Eyebrow Transplant

Eyebrows, the short patches of hair above each eye, play an important role in facial balance. They also help with the expression of our emotions. In addition, they function to direct sweat/water away from the eyes while capturing dirt. Because of different reasons, some people experience permanent eyebrow hair loss. They can undergo an eyebrow transplant to restore hair growth in the area.

Overview Of Eyebrow Transplantation

According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), in 2020, eyebrow hair transplant was the third most popular hair restoration surgery among men and the second most popular among women. In eyebrow transplantation, the surgeon uses the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique for harvesting individual hair follicles from the back/sides of the scalp. These hair roots are transplanted into the recipient areas. To make sure that the patient doesn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery, eyebrow hair transplantation takes place under local anaesthesia.

Different regions have different angles, directions, and densities of hair in eyebrows. The central area is thicker and broader than the brow’s tail; the hair in the middle part is projected above and to the sides. While the hair is straight up, right next to the glabella (the skin between the eyebrows), it grows increasingly lateral (sideways) as we move up and down the arch. Therefore, the surgeon needs to be precise to ensure natural-looking eyebrows. Moreover, the texture and colour of the donor area hair should match the eyebrow hair.

What Is The Cost Of Eyebrow Hair Transplant In Turkey?

There are many eyebrow transplantation operations performed in Turkey each year. Public and private healthcare is more affordable in the country, which is why many people from the UK or Europe become medical tourists. It is financed by taxes, getting government subsidies, which has driven down costs.

Moreover, eyebrow transplant prices are lower because of the currency exchange. The fees of the surgeon, hospital rooms, and medical infrastructure are also lower. The patients get the maximum number of grafts, along with accommodation, private transfer, interpreters, and aftercare in their treatment package.

Who Can Have Eyebrow Hair Transplant Operation & Why?

You are a suitable candidate for an eyebrow hair transplant if you:

  • Have thin, uneven, sparse, or patchy eyebrows due to predisposition to androgenetic alopecia.
  • Suffer from trichotillomania – a hair-pulling disorder.
  • Have permanently lost eyebrow hair due to physical trauma (burn, accident, injury, surgical scars, chemical/heat damage).
  • Underwent chemotherapy/radiotherapy for cancer treatment or had a tumour removed from the eyebrow area.
  • Suffer from an underlying medical condition (hyperthyroidism/hypothyroidism and autoimmune disorders, such as alopecia areata and lupus)
  • Have over-plucked your eyebrows to the extent that it has permanently damaged the hair roots.
  • Naturally have thin eyebrow hairs. Filling them daily for hours may be inconvenient for many people, so they seek a more permanent solution to their problems.

Am I Suitable For Hair Transplant?

What To Think About Before You Have Eyebrow Hair Transplant

Before choosing the surgeon for an eyebrow hair transplant, you should ask them the following questions:

  • What are their credentials and experience?
  • How many eyebrow transplants have they performed, and for how many years?
  • What is the complication rate and how did the surgeon treat complications in his/her previous patients?
  • Can I look at the surgeon’s portfolio and meet one of their previous patients?
  • What are the overall patient satisfaction rates?

How To Best Prepare for Eyebrow Transplant

Patients need to make the following preparations before eyebrow hair transplants:

  • Discontinue anticoagulants 10 days before surgery to ensure normal blood clotting.
  • Stop consuming tobacco products 1 week before surgery. In addition, stop drinking alcohol or taking recreational drugs 3 days before the eyebrow hair transplant.
  • Avoid getting any exfoliating facial treatment before the surgery, as it can easily irritate the skin.
  • Remove any makeup or piercings over the eyebrows.
How To Best Prepare for FUE Hair Transplantation Procedure

What Is The Procedure For Eyebrow Hair Transplant In Turkey?

First and foremost, the surgeon draws the new eyebrow shape to address the aesthetic concerns of the patient. S/he takes the face shape into consideration so that the eyebrows sit naturally on the face.

After that, the surgeon shaves the donor area whose hair follicles have a similar texture to eyebrow hair. Since few hair follicles are needed, the donor area is small. If you have long hair, it may seem that the surgery has taken place without shaving any of the head.

