In recent years, eyebrow transplantation has become an increasingly common procedure. The grafting of follicular bulbs in the eyebrow is an procedure that has arisen from the need to thicken and delineate small, sparse eyebrows. In extreme instances, it can also be used for partial or complete reconstruction. As a matter of fact, eyebrows play a crucial role in our aesthetics. Especially because thick, lively eyebrows accentuate the eyes and the depth of the face, constituting distinctive facial features. Due to the advancement of the microsurgery, even in this very fragile part of the body, an excellent outcome can be obtained.
This article will give you the basics of this project, how it operates and what needs to be expected.
What are the causes of thinning
There are several causes of thinning of the eyebrows. Women are the majority of the “victims” affected by this issue, as they are more likely to be exposed to excessive use of beauty devices. Classic tweezers, which are harmless in themselves, can damage the eyebrows when used excessively and can contribute to the weakening of several sterile hair bulbs.
Among the other causes of thinning, complications of a medical and nervous nature are known, in particular:
Burns, accidents or traumas
- Physiological problems
- Missed natural development
- Radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery
- Natural aging
The final, more uncommon cause is called trichotillomania: a nervous illness that can be traced back to a true obsessive compulsive disorder that causes people to cut their hair.
Who could make an eyebrow transplant?
Please note that it is often important to consult a doctor (or a psychotherapist) prior to any cosmetic operation. Given that anyone, men and women, can undergo this kind of surgery. However, following the same concepts as capillary surgery, the grafting of hair bulbs involves a base of hair which will be used as a “donor area.”
To be selected, the bulbs must produce only one hair (some can also contain up to 3-4). The hair must therefore be solid enough to sustain the corruption. The lack of sufficient hair should compromise the final outcome and, for this reason, intervention is not recommended for those who do not have it. Unsure as to whether your donor region is appropriate? Don’t hesitate to ask our experts for advice, who will give you a free consultation.
After that has been confirmed, the next step is to select the type of operation to be done by the surgeon.
Surgery of the eyebrow implant
For eyebrows, the FUE process (Follicular Unit Extraction) is used. This hair transplantation procedure works by extracting the appropriate grafts to be added to the desired area with the use of a micromotor.
Each eyebrow requires approximately 160-200 follicular units to be transferred. The follicles are then transplanted separately after the dermal particles have been washed.
The transplantation process is very delicate, as the surgeon must know the correct inclination of the growth of the eyebrow ‘s hair. They follow a curved line that begins from the nasal bridge and hits an angle of about 45 degrees at the ends.
Nevertheless, the desired final outcome is decided before the actual procedure begins. At this point, our staff will help you to choose the result that best fits your face. Properly done transplantation allows for a harmonious and natural outcome.
Mainly due to an almost painless procedure done under local anesthetic, which takes about 3 hours and leaves no wounds.
The healing phase
After an eyebrow transplant the natural crusts that form will naturally fall within a week. Subsequently you will lose the hair that has not caught on well but you should not worry. It is a natural consequence of the hair cycle and they will grow back. The regrowth will be completed within 12 months and your new eyebrows will be more beautiful and stronger than ever.
Attention must be paid to one element in particular: the transplanted follicles posses the same physiological characteristics that they previously had. Simply put, they will grow and behave as they have always done. It will therefore be necessary to take care to cut and adjust the length of the new hair with the help of scissors. This in order to avoid disproportionate growth.