Eyebrows may be lost for a variety of reasons including thyroid and systemic diseases, alopecia areata, burns, tattoos, infections, repeated plucking, and a genetic tendency for eyebrows to thin, or disappear, over time.
Eyebrow restoration is similar to other hair transplant procedures performed on the scalp, in that, for appropriate candidates, the transplanted hair is permanent. However, because eyebrows have their own unique attributes, eyebrow transplants differ from hair transplants in a number of important ways. The important things for transplantin eyebrows are:
– Use single-hairs in the transplant, not grafts of multiple hairs
– Hairs should be rotated to follow the natural curve of the brow
– The transplanted hair must be planted to lie as flat to the skin surface as possible
– The transplanted grafts should account for changes in the natural direction of the hair in different parts of the eyebrow, with the upper hairs of the eyebrow pointing out and slightly downward and the lower ones pointing out and slightly upward, creating an interlocking ridge that gives eyebrows their fullness.
Although eyebrow hair transplantation is a safe and cosmetically elegant procedure, you have to consider a number of things before undergoing this type of hair restoration. As with hair transplants to the scalp, the hair transplanted to eyebrows will continue to grow and must therefore be periodically cut. The appearance of an eyebrow transplant will mature over the course of a year. At that time, an additional eyebrow hair transplant procedure may be considered. During this interval, the eyebrow can be tweezed and shaped as needed.