Eyebrows are an important facial feature that are essential to our appearance. Unfortunately for some people, eyebrows can be lost for many different reasons, including:
- Alopecia areata
- Congenital inability to grow eyebrows
- Over plucking
- Thyroid/other systemic disease
Eyebrow restoration is available for these patients and is a similar procedure to other types of hair transplant that is performed on the scalp. Eyebrow transplants are a permanent solution for eyebrow hair loss.
Eyebrow Transplant Technique
When transplanting eyebrows, it is essential to follow the natural hair direction of the eyebrows very carefully because there are very refined changes in the angle of the hairs. Also, the recipient sites for the hairs need to be made with a needle that has a very fine-gauge that will glide along the skin’s surface as the sites are being made to guarantee that the hair will lie as flat on the surface as possible as it starts to grow.
There are four important elements for having a successful eyebrow transplant surgery, which are:
- Only single hairs should be used during eyebrow transplantation and there should not be any grafts that consist of multiple hairs
- The hairs need to be rotated in order to follow along with the eyebrow’s natural curve
- The hairs that are being transplanted need to lay as flat to the surface of the skin as possible
- The hairs that are being transplanted need to account for any changes in the direction of the hair
There will be some grooming necessary after an eyebrow transplant, since the hair that is transplanted will continue to grow. The transplanted hair will need to be trimmed as it grows. It is also important to realize that during an eyebrow transplantation, the hair that is being transplanted is taken from a different part of the body (not from the eyebrows), so that hair may have some slightly different characteristics from the rest of your eyebrows in terms of appearance and the rate at which it will grow. As time passes, the transplanted hair will start to take on the growth pattern of the existing eyebrow hair, but there is a chance that it will never replicate it completely.
During the first year after an eyebrow transplantation, the appearance of your eyebrows will continue to improve. After that first year has passed, you may consider having an additional eyebrow transplant procedure in which the eyebrows can be re-shaped and tweezed.
If you would like to discuss eyebrow hair replacement and transplantation surgery options, call to schedule your free consultation.