Eyebrow defines your face and everybody wants beautiful thick eyebrows that adds to the beauty of the eye. However, not all are blessed with beautiful shapely eyebrows. Nevertheless, you know what you can get one with the help of eyebrow hair transplant.
Eyebrow transplant is a surgical process, which gives you a permanent solution for overly thin, scarred, damaged or missing eyebrows.
Eyebrow hair transplant is a process of removing hair from the donor area and transplanting it to the brows.
Where do you get the donor hair?
Generally, your extracted hair grafts with one or two hair follicle are considered as donor hair for an eyebrow transplant.
For female, the donor hair region is from the nape, back of the scalp, the region around the upper thighs, and the region behind the ear.
In case of a male, back of the scalp, beard, region behind the ear and nape acts as donor hair.
How many grafts are required for eyebrow hair transplant?
For full eyebrow transplant around 400-600 grafts are required.
Depending upon your design, density and current thickness the number of grafts required will vary.
Is there a difference between eyebrow hair transplant and scalp hair transplant?
Eyebrow transplant is similar to hair transplant procedure but there are some minute differences
Recipient Site Creation: The tiny holes created at the region of implantation for inserting the follicular units.
Grafts: Grafts are nothing but tissue containing 1-4 hairs. Grafts are also known as follicular units.
|Donor Hair Length||The length of donor hair is of 1-2mm||The length will be 3-4mm to assess the curls|
|Follicular Units||1-4 hairs||1-2 hairs are most preferable for natural look|
|Recipient Site Creation||Implants scalp hair at an angle of 30-400 angle||Implant as flat as possible to the skin|
|Grafts Placement||Grafts are placed straight in||Rotate individual hairs to match the curves of existing hair|
|Design||The hairline is irregular||Eyebrow hair direction is horizontal in middle and sloping downwards at the tail region|
|After Care||Regular Haircuts are required||Regular trimming is required according to the hair growth|
After knowing all the other information, you must be really interested in knowing how eyebrow transplant is carried out:
Initially, the doctor recreates the eyebrow design known as the desired eyebrow.
The patient can also give inputs for their desired eyebrow so that it can eliminate the gap between expectation and outcome. Sample or pre-cut eyebrow templates are also available.
Special precautions need to be taken in to consideration for symmetry of the eyebrows.
After confirmation of design, the doctor will trace the design using a sterile telfa pad. Then cut the pad along the markings, and you get the template.
For checking the symmetry, the doctor reverses the template horizontally and places on the opposite brow. Designing requires lots of experience.
Before the surgery, to reduce the pain, local anesthesia is given to the donor area as well as to the Recipient area i.e. eyebrows.
Extraction of grafts in eyebrow hair transplant is similar to the extraction of hair grafts in hair transplant.
In case, of scar or a small part of eyebrow hair transplant, the doctor will measure the diameter of the eyebrow and match it with different parts of the scalp and the best match will be the donor site.
Generally, the donor area will be occipital area (back of the scalp), pre-auricular (area located near the front of ear), nape of the neck. Body hair is less preferred because it is difficult to stop it from curling.
The occipital area consists of long hair with the less single follicle. Pre-auricular and nape area consists of soft hair and length of hair is less when compared to the scalp area.
Unlike the normal FUE hair transplant, for eyebrows, the donor hair extracted from the scalp, length is more i.e. 3-4mm. This is because for assessing the curls of the donor area.
Neo-Graft is the tool used for extraction and done by using air pressure and suction.
Usually, for extraction of the hair follicle 0.75-0.80 mm hole is made.
The doctor will remove a strip of skin containing donor hair from back of the scalp. The length of the strip depends on the required number of hair grafts. FUT technique is considered when the donor area is a scalp.
Generally, hair grows in a follicular unit of 1 to 4 hairs. Nevertheless, for eyebrow transplant, the doctor usually uses a follicular unit of 1 to 2 hairs for a natural look.
To decrease the death rate of hair follicle doctor will implant the grafts, which were extracted first.
