What is eyebrow transplantation?
Eyebrow transplantation is an advanced procedure that involves taking hair follicles from the back of the head or nape of the neck then implanting these follicles in the region of the eyebrow to create permanent hair for eyebrow reshaping and enhancement.
How long does eyebrow transplantation take?
Generally, eyebrow transplantation takes around 4 hours. Approximately half of this time is harvesting the follicles, and the other half is implanting the follicles. With larger grafting cases that exceed 500 follicles, it may take slightly more time.
How long does eyebrow transplantation last?
The hairs that grow from the transplanted follicle are permanent. The hair will grow just like the hair on your head to lengths much longer than your existing brow. Many women already groom their brows . The hairs from the transplantation will also have to be groomed to maintain proper length.
Where are the hairs taken from for eyebrow transplantation?
Generally, the hairs for eyebrow transplantation are taken (harvested) from the back of the head or nape of the neck. This is referred to as the donor site. Hair here will have to be shaven prior to grafting. Shaving is performed in the office just prior to the procedure. Most women can easily cover up the shaved region with their hair if it is of adequate length.
Will I have a bald spot from the area where the hair is taken?
No. About every 3rd or 4th hair is taken from the donor area. Such a small reduction in density will not be perceivable even if hair is to be worn very short.
How many hairs or follicles will I need for eyebrow transplantation?
For touch ups in scars, sometimes a dozen or so grafts is all that is required to blend into the brow for continuity. However, in cases of brow reshaping with volume, anywhere from 50 to 250 grafts per brow is common. The number of grafts (follicles) required will depend on shape, desired volume, and present density.
How do you know what shape to make my eyebrows with eyebrow transplantation?
Many men and women will bring in photographs from a younger period in their life or of models or actors that have shapes or a “fullness” they desire. This is often very helpful. During the day of the procedure, they desired brow shape will be drawn into place and verified by the patient. In cases where a patient is unsure as to what shape of fullness they desire, celebrity make up artists or brow specialists can be available to aid you in your shape so that it most appropriately fits your face.
What are the risks of eyebrow transplantation?
Eyebrow transplantation is a very safe procedure. It is a surface procedure, meaning that no deep structures are penetrated. Given the very vascular nature of the scalp and brow area, infections are exceptionally rare. Some swelling may develop around the eyes for a day or two. There may be some pain or discomfort related to injections to numb the area, but the procedure itself is painless. After the procedure when the anesthetic wears off, pain and discomfort is minimal.
How much does eyebrow transplantation cost?
Eyebrow transplantation cost will range from $1,500 for scar grafting to up to $6,500 for full eyebrow custom reshaping and large volume enhancements. The average price is $4,500. Often other local procedures are performed during the eyebrow transplantation procedure to reduce overall costs, such as injectables with Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Radiesse, or Botox therapy.
Do I need to be asleep for eyebrow transplantation?
No. Patients are awake from start to finish during an eyebrow transplantation. A mild sedative and oral narcotic is given prior to beginning the procedure. There also is no need for intravenous sedation.
What is the downtime for eyebrow transplantation?
Eyebrow transplantations are same-day procedures performed in the office. The downtime related to brow grafting is mainly cosmetic in nature. Some patients will have some swelling above their eyebrow for a day or two following the procedure. Some scabbing where the follicles are implanted may last up to 5 days. Where the follicles are removed, some itching may develop days later, or mild burning sensation like a sun-burn may occur. These are temporary and can be managed easily with topical lotions if necessary.