Eyebrow Transplant for Hair Loss Due to Alopecia?

can eyebrows be restored if they were lost due to alopecia. I have unsuccessfully been receiving injections at the eyebrow site.

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Results from transplanting alopecia areata are hard to predict

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Alopecia areata results from a disregulation of the immune system against its own hair follicles. When it is very long-standing or advanced, biopsy may demonstrate complete dissolution of the hair follicles.  This condition may benefit from hair transplantation, however there is always a chance of flaring the alopecia in unaffected areas where the hair is harvested from. Likewise, it may result in flaring of the recipicent areas as well if there is some hair still present.

To summarize, it is difficult to predict what will happen when we transplant alopecia areata. At the worst, you may lose more hair than you anticipated, and feel you wasted money in the process. At the best, you may get regrowth of hair in the affected areas and think it was totally worthwhile. So long as you and your surgeon come to this understanding you will be ok! 

New Orleans Dermatologist

Alopecia areata?

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Sounds like a bout of alopecia areata.  Want to make sure this is the diagnosis as eyebrow follicles are extremely sensitive to endocrinological entities such as hyper or hypothyroidism.  

If this was a recent event and you do have alopecia (hair loss) areata (immune related), then you should have a good chance of regrowth of your native follicles.  

If this was a chronic condition, then your native hairs are less likely to regrow.  In this case, a restorative transplantation can be undertaken with great success. 

It is always possible that you may get another bout of the same symptoms (if this is in fact areata) in any hair baring part of your body.  The key is early diagnosis and treatment. 

Alopecia is just a medical term for hair loss. A doctor would need to give you a more specific diagnosis

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Alopecia is just a medical term for hair loss. A doctor would need to give you a more specific diagnosis.  You would also need an exam to make sure you would be a candidate for eyebrow transplant surgery.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair transplant for eyebrow alopecia areata

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Hair transplantation is not a "first-line" or "top of the list" treatment for alopecia areata. Other treatments ( including one or more of: steroid injections, topical steroids, minoxidil and bimatoprost) can be tried first. Pills can also be considered as well as immunotherapy with diphencyprone. 

If there has been no growth with these treatments, hair restoration can be discussed. 

It is critically important that individuals with alopecia areata know that a a hair transplant does not always "work" and sometimes the hairs don't grow well. Furthermore, if the hairs do grow, they can be lost in the future (at any time). 

Individuals with eyebrow loss but who still have quite a bit of scalp hair to take hairs from are the best candidates for a hair transplant.  (The hair MUST come from the same patient so individuals with alopecia totalis and universalis are seldom good candidates for a hair transplant. 

Hair transplantation is not a typical treatment for alopecia areata.  The procedure is not as successful as it is in other forms of eyebrow hair loss. Provided patients are aware of this risk, a hair transplant may be done for individuals with alopecia areata on a case-by-case basis. 

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

Finding a Cause

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Alopecia of the eyebrows can stem from a variety of causes, some local and some systemic. First we’ll need to determine a cause for lost eyebrows before we can begin to treat them. If the cause is localized, streroid injections (among other treatments) can help replenish coverage. If the cause is metabolic or infectious, we’ll need to treat the underlying condition…not just the affected hair follicles.

Eyebrow Transplant for Hair Loss Due to Alopecia?

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There are many forms of alopecia. Alopecia Areata is when the immune system attacks the hair follicles. With this condition, it may likely that this can happen to the transplant grafts in your brow region.

But it is possible for hair loss in the eyebrows to be addressed with an eyebrow transplant procedure. Hair follicles can be extracted from other areas such as the nape, leg or arms.

These hairs are thinner and create a more accurate match for brow hair. Like any other hair restoration procedure, successful growth would be affected by the skill of the provider and technique used 


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Eyebrow Transplants

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Alopecia is more of a general term for hair loss.  If your condition is alopecia areata then the transplant is more complicated so a more complete consult and review of history is required.

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Eyebrow transplant for Alopecia

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Yes...if the hair on the back of the head lowdown near your neck has the appropriate texture to create an eyebrow the procedure can be successful.  The problem is the hair can be a poor match.

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Eyebrow Transplant for Alopecia

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I have extensive experience with transplanting eyebrows lost to alopecia areata.  It seems that as long as the process has burned out (has been inactive for at least 18 to 24 months) there is a reasonable chance of permanent hair regrowth, but this cannot be guaranteed.                        

Eyebrow Transplantation

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Yes, absolutely eyebrow transplantation is possible. So long as there is no vascular problem to the skin you can do successful eyebrow transplants. Our office does a lot of this work with excellent results and you can check our website for many before and after photos.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.