30 Most Common Questions Regarding Eyebrow Hair Transplantation

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


If you are considering eyebrow hair transplantation, read this informative blog. All your questions about eyebrow transplantation will be answered here.

1) What is an eyebrow transplant procedure?

An eyebrow transplant is a cosmetic procedure that involves taking hair from one part of the body (usually the back of the head) and transplanting these hairs to the eyebrow area. This procedure is done to enhance the appearance of the eyebrows, particularly for individuals with thin or sparse eyebrows.

2) How does the process of eyebrow transplantation work?

The process of eyebrow transplantation is a specialized form of hair transplantation and involves several steps:

  1. Consultation: The first step is a consultation with a qualified hair transplantation plastic surgeon who will assess your needs and eligibility for the procedure. You and your chosen hair transplantation surgeon will discuss your medical history, expectations, and the desired shape and thickness of the eyebrows.
  2. Planning and Designing: Your chosen hair transplantation surgeon will then map out your desired eyebrow shape. Eyebrow design will be customized to ensure that the final results will be symmetrical and natural looking.
  3. Donor Area Selection: Your chosen hair transplantation will identify an appropriate donor area where hair closely matches the characteristics of eyebrow hair. For eyebrow hair transplantation the donor site is usually the back of the head.
  4. Harvesting Hair Follicles: Hair follicles are extracted once the donor area is determined. Usually, this procedure is completed with a method called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), which involves removing individual hair follicles from the scalp.
  5. Preparation of Hair Follicles: The extracted follicles are then prepared under a microscope to ensure they are of the correct size and structure for transplantation.
  6. Transplantation: Once the follicles are ready, your hair transplantation surgeon and his transplant team will make tiny incisions in the predetermined areas of the eyebrows and implant the follicles one at a time. This process is performed carefully to ensure the hair follicles are implanted at the proper depth and angle to mimic natural eyebrow growth.
  7. Post-Procedure Care: After the procedure, you will be given instructions for post-operative care. Post-operative care includes keeping the area clean and avoiding strenuous activities for a few days.

3) Typically, how much does an eyebrow transplant cost?

The cost of an eyebrow transplant can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the expertise of your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team, the geographic location of the eyebrow hair transplant clinic, the complexity of the procedure, and the number of hair follicles being transplanted.

As of September 2021, the typical cost for an eyebrow transplant in the United States ranges from $3,000 to $6,000. The cost could be even higher in some high-end clinics or with highly sought-after hair transplantation surgeons.

It is also important to note that most health insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures like eyebrow transplants, so the cost is generally out-of-pocket for the patient. However, some clinics may offer payment plans or financing options.

Consider the cost and quality of care when choosing a surgeon for an eyebrow transplant. Please note that prices can change over time and can differ in your location or situation. Consider contacting a few clinics or hair transplantation surgeons for a consultation and quote for the most accurate information. Also, ask for before-and-after photos and patient testimonials to ensure that your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team can provide your desired results.

4) Are the results of an eyebrow transplant permanent?

Typically, an eyebrow transplant procedure is permanent because the procedure involves transplanting hair follicles from one part of the body to the eyebrow area. Once these hair follicles are implanted and healed, these hairs should continue to grow as they would have grown in their original site. It is essential to understand that the transplanted hairs are taken from the scalp and retain their original characteristics. The transplanted hairs will grow at the same rate as scalp hair, which is faster than the natural rate of eyebrow hair growth. As a result, transplanted eyebrows often require regular trimming to maintain a natural appearance. Additionally, some factors can impact the procedure's long-term success. For instance, if a person suffers from a condition that causes hair loss, such as alopecia areata, this could also affect the transplanted hairs. Following all post-operative care instructions is essential to ensure the best possible outcome. Care includes avoiding touching or scratching the area, protecting the area from sun exposure, and avoiding certain activities until the area has fully healed. Finally, while the procedure is generally permanent, changes in your body, overall health, and aging can sometimes affect the longevity of the results. It is best to discuss these considerations with your hair transplant surgeon to understand what to expect clearly.

5) What are the risks and potential complications of eyebrow hair transplantation?

Like any surgical procedure, eyebrow transplantation does carry some risks and potential complications, including:

  1. Infection: While rare, there is a risk of infection at the transplant or donor sites.
  2. Scarring: There may be minor scarring at the donor site or the eyebrow area. The skill of your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team can significantly reduce this risk.
  3. Unsatisfactory results: Your final results may not meet your expectations. These unsatisfactory results could include uneven hair growth, asymmetry, incorrect direction of hair growth, or not achieving your desired fullness or shape.
  4. Bleeding: Some bleeding is expected during and immediately after the procedure, but excessive or ongoing bleeding can be a potential risk.
  5. Swelling or bruising may occur around the eyebrows or eyes after the procedure.
  6. Pain or discomfort: While local anesthesia is used during the procedure, there might be some pain or discomfort during recovery.
  7. Allergic reaction: There is a slight risk of an allergic reaction to the local anesthetic or other medications used during the procedure.
  8. Folliculitis: Inflammation or infection of the hair follicles (folliculitis) can sometimes occur after a transplant. This infection may require antibiotics.
  9. Nerve damage: While rare, there is a small risk of nerve damage that could affect sensation in the treated area.
  10. Hair follicle death: There is a risk that some of the transplanted hair follicles will not "take" and will die instead of producing new hair.

