Eyebrow transplantation, how it works and when it can be performed

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Eyebrows are one of the most underrated components of facial features. Eyebrows define the space between a person’s eyes and forehead and give greater symmetry to the face. When a person loses their eyebrows, either partially or completely, this can cause a major impact on the level of self esteem. Brow transplant however can be used to reconstruct this area, at least partially, or to camouflage scars that may appear in this area of the face.

The transplantation is a viable option for those suffering from permanent eyebrow loss. The popularity of this type of surgery has grown over the past few years. It should be mentioned that when hair is used as the donor area, it will retain its characteristics in terms of speed of regrowth and length, which will require the person to shorten their new eyebrows frequently. Recently, baldness surgeons have been looking for other suitable donor area options for eyebrow reconstruction via FUE.

Eyebrow transplantation is an outpatient procedure,the side effects of surgery are usually limited to some swelling or redness in the graft area. Most patients can return to their normal activities and pace of life as early as 24 hours after surgery.

What causes eyebrows to fall out?

Alopecia is a condition that can affect any part of the body, including the eyebrows. As an example, approximately three million Americans suffer from miniaturization and drooping eyebrows. Physical trauma, bad habits, disease and genetic predisposition are other factors that can contribute to this problem.

One of the most common causes of loss of eyebrows is related to their eaccessive depilation with tweezers or wax to try to reduce their volume or give a desired shape. If a person spends years shaving their eyebrows, the hair follicles can suffer permanent damage and may stop growing.

Excessive pulling or rubbing or too rough use of a pencil can lead to damage to the eyebrow follicles.

In addition to hair removal, trauma from an accident can also impair normal eyebrow regrowth. Car accidents or other types of events where you receive a severe blow to the eyebrow area can damage the hair follicles. If a deep cut is made at or near the eyebrow, it is very likely that the eyebrows will not grow back into the scar tissue.

An additional cause of loss of eyebrows is due to genetic predisposition. Many people have thinning or fine eyebrows because this is simply the genetics in their family.

It is important to understand what is causing the droop in order to find an effective treatment.

How does eyebrow transplantation work and what can the patient expect?

Eyebrow transplantation can improve lifestyle and give the patient back thick, natural-looking eyebrows. An eyebrow transplant begins with the extraction of healthy, strong follicles from the donor area of the scalp, which is usually the area that is used for this type of surgery. This region of the scalp is used because the follicles there are genetically programmed to produce hair for the lifetime of the person.

The use of an oral sedative and local anesthesia makes the procedure comfortable and painless performed in about 3-4 hours on an outpatient basis. Most of the time is spent waiting for the assisting technicians to microscopically dissect the individual follicular units and prepare them for the grafting phase.

Hair follicles (usually 100 to 350 per eyebrow) are extracted from the occipital area of the scalp and then grafted into the eyebrow area.

Usually single follicular units (1 hair) are used, but sometimes it happens to graft doubles.

The grafted follicles will produce new hair fiber permanently. The new eyebrows will maintain the same characteristics as the scalp hair from which they are composed.

The eyebrows will therefore need to be shortened every 2 weeks and will need to be cared for properly to maintain a tidy appearance. It is possible that some of the hairs that go to make up the new eyebrows do not stay perfectly flat and point in the wrong direction. It is recommended not to use makeup for the first 4-5 days post-surgery..

Some patients may require a small additional session to further enhance their brows. The transplanted eyebrows will begin to grow back after about 6-12 weeks and the final aesthetic result will be achieved after about 10 months.

Eyebrow Transplantation: Who to contact ?

The International Sосіеtу оf Hаіr Rеѕtоrаtіоn Surgеrу (ISHRS) one of the most important associations of baldness surgery, suggests patients interested in eyebrow transplantation to turn exclusively to recognized clinics, where the operation is performed by a licensed surgeon with sufficient experience.

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