Follicular Unit Transplantation
A Permanent Solution To Your Most Important Facial Feature
Many consider the brows to be the important facial facial feature. The brows frame the face. While many women use pencils, makeup or even tattoos to fill in the eyebrows, these time-consuming, expensive, short-term options often look unnatural and sometimes cause permanent damage to your hair follicles.
Eyebrow transplants are hair transplants to the eyebrow area and are a permanent and more natural looking option. While some patients are born with very thin to barely visible eye brows, other patients experience loss of eye brow hairs with age. This thinning effect can also be the result of over-plucking the eyebrows.
Eye brow hair transplantation requires greater technical skill compared to scalp replacement. The reason is that the hair follicles must be inserted in the right direction and at an angle similar to the existing brow hairs for a natural looking result. A stronger artistic eye is also needed to design the brows to create an aesthetically pleased and natural shape that highlights the facial contours in a well-balanced manner.
Eyebrow hair is different from any other type of hair on your body. Not only does your facial type and ethnicity affect the thickness and arch of your brow, the actual shape of your brow can change significantly as you get older. In many individual, the brow hairs are often finer than the scalp hairs.
Reasons for Brow Transplants
Patients have a variety of reasons for seeking eye brow transplantation.
- Thinning eyebrow hairs due to aging
- Thinning or minimal brow hairs due to genetic conditions
- Thinning eyebrow hairs due to waxing or over-plucking
- Hair loss due to trauma
- Desire to adjust the brow shape to a more high-arched brow
- Desire to close a wide gap between the brows by adding more hair to the inner brow area
The hair brow transplant procedure is similar to a hair transplant of the scalp. As with a hair transplant, the strip method is also used. Because brow hairs tend to be finer, sometimes the strip is taken from lower down in the back of the head to assure a better match. An eye brow transplant takes much less time and has a shorter recovery than a standard hair transplant because significantly fewer hairs are transplanted. The hairs are placed with exacting precision, so that they grow in the correct direction and same angle as the surrounding hair. The procedure typically takes 3-4 hours. Patients go home the same day and return the next day for a check-up and again at 7 days to remove sutures from the back of the scalp. The scar is typically well-concealed once fully healed.
Categories of Eye Brow Hair Transplant
- Full Brow Restoration of 200-400 grafts is used for patients with minimal to no eye brow hairs
- Partial Brow Restoration of 100-200 grafts is used in patients with thinning brows as a result of aging or repetitive waxing or over-plucking
- Touch-Up Brow Restoration of 50-100 grafts is used for patients who desire to adjust the shape of their brows to give a higher arch or more fullness between widely set brows
Over the following several weeks to months, the newly placed hairs shed which is completely normal. New hairs then grow back at approximately 4 months. Because the transplanted hairs are taken from the scalp, the newly transplanted brow hairs will continue to grow in length. Occasional trimming can help maintain your brow hairs at the right length for their lifetime.
As a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mandal focuses on satisfying results that are very natural looking. When it comes to the face, patients prefer quality and excellence over price. They seek her skills from throughout Palm Beach County, across Florida and a range of national and international locations. To discover your options, request a consultation online or call 561-238-0040 at our Palm Beach Gardens office.