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Eyebrow Transplant

An eyebrow transplant is a type of cosmetic surgery to make your eyebrows fuller. This is a permanent procedure that can last a lifetime. A surgeon will move hair follicles from your scalp to your eyebrows. The recovery time is fairly quick, but it can take several months before you see results from an eyebrow transplant.

What is an eyebrow transplant?

A permanent cosmetic treatment called an eyebrow transplant can restore lost hair or make your brows appear fuller. In order to replace your existing eyebrow hair, a surgeon will carry out this surgery utilising scalp or hair grafts.

When doing a hair graft, a surgeon takes a small portion of your scalp, typically from above your ears, which may contain two to fifteen hair follicles. Your hair grows out of tubes called hair follicles.

Your eyebrows receive the hair transplant from the surgeon. Your brow hair will appear more prominent once your skin has fully recovered from surgery, which will eliminate the need for eyebrow makeup or a pencil.

Who gets an eyebrow transplant?

An eyebrow transplant may be the best option for people who want bigger eyebrows, have fading brow tattoos, or have lost their eyebrow hair. If you suffer from a medical disease like trichotillomania or alopecia areata, which both cause hair loss, or if you have scars or burns on your skin, you may benefit from having your eyebrows transplanted.

Instead of using makeup to fill in your brows, an eyebrow transplant is a long-term solution to give them a fuller appearance. Men and those assigned male at birth also elect to get cosmetic surgery, however women and those assigned female at birth are most likely to do so.

How common are eyebrow transplants?

Eyebrow transplants are a type of hair transplant. Over 9,500 hair transplant procedures were completed in 2020 in the United States.

Do eyebrow transplants work?

Yes, eyebrow transplants are a successful type of cosmetic surgery to improve the fullness of your eyebrows. The outcome of your eyebrow transplant depends on how well the graft “takes” — that is, how well the hair follicles accommodate to their new location. This can be influenced by your overall health and how you take care of your skin after surgery. It could take several months before you see results.

What happens before an eyebrow transplant procedure?

Before an eyebrow transplant procedure, you’ll meet with your cosmetic surgeon or provider to discuss your goals for the eyebrow transplant. During this consultation, your surgeon will:

  • Examine the hair growth on your eyebrows and the location of a potential donor area of your scalp. A donor area is a section of skin with hair follicles on your scalp that your surgeon will remove during the procedure to replace the hair in your eyebrows.
  • Ask you about your medical history, your family medical history, your lifestyle and any medications you currently take.
  • Discuss your expectations for the surgery.
  • Advise about any potential risks or side effects.
  • Explain what type of anesthesia they’ll use, how long the surgery will take and how you should prepare for surgery.

Your surgeon will address any worries you may have with a brow transplant when you meet with them. Additionally, you should arrange for someone to drive you home following surgery. The first 24 hours after your treatment, you could require help at home because you’ll need a lot of rest.

What happens during an eyebrow transplant procedure?

During an eyebrow transplant procedure, you can expect the following:

  • Anesthesia will be administered to you to make you unconscious so that you won’t experience any pain.
    In order to make the donor location more accessible, your surgeon will clip the hair there. Your doctor will cut away a portion of your scalp called the donor area so they can be transplanted onto your eyebrows.
  • Using a knife or another specialised sharp equipment, your surgeon will remove the hair transplants from the donor location. Stitches are used to seal the donor area.
    After making an incision in your skin to make room for the graft, the hair grafts are applied to your eyebrows. Your surgeon will sew the transplant region together once the graft has been placed.

What happens after an eyebrow transplant procedure?

After your eyebrow transplant surgery, you can go home the same day. It’s rare to stay overnight in a hospital after an eyebrow transplant.

Your surgeon will give you instructions on how to care for your surgical site(s). Some care instructions might include:

  • Get plenty of rest after your surgery.
  • Wear bandages until advised to remove them.
  • Don’t participate in strenuous activities until your provider tells you it’s safe.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed by your provider.
  • Some stitches will need to be removed while others may dissolve after several days.
  • Take care and use caution when washing your surgical site(s).
  • Make follow-up appointments with your surgeon to see if your skin is healing properly.

It’s normal for your newly transplanted hair to fall out a few weeks after surgery. This makes room for new hair to grow. It could take up to six weeks to several months before new hair grows from your transplanted area.

Do eyebrows grow long after an eyebrow transplant?

As the hair for your eyebrow transplant is from your scalp, it’ll continue to grow as it would if it were still on your scalp even though it’s now on your eyebrow. After an eyebrow transplant, you may need to regularly trim the hair of your eyebrows to keep the hair at the length you want it to be.

What are the advantages of an eyebrow transplant?

The advantages of getting an eyebrow transplant include:

  • A change to your appearance.
  • Increased self-confidence.
  • You no longer need to use makeup.

What are the risks or complications of an eyebrow transplant?

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks associated with the surgery that could include:

  • Scarring.
  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Infection.
  • Bruising.
  • Loss of feeling or some hair follicles at the surgical site. 

Your surgeon will discuss these risks and the possible side effects of the procedure during your consultation. If you have any questions about the procedure, make sure you bring those questions and concerns up with your surgeon.

Is an eyebrow transplant painful?

An eyebrow transplant isn’t painful because you’ll receive general anesthesia so you won’t feel anything during the surgery. You may experience mild pain as your skin heals after the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication or you can take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the discomfort.

What is the recovery time for an eyebrow transplant?

Compared to other cosmetic procedures, the recovery from an eyebrow transplant is short. You should be able to resume light activities, including working, within the first few weeks. Your eyebrows should begin to scab at this point. Although it may be tempting, resist the urge to pick at the scabs because doing so could delay your recovery.

After a few weeks, most people can resume any rigorous activity, at the provider’s discretion. Stop what you’re doing and call your doctor if your surgery site starts to bleed, swell, or leak fluid-like pus.

It takes up to six to 12 weeks before you’ll notice new hair growth out of the transplanted area. Losing hair from the surgical site is normal — this helps make room in your hair follicles for new hair growth.

When can I go back to my normal activities after an eyebrow transplant?

You may feel well enough after an eyebrow transplant surgery to return to work after a couple of days: however, everyone is different — check with your provider. Avoid strenuous activities like playing sports for at least six weeks.