Hair transplantation has been used successfully for many years to fill out patchy or partial eyebrows, to restore absent eyebrows, and even camouflage scars within the eyebrow area. Various medical conditions can result in eyebrow loss, but probably the most common cause is self-induced. Women who pluck their eyebrows run the significant risk of permanently damaging the hair follicles that are repeatedly plucked, thus causing permanent brow loss. Other causes of eyebrow loss include chemotherapy, trauma from accidents and burn injuries.
Eyebrows are very important to a person’s appearance since they essentially frame, and give symmetry to the face. Loss of eyebrow hair can have a profound effect on a person’s self confidence and general well being. While eyebrow reconstruction technology had been reported as far back as the early nineteenth century, it has taken the evolution of conventional hair transplant surgery to take eyebrow reconstruction to the level the we see today. Some patients want to get full, thick eyebrows while some seek a subtle thickness.
Eyebrows and eyelashes make an important contribution to facial symmetry and presentation of self to others. A person without eyebrows and/or eyelashes may feel very self-conscious about his/her appearance. Transplantation or reconstructive surgery can often restore eyebrows and eyelashes.
Eyebrows and eyelashes are lost in a variety of ways:
- Physical trauma: motor-vehicle accidents, thermal, chemical or electrical burns
- Systemic or local disease that causes loss of eyebrow and/or eyelashes
- Congenital inability to grow eyebrows and/or eyelashes
- Plucking (to reshape the eyebrow) that results in permanent loss of eyebrows
- Self-inflicted obsessive plucking or eyebrows and/or eyelashes (trichotillomania)
- Medical or surgical treatments that result in eyebrow or eyelash loss, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgical removal of tumor.
The cause of eyebrow/eyelash loss must be carefully evaluated in medical history and examination prior to treatment consideration:
- Systemic or local disease that causes hair loss must be under control to assure that hair restoration can succeed
- Obsessive-compulsive plucking (trichotillomania) must be treated to assure that restored hair will not be plucked out
- Trauma, burns or surgery may have resulted in formation of scar tissue; reconstructive surgery may be necessary before eyebrow/eyelash restoration. The degree of eyebrow loss may vary from complete to partial; the degree of loss may be a consideration in selection of the restoration procedure.
Some patients have no eyebrow/eyelash loss, but seek eyebrow/ eyelash enhancement for cosmetic reasons.
Common questions about Eyebrow Hair Transplantation include:
Is the procedure permanent?
Yes. It is as permanent as a hair transplant procedure to the scalp or to any other area: the hair follicles are harvested from a donor area that is deemed to be resistant to hair loss and these follicles will grow in the eyebrow as they were programmed to grow in the donor area.
Do I see the results right away?
There is a special technique where we can transplant hair follicles with long hairs and you will have the look of a full eyebrow immediately. However, the hairs will shed in about two weeks, then re-grow in three to four months, just like in other hair transplant procedures.
Can I pluck it later on?
Is shock-loss a possibility following the hair transplant procedure?
Temporarily, you may lose all hair in the transplanted areas, but these follicles will re-grow hair in three to four months. Nobody knows the exact reason for this event, i.e., shock hair loss following hair transplantation. It is a temporary side-effect of the procedure. Very rarely, however, shock hair loss may occur for a prolonged time period or, even more rarely, permanently.
For more information, please call us for a confidential consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.