GISTvillers, can you believe thereâ€™s such a thing as an eyebrow transplant? Its for people like me with non-existent eyebrows or thinning eyebrows.
Its basically the same procedure as a transplant thatâ€™s performed on the head. Unbelievable!
And even though it sounds almost space-age, eyebrow transplants are nothing new to some who already know about this.Â Dr. Adam Scheiner, a noted laser eyelI and facial cosmetic surgeon in Florida explains, â€œBrow transplants were first done many years ago for reconstructive reasons, on patients who lost brow hairs from injury or illness.â€ In the years since, the procedure has started to evolve into a more cosmetic one. Dr. Scheiner gave me the whole scoop on Beautylish.
What is an eyebrow transplant?
Basically, a brow transplant is a specialized form of that much more well-known procedure, a (head) hair transplant. â€œWith age,â€ explains Dr. Scheiner, â€œpeople can lose their normal brow hairs. And it can also happen because of tweezing, waxing, threading, genetics, thyroid, trauma, and laser hair removal.â€ So apparently what I feared is correct: for some people, itâ€™s possible to pluck your way into permanent browlessness! WHOA. But, apparently a transplant can give you more natural-looking results, versus already well-known options like filling in your arches every day with pencil, or even getting them tattooed to appear fuller.
Whatâ€™s the procedure like?
As with a regular hair transplant, a surgeon will get hairs to be placed into the brow area from a â€œdonor area.â€ Â Scalp hairs are often the best choice because of how regularly they grow; the back of the head is especially prime because the hairs there are less likely to go gray. Hairs from the chest and legs can work too, as they grow more slowly and require less-frequent trimming than those from the scalp. â€œAfter numbing the donor area, the surgeon removes a small strip of skin (approximately 2 mm by 5 cm), and then sews the area back together. And then she or he will carefully dissect the donor strip into multiple pieces with one to two hairs per transplant graft,â€ explains Dr. Scheiner.
Next, the surgeon will numb the brow area, and cut openings with a tiny blade and place the transplanted hair units into them. â€œThe directions of these openings are important because different sections of the brow grow in different directions,â€ Dr. Scheiner says. When itâ€™s all done, you canâ€™t get your eyebrows wet for five days. Transplanted hairs start to grow in naturally, like the place on the body from which they came (I say be science magic!) in four to six months. Just like regular hair, theyâ€™ll need a trim every few weeks. â€œUsually 80 percent of hairs will survive the entire procedure,â€ Â Dr. Scheiner says.
And no more overzealous plucking if youâ€™ve had this done, folks! â€œContinued plucking of newly transplanted hairs could damage them and prevent growth in the future,â€ he explains.
Does it look natural?
Do eyebrow transplants ever look…fake? I had to wonder, picturing badly done hair plugs. According to Dr. Scheiner, not really: â€œItâ€™s hard to tell who has them. However, if they arenâ€™t placed naturally (i.e. in the same direction as natural hair growth) or trimmed regularly, theyâ€™ll look bushy and less believable.â€
Whoâ€™s a candidate for this procedure?
Apparently anybody! â€œAny person whoâ€™s unhappy with the appearance of their eyebrows, whether sparseness stems from genetics, aging, injury, or anything else,â€ says Dr. Scheiner. Thatâ€™s a lot of people, Iâ€™m guessing. And if you think the current trend for thicker, fuller brows is also a factor in who might want to have this doneâ€”youâ€™re right! Dr. Scheiner says that, since media attention around celebrities with full brows has picked up over the last few years, heâ€™s seen an increasing number of patients asking for this procedure.
How much and how long to recover?
A brow transplant will run you from around $4,000 to $8,000, depending on the complexity of the particular case. And itâ€™s an outpatient procedure. â€œThe recovery is easy, but the hairs need to be protected during the first few days. You have to keep them dry and refrain from removing the normal healing crusts that form around transplanted hairs,â€ explains Dr. Scheiner.
If you eventually start having thinning eyebrows, would you for a transplant?