Eyebrow Transplant

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Eyebrow transplants are a permanent method of eyebrow enhancement through hair follicle harvesting from the scalp and reimplantation in the brow area.

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

7 days

Permanence

Permanent

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$3000 - $6000

The Specifics


What is an eyebrow transplant?

Eyebrow transplant are a permanent solution to hair loss or poor density/distribution of hair in the brow area. Undesirable eyebrow appearance may result from overplucking, trauma (like laser treatments or scarring), or medical conditions like alopecia or hypothyroidism.

Eyebrow transplant can be performed via standard surgical hair transplant methods like Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). FUE involves small areas of donor hair scalp harvesting whereas FUT uses one large donor scalp strip leading to more follicles but also more scarring.

An important component of an eyebrow transplant is the required ongoing maintenance. Harvested hair follicles will continue to grow like scalp hair. This means the brow hair will require significant regular maintenance most likely with the assistance of an expert to maintain the desired aesthetic two to three times a month.

What cosmetic concerns does an eyebrow transplant treat?

  1. Hair Loss: Eyebrow transplants can be used to fill in areas of sparseness or poor distribution.
  2. Eyebrow & Eyelash Hair: An eyebrow transplant increases brow volume and density to improve the eyebrow shape, appearance, and size.

Who is the ideal candidate for an eyebrow transplant procedure?

The ideal candidate for an eyebrow transplant has hair loss in the eyebrows and is looking for a permanent enhancement to brow volume, density, and distribution. Eyebrow transplants are not recommended for those with poor donor sites, those unable to commit to regular brow maintenance following the procedure, or those with hair loss due to medication, medical treatments, or stress.

What is the average recovery associated with an eyebrow transplant procedure?

The average recovery following an eyebrow transplant is about one week. Eyebrows will be red, tender, and swollen for a few days. The harvested areas of the scalp will also be swollen and tender. In the case of FUT, sutures will be present on the scalp in the donor area for five days. Patients will need to take care to not excessively manipulate the transplanted areas.

What are the potential side effects of an eyebrow transplant procedure?

Possible side effects of an eyebrow transplants include bleeding, infection, itching, scar formation, swelling, and telogen effluvium (thinning or shedding of hair).

What can someone expect from the results of an eyebrow transplant procedure?

The results of an eyebrow transplant are not immediately noticeable following the procedure. After 12 weeks, transplanted hairs will shed and begin new growth. The majority of new hair growth will occur after six months. Results may continue to improve for up to 12 months. Patients will need to to regularly trim and maintain the eyebrow hair to ensure optimal aesthetic results.

What is the average cost of an eyebrow transplant procedure?

An eyebrow transplant procedure can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000. The actual cost of an eyebrow transplant is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the procedure. To learn more, see our complete guide to eyebrow transplant cost.

thumbs-upPros

  • Permanent Results
  • Minimal Scarring

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  • Continuous Hair Growth
  • Hair Texture
  • Delayed Results

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What to Expect


An eyebrow transplant is a surgical hair restoration procedure. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an eyebrow transplant procedure:

The Takeaway


Eyebrow transplants are a surgical, permanent hair transplant procedure in which hair follicles are implanted in the brow area for hair restoration and permanent improvements in brow appearance. Following an eyebrow transplant procedure, candidates can expect fuller brows, better brow hair distribution, and improved brow shape.
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  2. Mayo Clinic Staff Hair Loss Symptoms and Causes MayoClinic.org
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