Using the FUE method, the surgeon extracts the individual follicular units with a micro punch tool, after which they’re stored in a saline solution. Then micro incisions are made in the eyebrow area for implanting the new hair. The surgeon will adjust the orientation and density of the follicular units across the different regions of the eyebrow.

The surgical time for eyebrow hair transplant is 3-5 hours; it may be more or less depending on the desired aesthetic appearance of the eyebrows and the grafts needed for it. Some patients may need over one surgical session to achieve their desired density.

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Recovery & Results Of Eyebrow Hair Transplant

Eyebrow hair transplant is an outpatient surgery, and you can return to your accommodation the same day. You might feel some pain and discomfort following the surgery. Therefore, make sure to take your prescribed medicines.

A few days after the surgery, you’ll form scabs in the donor and recipient areas. Do not scratch, even when it itches. It is normal for the new hairs on the eyebrows to fall out a few weeks after the transplantation. Your eyebrow hairs will start growing after 3-4 months. You can see the final results after a full year.

Aftercare Of Eyebrow Hair Transplant

After the surgery, make sure that your head is in an upright position most of the time. Even when lying down, elevate your head using pillows. Do not conceal the eyebrows by applying any makeup on them. You also shouldn’t try hiding it in caps, hats or scarves.

Avoid all activities that make you sweat for 1 month. If you have any piercings, you should not wear them back for at least a month as they can cause graft displacement. You should only wash the eyebrow hair with special shampoo and lotion given by the surgeon. Do not use any personal skin care products.

Side Effects To Expect After Eyebrow Hair Transplant

Some patients may experience the following side effects after eyebrow transplantation:

  • Crusts/scabbing
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Redness

What Could Go Wrong After Eyebrow Hair Transplant?

Physical trauma can permanently damage the implants. The displacement of grafts can also result in hair growth in the wrong direction. Other than that, you may develop an infection. Make sure to follow the aftercare instructions and take your antibiotics.

What To Do If You Have Problems After Eyebrow Hair Transplant

An eyebrow transplant is a low-risk procedure. However, if you develop any complications, immediately reach out to the aftercare team online. You can also call them. Other than that, you can communicate your concerns to the surgeon via the Patient Relations Specialist.

Alternatives To Eyebrow Transplant

If you have significant scarring, suffer from an inflammatory disease or have a weak donor area, you are not a suitable candidate for eyebrow transplantation. In that case, you can get micro-blading, where the practitioner creates hair strokes with tattoo ink. It gives the illusion of fuller brows.

Other Procedures To Have With Eyebrow Hair Transplant

Right after the eyebrow transplantation, you can get platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. The growth factors and proteins in PRP stimulate the healing process, which can help the newly transplanted hair into the eyebrows. You can also have other facial hair restoration surgeries with a transplant.

FAQ

How many hair grafts do I need for eyebrow transplantation?

It depends on the desired shape and density of the eyebrows. However, on average, patients need 200-400 grafts for each eyebrow.

Is an eyebrow hair transplant permanent?

Yes, the results are permanent. The hair may fall out temporarily, but the hair will start growing after 3 months.

Do I have to trim my eyebrows after transplantation?

Yes, you will have to trim the eyebrow hairs. How often you trim them depends on how fast your hair grows. Keep in mind that do not use scissors on your eyebrow hair for at least 2 months after the surgery. You can use a trimmer after 3 months and a razor after 6 months.

Can I tweeze my eyebrows after the eyebrow hair transplant surgery?

Yes, but you can only start tweezing after 3 months. That’s because you’ll start growing normal hair around this time after experiencing shock loss.

Does the doctor, clinic or hospital have insurance that covers eyebrow transplantation?

The surgeon performing your eyebrow transplant will have medical liability insurance. The clinic/hospital will have malpractice policies in place to ensure patient safety.

Will follow-up checks for eyebrow transplantation be offered in the UK, and who will do them? 

You can have face-to-face consultations and/or checkup appointments with specialist surgeons in our London clinic.

Reviewed and Approved by Dr. Hassan Soueid.