Eyebrow Transplants

Just as the hairline frames the face, the eyebrows frame the eyes. Physiologically, eyebrows function to protect the eye from moisture, sweat, and foreign particles. They also provide a subtle shade from the sun and glare. Aesthetically, eyebrows convey emotion and expression as well as contribute to the supporting beauty or handsomeness to one’s face.

slideshow showing before and after of eyebrow transplants by the new hair institute (nhi) in los angeles

Flaws in the eyebrow may occur for many reasons, not necessarily from the plucking process. Just like scalp hair loss, eyebrow hair loss can be from genetic causes as well. Eyebrows may even disappear, in part or in whole, just as a person ages. For many women, drawing on their eyebrows becomes a burdensome morning routine. Men face the same problem with their eyebrow hair loss as well.

Hair transplantation to the eyebrow is an excellent option for replacing and restoring missing eyebrow hairs. The donor hair usually comes from back of your scalp. Each hair follicle is relocated one by one with each hair follicle representing its own organ. In essence, it is a self-donor organ transplant where each hair follicle is its own organ. Because the hair follicle is your own, there is no issue of rejection. This is the basis of all modern hair transplant surgery.

The method of harvesting the donor hair is carried out under local anesthesia using the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) strip harvesting method.

Since the donor hair is from the scalp, once it is transplanted to the eyebrow it will take on the characteristics and grow like regular scalp hair. This means that the transplanted hair will continue to grow like regular scalp hair and you will need to trim your eye brow to a desired length 1 to 2 times a week.

Transplanting eyebrow hair requires unique surgical skills, as the eyebrow lies flush to the brow and does not stick out. The surgeon must know how to place these hairs in the proper direction so that it lies flat against the bony brow, as much as possible. It may take as much as 400 or more single hair grafts to replace a single eyebrow.