Transplantation to the eyebrows, also known as eyebrow restoration is a procedure designed to restore growing hair to eyebrows that are overly thin, scarred, or completely missing.
The absence of hair can be due to genetics, prior electrolysis or laser hair removal, overplucking, thyroid or other hormonal abnormalities, or trauma due to surgery, burns or other types of accidents. Some patients seek to restore full, thick eyebrows, while others seek subtle thickening.
Donor Hairs for Eyebrow Transplantation
The donor hairs come from the scalp which, when transplanted into the eyebrows, continue to grow for a lifetime and therefore need to be trimmed typically once a month.
To provide a natural appearance, the hairs are transplanted primarily one and occasionally two at a time in the same natural way eyebrow hairs grow.
This is a very delicate procedure, requiring perfect placement of these hairs into tiny (half-millimeter) incisions that are angled at just the right direction and positioned to mimic natural growth.
The use of all-microscopically dissected grafts allows their placement into the smallest possible incisions so as to minimize scarring and damage to already existing hairs.
These grafts are obtained by one of two techniques, both those in which Dr. Nahel has extensive experience: FUE (follicular unit extraction) whereby each graft is removed one at a time; and FUG (follicular unit grafting) where the grafts are all dissected under microscopes from a single donor “strip” in the back of the head.
FUG is more popular particularly in women, but for men who wish to have the ability to shave their head and or know that there is no linear fine line scar, the FUE technique is preferable.
Procedure & Results
A procedure performed by Dr. Nahel typically involves the placement of 50 to as many as 375 hairs into each eyebrow, depending upon the existing amount of hair and the desired size and density.
Performed usually under a mild oral sedative, the two to four hour procedure is essentially painless, as is the recovery period.
For the first four days after the procedure, tiny crusts are found around each transplanted hair. By five days, other than some occasional mild pinkness which fades out by the first week, patients are able to return to normal activities without any sign of having had a procedure.
If FUG was performed, sutures that are placed in the donor area are dissolvable so there is no need to return to the office for removal. If FUE was performed, there are no sutures at all. The transplanted hairs fall out at around two weeks, and then starts to regrow at four months, which from them will continue to grow for a lifetime.
If you would like to explore the Eyebrow Hair Transplant option via a consultation with us, we invite you to make an appointment.