Stages of Eyebrow Transplantation: Everything You Need to Know

The definition of trendy eyebrow shape has changed over the years. In yesteryears, it was trendy to have thinner arched eyebrows. However, the recent trend is completely different. The thicker eyebrows featuring different shapes (arched, rounded, upward, S-shape) have been in trend for the past 2-3 decades. If you want fuller eyebrows, then microblading or eyebrow lamination will offer a temporary solution. You can have a permanent solution through eyebrow hair transplantation. The transplanted hair grows like the natural hair. They make your eyebrows look fuller and you can shape them in any way.

What is Eyebrow Transplantation & Methods?

The eyebrow transplantation is a surgical procedure. The hair is collected from the donor site (back or side of the head) and transplanted to the eyebrows in this type of female hair loss treatment.

  • FUE

In follicular unit extraction method, each follicle is extracted from the donor site using robotic punch, powered punch and manual punch techniques. The absence of linear scar, quicker healing and recovery and less possibility of infection are the primary benefits of undergoing this procedure. However, you have to visit the hair transplantation clinic multiple times for the completion of FUE. It takes more time to extract the hair follicles individually.

  • FUT

Similar to the hair transplantation procedure, a strip of hair from the back of the head is excised. The follicles are extracted from the strip and are transplanted strategically in a patient’s eyebrows. The excision process is finished faster in FUT. The transplanted hair grows longer in comparison to the harvested hair through FUE. Therefore, you can see the curl of the hair. A linear scar remains at the donor site after the FUT wherefrom the strip of follicles has been removed. However, this scar remains fully covered by the hair. Therefore, it is not visible. The recovery time is longer in FUT in comparison to the FUE procedure.

The ideal candidates for eyebrow transplantation are –

  • People who experienced the loss of hair due to scarring or excessive plucking
  • People who naturally have thinner eyebrows
  • People who have lost their eyebrows due to a medical condition

Stages of Eyebrow Transplantation

The eyebrow transplantation is performed by a specialist doctor for hair treatment or transplantation. The operation plan is customized based upon the unique needs and conditions of each patient. The procedure usually lasts for 2-3 hours since 200-300 grafts are required for the transplantation. The four stages of eyebrow transplantation procedure are –

  • Consultation/Planning

A doctor will perform physical examination to determine a patient’s overall health condition. The design of eyebrows is determined after consulting with a patient based upon the following factors.

Thickness of natural eyebrow

Availability of healthy follicles from the donor site

Facial shape

A surgical plan is developed based upon a patient’s overall health condition and convenience.

A specialist doctor will examine the recipient area and the donor site.

  • Graft Extraction

A local anaesthesia is applied to the donor site before starting the procedure.

In FUT, a small strip of the scalp with healthy follicles is excised. A doctor may not need a lot of hair follicles for eyebrow transplantation. Therefore, a narrow strip of scalp is excised.

In FUE, individual hair follicles are removed. A small part of the head is shaved before the removal of follicles. Therefore, the remaining hair can cover the donor site.

A team of professionals prepare the grafts under the microscope.

A doctor determines the direction and angulation of the grafts after placing the grafts at the recipient sites.

The donor site is sterilized and bandaged after the completion of procedure.

  • Transplantation

The recipient site is sterilized and the grooving process is carried out based upon the diameter of the hair follicles.

The grafts are carefully placed once the channels are suitable for transplantation. One graft is placed at a time and the procedure may last for 1-4 hours depending upon the number of grafts.

  • Recovery/Follow-up

In FUE, a patient can leave the clinic after completion of natural hair transplant procedure.

It is natural to have redness and small crusts around the transplanted hair within five days of the procedure.

Some patients may have mild bruising and swelling around the eyes. It subsides without intervention.

In FUT, the sutures at the donor site dissolve within a few weeks and a small scar results from it. In FUE, individual hair follicles are extracted and no scarring is formed in absence of stitches. The eyebrows become well developed after 2-3 weeks. However, the transplanted hair falls out which is natural. New hair grows from the transplanted hair follicles within 4 months of the procedure. The eyebrows start to become thicker within six months. Transplanted hair grows faster for the first few months and requires additional grooming.