Your eyebrows may be a barrier that helps keep moisture and debris out of your eyes, but they are also important for non-verbal communication and facial recognition. You may also have some strong ideas on how you want your brows to look cosmetically.
Yet, it’s possible that, like other places on your body, your brows can suffer hair loss. This may be due to thyroid issues or other diseases, skin conditions, injuries or scars that interfere with hair growth, over-plucking, or simply a dissatisfaction with your natural brows.
You may not know that there is a special form of hair transplant procedure designed to augment or replace your natural eyebrows. The process consists of a simple, in-office session that relocates hair from healthy locations that resist hair loss to your brow.
Direct follicle implant
For your brow transplant, the team at Eternal Hair and Esthetics uses a technique called direct follicle implant, or DFI. It’s a process that’s similar to follicular unit extraction, the most recent and up-to-date method for conventional hair transplants. DFI uses a special extractor and implanter, both designed specifically for brow work, to harvest and relocate individual hair follicles.
Donor sites for follicles are typically spots that resist natural hair loss. These are often at the back of your head, near your neck or behind your ears. Although there’s little chance of scarring using the DFI method, both locations cover any signs of the DFI procedure.
Rebuilding natural brow appearance
The DFI procedure works as it sounds. Individual follicles are isolated for harvest, then transferred to your brow. The implant tool is less than one millimeter in diameter, so the follicle can be implanted without need for incision. This means there’s little to no bleeding or scarring.
Because each follicle is placed individually, your brow specialist can locate your transplant according to plan, placing each hair also at the optimal angle for brow hair growth. The follicle retains the properties of the original hair location, so it may require more frequent trimming. In total, it takes between 100 and 400 hairs to augment or replace your brows, depending on your exclusive needs.
After the brow transplant
Though the brow transplant process is meticulous, it’s straightforward. Local anesthetics are typical for your comfort during the procedure, but once it’s done, you’re free to go home. There may be swelling in the brow area, but this is usually short-lived, often gone within 24 hours.
The transplant process can disrupt the normal growth cycle of the relocated follicles. It’s not unusual for the existing hair to fall out shortly after the transplant, so there’s no need for concern. Another will follow in its place as the follicle establishes itself. Full results from a brow transplant can take up to a year to show.
The brow transplant team at Eternal Hair and Esthetics can answer your questions about how this procedure can help you. Contact the office by phone or through the online booking tool to arrange your personal consultation today.