The best way to minimize risks is to ensure the procedure is performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplantation professional. A good hair surgeon will take all possible precautions to minimize risks and will be able to handle any complications that may arise. Also, proper aftercare can significantly reduce the risk of complications. Always discuss possible risks and complications with your hair surgeon before deciding to undergo an eyebrow hair transplant.

6) How long does it take to see the final results of an eyebrow transplant?

Usually, the full results of an eyebrow transplant are seen 6 to 12 months after the procedure. However, the exact timeline can vary based on individual factors, such as your healing process and the characteristics of your hair growth.

Remember, every patient's experience can be slightly different, and individual results can vary. Regular follow-ups with your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team are essential to ensure the eyebrows are healing correctly and progressing as expected. Remember, these are general guidelines, and individual experiences may vary. It is essential to follow the specific post-care instructions your surgeon provides and keep all scheduled follow-up appointments so your surgeon can monitor your healing process. If you notice any signs of complications, such as excessive swelling, pain, or signs of infection, contact your hair transplant surgeon immediately.

7) How long is the recovery period after an eyebrow transplant?

Here is a general timeline of what to expect:

  1. First few days: The transplanted eyebrow area may be red and swollen after the procedure. Tiny crusts might form around each transplanted hair follicle. It is essential to follow the hair transplantation surgeon's instructions for care during this period.
  2. 2-3 weeks: The transplanted hairs often start falling out. This process is a normal cycle after eyebrow hair transplantation, so there is no need to worry. The hair follicles are still intact and will produce new hair growth quickly.
  3. 1-3 months: Patients might experience "shock loss," where existing hair in the transplanted area sheds. This shock is a normal response to the trauma of eyebrow hair transplantation surgery. Usually, this shock is temporary. New hair from the transplanted follicles should start to grow back during this period.
  4. 3-6 months: New hair begins to grow. The eyebrows may still appear thin at this stage.
  5. 6-12 months: The transplanted hair follicles will have fully established themselves, and the eyebrows will become noticeably denser as the new hairs grow and mature. Usually by 12 months, patients can see the final results of the eyebrow transplantation.

8) Can anyone undergo an eyebrow transplant, or are there specific eligibility criteria?

While many people can benefit from an eyebrow transplant, only some are ideal eyebrow transplant candidates. A good candidate for an eyebrow transplant meets the following criteria:

  1. Sufficient donor hair: Good candidates have enough healthy hair on the back or sides of the scalp (or sometimes other body areas) to donate to the eyebrow area.
  2. Healthy enough for minor surgery: You should be in good overall health. Certain medical conditions, such as blood clotting disorders or chronic infections, could increase the risk of complications.
  3. Realistic expectations: Patients should understand what the procedure can and cannot achieve and have realistic expectations about the results.
  4. Stable hair loss: If the loss of eyebrow hair is ongoing due to a condition like alopecia areata, a hormonal imbalance, or certain medications, these issues must be stabilized or resolved before undergoing an eyebrow transplant.
  5. No keloidal tendencies: Some people have a genetic tendency to develop keloids, which are raised, thickened areas of scar tissue. These individuals may not be good candidates for an eyebrow transplant, as the procedure could trigger keloid formation in the eyebrows and the donor site.
  6. Non-smokers or ready to quit: Smoking can harm wound healing, so non-smokers make better candidates. If a patient does smoke, they should be willing to quit at least 3 weeks before and after the procedure to ensure proper healing.
  7. No active skin disease in the area: Conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or any active skin infection in the eyebrow area may need to be managed before surgery can be considered.

Ultimately, the decision to undergo an eyebrow transplant should be made in consultation with a qualified medical professional who can evaluate your circumstances and advise whether the procedure is worthwhile.

9) Is eyebrow hair transplantation procedure painful? What kind of anesthesia is used during the eyebrow hair transplantation procedure?

Typically, the eyebrow transplant procedure is done under local anesthesia. This means the area being worked on will be numbed, so you should not feel pain during the procedure. Usually, the local anesthetic used is a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine. Before administering the local anesthetic, you may feel a slight pinch or sting from the needle. Once the anesthesia takes effect, you should feel numb in the treated areas. Post-procedure, you might experience some mild discomfort, swelling, or bruising. Usually, these condition can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers that your plastic surgeon will recommend or prescribe.

