While restoring hair to the scalp might be the most common form of a hair transplant, other forms are becoming available, such as an eyebrow hair transplant. Those with little to no eyebrows can consider an eyebrow hair transplant as a way to restore the eyebrows and have fuller, better looking brows. Thin or patchy eyebrows can look unappealing, and be a result of genetics, over tweezing, illness or other reasons. Perfectly shaped eyebrows can make a significant positive difference to a person’s appearance, as they are a very central part of the face.
Hair that will be transplanted to the eyebrows is usually taken from the scalp, and may also retain the characteristics of the scalp hair. Hair that has been taken from the scalp may grow longer, as eyebrow hair does not grow as long as scalp hair. If scalp hair is transplant to the eyebrows, the transplanted hair may need to be trimmed.
Eyebrow hairs are single hairs, which means that in an eyebrow hair transplant, individual hairs must be dissected from the grafts and placed as flat as possible. One of the biggest difficulties with eyebrow transplants is in trying to mimic the hair direction in the way it naturally occurs. The doctor must carefully angle and place each individual hair in a way that will match the existing brow hairs. Extremely high precision is required at this point as there is little room for error.
An eyebrow hair transplant is a safe procedure and rarely takes longer than a few hours. Between 50 and 300 hairs are usually transplanted depending on the specific desires of the client, as well as the doctor’s recommendations. Side effects are minimal and can include swelling and discomfort. Overall, the recovery period is short and complication free. One transplant procedure is often enough to achieve the desired results. During the first week of recovery the client might see some crusting in the area where the hair was transplanted. The crusts will fall off and the sutures that were placed in the donor area are removed at the end of the first week. After about two weeks the transplanted hairs falls out and will grow again within the next three months. Once the transplanted hairs begin to grow they should continue to do so for a lifetime.
While it is fully possible today to do an eyebrow hair transplant, this delicate procedure requires a high degree of technical skill to be able to place hairs in a natural looking pattern. In addition, eyebrow hair transplants are not only a technical procedure but also a highly artistic one, as the doctor must work diligently to create an eyebrow shape that matches the features as well as the desires of the client.
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