Despite too often being overlooked, our eyebrows play an important role in day-to-day life. They help us to communicate through facial expressions and protect our eyes from water, sweat and other debris and in recent years, they have been the centre of a number of beauty trends. For this reason, both men and women suffering from excess loss of hair from their eyebrows can suffer from a loss of confidence and trouble with their self-esteem.
Since the 1990s, it has been a trend to pluck eyebrows into a thin arch, causing people to overpluck their eyebrows and damage the follicle. This, in turn, has prevented regrowth. As the trend has now changed to encompass a more natural, fuller brow, the pressure has risen for men and women alike to change their looks to suit. While make-up can be used to fill in thin or sparse brows, eyebrow transplants have offered a more permanent, long-lasting solution.
An eyebrow transplant utilises the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method in order to harvest hairs from the scalp and transplant healthy follicles back onto the brows to improve density. With precise placement following the normal pattern of growth, patients can see improved density across the span of their eyebrows with natural-looking results.
For patients who are unsure whether an eyebrow transplant is the right solution to sparse brows, it’s important to take into consideration the cause of their hair loss. In some cases, the loss of hair from the brows may be a temporary problem or one that can be solved by an adjusted diet or by treating an underlying problem.
Nutritional deficiencies, for example, can result in poor hair growth overall, which may be seen in thinning or damaged eyebrows. Vitamins A, B-12, C, D and Iron and biotin each play their part in healthy growth, and those with deficiencies may see sparser brows. In these cases, speak to your GP or a dietician ahead of your appointment with us.
However, there are a number of permanent causes of hair loss where an eyebrow transplant may be an ideal solution. These include Alopecia Areata, persistent plucking or previous plucking that has damaged the follicles, some thyroid issues and ageing. Physical trauma may also lead to loss of hair, such as burns, scarring or accidents and in these cases, an eyebrow transplant may help to restore a level of confidence in the patient. Each cause of hair loss or thinning on the brows will be treated individually when visiting Longevita’s clinics in Istanbul or Izmir, and the best course of treatment will be determined dependant on your case.
Typically, patients who have experienced hair loss due to genetic conditions, excess plucking or victims of accidents or trauma are the most viable candidates for a transplant, however, we have qualified clinicians available for the consultation and expert surgeons available for the procedure who can determine the viability of your case for a transplant.
In a similar way to traditional hair transplants, an eyebrow transplant begins with the extraction of hair follicles from an area of healthy growth on the scalp. This can either be done one-by-one or via a ‘strip’ method, which will be determined by your surgeon ahead of the procedure. Typically, at Longevita we utilise the FUE method due to its non-invasive nature and the absence of scarring.
When utilising the FUE method, donor hairs can be extracted individually from an area of healthy growth on the scalp. At the start of the procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic to prevent any discomfort throughout the procedure. Following this, a section of your hair will be shaven down to provide better access to the follicles, after which the surgeon will make small incisions to harvest the follicles from your scalp. These incisions are only 1 or 2 millimetres in size, so won’t require stitches and won’t result in scarring and in some cases, harvesting may be possible without shaving any of the head.
Following the harvesting, the ‘follicular grafts’ will then be cut down to a suitable size for the patient’s brows. Each follicle will be inserted back into the scalp using incisions of a similar size to those made for harvesting, carefully positioned and angled to mimic the growth of a natural eyebrow and lay flat against the skin.
There is very little downtime required for an eyebrow transplant and so in most cases, you can return to regular activity within 24 hours. When opting for a transplant at one of our clinics, you are advised to stay in Turkey for up to a week following your procedure so we can keep an eye on the healing process in the first seven days. During these days, you’ll be asked to come to a post-surgery check-up, after which you can spend the rest of your break exploring the local area and enjoying the rich culture in Turkey. Your eyebrow transplant package will include 4 or 5-star accommodation, so you can choose to relax throughout your stay however you see fit.
After you return home, we will remain in contact for 12 months following the procedure to track the progress of your transplant and how it is healing. You’ll be assigned a dedicated host as part of your experience with us, who will be by your side at each appointment in Turkey and then act as a point of contact for each check-in. These will take place at 1 month, three months, six months, nine months and 12 months and allow us to ensure you’re getting the very best results from your treatment.
To book your initial consultation with a member of our team, contact our call centre on 0845 5198 948, today.