Everyone has a different tolerance for pain, so pain experienced during and after hair transplantation can vary. Some people find the procedure and recovery more uncomfortable than others. It is important to discuss any concerns about pain with your hair transplantation surgeon before the procedure and to let them know if the pain becomes an issue during recovery.

10) How do I choose the right hair transplant surgeon for an eyebrow transplantation?

Choosing the right hair surgeon is crucial in ensuring the best outcome for an eyebrow transplant. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Board Certification: Make sure your chosen surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery. Board certification shows that your surgeon has undergone extensive training and passed rigorous exams in their specialty.
  2. Experience with Eyebrow Transplants: Look for an eyebrow hair surgeon with specific experience with eyebrow transplants, not just hair transplants. Eyebrow transplants are a specialized procedure and require unique skills to ensure a natural-looking result.
  3. Before-and-After Photos: Ask to see photos of previous eyebrow transplants your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team have performed. Photos can give you an idea of the results you can expect and the quality of your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team's work.
  4. Patient Reviews: Look for reviews from previous patients. Reviews can provide insight into your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team's skills, bedside manner, and the patient's satisfaction with their results.
  5. Consultation: During a consultation, your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team should be willing to answer all your questions, discuss your options, and explain the procedure and recovery process. You should feel comfortable and confident in their care.
  6. Hospital Privileges: Even though an eyebrow transplant is likely performed in an outpatient setting, surgeons with hospital privileges have been vetted by their peers for safety and competency.
  7. Transparent Pricing: Your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team or their office staff should be upfront about the cost of the procedure, what is included, and the payment options available.
  8. Professionalism of Staff: Your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team's staff should be friendly, helpful, and professional. They play a significant role in the patient's surgical experience.

Remember, the goal is to find a good surgeon and the right one for you. Your chosen plastic surgeon should be someone who makes you feel comfortable, listens to your concerns, and has the experience and skills to achieve the results you desire.

11) What is the donor area for the hair used in an eyebrow transplant?

Typically, the donor area for an eyebrow transplant is the back of the scalp, also known as the occipital region. This area is commonly used because the hair here is more resistant to hair loss than other areas of the scalp. The hair in this area often closely matches the characteristics of eyebrow hair in terms of thickness and growth rate, making it a suitable choice for transplantation to the eyebrows.

The procedure to extract hair from the donor area is generally done through a method called FUE. In this method, individual hair follicles are carefully removed and then transplanted to the eyebrow area. In some cases, if scalp hair is not appropriate or sufficient, your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team might consider using body hair, such as from the arm or leg, but this is less common and depends on the individual patient's hair characteristics.

12) Will the transplanted hair grow like normal eyebrow hair?

Transplanted hair retains the characteristics of the area from which it was taken. This means that if hair is taken from the scalp (as it usually is in eyebrow transplants), it will continue to grow like scalp hair even after it is been transplanted to the eyebrow area. Since scalp hair grows faster and longer than natural eyebrow hair, so you will likely need to trim the transplanted hairs regularly to maintain a natural eyebrow appearance. Additionally, scalp hair may be slightly different in texture and color compared to your natural eyebrow hair. An experienced hair transplantation surgeon will place the hairs in a way that follows the natural growth pattern of your eyebrows, which can help to achieve a natural-looking result. While it is not exactly like natural eyebrow hair, a successful eyebrow transplant can significantly enhance the fullness and shape of the eyebrows. It is important to discuss your expectations with your surgeon to ensure that an eyebrow transplant can achieve the results you desire.

13) How natural will the eyebrows look after the transplantation?

An eyebrow transplant aims to achieve the most natural-looking results possible. However, the final appearance will largely depend on the skill and expertise of your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team performing the procedure. A skilled surgeon can meticulously place each hair follicle in the right direction and angle to mimic the natural growth pattern of eyebrow hairs. Remember, the transplanted hair will be taken from your scalp (or possibly another part of your body), so it will maintain its original characteristics. Your transplanted hairs will grow longer and faster than natural eyebrow hair and must be regularly trimmed to maintain a natural look. Also, remember that an eyebrow transplant's full results take time. The transplanted hair will shed after a few weeks, a normal part of the process. The new hair growth will begin after a few months and will continue to fill in throughout 6 to 12 months. However, it is crucial to have realistic expectations. For example, while an eyebrow transplant can enhance the appearance of your eyebrows, it might not perfectly replicate the eyebrows you had when you were younger or the eyebrows of a particular celebrity you admire. So during your consultation, your eyebrow hair transplant surgeon should provide realistic expectations of what can be achieved, given your circumstances.

14) Are there any special care instructions post-procedure?

