Eyebrows serve a variety of purposes in everyday life, from the truly useful to the aesthetic. They help to shelter our eyes and play a pivotal role in the symmetry of our faces. Losing one’s hair on the top of the head is to be expected as time marches relentlessly forward, but eyebrow loss is still considered somewhat unusual. A person experiencing eyebrow loss may feel self-conscious and try to camouflage the area with superficial means such as eyebrow cosmetic pencils. This is far from a permanent or fulfilling solution.
Who are the appropriate candidates for eyebrow transplantation?
Thinning eyebrows have many causes. Some people are simply born without eyebrows at birth while thinning for others may be due to accidents, tattoos, burns or the effects of chemotherapy. Those suffering from trichotillomania often feel a strong compulsion to pull their hair out with regularity. Another common culprit of eyebrow thinning is repetitive plucking which usually results in damaged follicles.
What is the FUE eyebrow transplantation procedure?
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is an eyebrow transplantation which involves the dermal hair follicle extraction from the back of the scalp located between the ears and the dermal hair follicle transplantation to the thinning eyebrow area. The operation is conducted using a local anesthetic administered to the specific locations to be utilized. The patient remains fully awake during the procedure, approximately 1-2 hours. Varying with each patient, transplantation may involve 400-700 follicles. No surgical cuts are necessary as the hair follicles are extracted one by one from the back scalp, ensuring no lasting scars.
What are important factors to consider in FUE eyebrow transplantations?
Eyebrows grow differently than hair, tending to come in more slanted in the direction of the skin. A professional level of care is helpful in eyebrow transplantations because of this, and a reputable surgeon as well as an experienced clinic is beneficial to the patient. The final result acquired should look as natural to the patient as it does to those looking at the patient.
How is the final eyebrow shape determined?
Prior to the operation, the patient and doctor will discuss the eyebrow shape planning. Once a decision has been reached according to the patient’s desires and requirements, the transplantation will proceed forward. It is often sensible to make eyebrows a little thicker than originally anticipated as brows can then be plucked and shaped with ease.
What are the effects and final results?
Everyday life resumes after the procedure’s completion. Showers or baths can be taken without delay. Skin may be reddened and any scabs should disappear after a few days. Though the procedure site will take 5-7 days to heal, eyebrow growth will be gradual. The first month will show this growth, with complete growth achieved in 6-8 months. Transplanted eyebrows tend to grow rapidly and regular trimming is advised until the growth stabilizes. The growth is permanent and the transplanted hairs do not shed. These hairs will actually keep growing and will look like one’s natural eyebrows.