Eyebrow transplantation is a procedure done to cure eyebrow loss. Eyebrow loss is generally observed as a result of constantly plucking the same areas of hair within the eyebrow, skin diseases such as alopecia areata, permanent make-up, chemotherapy, etc. After the loss of the eyebrows, there is still a chance for them to grow back. When an individual experiences the permanent loss of eyebrow follicles, he/she can opt for an eyebrow transplant.
Eyebrow transplantation is the process of transplanting hair follicles, which can be extracted from all available donor areas, primarily from the region at the back of the head, to the areas where eyebrow loss has occurred.
DHI Method for Eyebrow Transplantation
Among hair restoration procedures, the most meticulous and demanding application is eyebrow transplantation. In eyebrow transplantations, it’s important to achieve a natural-looking appearance. For this, the angle and direction of the transplanted grafts should be natural and the eyebrow line should be carefully designed.
The reason for utilizing the DHI method is that it enables transplantation between the existing hairs, unlike the FUE method.
Stages of Eyebrow Transplantation
It can be assumed that aesthetic concerns are primarily in the foreground for eyebrow transplantation. This requires developing a customized operation plan based on the unique needs of the patient.
Four Basic Steps of Eyebrow Transplantation
- Consultation and Planning – The area to be transplanted and the design of the eyebrow will be determined during a physical examination. During this stage, the physician will develop an operation plan, taking into consideration the patients’ facial features and individual needs.
- Harvesting of Grafts – The unshaven method, which is generally applied to individuals with long hair, is a method that is also applicable for eyebrow transplantation. The small number of grafts needed will also enable this procedure to be performed easily. The harvesting of grafts with the application of the unshaven method only requires a small area at the back of the head to be shaved. The shaven area where the grafts will be extracted will not be visible, as it will be covered with the existing hair. When extracting the hair follicles, only single hairs will be harvested. Because only single hairs can give the brows an attractive appearance,
- Transplanting the grafts using a Choi implanter – Before the extraction process, local anesthesia will be administered within the donor area. In eyebrow transplantation performed with the DHI method, the area to be transplanted will also be anesthetized by local anesthesia. With the utilization of a Choi implanter, hair follicles are transplanted, taking into account the accurate angle and direction of hair growth. This process is significant to achieving an aesthetic appearance.
- Post-operative dressing – On the day following the procedure, a dressing will be applied to ensure that the hair follicles have been anchored to the dermal tissue, as well as to prevent any other medical complications from occurring.
Eyebrow transplantation only requires an average of 200-300 grafts. The procedure generally takes around 2-3 hours.
Candidates for Eyebrow Transplantation
Eyebrow transplantation can be performed on individuals who have partial or complete hair loss in their eyebrows.
Results After Eyebrow Transplantation
The growth process of newly transplanted eyebrows is the same as a hair transplant procedure. Within 15 days following the procedure, the patient may experience a temporary condition called shock-loss. In the next 3 months, the patient will notice visible hair growth. It is possible to observe the results in the upcoming 8–12 months following the procedure.