Eyebrow restoration is a simple surgical outpatient procedure done under a local anesthetic in our clinics. It takes approximately three to four hour-long to complete. Initially, our doctors with a surgical marker draws an outline of your eyebrows maintaining normal anatomical position and symmetry previously discussed in your preoperative consultation. If patients desire to have the outline of the eyebrow designed with a make-up artist that is typically done the day prior to the procedure.
After outlining your eyebrows, you will be given a mirror and the opportunity to view the design and provide feedback before proceeding further with the surgical procedure. After receiving a local anesthetic to numb the areas of your face, we begin the surgical procedure by removing hair follicles from your donor site.
Single hair grafts work well in the delicate brow area, so the precision of placement is critical. Our staff takes pride in meticulously placing each and every graft in the correct direction and angle of the hair. Attention is paid to the creation of a lovely rise of the arch or the enhancement of the existing arch. Depending upon your individual genetics and healing, your eyebrow hair desired density may require more than one procedure. Generally, 350-500 grafts may be placed in each brow.
Post Operative Care
After the procedure, patients usually experience little or no discomfort and may leave the office and drive home on their own unless sedation is given. The majority of patients are comfortable during and after the procedure. If social down time is not an issue, patients may return to work the next day with the expectations that post surgical changes are present in the eyebrows. These changes last about seven (7) days. The first post operative morning, patients should gently irrigate the transplanted area to remove any dried crusts.
After each shower, a petroleum-based antibiotic ointment should be applied to the eyebrow to soften any crusts and enable to them to be more easily removed with the next washing. Bruising after the surgery is common and it may take a week or more to resolve.
The tiny crusts that form after surgery fall off in about seven (7) ten (10) days. After that time, there is no or little evidence of the procedure as the transplanted follicles go into a dormant period of about three to four months. This is often a difficult period for patients as the eyebrow will lack any obvious hair follicles until a few months later when the hair follicle appears in the Anagen growth phase. look like it did prior to surgery.
Transplanted hairs will require occasional trimming because transplanted hair grows at the same rate as the hair on your scalp. Regular trimming and care will be necessary to maintain your brows and keep them looking their best. We recommend minimal manipulation of the eyebrows because of the sensitive nature of their growth cycle.
The eyebrow hair growth will decrease over time and the hair follicle will begin to assume some of the characteristics of the original eyebrow hair due to influence of the recipient site. It should also understand that two or more sessions may be required to obtain the desired look. A second surgery may be performed to increase eyebrow density and spaced a minimum of six (6) to nine (9) apart in order to observe the full effects of the initial surgery.