Surgical Procedures


Champagne HairlineRefine®

Transform Your Forehead with Precision and Artistry


The Champagne HairlineRefine®, also known as hairline lowering surgery and forehead reduction, represents the pinnacle of such procedures. It offers a bespoke solution for those seeking to redefine their forehead with unmatched precision and aesthetic artistry.  Designed by renowned specialist Dr. Champagne, this signature technique is tailored to each individual’s unique facial structure, ensuring a natural, harmonious result that enhances overall facial symmetry.

By meticulously advancing the hairline, the Champagne HairlineRefine® not only addresses concerns of a high hairline or large forehead but also restores confidence through a surgical approach that prioritizes patient comfort and recovery. With a focus on seamless integration and  refinement, this pioneering procedure sets a new standard in facial contouring, promising a transformative experience with lasting beauty and confidence.

Revolutionizing Forehead Aesthetics

A disproportionately high hairline or large forehead can overshadow one’s balanced facial features, impacting self-esteem significantly. Individuals often adopt specific hairstyles to hide their high hairlines, avoiding styles like ponytails that expose the forehead. This condition can result from genetics, hair loss, or previous surgeries. Despite the challenges, many are unaware of a solution available to both women and men that effectively reduces forehead size and lowers the hairline.

Champagne HairlineRefine®, also known as hairline lowering surgery, forehead reduction or hairline advancement, offers a highly effective and efficient means to reduce the hairline’s height. Ideally, a hairline starts between 5 to 6.5 centimeters above the eyebrows; anything above this range can make the face look unbalanced.

Champagne HairlineRefine®: A Global Leader in Forehead Aesthetics

As a globally recognized expert in the Champagne HairlineRefine® procedure, Dr. Champagne has transformed the lives of patients worldwide. His contribution to the field includes co-authoring a chapter on this subject, driven by the profound impact and immediate satisfaction it brings to patients. The surgical planning for Champagne HairlineRefine® considers several factors including scalp laxity, hair thickness, and the natural direction of hair growth. The primary contraindication for this procedure is a previous coronal brow lift, due to its potential to compromise blood flow to the hairline. However, challenges like hair density or previous surgeries can often be addressed, sometimes incorporating hair transplantation to enhance results. Dr. Champagne’s expertise enables a successful Champagne HairlineRefine® result even for those with minimal scalp laxity, without always necessitating tissue expanders.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Champagne HairlineRefine®?

  • Women and men with a naturally high hairline or large forehead.
  • Individuals with good hair density without a history of significant hair loss.
  • Those looking to achieve a more balanced facial proportion and enhance facial symmetry.
  • Candidates with sufficient scalp laxity, which allows for the advancement of the hairline.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

A detailed consultation with Dr. Champagne is essential to assess scalp laxity and suitability for the procedure.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Champagne will review your medical history and conduct a physical examination. Be ready to discuss your medical conditions, medications, and any allergies.

Dr. Champagne will evaluate your forehead’s symmetry and balance, take photographs for your record, and discuss your aesthetic goals and expectations. This session includes viewing before and after photos of previous patients to provide a realistic outlook on the potential results.

Preparing for Champagne HairlineRefine®

Preoperative tests may be required based on your health status. Smokers are advised to quit prior to the procedure to enhance healing. Certain medications and supplements that increase bleeding risk should be avoided. Arrangements for transportation and postoperative care should be made in advance to ensure a smooth recovery.

Recovery Insights

Post-procedure, patients may experience minimal to moderate swelling and bruising, which typically subsides within the first few weeks. Temporary numbness around the hairline is common but gradually improves. Most patients can return to their routine activities within a few days, with sutures being removed after one week by Dr. Champagne. Strenuous activity should be avoided for 2 weeks post-procedure. 

Other Beneficial Procedures

Patients opting for Champagne HairlineRefine® may also consider additional procedures to enhance their results. Hair transplantation is a common adjunct that can add density to the hairline, particularly beneficial for those with thinning areas. Furthermore, a brow lift can be performed simultaneously with Champagne HairlineRefine® to elevate the eyebrows and achieve a more youthful appearance, if desired by the patient.

The following is a chapter written by Dr. Jason Champagne and published in the highly recognized and respected textbook series Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America.


Hairline lowering or advancement, also known as forehead reduction, is a procedure that has been adapted and honed from scalp reduction and flap techniques. This procedure is particularly suited for individuals, typically females, with a lifelong history of a high hairline and no familial or personal history of progressive hair loss. It effectively and efficiently lowers the congenitally high hairline, resulting in very high patient satisfaction. In cases of a very high hairline or minimal scalp laxity, a two-stage procedure may be required. A thorough understanding of the relevant anatomy, surgical limitations, and a detailed patient history and physical exam are crucial for achieving desirable outcomes.


  • The ideal patient for hairline advancement is a female with a congenitally high hairline and no personal or familial history of hair loss.
  • A trichophytic incision is key to scar camouflage.
  • Preservation of the occipital arteries is crucial.
  • The average scalp can be advanced up to 2.5 cm, especially if galeotomies are utilized.
  • A two-stage procedure with scalp expansion prior to advancement is required for those with minimal laxity or significantly high hairlines.


Hairline lowering or advancement as a standalone procedure has its origins in maneuvers utilized for scalp reductions and flaps. The procedure aims to correct the disproportion of the upper third of the face in a younger patient group without resorting to brow lifting. It addresses the self-consciousness associated with a high hairline or large forehead, offering efficient and effective reduction with immediately noticeable results. The procedure is most suitable for females with a congenitally high hairline and no history of progressive hair loss.


