Transplanted eyebrow hair sticks out. Is it normal? Are there any ways to fix it? (Photo)

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Poor Eyebrow Transplant

Unfortunately it seems like the doctor who performed your procedure had no clue what they were doing and transplanted the grafts in the wrong direction.  The only real attempt at trying to correct this is to perform laser hair removal or electrolysis on the brows, damage the follicles, and then have a corrective eyebrow restoration procedure in the future. Lately I have been seeing much more of this in my practice and it is unfortunate as patients should really do some research before they have procedures like this.


Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
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It is not normal

There is no way to fix an eyebrow hair transplant that goes in the wrong direction or angle.
The only way is to pluck them out or laser them off (if you really do not like the result).

The reason your eyebrow "sticks out" is because the incision was made in that direction.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Protrusion of transplanted eyebrow hair

This can occur when the angle of the transplanted hair grafts is more obtuse than normal.
The best treatment will be to take out the existing grafts and then implant them at an acute angle or to get more new grafts implanted at an acute angle to overcome this effect. It will better to visit an experienced hair transplant surgeon for an opinion on what can be realistically done....

Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS
India Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Eyebrow hairs that stick out

The doctor who did you eyebrows did not understand the art of how to do them. They should not stick out. I see this often with doctors who do not have either the experience of the art required for Eyebrow hair transplants. The doctor needs must be able to put it flat and follow the correct direction. 

Just as the hairline frames the face, the eyebrows frame the eyes. Physiologically, eyebrows function to protect the eye from moisture, sweat, and foreign particles. They also provide a subtle shade from the sun and glare. Aesthetically, eyebrows convey emotion and expression as well as contribute to the supporting beauty or handsomeness to one’s face.
Flaws in the eyebrow may occur for many reasons, not necessarily from the plucking process. Just like scalp hair loss, eyebrow hair loss can be from genetic causes as well. Eyebrows may even disappear, in part or in whole, just as a person ages. For many women, drawing on their eyebrows becomes a burdensome morning routine. Men face the same problem with their eyebrow hair loss as well.

Hair transplantation to the eyebrow is an excellent option for replacing and restoring missing eyebrow hairs. The donor hair usually comes from back of your scalp. Each hair follicle is relocated one by one with each hair follicle representing its own organ. In essence, it is a self-donor organ transplant where each hair follicle is its own organ. Because the hair follicle is your own, there is no issue of rejection. This is the basis of all modern hair transplant surgery.

The method of harvesting the donor hair is carried out under local anesthesia using the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) strip harvesting method.

Since the donor hair is from the scalp, once it is transplanted to the eyebrow it will take on the characteristics and grow like regular scalp hair. This means that the transplanted hair will continue to grow like regular scalp hair and you will need to trim your eye brow to a desired length 1 to 2 times a week.

Transplanting eyebrow hair requires unique surgical skills, as the eyebrow lies flush to the brow and does not stick out. The surgeon must know how to place these hairs in the proper direction so that it lies flat against the bony brow, as much as possible. It may take as much as 400 or more single hair grafts to replace a single eyebrow.

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