- Best Results10 months+
- Treatment Recovery7 days
- Procedure Time1-4 hours
- Skin SpecialistDavin Lim
- Duration of ResultsLong term
- AnaestheticNumbing, local
- Back to Work1-2 days
FUE Eyebrow Transplantation
FUE eyebrow transplantation is an effective way of revolumizing & reconstructing the browline in both males and females. This treatment uses single unit hairs from a donor area to replace absent or loss follicles. It is highly effective with a good success rate. This is one of the more technical aspects of hair transplantation.
FactsFacts on Eyebrow Transplantation
- Thin brows can be genetic or secondary to trauma
- Brow transplantation is a method to transfer your natural hair to the area
- This treatment has a high success rate for most conditions of hair loss
- Transplants are very technical as positioning is critical for a natural look
- Approximately 200 to 300 individual hair units are transferred in one sitting
- It takes 10 months for best results
What are common causes of eyebrow hair loss?
Patients referred to dermatologists for eyebrow loss include the following categories;
Traumatic & scarring: Post plucking, laser, burns, trauma including surgical procedures. FFA or frontal fibrosing alopecia, lupus.
Physiological & endocrine: namely genetically thin brows, aging, as well as endocrine disorders such as thyroid disease. Alopecia areata can be classed as inflammatory and non-scarring.
Rare causes: Ulerythema, Keratosis pilaris variants/facei. Netherton’s syndrome, ectodermal dysplasias.
How many units are required to reconstruct eyebrows?
On average 200-300 units for females, & 300-380 for males. These mainly consist of single follicular units. 2 follicle units are occasionally in the body of the eyebrow.
Can topical lotions help eyebrows grow?
Yes. Minoxidil can be beneficial in some cases. The usual strength is 5% applied twice a day. You should take special precautions not to apply too much as this can cause hair growth in other areas such as the sides of the face.
Other topicals include Latiesse or bimatoprost can work well, including growth of eyelashes.
What is the prognosis of eyebrow transplantation?
Generally good for non-inflammatory conditions such as genetically thin brows, or loss of hair due to trauma, laser hair removal, tattoos & surgery. Survival rates of 85-90% at 12 months can be expected.
For cases of inflammatory hair loss like FFA, a survival rate of 50+% at one year is the norm. I will discuss the prognosis based upon the condition during your consultation.
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Where do I get the donor hairs from?
In females I harvest the hair follicles from the back of the head (occipital area). For a natural look, I mainly take one hair follicle unit, occasionally 2 for the body of the brow.
Single follicle units look more natural as the normal brow consists of one hair follicle.
For males, I occasionally harvest hair in the beard area (usually in an area where I can hide any potential scarring, such as under the chin.
How long does it take to perform?
1-3 hours depending on the extent of hair transplantation & complexity. I normally transplant anywhere between 200 to 300 units in one sitting.
When will I see the results?
Best results are seen after 9-12 months as it allows your hair to grow out. In some cases, you may experience a short lived effluvium or hair loss of remaining brows before regrowth is seen. This is not uncommon, though it can be stressful for most.
What are the side effects of eyebrow transplantation?
Side effects are rare following this procedure. They include –
- Pigment changes in the donor site
- Acne & pimples as well as microcysts in both donor and recipient sites
- Failure to uptake the graft (especially in frontal fibrosing alopecia)
Will the new eyebrow require trimming?
Yes. As the donor hairs are harvested from the scalp, new eyebrows will take on the characteristics of donor hairs. You will need to trim your eyebrows every 2-4 weeks.
Over time transplanted hair will adjust to the transplanted & timing can be reduced.
Can microblading be used after eyebrow transplants?
Yes. This procedure can augment hair transplantation as it can give the illusion of more density. You should wait 3- 6 months after transplantation.
Davin’s Viewpoint on Eyebrow transplantation
This can make a huge difference as brows frame the eyes. This procedure can be cosmetic, namely adding density to genetically thin brows, or it can be medical, namely to add hair follicles in areas where hair loss is due to inflammation.
Though it is a smaller area, a lot of thought & planning is required to plan, draw, harvest, & implant each and every hair follicle. Single terminal hair follicular units are required for the majority of the work, hence why it takes a lot of time to perform.
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