Your Top 3 Questions about Eyebrow Replacement Surgery, Answered
When you think of hair loss, you probably think of thinning on the scalp. There’s good reason for this: By the time they’re 50, 85% of men experience significant thinning of the hair, and about 35 million men in the United States are currently suffering from male pattern baldness.
But there are many reasons for thinning hair, including genetic reasons inherited from either parent, as well as medical conditions such as alopecia. Some of these, as well as overzealous plucking or scarring, can cause hair loss in the eyebrows, as well as at the hairline. And with full brows in vogue, both women and men are turning to hair transplants for fuller, perfectly sculpted brows.
How Is Eyebrow Restoration Surgery Performed?
Eyebrow restoration uses the same hair transplant procedures as those used to rectify receding hairlines. Strip harvesting or follicular unit extraction is used to take hairs from a donor site and then graft them in the desired area. These hairs fall out soon after the surgery, but the follicle then begins to produce new hairs. This new hair will then continue to grow naturally (in fact, it will grow faster than regular eyebrow hair and will require trimming).
Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyebrow Restoration Surgery?
Eyebrow surgery for men or women can restore hair lost for many reasons. There are several common causes that might cause you to seek out surgery:
- If you were born with very thin or no eyebrows
- If you have overplucked your eyebrows, due to past fashion trends or a psychological disorder that causes you to compulsively pull out eyebrow hairs
- If you have a medical condition that causes hair loss, such as alopecia areata or thyroid conditions
Keep in mind that if you do have a medical or psychological condition that’s contributing to hair loss, you shouldn’t look at hair replacement options until the condition is under control.
What Is the Cost of Eyebrow Restoration?
It’s impossible to determine an exact cost without specific details, but the U.S. average is between $3,000 and $8,000. The cost of eyebrow restoration depends both on the method of harvesting and the number of grafts needed. Most facilities offer promotions and can arrange for financing, either directly or through a financial institution. Part of what makes these costs worth it is that hair transplantation is a permanent solution, unlike topical hair growth medications or makeup that is applied daily, and looks completely natural since it uses your own hair.
If you have any other questions about eyebrow transplant procedures, from the cost of eyebrow restoration to the effects, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments or contact a doctor directly.