Yes, following the proper aftercare instructions is crucial for the best outcome and minimizing potential complications after an eyebrow transplant. While your hair transplant surgeon will provide specific instructions tailored to your needs and the specifics of your procedure, here are some general guidelines:

  1. Wound care: Keep the transplanted area clean according to your doctor's instructions. You will be advised not to touch, rub, or scratch the area to prevent infection and dislodging of the newly transplanted hair follicles.
  2. Swelling management: Some swelling is expected after the procedure. To minimize swelling, you can use cold compresses around the area (avoiding direct contact) and try to sleep with your head elevated for the first few nights.
  3. Activity restrictions: You will be advised to avoid strenuous activities, including heavy lifting and exercise, for at least a week or more. These activities can increase blood pressure and potentially dislodge the new grafts.
  4. Hair washing: Your hair transplantation surgeon will provide specific instructions on when and how to wash your hair and eyebrows after the procedure. It is essential to be very gentle when washing the area for the first week.
  5. Avoid sun exposure: You should protect the transplanted eyebrow area from direct sun exposure. Sunlight can harm the new grafts and affect healing.
  6. Smoking and alcohol: It is generally advised to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least a few weeks before and after the procedure, as these can interfere with healing.
  7. Medications: Your eyebrow hair surgeon may prescribe medications to help manage pain and prevent infection. Be sure to take these as directed.
  8. Follow-up appointments: Attending all scheduled follow-up appointments is essential so your surgeon can monitor your healing and progress.

Remember, these are general guidelines, and your hair transplantation surgeon's specific instructions may vary. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, do not hesitate to contact your surgeon's office.

15) Can I resume my normal activities immediately after the eyebrow hair transplantation procedure?

Since the eyebrow transplant is an outpatient procedure, you will go home the same day. It is not recommended to resume all normal activities immediately after the procedure. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Rest: It is advised to rest and take it easy for at least the first few days after surgery. Some people may feel fine, while others might feel tired or sore.
  2. Work: Depending on the nature of your job, you can return to work within a few days to a week. If your job involves strenuous physical activity, you may need to wait longer before going back.
  3. Exercise: Strenuous activities and exercises should be avoided for at least a week to 10 days after the procedure. These activities can increase blood flow to the scalp, potentially dislodging the newly transplanted hair grafts.
  4. Hair and Skincare: You must be careful when washing your hair and face to avoid disturbing the fragile transplanted grafts. Your eyebrow hair surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to do this safely.

Remember, these are general guidelines. Individual experiences can vary. Always follow the specific aftercare instructions provided by your hair surgeon. They know your case best and can give advice based on your situation.

The most important thing is to give your body time to heal correctly. Rushing back to normal activities can risk complications and affect your eyebrow transplant results.

16) What are the alternatives to eyebrow hair transplantation?

There are several alternatives to eyebrow transplantation for individuals looking to enhance the appearance of their eyebrows. The best choice for you will depend on the cause of your eyebrow hair loss and your personal preferences:

  1. Microblading: This is a type of semi-permanent makeup where a trained technician uses a fine blade to deposit pigment into the skin, creating hair-like strokes that mimic natural eyebrows. Usually, results last for 1-3 years before a touch-up is required. One major problem with microblading is that the procedure causes scar tissue throughout the eyebrow.
  2. Eyebrow tattoo: Similar to microblading, this procedure uses a tattooing technique to apply pigment to the skin. Usually, eyebrow tattoos penetrate deeper than microblading and produces a more solid and less hair-like appearance. Over time, eyebrow tattoos looks more like a tattoo and less like eyebrows.
  3. Eyebrow makeup: Various makeup products, such as eyebrow pencils, powders, and gels, can fill sparse eyebrows and create a fuller look. The results are dependent on the few eyebrow hair that you have left.
  4. Eyebrow extensions: Similar to eyelash extensions, eyebrow extensions involve attaching synthetic or natural hair to your existing eyebrow hairs or skin to enhance fullness and shape. Typically, they last a few weeks. The problem with eyebrow extensions is that, similar to eyebrow make-up, the extensions rely on your existing eyebrow hairs. Also, applying eyebrow extensions causes trauma to existing eyebrow hairs.
  5. Topical treatments: Some over-the-counter and prescription treatments, such as Minoxidil (Rogaine), have been used off-label to promote eyebrow growth, although their effectiveness varies. The problem with topical treatments is that you need to apply the drops or foam to your eyebrows everyday for the rest of your life.
  6. Nutrition and supplements: In some cases, eyebrow hair loss can be caused by nutritional deficiencies. Ensuring a balanced diet and taking certain supplements may promote hair health and growth. Diet and supplements are unlikely to regrow hair in the case of permanent hair loss.

It is essential to consult a certified, professional healthcare provider to understand the best option for your specific eyebrow needs. These professionals can provide information regarding each option's benefits, potential risks, and expected results.

17) Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to an eyebrow hair transplant?

Allergic reactions, due to an eyebrow transplant procedure, are infrequent. Allergic reactions are rare because the procedure involves transplanting your hair follicles from another part of your body. No foreign material is introduced that might cause an allergic response.

However, some individuals might have a sensitivity or allergy to the local anesthesia used during the procedure or to any topical solutions or medications applied before or after the surgery. While allergic reactions are extremely uncommon after eyebrow transplantation, reactions could include redness, swelling, itching, or rashes.

You must inform your eyebrow hair transplantation surgeon before the procedure if you have a known allergy or sensitivity to certain medications or substances. Likewise, seek immediate medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction after your eyebrow transplant, such as excessive swelling, redness, itching, or difficulty breathing.

As with any surgical procedure, an eyebrow transplant carries some risks, such as infection, bleeding, or scarring. Carefully choosing a reputable, experienced surgeon and following all aftercare instructions can minimize these risks. It is important to discuss all potential risks and complications with your surgeon before deciding to proceed with an eyebrow transplant.

18) What happens if I am not satisfied with the results of my eyebrow transplant?

If you are not satisfied with the results of your eyebrow transplant, the first step is to communicate your concerns with your hair surgeon. Given your circumstances, they can assess your progress and provide insight into whether your results are still developing or are as expected. Remember, the full results of an eyebrow transplant take time. The transplanted hair will often shed after a few weeks, a normal part of the process. The new hair growth will begin after a few months and will continue to fill in throughout 6 to 12 months. So it may be too early to judge the final results if it is only been a few weeks or months since your procedure. If your results are indeed unsatisfactory after a sufficient amount of time has passed, your eyebrow hair transplantation surgeon might suggest several options:

  1. Additional hair transplant: If sufficient donor hair remains, another transplant session could be considered to add more density or refine the shape of the eyebrows.
  2. Non-surgical solutions: Temporary options such as eyebrow makeup, microblading, or eyebrow tattooing could enhance the eyebrows' appearance.
  3. Medical treatments: If the lack of satisfactory growth is due to a health condition or medication, addressing these factors could improve eyebrow growth.

Before proceeding with any further treatments, it is essential to have a transparent and honest discussion with your hair surgeon about your expectations and the likelihood of achieving your desired. Consider seeking a second opinion if necessary.

19) Can eyebrow transplants help in cases of complete hair loss due to medical conditions like alopecia?

Eyebrow transplants can help in cases of complete hair loss due to alopecia. Still, the success of the procedure and its suitability can vary significantly depending on the specific type of alopecia and the individual's condition.

For instance, in cases of Alopecia Areata or Alopecia Universalis, where your immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair loss, a hair transplant may not be the best solution. The reason is that the newly transplanted hair follicles could also be targeted by the immune system, thus, leading to unsuccessful growth.

In contrast, if the hair loss is due to traction alopecia (caused by sustained tension on hairs, often due to certain hairstyles) or scarring alopecia (where hair follicles are replaced with scar tissue), a hair transplant could potentially be successful if there is enough healthy donor hair and the underlying condition causing the hair loss has been addressed.

It is crucial to have a thorough consultation with a qualified eyebrow hair transplantation surgeon to understand the cause of your hair loss and to discuss whether an eyebrow transplant or another treatment could be a viable solution. They can also discuss other potential treatment options for alopecia, such as medication, corticosteroid injections, or other therapies.

Sometimes, non-surgical solutions like eyebrow makeup, semi-permanent makeup, or microblading might be more appropriate and help create fuller eyebrows.

20) Can I shape and trim my transplanted eyebrows as expected, or are there any restrictions?

After an eyebrow transplant, you can indeed trim and shape your eyebrows. However you will need to wait until the transplanted area has fully healed before you begin regular grooming. Typically, you can start grooming around 1 to 2 weeks after the eyebrow transplantation procedure. Your hair surgeon will provide more specific guidance based on your case.

Once the healing process is complete, you can trim the transplanted hairs, as the transplanted hairs will tend to grow longer and faster than natural eyebrow areas. Remember, the transplanted hairs taken from your scalp retain their original growth characteristics even after being transplanted.

Shaping and plucking stray eyebrow hairs can be done, but it is essential to be gentle to avoid damaging the hair follicles. Also, remember not to pluck the transplanted hairs, as they may not regrow. If you need help shaping your eyebrows, consider getting help from a professional beautician or aesthetician.

Always remember that if you have any doubts or concerns about caring for your transplanted eyebrows, it is best to consult with your eyebrow hair transplantation surgeon who is familiar with post-transplant hair care.

21) What medical conditions cause eyebrow hair loss?