To optimize patient selection for hairline lowering procedures, comprehensive preoperative assessments are essential. This evaluation should meticulously examine scalp characteristics, focusing on scalp laxity, the direction of hair emergence, and identifying any frontotemporal recessions or points. These factors are critical not only in identifying appropriate candidates but also play a significant role in preoperative counseling, facilitating informed decision-making by patients. A key aspect of achieving desirable scar camouflage involves the direction of hair growth at the incision site. Ideally, hairs that grow forward through the anticipated scar area can significantly enhance scar concealment, a detail that will be elaborated upon later in this discussion.

Patients presenting with hairs exiting posteriorly, including those with cowlick patterns, are advised of the potential necessity for future follicular unit restoration—either through follicular unit transfer (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE)—to effectively conceal the scar and achieve the best aesthetic outcome. Similarly, for individuals looking to address pronounced temporal recessions or to lower the hairline in areas with acutely angled, downward-facing temporal hairs, FUT or FUE may be recommended.

The preoperative consultation also involves measuring the height of the hairline, starting from a standardized point at the glabella, located at the interbrow region level. An average female hairline typically ranges from 5 to 6.5 cm from this reference point; hairlines extending beyond this range are considered elevated and may contribute to facial imbalance, particularly in relation to the lower third of the face. Assessing scalp laxity is a critical next step, performed by selecting a point on the forehead just below the hairline. Using the fingertip, the examiner moves the scalp tissue upward as much as possible, setting the maximal upward displacement point as the baseline at the glabella. The same process is repeated in a downward direction, and the distance between the two points of maximal excursion is measured. Additionally, evaluating the ease of anterior and posterior movement of the hair-bearing scalp, along with the pinch test on forehead skin, helps estimate the potential for hairline lowering. Typically, a distance exceeding 2 cm suggests the feasibility of advancing the hairline by a similar measure in a single-stage procedure, which corresponds to a 25% reduction of the forehead for an individual with an 8 cm high hairline, for instance.

Potential risks and complications associated with hairline lowering include bleeding, infection, telogen effluvium (or “shock loss”), and scalp necrosis. Post-operative scar concerns such as widening, visibility following future hair loss, changes in pigmentation, and the potential need for hair grafting sessions or scar revisions for enhanced concealment are also discussed, though such issues are infrequent in the author’s practice. Patients are informed to expect a reduced sensation over the frontal scalp area, which typically persists for 6 to 12 months following the surgery.

Hairline Marking

The preoperative marking of the hairline is a meticulous process that outlines the new hairline’s position, ensuring it follows a natural, irregular pattern that blends seamlessly with the existing hair. This step is critical in planning the incision path to avoid damaging key vascular structures and to ensure the desired aesthetic outcome.

Surgical Technique

The procedure begins with precise hairline marking and is performed under local anesthesia supplemented with intravenous sedation. A trichophytic incision approach allows for hair growth through the scar, enhancing camouflage. The technique involves careful dissection and advancement of the scalp, with galeotomies employed as needed to achieve the desired advancement. The use of Endotines may facilitate tension distribution and minimize postoperative stretch-back, ensuring a stable and aesthetically pleasing result. Closure techniques prioritize minimizing tension and ensuring optimal alignment of hair follicles for natural-looking results. Hairline+Lowering+Facial+Plastic+Surgery+Beverly+Hills

FIGURE 1: Trichophytic Hairline Advancement

  • Side view of hairline incision design (upper left) and top view (lower left).
  • Hairline-scalp anatomy detailed through a step-by-step process showcasing the incision and advancement techniques.
  • Superiorly, the incision by the hairline is made beveling forward at an angle approximately 90˚ to the natural exit of surrounding hairs. Inferiorly, a similar incision is made over the forehead.
  • Non-hair-bearing forehead tissue, including skin, frontalis muscle, and galea, is fully excised to advance the scalp forward, allowing transected follicles along the hairline incision line to grow through the scar, enhancing camouflage.

The surgical approach includes only the first 2 to 3 hairs behind the transition point of fine hairs of the anterior hairline to more coarse and dense follicular units, allowing for slight hairline shape modifications. The procedure minimizes bleeding through tumescence and careful avoidance of the superficial temporal arteries, with dissection in the subgaleal plane. Scalp advancement uses a D’Assumpção clamp or similar device for measuring overlap, with galeotomies aiding in further advancement if necessary. Paramedian Endotines placed in the calvarium help relieve tension, distributing the scalp’s stretch and maintaining hairline density post-operation. The galea and skin closure emphasize meticulous beveling for optimal scar camouflage.


Postoperative management includes immediate application of long-acting local anesthesia for comfort and a pressure dressing, removed the next day to allow resumption of non-strenuous activities. Minimal edema and rare ecchymosis support the strong, layered closure technique, with potential brow lift procedures increasing periocular edema risks. Scalp insensitivity lasts 6 to 9 months, with Endotines dissolving before sensation returns, ensuring patient comfort and hypoesthesia resolution.


For cases requiring more than the average advancement due to minimal scalp laxity, a two-stage procedure with initial tissue expansion is recommended, allowing for gradual scalp stretching over weeks. This method accommodates significant advancements, with patients managing temporary scalp enlargement through various concealment strategies until the second stage of direct advancement is performed.


The single-stage hairline lowering technique, with diligent preoperative planning, achieves up to 2.5 cm of advancement for scalps with average laxity, delivering long-term, satisfactory outcomes. In cases of very lax scalps, advancements of up to 3.5 cm have been successfully achieved. The procedure, equating to an extensive FUT/FUE session in terms of morbidity, is highly efficient, moving an average of 3000 follicular units at once. The two-stage procedure, despite its longer duration and additional operation cost, remains a cost-effective solution for significant advancements, ensuring overall patient satisfaction with minimal morbidity.

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