Are you tired of shaping your eyebrows with a pencil every time you go outside? Or have an over-plucked eyebrow which won’t grow back? Eyebrow transplantation can be an appropriate solution to your brow woes.
No beautiful eye is complete without a perfect eyebrow. A well-defined eyebrow accentuates your eyes and other facial features and makes your face look more appealing. Eyebrows also have other uses- the arch of the eyebrow diverts the sweat and water from the forehead to the sides of the face and prevents it from entering the eyes; they keep eyes free from dust and also help reduce the amount of light entering it.
Some people (especially Whites) have thin eyebrow hair or eyebrows with undefined shape. Injuries to eyebrows can also distort their shape and may even halt the hair growth in the affected part of the eyebrow. This could make a person’s face look less attractive and lower their self-esteem.
ABOUT EYEBROW TRANSPLANT
Eyebrow transplant is a procedure done to restore hair in the eyebrows that are very thin, scarred or have bald patches. Dr Okuda performed the first eyebrow transplant for loss of eyebrow hair in the year 1939, and since then, this procedure has been very popular. Eyebrow transplant requires utmost precision and skill as placing hair grafts incorrectly may further distort the shape of the eyebrow.
INDICATION FOR EYEBROW TRANSPLANT:
Eyebrow transplants are needed by people who have distorted or thin haired eyebrow. People with the following conditions usually opt for eyebrow transplant:
TYPES OF EYEBROW TRANSPLANT:
There are two types of eyebrow transplant: Follicular unit transplant and Follicular unit extraction.
FOLLICULOR UNIT TRANSPLANT (FUT)
A follicular unit refers to a natural group of hair. Follicular unit transplant or strip harvesting method, involves the use of hair follicles from a donor site (usually the scalp area in the back of the head) and transplanting them onto the desired areas of the eyebrows. After removing the graft, the donor site is sutured. The transplanted hair will continue to grow and might need to be trimmed after a month.
The procedure is usually painless and takes around 2 hours. Before the transplant, an oral sedative is given. People can resume their daily routine by the third or fifth day after surgery. Sutures are removed after one week.
The transplanted eyebrow falls at around two weeks, but the eyebrow hair regrows by three months and continues to grow normally throughout life.
FOLLICULOR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE)
It is an advanced version of follicular unit transplant and involves no sutures and has a shorter recovery time. In this technique, single follicular units are removed from the donor site using a punch device. This causes smaller surgical wounds which heal faster. The main difference between FUT and FUE is that in FUT, a large area of skin with hair is removed whereas in FUE multiple small follicular units are taken from the donor site. Thus, the FUE process requires more time. Sometimes, artificial hair may also be used when donor site is not available, but some people may experience rejection reaction to foreign hair.
Before the procedure, a local anesthesia is given to numb the eyebrow area, and pressure taping (a surgical tape is applied just below the eyebrow on the eyelid) is done to prevent post-operative swelling.
A neograft system is an advanced technology which helps perform follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure with more precision and permanent results. It takes around 3-4 hours approximately to complete the FUE procedure. The result is permanent; with no sutures, less recovery time, and minimal scarring.
PROCEDURE OF HAIR TRANSPLANTATION
Before the procedure, the doctor would gather your detailed medical and surgical history and prescribe you some tests to ensure that you are fit for the procedure.
The first step in hair transplantation is cleaning the donor site. Next, a local anesthesia is given using a small needle to numb the area of incision.
During grafting, the eyebrow is cleaned, and a local anesthesia is given to numb the area. Tiny slits are made using a scalpel and the grafts are placed carefully. The procedure may take few hours depending on the number of grafts to be implanted. Once the procedure is completed, the scalp (recipient site) is cleaned and some surgeons prefer to cover recipient area with gauze or bandages for at least two days. Utmost care is needed while removing the bandage as the grafts may stick to it and get removed along with it. Stitches, if present, are removed after around ten days. The number of sessions required depends upon the requirement and are spaced appropriately to ensure complete healing of the previous graft.
Post-operative care depends on the technique used for an eyebrow transplant. Dressing is applied at the donor site for two days and the eyebrow transplants are kept open. The patient needs to follow these measures after procedure:
Eyebrow transplants tend to fall at two weeks but regrow at around three months to four months and then grow for life. Transplant sessions are not repeated until nine months.
Complications are rare if proper technique is used. Rarely infection, swelling, scars, may be seen after eyebrow transplant.
Eyebrow transplantation is beneficial and can uplift a person’s self-esteem, especially for people conscious about their looks. Always remember to discuss your expectation and be informed about the choice of technique and its aftercare.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
The cost for eyebrow transplantation is highly variable. It depends on the requirement of a person’s eyebrow condition, the number of grafts needed, the choice of technique, the area where the transplant is done, and the physician charges.
Eyebrow hair transplants fall off at around two weeks as a part of the natural healing process but regrows at three to four months and continue to grow normally for life.
After the eyebrows have been transplanted, they fall off at around two weeks but start growing again at three to four months and continue to grow for life.
Vaseline can moisturize your eyebrows and protect them, but they don’t contribute to hair growth. Applying Vaseline is good but use it with caution as store-bought Vaseline many not be totally pure and may contain toxic chemicals.
Yes, castor oil can help grow thicker eyebrows. Either, cold-pressed castor oil or Jamaican black castor oil can be used to have thick eyebrows. Choose a pure castor oil as other additives can cause skin irritation. Castor oil can be applied daily, especially before going to bed. Clean any form of eyebrow makeup before using castor oil. Before using, check if you are allergic to castor oil.
Growing back natural eyebrows does require patience. If you are ready to wait, then try some home remedies with natural sources such as coconut oil, almond oil, aloe vera gel, olive oil and castor oil which help to moisturize, nourish and may even grow thick eyebrows. But if you want permanent and assured results, then try eyebrow transplant to have the kind of eyebrows you want within four months.