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What is eyebrow hair transplant?

Let us discuss about the procedure, side effects, precautions, eligibility criteria of eyebrow hair transplant and find reasons for eyebrow hair loss.

By Pankaj Kamble

Updated on 04th, Jan'22

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.

 Scalp Hair TransplantEyebrow Hair Transplant
Donor Hair LengthThe length of donor hair is of 1-2mmThe length will be 3-4mm to assess the curls
Follicular Units1-4 hairs1-2 hairs are most preferable for natural look
Recipient Site CreationImplants scalp hair at an angle of 30° - 40° angleImplant as flat as possible to the skin
Grafts PlacementGrafts are placed straight inRotate individual hairs to match the curves of existing hair
DesignThe hairline is irregularEyebrow hair direction is horizontal in middle and sloping downwards at the tail region
After CareRegular Haircuts are requiredRegular 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:


Eyebrow hair transplant procedure

  • Designing the eyebrow: 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.
  • Anesthesia:  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.
  • How the donor hair is extracted? 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.
    • Extraction with FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction): 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.
    • Extraction with FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation): 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.
  • Implantation of donor hair: 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 80°C 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.

Why do people consider an eyebrow hair transplant?

  • Improper eyebrow may be the outcome of genetic factors, hormone imbalance, alopecia areata, psoriasis, and thyroid.
  • In addition, the medical condition that causes hair loss for the scalp can be a reason for eyebrow hair loss.
  • Even chemotherapy or radiotherapy can be one of the causes of hair loss on the eyebrow.
  • Aging is also one of the main reason for eyebrow hair thinning or hair loss.
  • Physical reasons like over plucking, accidents, burns, trauma, and injuries.
  • Lack of proteins and vitamins, particularly iron is also a reason for eyebrow hair loss or thinning.
  • Excessive intake of certain vitamins can also be a reason for eyebrow hair loss.
  • Makeup item like brow pencil can cause brow loss.


The right candidate for eyebrow hair transplant?

  • Person with no eyebrow hair or scars on the eyebrow.
  • If you want to reshape or redesign your eyebrow.
  • Age should be above 25.
  • People should not have any bleeding or clotting problems.
  • The patient should contain sufficient donor hair.

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.


Eyebrow growth process after your surgery

  1. Do not get panic initially after 2-6 weeks; the transplanted hair will shed off.
  2. Then new hair starts growing from the root.
  3. You can see a noticeable growth after 3-6 months.
  4. After 7-8 months, you can observe a fully-grown eyebrow.

Precautions before Eyebrow Transplant

  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.)

Precautions after Eyebrow Transplant

  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

Precautions on the day of surgery

  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.

What are the side effects of eyebrow transplant?

  • Swelling - Due to local anaesthesia injected in to the scalp and eyebrow during the treatment, the patient will experience swelling but it will subside after 1 to 2 days.
  • Scalp pain - It is normal to feel some pain because many punches are given to donor area; however, the doctor will prescribe some painkillers.
  • Numbness - Due to local anesthesia patient will lose sensation for some time.
  • Redness - Redness in donor area lasts up to 1month.
  • Soreness - For a few days, you might experience some soreness in the donor area.
  • Itching - you may feel itching due to scab formation at recipient area i.e. eyebrows.
  • Scars - If FUT technique is used it will leave a scar at the donor area.
Question and Answers (61)

My front head is going bald, will a hair transplant be a solution to it.

Asked anonymously on 6th May, 2022 at 2:34 pm

Hair transplant is a permanent and definite solution to your frontal balding problem.
It can give you your desired hairline and youthful look back

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Dr. Vikas Panthri

Ma'am my hair becomes thinner all over the head. I consulted with our family physician for treating androgenic alopecia and he prescribed me minoxidil. I have been under medication past 4 months but have not seen any positive results. What should I do now? Is there any other treatment for androgenic alopecia in women?

Asked anonymously on 6th May, 2022 at 2:27 pm

Women can also undergo hair transplant.
Although it will be much advisable if we can have an online/face to face consultation to enable us to suggest you better

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Dr. Vikas Panthri

Hello doctor, can females get hair transplant done for hairfall because of PCOS . Because I am just 31 now and suffering a lot of hair fall issues. I also have PCOS?

Asked anonymously on 6th May, 2022 at 2:20 pm

Yes.. we have routinely operated many PCOS females facing hair loss issues with great results.
Although it's important to note that the hair transplant procedure and the PCOS treatment should go hand in hand to give you the desired result.

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Dr. Vikas Panthri

Doctor I am 42 years male, from Thrissur. For the last 2 years. It is almost getting bald. I have been on medication for high blood pressure past 7 years, I guess. So am I eligible for hair transplant? 

Asked anonymously on 6th May, 2022 at 2:16 pm

Yes, provided you take your antihypertensive medications regularly and also on the day of surgery. The preop BP required should be lesser than 140/90 mm Hg.
Also we are a completely adept medical facility equipped with handling all emergency situations

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Dr. Vikas Panthri

Hello sir, I am looking for androgenic alopecia treatment. This issue I have been facing for the last 1 year. I am 36 years. Initially, I didn't notice that much, but now I can see near the top of the head has become almost empty. Please sir let me know if this can be cured. 

Asked anonymously on 6th May, 2022 at 1:21 pm

Absolutely. It can be cured by performing Hair transplant procedure where we can implant the hair follicles removed from donor area, into the required balding area, giving you back your youthful look.

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Medically reviewed by Dr. Shankar Sawant - MD - Dermatology, MBBS

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