Eyebrow hair loss, also known as eyebrow alopecia, can be caused by several medical conditions, including:

  1. Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles. This condition leads to hair loss of the scalp, eyebrows, and other parts of the body.
  2. Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism: Both thyroid conditions can cause hair loss, including from the eyebrows. Eyebrow hair loss due to the thyroid is particularly apparent on the outer half of the eyebrows. The reason for this observation is unknown.
  3. Atopic Dermatitis: This type of eczema can cause skin inflammation, leading to hair loss in the affected area.
  4. Nutritional deficiencies: Deficiencies in specific vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, vitamin D, and biotin, can lead to hair loss.
  5. Chemotherapy: This cancer treatment is known to cause hair loss, including eyebrow hair loss. Chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells in the body, including eyebrow hair follicles.
  6. Trichotillomania: This is a psychological condition where a person compulsively pulls out their hair, even eyebrow hair.
  7. Leprosy: In some instances, this chronic infectious disease can cause loss of eyebrow hair.
  8. Aging: With aging, it is common for hair all over the body, including the eyebrows, to thin and permanently shed.
  9. Stress: Both physical and emotional stress can lead to temporary or even permanent hair loss, including hair loss from the eyebrows.
  10. Traction alopecia: This form of hair loss is caused by pulling on the hair, such as from certain hairstyles or excessive eyebrow grooming.

If you are experiencing eyebrow hair loss and are unsure why, you should consult with a hair healthcare provider. An eyebrow hair transplantation surgeon can evaluate your symptoms, run tests, and help determine the cause and most effective treatment options.

22) What is the size of the donor area for eyebrow hair transplantation?

The size of the donor area for an eyebrow transplant largely depends on the number of hair grafts required to achieve the desired eyebrow results. Typically, the hair for eyebrow transplantation is obtained from the back of the scalp (the occipital region). Hair harvested from the back of the head is more resistant to hair loss compared to hair harvested from the front, sides or top of the head. In addition to increased hair survival rates, hair harvested from the occiput provides hair that closely resembles the characteristics of eyebrow hair. A skilled hair surgeon will carefully choose and extract individual hair follicles. For a typical eyebrow transplant, 400 to 500 hair follicles might be transplanted per eyebrow. The exact number of eyebrow hairs transplanted depends on the extent of eyebrow hair loss and your desired eyebrow thickness. Regarding physical size, the donor area for this number of grafts is generally relatively small and distributed across the back of the scalp to minimize the visual impact. Usually, the size is about 3 by 5 inches. Once the donor site is healed, there should be no noticeable difference in the hair density in the donor area. However, this may vary based on the technique used, your hair density, and your chosen hair transplant surgeon and his hair transplant team's approach. Your hair surgeon can provide more detailed information tailored to your needs during your eyebrow consultation.

23) Can I undergo eyebrow hair transplantation if I have had microblading before?

Yes, you can have an eyebrow hair transplant even if you have had microblading. Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique used to create the illusion of fuller brows. Microblading does not involve the hair follicles or prevent future hair growth. Microblading may even traumatize the eyebrows causing further eyebrow hair loss. In regards to microblading and how the procedure relates to eyebrow transplantation, there are a few considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Timeframe: If you have recently had microblading, you may need to wait a few weeks to months before undergoing an eyebrow hair transplant procedure. This additional time allows the skin to heal fully from the microblading.
  2. Results assessment: The presence of microblading might make it a bit more challenging to assess the full results of the eyebrow hair transplant, especially in the early stages.
  3. Transplant planning: The pigment from microblading could make it more difficult for your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team to see and make precise placements of the new hair follicles.
  4. Expectation management: The color and shape of the microbladed eyebrows might not perfectly match the transplanted hairs, which could affect the overall aesthetic result.

It is best to have a detailed discussion with a qualified hair transplant surgeon to understand how prior microblading might affect your suitability for an eyebrow transplant, the planning of the procedure, and the potential results.

24) Who will determine the shape of my eyebrows during eyebrow transplantation?

The shape of your eyebrows during an eyebrow transplant is a collaborative decision made between you and your hair transplant surgeon. Your hair surgeon will consider your facial structure, symmetry, personal preferences, and the natural growth pattern of your eyebrows. During your eyebrow consultation, your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team will use their expertise to suggest a shape that will look natural and suit your face. Before your eyebrow hair transplant surgery, you and your hair surgeon will sketch your new proposed eyebrow shape. You and your hair transplant surgeon will discuss at length your new eyebrow shape and desired eyebrow volume before your procedure. Your input is vital to ensure the results align with your aesthetic eyebrow goals.

It is also important to note that the number of hair grafts available for transplant (from the donor site on the back of your scalp) may limit the density, shape, and thickness and of the eyebrows.

Remember to ask questions and ensure you are comfortable with the proposed eyebrow shape before proceeding with the eyebrow transplantation procedure. Also, consider looking at before-and-after photos of previous eyebrow hair transplantation patients to understand better what to expect.

