Surgical Forehead Reduction in Washington DC


Surgical forehead shortening is a procedure designed to reduce the height of the forehead and to bring the hairline forward.  Dr. Rad commonly performs surgical forehead shortening with brow lift, frown line reduction, blepharoplasty and other facial rejuvenation procedures. It should be performed in an operating room under anesthesia. A very safe procedure, surgical forehead shortening offers permanent results and recovery is about one week. Dr. Rad often performs surgical forehead shortening with Brow Lift and Upper Blepharoplasty to give patients a brighter appearance to the eyes, a more alluring eyebrow shape, and overall better facial proportion.

Procedure Cost


The cost of surgical forehead shortening is $7,500 – $10,000 depending on the number of procedures performed simultaneously (i.e. forehead shortening, brow lift, frown line reduction, forehead line smoothing, etc.).  While total cost increases with multiple procedures, surgery is cost-effective when combined. Cost is a reflection of the skill and experience required to obtain excellent results. Under Dr. Rad’s care your experience is guaranteed to be the highest quality.  


 The eyebrow frames the eye and, if it droops, can give a fatigued appearance. Dr. Rad uses 3 techniques for mild, moderate or significant brow elevation, and he tailors the surgery to each patient’s needs.

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      *SHERBER+RAD cannot guarantee specific results. Individual results may vary.

      Surgical Forehead Shortening Q+A

      Dr. Rad first assesses your forehead, hairline and eyebrow anatomy. Together with Dr. Rad, you will determine the exact placement of your hairline in order to optimize brow, forehead aesthetics and overall facial proportion. Dr. Rad considers eyebrow and facial asymmetry at rest: while you are standing upright with your eyebrows relaxed Dr. Rad takes precise measurements and makes markings while double checking to ensure symmetry.  The incision is planned along the hairline, a “pre-trichial” approach, although some of the incision may traverse the hair-bearing scalp. The precise scar pattern is based on Dr. Rad’s thorough assessment of the ideal aesthetic appearance you’re seeking.  Dr. Rad carefully “bevels” the incision so that hair follicles are preserved and hair growth occurs through the scar thus camouflaging it.  Dr. Rad identifies important sensory nerves and protects them to prevent numbness, and he then dissects the posterior scalp to mobilize it forward. If the forehead skin requires smoothing and/or a brow lift is needed, then Dr. Rad elevates the forehead tissues, as well. Frown muscle (Corrugator supercilii) muscle weakening can be performed simultaneously. Then the artistic aspect of the surgery involves advancing the scalp forward, elevating the brows and smoothing the forehead skin to the perfect position. Dr. Rad makes meticulous adjustments measured in millimeters and, since gravity influences brow position, he checks your brow and forehead symmetry multiple times while you’re upright.  Dr. Rad then closes the incision precisely with fine suture.

      Surgical forehead shortening is very safe. The most common complications that can occur are slight asymmetries, visible scar and numbness. Dr. Rad is extremely meticulous in surgery and the chance of these problems occurring is extremely low. Patients who have had suboptimal results from other surgeons often seek Dr. Rad’s experience for corrective work. 

      What Patients Are Saying

      We consulted with three plastic surgeons before choosing Dr. Rad for my 17 year old son’s rhinoplasty and chin implant in March 2017. From the first meeting, we felt confident that Dr. Rad is a skilled, experienced and talented surgeon who pays attention to every detail. He is also a super guy – warm, caring, attentive and welcoming. Everything went smoothly and we are extremely happy with the results. We are very pleased with the whole experience and recommend him without hesitation.

      Esther Alpert | July 2017

      “I would (and have) recommended Dr. Rad to my family and friends. Dr. Rad is extraordinarily talented. He is extremely professional, articulate and patient. He is singularly focused on ensuring the very best results for each of his clients. I put my trust and confidence into Dr. Rad and his interactions with me and the results of my surgery greatly exceeded my expectations.”

      Lisa Kay in Arlington, VA | May 18, 2017

      “I am so grateful I chose Dr. Rad to perform my surgery. From the moment I walked in, I felt at ease & comfortable. The office is very clean & creative. He took time to answer all my questions, I didn’t feel rushed as I did w/ other surgeons I met. His staff was prompt to respond & very friendly. Post surgery I called over a holiday weekend w/ a question & he called me back quickly. It has been an easy recovery & trust him fully. My scars are fading quick & it’s only been 5 weeks! He’s the best!”

      Jennifer W in Germantown, MD | Jun 22, 2017

      “Dr. Ariel Rad is the finest physician I’ve ever met! I’ve worked with Dr. Rad over the last five years and he encompasses everything you’d hope from a physician and much more. He possesses the highest intellect, experience, sophistication, dedication, and compassion. I can’t say enough about Dr. Rad. Every appointment I’ve had with him has exceeded my expectations. He’s the absolute best! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Ariel Rad to my family and friends for medical care.”

      KVR in Pennsylvania | Jan 10, 2017

      “My goal was to be a refreshed, happy, more confident version of “me.” As I prepared for surgery I had no unanswered questions and was totally confident about Dr. Rad’s skill and judgment. Interactions with Dr. Rad and his team at the time of surgery and follow up were efficient, and delivered with compassion and kindness. I recommend him without qualification.”

      Cathy in Washington, DC | Dec 04, 2016

      “Had a facelift with Dr. Rad. Not only did he do a magnificent job, but he was extraordinarily attentive and caring when I experienced an acute complication from surgery. He has an outstanding bedside manner. In his office, he never makes you feel rushed. Explains everything carefully. And is all around extremely kind and very talented. I have referred several people to him.”

      Louise in Washington, DC | Nov 21, 2016