Eyebrows play an influential 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.
Eyebrows don’t only serve a cosmetic purpose, however — they divert moisture like droplets and sweat away from your eyes.
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.
What Are Eyebrow Transplants?
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 neck or the area around your ear.
Once the hair grafts are removed, they’re placed in a storage container with a chilled saline solution for up to an hour before they are implanted in your eyebrows by the surgeon.
Eyebrow transplants are usually done under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure.
After the procedure is done, the area is left open, and a crust starts to form around the newly transplanted follicles. These crusts are a normal part of the healing process and should fall off after a few days.
What Are Eyebrow Transplants?
There can be slight bruising and swelling in the area for up to five days. The saline spray should be applied every 2 to 3 hours. It’s common for your doctor to prescribe painkillers, antibiotics, and steroids to take by mouth for up to five days after your surgery.
After the initial implantation, the newly placed hair will fall out. This is normal. Hair regrowth in the area should begin around the 3-month mark after your surgery. If some of the grafts don’t “take” or the hair isn’t quite as dense as it should be, you might be able to have a touch-up nine months after the surgery. This will depend on a case-by-case basis and you should talk to your doctor.
Who Might Benefit from Eyebrow Transplants?
There are multiple reasons why someone might need an eyebrow transplant, some of those reasons include:
- Burns to the eyebrow area
- Trichotillomania is when people suffer from the uncontrollable urge to pull their hair out
- Alopecia areata (stabilized) is an autoimmune condition that makes your hair fall out
- Loss of eyebrows or eyelashes due to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
The recovery period for an eyebrow transplant is relatively quick. You’ll notice some scabbing around the brows within the first few days. It’s important to not pick at these.
You may need to avoid vigorous exercise for up to 3 weeks following your surgery.
Before and After
Benefits of hair transplant for women
Everyone loses their hair on a daily basis at a rate of approximately 50 to 150 individual hairs per day. Usually, the hair will grow back. If the hair follicle is thinned, however, this re-growth does not occur. All men experience some degree of gradual hair loss in their lifetime as a result of natural aging and changes in the male hormone androgen. Women may also experience hair loss.
There is no proof that male or female pattern baldness is related to tight scalp muscles, mental stress, washing frequency, type of shampoo, or skin conditions. However, certain medical conditions can cause hair loss
With the use of local anesthesia and intravenous sedation, discomfort during the procedure is eliminated.
You will be able to participate in any of the activities you enjoy within five to seven days after treatment. Your transplanted hair is permanent and may be washed, cut and dyed.
When you have hair grafted from the back and sides of your scalp to your balding areas, called an autograft, the hair will grow for the rest of your life.