How to Create Natural Looking Eyebrows with Transplant Surgery [video]

By JeffreyEpsteinMD

Transplantation to the eyebrows is a procedure designed to restore growing hair to eyebrows that are overly thin, completely missing or scarred. When transplanted into the eyebrows, the donor hairs which usually come from the scalp, continue to grow for a lifetime and, therefore, need to be trimmed typically once a month.

To provide a natural appearance, the hairs are transplanted primarily one hair and occasionally two hairs at a time, in the natural direction the eyebrow hairs grow.

This very delicate procedure requiring perfect placement of these hairs into tiny usually half millimeter incisions are angled at just the right direction and positioned to mimic natural growth. The use of all microscopically dissected grafts allows their placement into the smallest possible incisions so as to minimize scarring and damage to already existing hairs.

A procedure typically involves the placement of 50 to as many as 350 hairs to each eyebrow depending on the desired size, density and amount of existing hair.

Usually performed under a mild oral sedative, the two-hour procedure is essentially painless as is the recovery period. By three to five days, other than some mild pinkness that fades out by the first week, patients are able to return to normal activities without any sign of having had a procedure. Sutures placed in the donor area are removed at one week.

The transplanted hairs fall out at around two weeks and then start to re-grow at three months when they will continue to grow for a lifetime.

There are few risks with the procedure and most are those associated with a standard hair transplant.

The donor site incision, which is usually 1 inch to 2 inches long, typically heals as a 2 mm or narrower scar that is easily concealable with the existing hair in the area.

Occasionally a few hairs grow in less than an ideal direction and can be plucked out if desired or sometimes trained to grow in the right direction

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