What is the eyebrow transplant procedure like?
Eyebrows have an essential role in non-verbal human communication and in expressing feelings, which is very important in human relations. The absence of eyebrows can give an unusual appearance, usually disliked. Besides, people’s eyebrows also have the purpose of modeling their eyes. Together with a person’s features, they create a unique appearance.
Before performing an eyebrow hair micro-transplant, it is necessary to make a prior assessment in order to determine the possible cause of hair loss. Among the possible causes, there are medical conditions that should be treated before the eyebrow transplant in order to achieve the best result possible.
Nowadays, eyebrow transplant is the only technique that has proven to be effective to recover lost hair. Other medical treatments may maintain or strengthen hair in the area.
The most usual causes of total or partial loss of eyebrow hair are:
– Related diseases: lichen planopilaris, alopecia areata.
– Depending on the cause of alopecia, we will use a different approach and we may suggest combining the surgery with other medical treatments. Sometimes eyebrow transplants may be combined with scalp hair implants, which is frequent in cases of lichen planopilaris (in the form of frontal fibrosing alopecia).
The eyebrow transplant procedure has some specific characteristics that have to be taken into account, such as follicular unit implantation angle or the number of hairs that each follicular unit needs to have. Taking into consideration all the circumstances allows us to achieve the best results.
Usually, to perform an eyebrow micro-transplant, it is necessary to shave very small donor areas (back of the scalp), smaller than those used for a scalp hair transplant.
The exact number of follicular units will be determined at the individual appointment prior to the eyebrow transplant, since eyebrows’ shape and thickness differ from one person to another.
It is an outpatient procedure, no hospitalization needed. The whole procedure takes between three and four hours and local anesthesia is used.