[Posted on April 4th, 2013 by Dr. Carlos Puig]
As a result of the continually improving processes of surgical procedures, more people than ever before are finding well-qualified doctors to help enhance their physical appearances. While we typically imagine breast augmentation, liposuction, or botox injections when plastic surgery is brought up, there are many procedures that involve the transplantation of hair as well. Trailing only hairline transplantation, the eyebrow transplant has become the newest trend in cosmetic surgery for a number of different reasons.
What is An Eyebrow Transplant?
The eyebrow transplant, also known as eyebrow restoration, is a surgical procedure that has been developed to help the hair grow back in individuals. The most common original patients of eyebrow transplants were those who had chronic illnesses that caused hair loss and victims of serious burns. In today’s world, eyebrow transplantation is as much a reconstructive process as it is a cosmetic one. Some people simply don’t like the look of their brows and would prefer to have it modified in a way that still retains a natural look, and it is no longer limited to those who lost all eyebrow hair, or could not grow eyebrow hair in the first place.
Eyebrow transplants are offered to people whose brows are either nonexistent, barely there, too full, or growing in a pattern that is not desirable. The hair used for transplantation is usually taken from the hair already growing on the patient’s body. Once implanted into the desired shape or form, the hair will continue to grow naturally in the brow region as if it had always been there.
The two to three hour procedure usually involves the transplantation of anywhere from 50 to several hundred hairs, depending on the desired look and thickness. Hairs are usually taken one at a time and placed into tiny cuts that are skillfully made in the desired locations. Patients are administered a weak sedative that makes the incisions and whole process virtually painless.
Recovery is as quick and easy as the procedure itself. After the first two to four days, tiny scabs or crusts form in the brow region. The crusts will fall out several days later leaving a pink, tender look to the area. By the time a week has passed, the healing should be complete. If sutures were placed in the scalp, they are typically taken out around this time too. Approximately two weeks later, the original transplanted hairs will fall out, and brand new hairs will grow in their place three months later.
The only way to know if it is safe for you to have eyebrow transplant or any surgery is to see your physician for a recommendation. Otherwise, your readiness depends solely on how you feel. If you have been wanting to get your brows fixed for a long time, there might be no doubt in your mind that going under the knife is right for you. If you feel nervous or are unsure if you want to take the risks, it is still wise to schedule a consultation with a physician who can further walk you through the steps of an eyebrow transplant.