Eyebrow Transplant: Do you have narrow Eyebrows?
Having thinning or sparse eyebrows can be a big problem for many people which can greatly affect their self-confidence, but thanks to new, innovative technology it is now possible to remedy this problem and feel great again.
Eyebrows Transplantation: Introduction
An eyebrow transplant augments the shape and fullness of your brows by transferring hair follicles from another area of your body—usually, the back of your scalp. It’s a long-lasting solution for thin or absent eyebrows.
An eyebrow transplant is a cosmetic procedure where hair grafts (plugs) are transferred to your brow area. This goal is that new hairs will grow from these grafts, producing a fuller look.
Procedure Involved in Eyebrows Transplant
The actual procedure is similar to a traditional hair transplant. Eyebrow hair grafts are taken from hairs above your ears. A surgeon transfers not just the individual hairs, but the hair follicles, too. This helps to ensure that new hairs can grow in your eyebrows once the initial transferred ones fall out.
Utilizing local anesthesia, hair is harvested typically from the back of the head by either removing a strip of donor’s hair, which is then divided into individual hairs using microscopes or punched out one-by-one. These donor’s hairs are then placed within the planned eyebrow area into individual tiny incision sites just large enough to accept the hair follicle. I create each site to flow with the angle of exit and direction of eyebrow hairs to give a completely natural-appearing result. Once transplanted, the follicles will grow new hairs beginning 3-4 months after the procedure and the best results are seen at 6-8 months.
At RepHair Clinic Istanbul, the latest, state-of-the-art devices are used by our expert team to carry out eyebrow transplants. Using the FUE method, the grafts are taken from the donor area with a micro-motor and transplanted to the desired area.
Local anesthesia is applied to both the donor area and the target area to ensure a painless and comfortable procedure. The FUE eyebrow transplant procedure lasts between 2-3 hours.
A small area of hair at the nape of the neck is shaved and the grafts are taken from here. As the rest of your hair covers this area, the shaved area is not visible to anyone. Generally speaking, for one eyebrow anywhere from 50 to 500 follicles are needed.
Precautions and side effects of Eyebrows Transplant
One potential risk of an eyebrow transplant is that the new hair follicles won’t take. In such cases, you may have to have the procedure done again in the future.
There are also risks associated with the surgery itself. Talk to your surgeon about the following potential complications:
- excessive bleeding
- nerve damage
Before your eyebrow transplant, your surgeon will go over your medical history with you. Be sure to disclose any underlying health conditions, as well as any medications or supplements you currently take.
Good Candidates for Eyebrows Transplant
In general, most patients are appropriate candidates for the eyebrow transplant. Because the best-quality donor hair is typically found on the back of the scalp, straight to slightly wavy hair is ideal for best results since very curly hair could translate to curl within the brows. A reasonably good medical condition is important to minimize the risk of complications. Besides, patients who have lost their eyebrow hairs as a result of genetics, over-plucking, or trauma are generally the best candidates. Patients with alopecia and other medical causes for hair loss are not typically
good candidates and would need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Eyebrows Transplant
Here are the pros and cons of eyebrows transplant:
- You’ll see an increase in eyebrow density, in a shape custom-designed for your face. Because it’s your hair and the shape is decided upon by you and your surgeon, the result is much more natural-looking than what you can create with microblading or makeup.
- It can cover up scars and correct irregularities of the brows.
- The results are considered permanent, as long as the donor’s hair is healthy.
- You may not end up with the perfect angle of hair. The transplanted brow hairs may angle up and out.
- Prepare to invest some time trimming your new brows. Because hair from your head grows faster and longer than eyebrow hair, you’ll spend some time snipping off strands that become unruly. The transplanted hair will keep growing like scalp hair.
- Transplanted hairs may not match the eyebrow hair.
- There will be tiny gaps you may notice since 100% of the transplanted hairs do not grow out. One or two hairs out of place may be very noticeable if you are staring at it.
- Thicker, fuller eyebrows may require more than one surgery.
- It’s a big investment—far more expensive than alternatives like microblading.
- Are there any risks associated with eyebrow transplant?
- An eyebrow transplant is considered a very low-risk procedure. Minor side effects as mentioned above include swelling and tenderness. You will also see scabbing and experience some itching as you heal.
Alternative Method for Eyebrows Transplant
If you’re not ready to commit to a transplant, there are other options for filling out the look of brows.
- Microblading: This is a type of tattoo that creates very thin, natural-looking hair strokes in your brow area. If you have alopecia and know that a hair graft might not be successful, microblading could be a good choice. The thin lines of pigment fade more easily over time than regular tattoos, so expect your results to last 18–24 months. Also be aware that if you choose not to get microblading in the future, you may have noticeable residual color outside your natural brow line.
- Latisse: This topical treatment stimulates your hair’s growth cycle. It’s FDA-approved for eyelashes only, but doctor says that it can be used for eyebrows also. Latisse promotes hair growth only for as long as it’s being used, so when you stop the application, enhanced growth stops too.