For the natural look of an eyebrow, they implant primarily follicle with one hair and occasionally two at a time.
After extraction, the hair grafts are placed in saline solution at 4-80C for increasing the survival rate of hair follicles.
The doctor will do implantation either with an implanter pen or by using a needle and surgical forceps.
While using the implanter pen, the doctor will place the hair grafts consisting of one or two hair follicles in to the implanter pen needle and then punch it into position.
If the doctor is using a needle and surgical forceps, then he will use the needle to make punches and the surgical forceps will be used for implantation.
By using these methods, the doctor can implant the hair of the eyebrow region in the desired angle and directions.
The doctor will place the hair grafts in different parts of the eyebrow according to their texture and thickness.
Usually, the doctor uses the coarse or thick hair for body of the eyebrow and fine single follicles for edges or tail and eyebrow hair direction is horizontal in middle and sloping downwards at the tail region.
For eyebrow transplant, it is extremely necessary to consult a highly experienced doctor who can match the existing eyebrow or achieve the symmetry of brows.
Note: The transplanted hair is from scalp grows continuously; you have to trim it regularly i.e. monthly once or twice depending on your hair growth.
Anyone suffering from eyebrow thinning or eyebrow hair loss and wants to reshape the eyebrow can opt for an eyebrow hair transplant.
Surgery and recovery time for eyebrow hair transplant
The time for surgery mainly depends on
• Redesigning of eyebrow
• The number of grafts to be implanted.
The time for surgery is less than one day and you can resume your normal activities from the next day itself.
For good results, you need to be aware of few things, which are mentioned below:
1. Avoid using anti-inflammatory drugs and blood thinners at least 1 week prior to the surgery or as directed by your surgeon.
2. Inform the doctor about the ongoing medication (if you are under any medication) and history of medication.
3. Stop consuming alcohol before 3-4 days.
4. Stop consuming nicotine-containing products before 1 week (smoking, chewing tobacco, nicotine gums/patches, cigars, etc.)
1. After transplantation, a gauze bandage is tied around the donor area.
2. Don’t consume alcohol for 3-4 days after the surgery
3. Hold back smoking for 2-3 weeks.
4. Do not do heavy exercises and workouts immediate after the day of surgery.
5. Avoid driving on the day of surgery because you are under anaesthesia
1. One can have breakfast on the day of surgery but avoid spicy food as it may cause gastric trouble.
2. Wear comfortable clothes because surgery takes 4-6 hours.
3. Avoid caffeinated products.
The side effects will not last for a very long time.
Yes, eyebrow transplant is permanent, as the transplanted hair is extracted from your scalp where the hair is genetically more resistant to hair fall.
If you are looking for a permanent solution then eyebrow transplant is a perfect solution. However, you will need to consult the doctor to verify whether an eyebrow transplant0 is suitable for you or not.
Yes, because the transplanted hair is your own hair, it gives the natural look.
With the right treatment, the transplanted eyebrow will look natural; however, this is a very delicate procedure so you will have to choose a doctor who is an expert in this type of transplantation.
After 2-6 weeks of surgery, you will notice that the transplanted hair will start to shed please do not panic as it is the process. Later, new hair will start growing from the roots. You will observe a fully-grown eyebrow after 7-8 months.
Yes, the transplanted eyebrow will keep on growing, as it is your scalp hair. Regular trimming or maintenance is required once or twice a month depending on your hair growth.
This surgery is done only after you are 25 years old. There is no ideal age for eyebrow transplant, as it has to be done when there is a requirement.
Immediately after the day of surgery, you can resume work. However, not recommended to do fieldwork or any heavy works. In addition, protect implanted hair grafts from direct sunlight and dust.
The tools which are used for scalp hair transplant is also used for eyebrow transplant because is there is no difference between both the processes
• For extraction, Neo graft is used and extraction is done by applying air pressure and suction.
• Doctor will choose either implanter pen or needle and forceps for implantation. Needle is used for punches and forceps are for placing hair follicle into hole.
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