The eyebrows main role is to frame eyes, protecting them against harmful substances that can come towards the eyes from the outside. Besides this protective role, the eyebrows play an important role in the symmetry of the face. People’s characteristic appearance and gestures are also determined mainly by the eyebrows. Thinning eyebrows or eyebrow loss bring a lot of attention in social environments, and can lead to serious aesthetical concerns and loss of self-confidence.
Eyebrow loss can cause a lot of bother for the person with frequent, daily questions being asked, concerns that the surrounding people will notice and the need to carry out constant camouflage with permanent makeup and coloured pencils.
Reasons for Eyebrow Loss
Physical trauma – accident, burn, etc….
Systemic or local illnesses – hypothyroid, etc….
Congenital development problems – none existed since birth.
Trichotillomania- having a tick that makes you pull out your eyebrows.
Surgical and medical treatments – radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgical incisions. Besides all of these medical reasons, the most common reason behind eyebrow loss is hair plucking carried out with the intention to modify the shape of the eyebrows. After repeated plucking, the roots of the eyebrows get damaged and thinned out, and after some time fall out. People say that this condition means the eyebrows are “angry”.
Who Can Have Eyebrow Transplantations?
Anyone who experiences a reduction of the eyebrows because of medical reasons or wrongful plucking, has a thin eyebrow structure and is not happy with their eyebrow shape can undergo eyebrow transplantation.
Is There An Alternative To Eyebrow Transplantation?
Unfortunately, it is impossible to regrow sparse eyebrows or eyebrows which have fallen out with cosmetics or medicinal treatments.Unfortunately, there is no permanent alternative to eyebrow loss other than eyebrow transplantation (transplant).
What does eyebrow transplantation (transplant) mean? How is it carried out?
Eyebrow transplantation is the transplant of hair roots taken from under the skin of the area on the back of the head, between the two ears, that is genetically programmed not to fall out, onto the area where we want to create eyebrows. The transplanted eyebrows will not fall out, and the results are permanent.
What is the FUE eyebrow transplantation process like?
The shape of the eyebrow to be formed is decided in a discussion together with the patient before the operation. The eyebrow transplantation procedure is carried out with local anaesthesia. Before the procedure, the preparations must be completed and then local anaesthesia will be applied to the areas where the eyebrow hairs will be taken and transplanted onto. The person is awake. It takes 1 to 2 hours and it is possible for the person to go back to his/her daily life right after having the procedure. There is no restriction regarding bathing. After the procedure, there will be reddening and scabbing of the area for a few days. The area of the transplantation will recover within 5 to 7 days. The process of new eyebrow growth will occur in stages. In the first month, the eyebrows will start to grow out, and it will take 6 to 8 months for the transplanted eyebrows to grow out completely (to come out).
What techniques are used in eyebrow transplantation (eyebrow transplant)?
Eyebrow transplantation is actually a type of hair transplantation. The roots used in eyebrow transplantation are hair roots. The hair roots transplanted onto the area of the eyebrows replace the eyebrows which are not growing.
Just as for hair transplantation, it is also possible to obtain hair roots with two different techniques in eyebrow transplantation. One is the FUT technique; the other is the FUE technique.
Generally, the FUT technique is not preferred for eyebrow transplantation, because it requires an incision in the area of the back of the head and stitching. One of the most important disadvantages is that it leaves a permanent, although thin, scar. In the FUE eyebrow transplantation technique, hair roots are taken from the area at the back of the head without making an incision or stitching, and no permanent scar is left after the procedure.
Where are the roots taken from in the FUE eyebrow transplantation method?
In the FUE eyebrow transplantation technique, hair roots are used. These are taken from the area at the back of the head, between the two ears, close to the nape of the neck. This particular area has single strands of delicate hair roots, and these single strands of hair roots are needed in order to achieve natural eyebrow transplantation results.
What are the things to be careful of in the FUE eyebrow transplantation method?
The eyebrows differ from hair in many aspects. Eyebrow hairs grow out at a much flatter angle with regards to the skin. Their direction is more vertical towards the nose, and more horizontal towards the ends. In addition, the eyebrows are generally composed of single-stranded hair roots. Eyebrow transplantation requires a lot more care and attention than hair transplantation. The first thing that must be done is ensure that an experienced plastic surgeon and hair transplantation clinic authorized to carry out this operation is chosen.
In eyebrow transplantation in particular, it is necessary to choose single-stranded hair roots. With the FUE eyebrow transplantation technique, this is possible. The single-stranded hair roots obtained are placed inside micro canals opened within the skin very carefully so that no scar remains. When opening the canals, the professionals will stick to the shape of the eyebrows that was previously decided. Special care must be taken with the angles of exit of the existing eyebrows with regards to the skin. In this manner, the results will be in a natural harmony with the surroundings.
How many roots can be transplanted in eyebrow transplantation?
The amount of roots to be transplanted varies according to the state of the eyebrows that have fallen out and the patient’s wishes. On average, 500 to 700 roots are transplanted.
How does one decide the shape of the eyebrows when having eyebrow transplantation?
The manner in which an aesthetic eyebrow shape should be planned is clear for plastic surgeons. However, during the eyebrow transplantation operation, the patient’s opinion is always sought, and a shape suitable for the patient’s need is determined, and the eyebrow transplantation will be carried out faithfully according to this shape. It is always wiser to make the eyebrow slightly thicker than planned. Because eyebrows that turn out too thick can be brought back to the desired shape easily.
Can eyebrow transplantation be carried for the purpose of thickening the eyebrows?
Yes. Eyebrow transplantation is not only carried out on people who have only sparse eyebrows or who experience eyebrow fall. It is possible to thicken eyebrows with eyebrow transplantation in people that find their eyebrows thin or those who want to change their shapes. Permanent makeup is not an alternative to eyebrow transplantation because it does not look natural. The results of the eyebrow transplantation procedure are completely natural.
Thick eyebrows may be chosen because they suit the person’s facial proportions from an aesthetic point of view, or simply just because it is fashionable. Eyebrow thickening can also be carried out in people that have thinned eyebrows because of excessive plucking. Because the eyebrow gets lifted slightly after undergoing eyebrow thickening, the face achieves a more energetic appearance.
Thickening the eyebrows is a flexible procedure. If the thickened eyebrows are found thicker than desired, it is possible to reduce them to the desired thickness. It is not possible to thicken thin eyebrows but it is possible to thin out thick eyebrows.
What kind of problems (complications) can be experienced with eyebrow transplantation?
The transplanted eyebrows grow much quicker when compared to normal eyebrows. For this reason, in the beginning, you will need to keep up the maintenance on your newly growing eyebrows and trim them. After a certain amount of time, the speed of their growth will decrease.
Are the results of eyebrow transplantation permanent?
Yes, the hairs that grow after the eyebrow transplantation are permanent hairs. These hairs will continue to grow during the whole lifetime and they will be no different than your own eyebrows.