Eyebrow and Eyelash Procedure

Eyebrow Procedure

Through the ages women with long thick eyelashes have been considered more beautiful and more desirable. Centuries agothe Greek, Roman, and Egyptian women were painting around their eyes. In 1913 Mabelline created eyelash mascara so that women could lengthen, darken, and thicken their eyelashes. The product caught on with women around the world. Next, eyelash extensions became fashionable. In the past several years eyelash transplantation has been very popular. Everyone wants to know how it is done.

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.

Eyelash Procedure

Through the ages women with long thick eyelashes have been considered more beautiful and more desirable. Centuries agothe Greek, Roman, and Egyptian women were painting around their eyes. In 1913 Mabelline created eyelash mascara so that women could lengthen, darken, and thicken their eyelashes. The product caught on with women around the world. Next, eyelash extensions became fashionable. In the past several years eyelash transplantation has been very popular. Everyone wants to know how it is done.

 

The eyelash procedure is done in the following manner: The patient is given a mild tranquilizer. An area (1.5 inches X 1/4 inch) of scalp in the back of the head is numbed with a local anesthetic. That section (scalp strip) is removed and the gap is sewn shut with stitches. The scalp strip is given to a technician who uses a microscope and jeweler’s forceps to cut and separate the hair tissue into single hair follicular grafts. The grafts are then one by one implanted into the upper eyelid by the surgeon using microscopic lenses. The graft is a follicle with a long hair (2-5 inches) attached to it. The long hair follicle, like a piece of thread, is sewn into the upper eyelid with a very small curved needle. The procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours.

The new transplanted lashes shed within two weeks. – The hair shaft falls out, but the bulb or root of the hair follicle stays implanted in the eyelid and starts to re-grow new permanent lashes in 6-12 weeks. To see the full cosmetic results it takes 6-12 months. Some patient may require an additional session of eyelash transplantation to reach their restoration goals.

The new transplanted lashes will need to be trimmed every 1-2 weeks because they grow just like the hair from the back of the patient’s head. (The new eyelashes will flap on your sunglasses if you don’t regularly trim them!) The new eyelashes will also need to be curled with an eyelash curler or a crimper, if you don’t have much curl to your donor hair.

It is required that the patient have transportation to and from the office so that adequate anesthesia can be given. Most surgeons charge approximately $6,500 for 2 upper eyelids. This may seem a lot, but one should consider that professionally applied false eyelashes costs $200 to $300 and only last one to three months.

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