What is Eyebrow transplantation?
Eyebrows play an important role in framing your face. Genetics can play a role in the look and fullness of your brows — some people are born with thick, ample eyebrow hair, while others have thin, sparser hairs above their eyes. People who don’t have a lot of eyebrow hair often make them appear fuller or thicker by filling in their eyebrows with cosmetic products.
Eyebrow hair loss can happen for several reasons. Certain medications, injuries, medical conditions, or even taking some vitamins excessively might cause you to lose eyebrow hair.
People who have little to no eyebrow hair might want to change their appearance. In these cases, eyebrow transplants could be an option to help alter the appearance of your brows and make them look fuller.
Eyebrow transplants are a procedure where a cosmetic surgeon takes a graft of hair (plug). The surgeon takes the graft with both the hair and its roots (follicle) and moves it to the eyebrow area. The hair graft is usually removed from the nape of your hair.
People who’ve lost their eyebrow hair, have a faded brow tattoo or want fuller eyebrows may choose to get an eyebrow transplant. You might want an eyebrow transplant if you have a medical condition that causes hair loss like trichotillomania or alopecia areata or if you had an injury that affected your skin like burns or scars.
An eyebrow transplant is a permanent solution to make your eyebrows look fuller rather than relying on makeup to fill in your eyebrows. While the procedure is most common among women, men choose to have the cosmetic surgery, too.
In the FUE (follicular unit excision) technique, donor hair follicles are extracted one by one using a micro-punch tool. This is one of the most popular methods for hair transplant of any kind, and the preferred technique for individuals who prefer a minimally invasive procedure. However, it may not be suitable for all types of hair loss, and the number of grafts that can be harvested in one session is limited.
The Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) method is a variation of the FUE technique, where the harvested follicles are immediately implanted into the recipient area using a specialized implanter tool. This allows for more precise placement of the grafts and a higher survival rate. However, it requires a high level of skill and experience from the surgeon, and may not be suitable for large areas of baldness.
FUT, short for Follicular Unit Transplantation, is a surgical method where a strip of donor skin with hair follicles is removed from the back of the head and then dissected into individual grafts. This technique can yield a higher number of grafts in one session, but it leaves a linear scar at the donor site that may be visible if the hair is cut short. This method is still used by some hair transplant surgeons, especially for patients with advanced hair loss or limited donor hair.
It’s worth noting that the choice of hair transplant method depends on several factors, such as the patient’s hair loss pattern, donor hair quality and quantity, scalp laxity, and the surgeon’s expertise. Therefore, it’s important to consult with a qualified hair transplant specialist to determine the best course of action for each individual case.
What to expect
Before undergoing an eyebrow transplant procedure, you will have a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon or provider to discuss your desired outcome. During this consultation, your surgeon will:
- Examine the hair growth on your eyebrows and the potential donor area on your scalp.
- Ask you about your medical history, family medical history, lifestyle, and medications you currently take.
- Discuss your expectations for the surgery and potential risks or side effects.
- Explain the type of anesthesia to be used, the duration of the surgery, and how to prepare for it.
Your surgeon will answer any questions you have and advise you to arrange for transportation home after the procedure. You may also need assistance at home for the first 24 hours after surgery.
Frequently asked questions
An eyebrow transplant isn’t painful because you’ll receive anesthesia so you won’t feel anything during the surgery. You may experience mild pain as your skin heals after the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication or you can take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the discomfort.
It takes up to six to 12 weeks before you’ll notice new hair growth out of the transplanted area. Losing hair from the surgical site is normal — this helps make room in your hair follicles for new hair growth.
You may feel well enough after an eyebrow transplant surgery to return to work after a couple of days: however, everyone is different — check with your provider. Avoid strenuous activities like playing sports for at least six weeks.
An eyebrow transplant is a long-term solution. Your results can last a lifetime.
The most common causes for partial or total eyebrow loss are continuous traction, autoimmune diseases and resulting scars, post-traumatic scars, and chemotherapy.
Yes. Since the donor is also the recipient, the organism will not reject the transplanted hair. This means that the treatment’s results will be satisfactory, and the eyebrows will look natural.
On average, two to three hours.