Is An Eyebrow Hair Transplant Right For Me?

by Staff Writer

Question:

I’ve been hearing a lot of about eyelash hair transplants in the news but I never hear about people having an eyebrow hair transplant. My eyebrows are very sparse from years of plucking. I am forced to basically draw them on now but would love to have an eyebrow transplant if possible. Do all hair transplant doctors do this type of procedure or do I have to find someone who specializes in it? And where do I look? Also can I send digital pictures to your organization for an evaluation?
Thank you for your help.

Answer:

Having an eyebrow transplant is a very good option for those interested in restoring lost eyebrow hair, but remember, the patient has to be very careful when choosing a hair transplant surgeon for this very specialized procedure.

The absence of eyebrow hair is not uncommon and can be due to many factors including, genetics, over plucking, trauma from an accident or surgery, thyroid and hormonal conditions as well as burns.

Like a conventional hair transplant the donor hair is removed from the back of the scalp to be transplanted into the area that needs to be restored. Since the hair that is being transplanted comes form the scalp, it is genetically programmed to grow like scalp hair and will need to be trimmed on a regular basis.

An eyebrow hair transplant is an extremely delicate procedure that takes a significant amount of skill and experience to perform properly. To provide a completely natural appearance the hair transplant surgeon has to place each individual hair with painstaking precision in order mimic the exact angle and direction of naturally occurring eyebrow growth.

Between 50 to as many as 325 individual hairs are painstakingly placed in each eyebrow depending on the level of restoration needed. In most cases the desired result can be achieved after only one procedure.

An eyebrow transplant is usually performed using a mild oral sedative and can take around 2 hours to complete. Most patents report that the procedure is virtually painless and the recovery period is relatively short.

During the first week of recovery the patient will experience the formation of tiny crusts around each transplanted hair. During this period the crusts will fall leaving a slightly pinkish appearance to the eyebrow which usually fades by the end of the first week leaving the patient with a completely normal appearance. The sutures that were placed in the donor area on the back of the scalp are removed at the end of the first week as well.

After about two weeks the transplanted hair falls out and begins to regrow within three months. Once the newly transplanted hairs begin to grow they should continue to grow for a lifetime.

Again, when considering this procedure only consult with a hair transplant surgeon that has extensive experience with eyebrow hair transplantation. Avoid the large chain hair transplant clinics that advertise on TV since experts agree that quality control in these clinics is usually below acceptable standards.

To find an experienced hair transplant surgeon who specializes in eyebrow transplants consult with The American Hair loss Association or contact The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons. Once you decide on who you would like to consult with you can always forward on digital images of yourself to be evaluated prior to a face to face consultation.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy January 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Typically how much does eyebrow hair transplant cost?

Abe July 3, 2010 at 5:11 am

Is an eyebrow transplant a viable option to someone who lost their eyebrows due to alopecia?

Tracy July 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I had an eyebrow transplant twice to cover up a scar from when i was a baby. the doctor put the hairs too low and didn’t put hair in the area that needed it the most which was the upper part and middle of the brow. after two times, i still have to wear makeup to cover where my brow hair is missing and i’ve tried ever kind of eyebrow makeup but it never looks good. it’s very depressing especially since i looked at this procedure as a resolution to my problem.

allie January 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I have a rather thick scar running from a tiny bit above my eyebrow line to a quarter of a centimeter above the bottom eyebrow line diagonally. In the middle of my eyebrow. I always used an eyebrow pencil, and my eyebrow looks pretty natural, but do you suggest an eyebrow transplant?

gayla March 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

looking for the best qualified doctor, best reputation and reviews for eyebrow transplant in dallas fort worth area

sidney April 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

how much does an eyebrow transplant cost and what happens if my head is bald where is the hair graft coming from.

Jose olivares August 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I really need to know how much this transplant would cost me.

Jose olivares August 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Also looking for the best eyebrow transplant doctor

anthony September 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I have a scar from two weeks ago in the middle of my eyebrow that is nearly an inch in length? I had 4 sutures put in and are now removed and it healed well but its still very pink and has some way to go before it begins to at least blend in with relative natural skin color. The scar is right in the middle of the brow so I wouldnt be worried about a doctor trying to sculpt a natural brow which is already there. More a less fill in the blank. Im not trying to be funny but Im a rather hairy 35 year old male and have alot of hair in my ‘unibrow’? Could I hit 2 birds with one stone and have that hair transplanted? It would seem to be common sense that that hair would grow like an eyebrow rather then having to trim a 5 inch hair from my scalp growing in my brow: ) Also a ball park estimate of cost would be greatly appreciated.

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