Eyebrow Transplant Procedure
Having thin, sparse or no eyebrows at all is on a par with the emotional distress of suffering pattern baldness, or in some cases, even more, because eyebrows are a vital facial feature. In fact, they help in defining our physical appearance.
In several ways, eyebrows are more essential to one's look than the scalp hair. This is because the eyebrows are in a more centralized location on the face and help to frame the eyes (one most significant facial element).
If you lose part or all of your eyebrows, you might feel self-conscious and wonder when people look at you, if that’s the first thing they see. That’s why when we you will visit us, we will take the time to discuss your needs and expectations and design an eyebrow which will match your face and enhance your other facial features.
Besides genetics and the inherited incapability to grow eyebrows, the most common causes for losing eyebrow hair are: frequent or obsessive plucking, burns, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, physical trauma, tattoos, burns, infections, thyroid or any other systemic diseases.
It is also possible that the loss of your eyebrow hairs has happened purely because the eyebrows have a genetic tendency to thin or vanish over time.
After the procedure, there is a small possibility of a slight swelling for a couple of days, because the area is more sensitive. And as the transplanted hairs grow in their new position they may require occasional trimming or taming with gel or wax to produce a perfect looking eyebrow.
The growth cycle of the eyebrow hair is very short; it will grow (anagen phase) only for almost four months before it enters the resting (telogen) phase and eventually falls out. In contrast, the scalp hair has a growth phase which can last three to seven years, allowing the scalp hair to grow a bit longer.
Eyebrow restoration is and works similar to a scalp hair transplant and for qualified candidates, the result is permanent, but (besides the growth cycle) eyebrows have three more distinct attributes (direction, angle and size) which are completely different to the scalp hair.
That’s why is very important to choose the right clinic which has a lot of experience and will take into consideration the following three different characteristics during the design and execution of your eyebrow transplant.
Three Distinctive Characteristic of Eyebrow Hairs
1. Thedirectionof the eyebrow hair varies dramatically in distinct parts of the brow. In the part of the eyebrow closet to the nose, the hair points upward while the hair across the top region of the eyebrow points downward and outward. The hairs in the lower part of the brow grow upward and outward.
2. The eyebrow hairs emerge from the follicle at an extremely acuteangleto allow the hair grows flat to the surface of the skin. This is different with the scalp hair where the angle between the scalp and the hair can be 45 degrees
3. Thesizeof an eyebrow hair is always single, thus we need to transplant individual hairs, rather than one- to the four-hair follicular units as the scalp hair.
Because of those differences, we extract the donor hairs from an area that has finer rather than coarser hair, as it is a better match for the eyebrow hair. And so that we can give the most natural result that matches the eyebrow's texture and appearance, we only transplant just one hair at a time and in the way to match the direction and the angle as described above.
Aspects of an Eyebrow Transplant Procedure
An essential aspect of transplanting eyebrows is to follow the natural hair direction very carefully. This involves very subtle angle adjustments to recreate a fan-like spread-out of the hair at the medial element of the brow and then converging direction of the hair as one moves horizontally along the brow.
Most significantly, the recipient places for the hairs should be formed with an extremely fine needle; one that will precisely slide along the skin’s surface as the necessary sites are being made. This will ensure that the hair lies as flat as possible on the skin’s surface as it grows.
As mentioned, another significant aspect of eyebrow restoration is that only single hair follicles can be used. Since the scalp naturally comprises of one to four-hair follicular units, hair removed from this part should be divided up into one-hair grafts by a stereo-microscope.
Eyebrows are such an important feature because they frame the eyes and enhance our facial symmetry. The single hairs placed into the recipient sites, which have been formed at extremely acute angles to the skin surface, need a considerable level of experience and skills in order to achieve the best natural and permanent result.
Therefore, and in retrospect, thetransplanted hairs need to meet four major criteriain order to achieve a successful eyebrow transplant:
1. Match the natural direction of the hair in separate parts of the eyebrow
2. Follow the natural curve of the brow
3. Lie as flat as possible to the surface of the skin
4. Be single-hairs only and not follicular units of numerous hairs