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Get the Look You Want with an Eyebrow Transplant

- Monday.November 08. 2021

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The eyes often steal the show when it comes to the facial features that we all try to get looking their best. But in recent times, people have started to aim a little higher and focus on getting beautiful eyebrows.

Eyebrows make an essential contribution to the attractiveness of your face and provide more practical purposes, such as subtly shading your eyes from the sun and helping you convey emotions, including surprise and frustration.

The current trend for people of all ages is to have fuller, more shapely brows that frame the eyes and bring balance and structure to the face. People in their forties and fifties are also looking to reverse the eyebrow thinning process that naturally comes with age.



There are various ways to achieve the desired look. Many people choose permanent tattoos, microblading, or even brow lamination. But none of these offers a satisfactorily natural looking, long term solution. However, there is another alternative that does give results that last.

The benefits of the procedure are plentiful. It’s a relatively straightforward process that you can complete during a day surgery session. And the hair used for the transplant will be your own, harvested from a small area at the back of your head. What’s more, the results are longer lasting than the other eyebrow enhancement options we mentioned earlier.

Types of people typically looking for an eyebrow transplant

Eyebrow transplant is a procedure that appeals equally to men and women. Often, those with naturally thin eyebrows are seeking a solution that gives them more thickness and fullness. Others may seek a different shaped eyebrow to those nature gave them.

But other reasons, such as scarring after accidents like chemical or physical trauma to the face, or hair loss brought about by other non-medical reasons, can result in the need or desire for surgery.


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Dr Martinick says, “along with seeking the more fashionable thicker eyebrows, transplant surgery can reshape and regenerate sparsening eyebrows due to overplucking, injury or disease, or self-inflicted plucking disorder, trichotillomania.”

“Eyebrow transplants also help patients who have either lost their eyebrows or needed to conceal scarring from burns, explosions, or plastic surgery.”

If you’re over the age of 20, eyebrow transplants offer a permanent eyebrow enhancement solution that uses your own hair to boost the thickness of your brows. You can also choose to change the shape and length of your brows if you want.

Where is the procedure conducted?

Eyebrow restoration procedures are carried out in either our Perth or Sydney clinic. Generally, eyebrow transplantation is an outpatient procedure, meaning you won’t need continued medical care after completing the surgery.

You can expect to pay around $6,500 for an eyebrow transplant in Australia. And in most cases, an eyebrow hair restoration procedure will take about 3 to 6 hours.

What happens during an eyebrow transplantation

The precise nature of the procedure depends on the look you’re going for and the number of transplants it will take to achieve it. Ahead of your procedure, you’ll need to tell your doctor your eyebrow goal – the size, shape and fullness of eyebrow you envisage for yourself. You might want to show the surgeon pictures of the kind of eyebrows you’re looking for.

The surgeon will then ensure all follicles that are transplanted work together to achieve this look. If you’re unsure which eyebrow shape is ideal for your face, your surgeon’s experience means they should have the expertise to suggest the best solution.

Eyebrow transplants can normally take approximately 500 grafts. In some cases, the number may be higher depending on the condition of the patient. Your specialist will harvest donor hair from the back of your head. These will be dissected into individual hair follicles using a special microscope. Then it’s down to the surgeon to implant the hairs to create the eyebrows you want.

The harvesting of donor hair 

To get the hair, the surgeon will make a 5 cm incision into the back of your scalp. There’s no need for you to shave your head, and the sutures used during this procedure will automatically dissolve.

However, there will be a small scar left behind from where the hairs were harvested, but this is rarely a problem for women as the rest of your hair will cover it. And it will only show for men who opt for an all-over shave or buzz cut.

The surgeon’s skill is vital

“Eyebrow transplant is the ultimate in artistry. Achieving permanent, completely natural-looking eyebrows is highly dependent on the skill, artistry, and experience of the transplanting doctor,” says Dr Martinick.

Harvesting donor hair is one thing. Expertly transplanting it in the brow, so it achieves the desired look naturally is another thing entirely. And this is why it’s vital to choose your hair transplant doctor wisely. The best doctors know that eyebrow hair grows in different directions in different areas. Upwards nearer the nose. Outwards as you get to the temples.

All of the hairs grow out of the skin at an acute, almost flat angle. So to replicate this, surgeons need to conduct the transplant using needles that lie on the skin’s surface, allowing the hair to be implanted flat against the brow bone.

The surgeon will do this by carefully inserting each hair follicle into the recipient site incision in your brow. Achieving a natural look relies on expertise, as individual follicle transplant is very delicate and must be at the correct orientation, angle, and direction.

Risks and side effects of an eyebrow transplant

Eyebrow transplants are straightforward, low risk procedures. Hair direction and curl, colour and texture mismatch or lack of regrowth are the most common complications. These complications are physician dependent and decrease with experience and using the proper technique.

As with any surgery to the skin, you might experience swelling, soreness and redness or tenderness around the brow area for a few days or weeks afterwards, especially if you have pale or sensitive skin. As the implants heal, scabs will form, and these could itch from time to time. Infections and bruising are infrequent side effects of eyebrow transplants.

It’s important to know that because your natural hairs will be transplanted into your brow, they will grow in the same way as they would if they were still on your head. So you’ll need to regularly trim transplanted hairs to maintain your look.

Also, even the most perfectly transplanted eyebrow hairs will be slightly elevated, with coarse hair tending to stick up a little more than fine hair. So you might need to use a little eyebrow gel. But that’s a small price to pay to get a natural looking, long term eyebrow solution.

Recovery time and growth phase

Dr Martinick says, “recovery time after the eyebrow transplant procedure was relatively quick, with it only taking 2 to 3 days for the swelling to go down.”

However, you should expect some shedding around 3 to 5 weeks after the procedure, but this should not worry you since it’s a natural process, and your hair will begin to grow back after two months.

It usually takes around 3 to 4 months after the procedure before the new eyebrows enter their anagen (growth) phase. The full effect of the replanted eyebrows is usually evident after 9 to 12 months.

“Eyebrow hair usually only grows at half the rate of scalp hair, which has a growth cycle of around .30 mm – .41 mm per day. However, the transplanted eyebrows grow at the same rate of natural scalp hair and will require fortnightly trimming,” Dr Martinick says.

Reports from the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) show that the rapid growth phase of the transplanted brows usually slows down after a few years, thereby requiring less regular trimming.

The importance of having realistic expectations

As with all forms of cosmetic enhancement, the patient must have realistic expectations of what can be achieved by the procedure. As mentioned above, there will be slight differences in the length of transplanted hair compared to natural eyebrow hair, which can be easily rectified using grooming techniques or gel.

Combining the ease in carrying out the procedure and the impressive long term results make an eyebrow transplant an attractive proposition to those wanting to make more of facial features that play a significant role in our overall appearance and attractiveness.





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