A woman who was badly bullied about her forehead has told how she forked out £8,000 to surgically lower her hairline.
Lisa Mckay spent years self-conscious about her forehead and her hairline that ‘peaked’ back at the sides.
The 25-year-old was mercilessly mocked by nasty bullies who Photoshopped her face onto photos of Space Raider crisp packets and claimed she ‘looked like an alien’.
The cruel comments battered her self-esteem – prompting her to having floral tattoos inked just below her hair as she tried to disguise her insecurity.
Last year, she decided to get a mullet and fringe in a bid to hide her fringe – but she still didn’t feel right.
After learning about forehead reduction surgery on TikTok Lisa booked into a Harley Street clinic and went under the knife for the £8,150 procedure on July 5.
Looking into the mirror after having the op, Lisa was thrilled with the results of her ‘cute little rounded’ forehead that she says makes her feel ‘like a Disney princess’.
Lisa, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, said: “I honestly can’t put into words how happy I am.
“It’s so incredible I feel like a Disney princess, I love looking at my appearance now [I have] a cute little rounded forehead.
“I just can’t believe that’s my forehead looking back at me in the mirror.”
Lisa was mercilessly bullied over her forehead by fellow pupils – prompting her to move school.
Lisa said: “Ever since I was about 13/14 I became aware that the proportions of my forehead were a wee bit off compared to the rest of my face.
“I’ve never liked how big it was and I’ve never been happy with the actual shape of my hairline itself, not even just my forehead.
“My hair peaked back a lot at the edges, I always wanted quite a wee rounded head.
“It was one of those things I just ignored but I did get quite bullied as a teenager for it.
“I used to have people making Photoshop edits of me and my forehead.
“They used to edit the bottom half of my face onto the alien’s head on the Spaceraider crisp packets and say ‘Lisa looks like an alien because her head’s so big’.
“People used to always say ‘you’ve got a fivehead, look how big your head is’ or ‘you could land an airplane on that thing’. At the time it was really hurtful.
“I was heavily bullied most of my high school life unfortunately and the forehead thing was one of many things I was bullied over.
“It wasn’t very nice at all, I eventually had to move schools.”
After trying out a fringe and mullet hairstyle that didn’t achieve her desired look, Lisa considered undergoing a hair transplant.
But after learning about hairline-lowering surgery at the beginning of June, Lisa researched clinics in the UK where she could get it done.
Lisa said: “Before I realised that the surgery I got was a thing, I got the tattoos right in that ‘peak’ bit to try and disguise or take away from it.
“I think it did work, everyone used to compliment them and I think that it took your eyes off my hairline, but I don’t think I was ever going to be fully satisfied with that.
“I could still see that my hairline and my head wasn’t the way that I wanted it.
“I used to heavily contour my forehead a lot, especially in those bits.
“During the summer last year I got a mullet and a fringe to try and hide it.
“I really loved that but I have a bit of a cowlick with my hair so the fringe never sat right and that made me equally frustrated.
“I just thought ‘I can’t win here’. just started to accept that I was going to have to put up with it and that there’s nothing I could do.
“I saw a comment on a girl’s TikTok where she’d got a hair transplant that said ‘how come you got a hair transplant and you didn’t get hairline lowering surgery?’
“I gave it a wee Google and I was absolutely mindblown. I couldn’t believe that was a thing.
“Then I started researching surgeons and found the guy I was going to go with.”
Lisa decided to have the 90-minute operation done on Harley Street after undergoing an online and in-person consultation.
The surgeon measured and assessed her face and scalp laxity and then drew the markings for where the new hairline would be.
During surgery Lisa’s skin was sliced open, her scalp was peeled back off her skull and then stretched over the skull towards the new hairline.
The excess skin, approximately 2cm, was cut away before her scalp was reattached to her skull using microscopic hooks before her new hairline was stitched together.
Lisa said: “My hairline’s moved by at least a couple of centimetres, especially the bits at the side they moved quite significantly.
“I was in surgery for an hour-and-a-half, the pain wasn’t too bad.
“A doctor came round to see me [after the op] to make sure I was ok before I was discharged.
“They gave me all my medication and an after-care kit that will help my scar, I was then pretty much good to go.
“Now I have to keep suntan lotion on it to help with scarring.
“I’m not allowed to tie my hair up for three weeks because of the pressure and I’m not allowed to dye my hair or wear hair extensions for eight weeks
“I’m allowed to get laser tattoo removal on the tattoo that’s left on my forehead as of four weeks from my surgery, which is quite good.
“I’m planning to do that, I just thought ‘I might as well start fresh with a blank forehead to show off how small and cute it is’.
“I’m just looking forward to having my hair tied back and not have to worry about my forehead.
“I’m really excited to wear make-up for the first time, I won’t have to contour as heavily.”