Everyone has a unique make-up. We look different and act different, but who wants to be the same? This goes for our facial features, some more prominent than others, which often make us stand out. The eyebrows are an important facial feature, helping with facial symmetry and our overall aesthetic appearance. Our eyebrows frame our eyes, and are one of the first features someone looks at naturally. Men typically have thicker eyebrows that are horizontal, whereas women have a more delicate and more elegantly defined eyebrow.
Natural appearing eyebrows are a feature that some people take for granted, as nowadays, enhancing one’s aesthetic appearance is very in. Therefore, if someone is insecure with how their eyebrows look, there are things that they can do to enhance this feature.
For men and women who have lost the natural full appearance of their eyebrows, it can be due to the following:
- Hereditary causes
- Over plucked eyebrows (most common cause)
- Trauma-burns, auto accident, chemical or electrical burns
- Radiation or chemotherapy
- Medical, autoimmune, or systemic disease
- Obsessive compulsive plucking – referred to as Trichotillomania
Some people use eyebrow pencils, or even tattoo on their eyebrows, to achieve a full brow look. However, with today’s ever evolving technology and research, the quest for fuller eyebrows has brought eyebrow transplantation surgery to the forefront.
What is an Eyebrow Transplant?
Over-plucked eyebrows are the most common cause of people who seek out transplants.
Similar to regular hair transplants, the process involves moving either individual groups or a strip of skin with active follicles from one area of the body (donor site) to another (harvesting site). The back of the head is the most common donor site. The follicles are then trimmed to fit the preferred brow shape and transplanted into the brow area.
Proper angulation of the hair follicle is the most important feature of any eyebrow transplant. The hair in the upper part of the central edge of a normal eyebrow usually points upward to the hairline, while the hair on the lateral aspects point horizontally, towards the ears. The hair in the upper part of the eyebrow should be pointed slightly downward and the lower portion slightly upward, so that they will converge in the middle, forming a slight ridge, which in aesthetic terms, resembles the pattern of a feather.
Eyebrow restoration is a simple surgical outpatient procedure done under a local anesthetic in the office. It takes approximately three to four hours to complete, depending on the person. Initially, the doctor will take a surgical marker and draw an outline of your eyebrows with the desired position and symmetry previously discussed in your consultation. The pre-markings will also indicate the directional change of the hair from the medial to lateral borders of the eyebrow.
After outlining your eyebrows, you will be given a mirror and the opportunity to view the design, provide feedback, and approve the desired look, before proceeding further with the transplant. After receiving a local anesthetic to numb the areas of your face, we begin the surgical procedure by removing hair follicles from your donor site, and transplant them into your brow area, with the goal of achieving a set of full looking eyebrows.
After the procedure, patients usually experience little or no discomfort and may leave the office and drive home on their own unless sedation is given. The majority of patients are comfortable during and after the procedure, and many return to work the next day. The following morning, the patient should gently clean the transplanted area to remove any gunk (preferably in the shower) at least three times a day after surgery, and twice a day for a week.
After each shower, antibiotic ointment that the doctor has prescribed should be applied to the brow to help soften any crusts and enable them to be more easily removed with the next washing. Bruising after the surgery is common, and it may take a week or more to resolve. Patience is needed during recovery.
When you least expect it the eyebrow hair grows. The new hair on your eyebrows will gradually begin to fill in. Regular trimming and care will be necessary to maintain your brows and keep them looking their best. Transplanted hairs grow quickly, and they will require occasional trimming, as the transplanted hair grows at the same rate as the hair on your scalp. You may, pluck the hairs, wax them, dye them, and cut them to achieve the desired length and look you are going for.
To learn more about the eyebrow transplant procedure, MAXiM Hair Restoration has locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate.