What is an eyebrow transplant?
An eyebrow transplant is a cosmetic procedure where hair grafts from the area above your ears is transferred to your brow area. The goal of this procedure is to have hair growth, producing a fuller effect.
How is this procedure done?
This procedure is very similar to a traditional hair transplant. Hair grafts are taken from hairs above the ears or from the lower back of the neck. There’s a transfer not only of the individual hairs, but also of the follicles. This helps to ensure that new hairs are able to grow in your eyebrows once the initial transferred ones fall out. Once the extraction is finalized, using the FUE technique, they are prepared under a microscope to extract the single follicular units. the doctor will then make small incisions at the follicle donor sites, as well as at the sites of transplantation in your brows. The entire process takes about 2 to 3 hours.
Eyebrow hair transplant is a very delicate procedure, it requires perfect placement of the hairs that are angled at just the right direction and positioned to mimic natural growth.
What are the Pros and cons to this procedure?
Proponents of eyebrow hair transplants note that the new hairs look natural because they’re your own. The procedure may also limit the need for brow makeup. Also No scalpels are needed and no stitches are required. The procedure is 100% micro-surgical.
However, there are also downsides to this procedure. For one, it’s costly, and It can take several months until the new follicles take play and you can see results.
Lastly, there is a chance that these new follicles won’t take play in the transplanted area, therefore not producing new hairs.
What’s the recovery like for an eyebrow transplant?
The recovery period is relatively quick. You will notice some scabbing around the brows within a few days of the transplant. The most important thing is to not pick at these. After several weeks you will notice that the transplanted hairs fall out. This is completely normal. There will be noticeable growth at between four and six months’ time after the surgery. You will start to see the final cosmetic result at around 10 months.
Is there anything I should not do during the recovery?
You may need to avoid vigorous exercise for approximately 3 weeks after your hair transplant.
How long do eyebrow transplants last?
Eyebrow transplants is a permanent solution for eyebrow implants, using the FUE technique, these procedures last a lifetime.
Do eyebrow transplants keep growing?
Since the donor hair that is transplanted into the eyebrow comes from the scalp, the hair growth will remain the same just as if it was still on your scalp. This means that the hair from the transplanted eyebrow must be periodically trimmed. After some time, the transplanted hair can adjust and might no longer need trimming.
Are there any Precautions and side effects?
An important risk of an eyebrow transplant is that the new hair follicles won’t take. In this case, you will have to have the procedure done again in the future.
There are also risks associated with the surgery, such as:
- excessive bleeding
- nerve damage
How do I know if I am a good candidate for eyebrow transplant?
You are not a good candidate for an eyebrow transplant if you suffer from:
- alopecia areata
- bleeding disorders
- a history of complications related to cosmetic surgery
Who Might Benefit from Eyebrow Transplants?
You can benefit for an eyebrow transplant, if you have suffered from:
- Burns to the eyebrow area
- Trichotillomania: (stabilized and treated ) this is the uncontrollable urge to pull their hair out
- Alopecia areata: (stabilized), an autoimmune condition that makes your hair fall out
- Hypothyroidism: underactive thyroid gland
- Hypervitaminosis A: is a condition where there are toxic levels of vitamin A in your body
Can I use hair from my body?
Yes, this is possible. However, body hair has a shorter life span, and there is also a reduced chance of the hairs actually taking and growing. The best option is always talking from the back of the head.
How quickly can I go back to work?
This depends on what you do for a living. If you work in a physical role, we recommend that you refrain from work for at least a week.
Do the hairs grow straight away?
It is possible, but in most eyebrow transplant the hairs will fall in the first few weeks or within 1 month. After this it’s a case of waiting for the hairs to grow.
Can I exercise afterwards?
You must refrain from exercising or any physical activity for a couple of weeks minimum.
Can I go tanning in the sun?
No, you must protect your skin from the sun for at least 2 weeks after the hair transplant.. This time may increase depending on your type of skin.
Will I Feel Pain During the Eyebrow Transplant Operation?
A local anesthesia will be applied before the procedure. This way the person will not feel pain during the procedure.
Will I be asleep during the transplant?
No, patients are awake during the whole process of eyebrow transplant.