25) Will I need touch-ups after eyebrow transplantation?

In some cases, touch-ups or additional sessions may be needed after eyebrow transplantation to achieve the desired results. The need for touch-ups can depend on various factors, including:

  1. Hair growth: After the initial transplantation, the transplanted hair will go through a shedding phase before new hair growth starts. It takes several months for the new hair to grow fully. If there are areas with less hair density or the final results are not as expected, a touch-up session may be considered to add more eyebrow hair grafts.
  2. Desired thickness or shape: Usually, the initial eyebrow hair transplantation achieves fantastic results for almost all individuals. However, some patients may desire a more defined or thicker appearance. In such cases, additional grafts can be transplanted during a touch-up session to enhance the eyebrows further.
  3. Refinement: Sometimes, minor adjustments or refinements are needed to achieve a more symmetrical or balanced eyebrow shape. Touch-up sessions can address these specific areas to refine the overall appearance.

It is important to note that the need for touch-ups varies from person to person and depends on individual factors. These factors include the quality of the initial procedure, your hair characteristics, and your desired outcome. Your hair surgeon will evaluate your progress during follow-up appointments and discuss the need for touch-ups or additional sessions based on your specific case.

During your initial consultation, it is advisable to discuss touch-ups with you hair surgeon and understand their policy regarding follow-up procedures and any associated costs.

26) How long does an eyebrow transplantation procedure take?

The duration of an eyebrow transplantation procedure can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the case and the number of hair grafts being transplanted. However, on average, an eyebrow transplantation procedure can take around 4 to 6 hours.

During the procedure, your chosen hair surgeon and his transplant team will shave a 3x5 inch area on the back of your scalp. Then, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the donor and recipient areas where the hair will be transplanted. Your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team will carefully extract individual hair follicles from the donor area using the FUE technique. Afterward, your hair surgeon will make tiny incisions in the recipient area and meticulously place the hair grafts to create the desired eyebrow shape and density. The length of the procedure can also depend on other factors, such as the experience and technique of your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team, your individual needs, and the complexity of the eyebrow restoration desired. It is important to note that the duration mentioned above is an estimate and can vary from case to case. During your consultation, your hair surgeon will provide you with a more accurate timeline based on your specific situation.

27) How do I prepare for an eyebrow transplantation procedure?

To prepare for an eyebrow transplantation procedure, you should follow the specific instructions provided by your eyebrow hair surgeon. However, here are some general guidelines:

  1. Consultation: Attend a consultation with your eyebrow hair surgeon to discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you may have. Your consultation is your opportunity to ask any questions about the procedure.
  2. Medical evaluation: Your hair surgeon may require a medical evaluation to assess your overall health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the eyebrow hair transplant procedure.
  3. Medications and supplements: Inform your hair surgeon about any medications, supplements, or any herbal remedies you take. Some medications and supplements can increase the risk of bleeding or interfere with the procedure, so your surgeon may advise you to temporarily discontinue them.
  4. Smoking and alcohol: If you smoke, it is recommended to quit at least three weeks before the procedure, as smoking can impair healing. Similarly, avoiding alcohol for two weeks before the procedure is advisable; alcohol can increase bleeding and affect the efficacy of anesthesia.
  5. Avoid blood-thinning substances: Two weeks before the procedure, avoid medications or substances that can thin your blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain herbal supplements. These can increase the risk of bleeding during the procedure.
  6. Arrange transportation: Since the procedure may involve sedation or local anesthesia, you must arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
  7. Follow fasting instructions: Your hair surgeon may provide specific fasting instructions, such as avoiding food and drink for a certain period before the procedure, especially if sedation is involved. It is essential to follow these instructions to prevent complications during the procedure.
  8. Arrange for post-procedure care: Plan your recovery by ensuring someone can assist you during the first few days after the procedure.
  9. Follow specific pre-procedure instructions: Your hair surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions regarding washing your hair, avoiding certain skincare products, and other specific guidelines to follow in the days leading up to the procedure.

Always consult your surgeon for precise instructions tailored to your needs and medical history. Following these instructions will help ensure a successful procedure and optimal recovery.

28) What happens on the day of surgery for an eyebrow transplantation?

