Written by Dr. Griffin
An eyebrow hair transplant is an effective way to permanently restore hair growth in the eyebrow area. Eyebrow hair transplants are performed similarly to scalp hair transplants, but they require an additional level of skill and artistry to achieve an aesthetically pleasing result. Eyebrows are an important feature of the face that frame and define the eyes. A well-executed eyebrow hair transplant can complement the face, while a poorly performed surgery can greatly detract from the individual’s appearance.
Eyebrow hair loss
There are a number of causes of eyebrow hair loss. Hair loss can refer to an over-thinning of the eyebrows, patchiness, or baldness of the entire eyebrow region. The most common problems that can be treated by an eyebrow hair transplant include:
- Over-plucking of eyebrows that results in permanent thinning or hair loss
- Naturally thin eyebrows
- Hair loss to due illness
- Trauma or surgery that has left scar tissue in the eyebrow region, resulting in hair loss in that area
- Certain skin conditions
Before agreeing to perform an eyebrow hair transplant, Dr. Griffin will ensure that he understands the cause of hair loss, as certain types of hair loss cannot be reversed via hair transplant.
Eyebrow transplant procedure
Just as with other types of hair transplant procedures, eyebrow transplant involves the harvesting of hair follicles from a donor site on the patient’s head and their transplantation to the recipient site, in this case, the eyebrow area. Dr. Griffin will recommend one of two techniques for harvesting the hair follicles, known as strip harvesting and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Regardless of the method used, Dr. Griffin will look to extract the finest hairs from the back of the patient’s head, as finer hair more closely resembles natural eyebrow hair.
- Strip harvesting: To obtain hair grafts, the surgeon removes a horizontal strip of skin and hair from the back of the patient’s head. The excised area will be meticulously sutured to minimize the risk of scarring. In females, longer hair easily conceals the donor site, making scarring less of a concern. Once the skin has been removed, the surgeon will carefully separate out individual hair follicles and prepare them for transplantation.
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): The surgeon individually harvests hair follicles from the back of the patient’s head by creating tiny holes around the follicles. Dr. Griffin uses the ARTAS robotic system to perform FUE. There is no incision site or sutures, making the risk of scarring very small. The hair follicles are then prepared for transplantation.
Before the surgery begins, the patient and doctor will work together along with an eyebrow artist in the practice to draw the eyebrow shape onto the face. Some patients wish to replicate the exact look of their eyebrows from earlier years, while others want a slightly different shape or thickness. Once the hair follicles are ready, they are carefully transplanted into the eyebrow region. Dr. Griffin will implant each individual hair precisely to match the natural pattern of hair growth in the area. The angle of placement is very important and must be carefully considered in order to achieve a natural result.
Recovery from eyebrow transplant varies based upon each patient’s unique reaction to the procedure. The eye area is a sensitive area of the body and swelling is more likely here. Some patients will experience redness, puffiness, and swelling around their eyes for several days following surgery, while others will experience very little at all. Most people do not find the recovery period to be painful and are able to manage any pain with over the counter pain medications. Applying cold compresses to the area can help alleviate discomfort and swelling.
Dr. Griffin recommends that his patients allow at least 24 hours before resuming normal activities and avoid any strenuous activities and exercise for at least one week to reduce the risk of bleeding and prevent injury to the donor and recipient sites. Patients are able to return to work the next day, but may prefer to take a few days off in the event they experience redness or swelling around the eyes, and scabbing of the grafted follicles.
Following the surgery, patients should expect to see scabbing at the graft sites for about one week. After two or three weeks, the transplanted hairs will fall out, but new hair will begin to regrow from the new follicles within a few months. Within six to nine months following surgery, most patients experience about 60% hair regrowth, with full hair growth occurring within 12 to 18 months after the procedure. Once the eyebrow hair has regrown, the results are permanent.
The transplanted hairs will grow faster than normal eyebrow hairs because they maintain the donor site rate of growth at first. Patients can safely trim their eyebrow hairs to give them a more groomed appearance in the meantime.
Eyebrow transplant cost
The cost of an eyebrow transplant varies between individuals and is based on a number of factors including the number of grafts required, the size of the replacement area, and the desired thickness of the eyebrows. Dr. Griffin will provide you with a cost for your eyebrow hair transplant surgery during your initial consultation.