself.

With the help of our professional and knowledgeable team, you can begin your journey toward a more confident you. We’ll take every step to ensure you feel comfortable, pampered, and acknowledged. Begin your refined and cultivated experience here at Gilpin Facial Plastics & Aesthetics.

What Happens During Hairline Reduction?

Hairline reduction is a fairly quick and simple procedure when performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. It can be performed while comfortably awake at our accredited private surgical suite. To begin, Dr. Gilpin will create an incision within the hairline and remove a precise amount of skin. The hairline will then be pulled gently downward to join the skin and carefully sutured together. Once complete, you can return home.


Dr Gilpin and his staff are the absolute best and I had an incredible experience with them before, during and after my procedure. They are knowledgeable and caring and I am very grateful for my experience with them!

I cannot recommend Dr Gilpin highly enough. He is so extremely knowledgeable and considerate in making the patient comfortable with all decisions and during the procedure. The nurses go above and beyond to make one feel at ease all along the way. The staff is wonderful! The office is beautiful. My results are amazing! Most of all Dr Gilpin is a true kind and professional surgeon!

Everyone at Gilpin Facial is wonderful! From the front desk, to the nurses to Dr. Gilpin himself. I’ve switched everything involving my skin and face over to their practice and I couldn’t be happier with the results. You will always feel comfortable and they go above and beyond to make you happy. I can’t recommend this place enough!

Every experience with Gilpin Facial Plastics + Aesthetics is better than the last. From the gorgeous location and caring team of skin care professionals, to the meticulous procedures, I always feel so well taken care of.

The team at GFP makes sure I feel secure and confident in my skincare choices and leave me feeling more youthful after every appointment. I wouldn’t trust anyone but Dr. Gilpin, Meredith, and their team to answer my questions and take care of my aesthetics needs.

Hairline Reduction Results and Recovery

After your hairline reduction, it’s normal to experience some swelling, soreness, and bruising. Our team will send you home with detailed aftercare instructions including how to manage swelling and care for your incisions. It’s essential to keep your head elevated and avoid exercise or extensive activity. Most patients can return to work within a week but Dr. Gilpin will give you a personalized recommendation based on your job and activity level. For example, a more physical job will require more downtime than an office-based job.

You can expect swelling to mostly subside within 1-2 weeks. At this point, you’ll be able to see a noticeable improvement in the balance of your features, the appearance of your forehead, and the height of your hairline. Over the next several weeks, swelling will continue to go away and your incisions will begin to fade. Dr. Gilpin will check in to ensure your results will be long-lasting and continue to boost your confidence for the long term.

Schedule a Consultation

Hairline reduction is the best way to bring the forehead into better balance with the face. To meet with our team, contact Gilpin Facial Plastics & Aesthetics by calling our Nashville, TN office or filling out our online form.


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