On the day of surgery for eyebrow transplantation, several steps and preparations will occur. While the exact process may vary depending on your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team and the specific clinic, here is a general overview of what you can expect:

  1. Preparation and Anesthesia: You will be prepared for the procedure upon arrival at the clinic or surgical facility. Typically, you will be placed into a surgical gown. Then, the donor and eyebrow treatment area will be cleaned. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the donor and recipient areas of the eyebrows. You may also be given sedation if needed or desired. You will be placed face down.
  2. Hair Follicle Extraction: Your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team will use the FUE technique to extract individual hair follicles from the donor area. Typically, the FUE is done by making tiny incisions and carefully removing the follicles using specialized instruments and a FUE machine. The donor site is covered with a topical antibiotic cream and a dressing is placed. Then, you are turned over so you are laying on your back.
  3. Hair Graft Analysis: Each hair will be examined under a microscope. Poor or marginal hairs will be discarded. Hair follicles with a thick base will be trimmed. Only quality hairs will be used for transplantation. These actions maximize eyebrow hair success rate.
  4. Recipient Site Creation: After the donor hair follicles have been extracted, your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team will create tiny incisions or recipient sites in the eyebrow area where the transplanted hair will be placed. These incisions are made with precision to ensure proper alignment and natural growth.
  5. Hair Graft Placement: The extracted hair grafts will be carefully placed into the recipient sites in the desired pattern and direction to achieve a natural-looking eyebrow results. Your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team will ensure that the transplanted hairs blend seamlessly with your existing eyebrow hairs and complement your facial features.
  6. Post-Procedure Care: After the hair grafts have been placed, your hair surgeon will provide post-procedure care instructions. Instructions will include guidance on washing the area, applying prescribed ointments, and managing any discomfort or swelling.
  7. Recovery and Discharge: Once the procedure is complete, you will be monitored briefly to ensure you are stable and recovering well. If everything is satisfactory, you will be discharged from the clinic with specific aftercare instructions and any prescribed medications.

Remember, the above steps provide a general overview, and the exact process may differ based on your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team's technique and your case. Therefore, it is crucial to consult with your hair surgeon and follow their specific instructions to ensure a successful procedure and optimal recovery.

29) What happens to the donor site for hair transplantation?

After hair transplantation, the donor site (the area from which hair follicles were taken) will undergo a healing process. The specifics of the healing process can vary depending on the transplantation technique used. However, here is a general overview of what happens to the donor site:

  1. Immediate post-operative period: Following the procedure, the donor site may be covered with dressings or bandages to protect the area. Your hair surgeon will provide specific instructions on caring for the donor site during the initial healing phase.
  2. Redness and scabbing: Initially, you may experience some redness and scabbing in the donor area. Redness and scabbing are standard parts of the healing process and should resolve over time.
  3. Healing and closure: The donor site will gradually heal over several days to weeks. The small incisions or wounds created during follicle extraction will close and begin to heal. The healing process can vary in speed and appearance depending on individual factors, such as the body's healing ability and the specific technique.
  4. Scarring: Usually with the FUE technique, the donor site heals with tiny, punctate scars less noticeable than the linear scars associated with the old-fashioned technique of strip harvesting. However, the extent of scarring can also depend on individual factors and the skill of your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team.
  5. Hair regrowth: In most cases, the hair in the donor area will start to regrow within a few weeks to months after the procedure. Initially, the regrowth may be thin, but over time, it should gradually thicken and become more natural in appearance.

It is important to follow your hair surgeon's post-operative care instructions for the donor site to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. If you have any concerns or notice unexpected changes in the donor site, contact your hair surgeon for guidance and evaluation.

30) Do I have to go to Turkey for eyebrow hair transplantation?

No, you do not have to go to Turkey for an eyebrow hair transplantation. While Turkey is known for its hair transplant clinics, eyebrow hair transplantation is offered in various countries worldwide.

Hair transplant clinics specializing in eyebrow transplantation can be found in many countries, including the United States. Therefore, it is advisable to research and seek recommendations for reputable clinics and qualified surgeons in your own country or within your preferred geographical area.

Also, please consider if you have complications like an infection from a procedure performed overseas, medical treatment may difficult for you to obtain in the United States.

When choosing a clinic and surgeon, consider factors such as their experience, expertise, patient reviews, before-and-after photos, and any certifications or accreditations they hold. It is also essential to consult with your chosen plastic surgeon and his transplant team to discuss your specific needs, goals, and expectations.

Traveling for a hair transplant procedure can be a personal choice, and some individuals may choose to travel to a different country for various reasons. However, it is essential to carefully evaluate the clinic and your trusted hair surgeon to ensure their qualifications and reputation align with your expectations and safety considerations.

Ultimately, deciding where to have your eyebrow hair transplantation should be based on thorough research, discussions with qualified professionals, and your preferences and circumstances.

If you are considering eyebrow hair transplantation, please contact Dr. Katzen at (310) 859-7770 TODAY. Exciting new techniques have made this procedure safe, fast, and affordable while still yielding excellent reliable results. Consultations can be arranged in person or virtually through FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or WhatsApp. If you want thicker, fuller eyebrow, call Dr. Katzen NOW. With a four to six hour procedure under local anesthesia, you can have the eyebrows of your dreams.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.