Why do an eyebrow transplant? Why are eyebrows so important? Eyebrows are an essential part of the face because they contribute to its symmetry and beauty. Natural looking brows soften the other facial features. They impact expression and personality and help people communicate their thoughts and feelings to others.
It has been said, “the eyes are the windows to a person’s soul.” That is why people look a person in the eye as they talk with one another. Maybe they will get a glimpse of their soul, or what is really on their mind. And so it is said, “the eyebrows and the eyelashes are the window dressings to the eyes.” Thus eyebrows and eyelashes gives the eye an attraction. They help give the eye beauty and enhance the face.
The current fashion dictates what eyebrow look is in or out. Actresses, models, and celebrities seem to inspire a certain look, making certain eyebrow shapes and sizes popular. Julia Roberts inspired the round, thick width, low arch eyebrow look. Jennifer Lopez inspired the soft angled, medium width, high arch look. Britney Spears inspired the soft angled, medium width, low arch brow. Cindy Crawford inspired the soft angled, thick width, low arch brow look. The inspirations go on and on.
Eyebrow hair loss has many causes that require restoration:
- Excessive plucking and tweezers use by women trying to reshape the brow
- Burns, radiation therapy, chemotherapy
- Trichotillomania – obsessive compulsive self-inflicted plucking
- Inheritance factors – relatives have same eyebrow hair loss
- Local or systemic disease
- Physical trauma – a scar needs to be camouflaged
- Men and women’s eyebrows can lose their shape and density with age, needing a hair transplant that gives them a more youthful look around their eyes.
Some people will be dissatisfied with the eyebrows they have and desire cosmetic enhancement. They may have thinning or the hair is too fine and somewhat transparent. Loss of eyebrow hair can make a person self-conscious or lower his/her self-esteem. It is amazing how a hair restoration procedure can restore one’s look and self-confidence.
How is it all done and what should the patient expect?
Eyebrow transplantation can restore living and growing hair back to the eyebrow area. Using an oral sedative and local anesthesia, the procedure is comfortable, without pain, done in 3-4 hours in the office/out-patient setting. Much of this time is taken up while the patient is watching movies (DVDs), waiting for the technician with the aid of a microscope and jeweler’s forceps to dissect out the individual hair follicles preparing them for implantation.
Hair follicles (100-350 per brow) from the back of
the scalp (donor area) are harvested and then implanted into the eyebrows using 1s (1 hair per
graft) and sometimes 2s (2 hairs per graft). Stitches are used to close the donor area, which
are undetectable and must be removed in 7-13 days.
The implanted follicles (like seeds of a plant) will grow and produce hair permanently. The newly
growing eyebrow hair will possess the same characteristics as scalp hair. The eyebrows will need to be
routinely trimmed every 2 weeks and require brow grooming and hair training gel. – There will probably
be some hairs that won’t lie flat enough or point in the wrong direction. It is recommended that makeup
be kept to an absolute minimum during the immediate post-op healing period (4-5 days).
Some patients may require an additional session of eyebrow transplantation to refine or otherwise
enhance their eyebrow. The transplanted eyebrow hair will typically begin to grow in 6-12 weeks,
with a full cosmetic result reached in approximately ten months. It is required that the patient have
transportation to and from the office so that adequate anesthesia can be given.
Eyebrow transplantation and permanent makeup. Many patients choose a combination of permanent makeup (tattooing) and eyebrow transplantation to achieve a more defined eyebrow appearance. Eyebrow transplantation provides a natural, three-dimensional appearance to eyebrows created with permanent makeup.