Eyebrows are a critical facial feature that helps define the appearance. Eyebrows play an important role in the person’s appearance as they are more centralized and serve to frame the eyes. The restoration of the eyebrows is similar to other hair transplantation procedures performed on the scalp, because the transplanted hair is permanent, but because of its unique properties, it differs significantly from the scalp hair transplantation.
Eyebrow hair has four different characteristics:
The direction of the eyebrow hair changes dramatically in different parts of the eyebrow. In the area next to the nose, the hair moves upwards, down the top of the eyebrow, outward and downward on the sides, and grows outward and upward at the bottom of the eyebrow. The cross-growth pattern combines the hairs in the middle of the eyebrows to form a thin, natural, height that passes horizontally through the middle of each eyebrow.
The second feature of eyebrow hairs is the relatively short hair growth cycle. Scalp hairs have a growth phase that can last for 3 to 7 years, whereas eyebrow hairs will only grow for about 4 months and fall into the rest area.
The third feature is that the growth of the eyebrow hair into individual strands rather than the 1-4 follicular unit groups commonly seen in the scalp hair.
The fourth prominent feature is that the hairs appear at a sharp angle in the follicle, so that they grow to the base of the skin, at an angle of 45 degrees and opposite to the brow skin.
Things to pay attention
Eyebrow transplantation is a safe and aesthetically elegant procedure, there are many things to consider before this type of brow restoration. During the healing process, all wounds contract. This may slightly change the orientation of the hair and cause the eyebrow hair to rise slightly more than expected. After scabs and scars have passed, eyebrows enter their normal angle and natural cycle.
As with hair transplantation to the scalp, the hair transplanted to the eyebrows should be cut periodically. This will leave a cut and thick end shape that is not as thin as the tip of an intact hair.
The hair transplanted to your eyebrow will have slightly different features in terms of growth and appearance due to being taken from another part of the body. Over time, the transplanted hair slowly begins to match the eyebrow pattern and the characteristics of existing eyebrow hairs.
Our Hair Transplant Center successfully applies planting procedures to completely camouflage unwanted scars on the missing or over-thinned eyebrows or brow area. The loss of eyebrows may be hereditary (naturally thin eyebrows), eyebrow reduction due to excessive eyebrow, epilation (electrolysis or laser), thyroid or other hormonal abnormalities and trauma (burns, surgery, accidents). Eyebrow transplantation is highly technical and requires a lot of art and precision to achieve an aesthetic result. It is also a very personal decision. Our Hair Transplantation Specialists will be at your side with the most modern techniques, design and experience to achieve the natural result you desire.
Which is the donor area in eyebrow transplantation?
Scalp hair is an ideal donor source for eyebrow transplantation. To achieve the most natural result, the individual hairs are sown individually, in exactly the right position, and carefully planted in the head to mimic natural hair growth. The natural curl of the eyebrow, harmonious eyebrow angle, eyebrow design, attractive and complete eyebrow contour are integral components of eyebrow transplantation.
Eyebrow hairs continue to grow for life and therefore require regular maintenance once a month.
How is eyebrow transplantation done?
A typical eyebrow transplant may require 50 to 350 grafts per eyebrow, which requires a donor strip of 2.5 to 5 cm from the scalp. DHI or FUE hair transplantation techniques can be used in eyebrow transplantation.
The procedure is generally performed under local oral anesthesia under mild oral sedation and lasts for 2 to 4 hours. It is often painless and patients do not feel anything.
With the exception of minimal blistering and redness in the first 3 to 5 days, patients are fully comfortable with the process and may return to most routine activities one day after the procedure. Eyebrows should be kept dry for 5 days.
The transplanted eyebrows typically fall within about 2 to 3 weeks and then begin to grow again in about 4 months. Re-growth rates may be lower in eyebrow transplantation; therefore, a retouching process may be required to optimize symmetry and density at 9 to 12 months. From this point on, they continue to grow for life.