Although they may seem insignificant, the eyebrows play a major role in the appearance of the face. Hair loss in this area may alter a patient's appearance and affect their self-esteem. Missing or thinning eyebrows can be treated with different techniques, similar to those performed to restore hair on the head, including a transplant or scalp-to-eyebrow pedicle flap. The most common approach for eyebrow restoration involves an eyebrow transplant which uses single-hair micro-grafts of hair from the back of the head, inserted into the eyebrow area with the use of a tiny needle.
Causes of Eyebrow Hair Loss
Eye brow hair loss can occur in both men and women and may be caused by various factors. Hair loss or thinning in the eyebrows may be caused by:
- Medical conditions
- Prior electrolysis
The Eyebrow Transplant Procedure
An eyebrow transplant is a surgical procedure used to recreate natural-looking eyebrows for patients seeking fuller and more distinct eyebrows. Follicular unit transplantation, or FUT is a surgical procedure in which hair is transplanted from the back of the head and transplanted into the eyebrow area. Performed under a local anesthetic in the surgeon's office, the eyebrow transplant procedure typically takes approximately three hours.The hair that is selected for harvesting is taken from a discreet area on the back or side of the head, chosen not only for the viability of the follicles but also to be as similar as possible to existing eyebrow hair to optimize its blending in within the eyebrows. Each hair graft is individually placed to ensure the most natural looking, attractive eyebrows.
Eyebrow Transplant Recovery
Patients may experience some discomfort such as soreness and redness after the eyebrow transplant, which typically subsides in about one week. As the eyebrow hair implants start to heal, the eyebrows may start to scab and may itch. Patients generally have little discomfort after the surgery and can resume normal activities within a day or two.
The results of the eyebrow transplant procedure are usually visible approximately three to six months after treatment. Depending on the extent of hair loss and the patient's needs, multiple treatment sessions may be required. Individuals may need to routinely trim the new eyebrows since hair taken from the head tends to grow more quickly and longer than the original eyebrow hair.