Everything you need to know about eyebrow transplants

Chrissy Teigen just unveiled the results of her eyebrow transplant – who else never knew that was a thing?

For those tired of semi-permanent treatments, a transplant might be the way to go.

Chrissy warned to not ‘pluck them all off like I did’, which you might be tempted by seeing as the skinny brow trend is making a sneaky return.

Overplucking can leave you brows worse for wear, too.

But maybe you also spent your youth plucking your brows to death, or always had sparse hair there to begin with.

Enter: the transplant option.

‘The development of eyebrow transplantation started around 1940 by Dr Okuda in Japan,’ Nadeem Uddin Khan, CEO of Harley Street Hair Clinic says.

‘The quality and type of eyebrow transplantation has increased rapidly since early 2005 as more practitioners dedicated time to learning the delicate art of eyebrow transplantation.’

He’s seen popularity for the treatment increase at his London clinic over the last few years, and year on year visits to their webpage on this have increased by 130%.

No doubt, Chrissy will have made that even higher now.

How do eyebrow transplants work?

It’s similar to a head hair transplant.

Dr Bessam Farjo of the Farjo Hair Institute tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Eyebrow transplants work in a similar way to a regular hair transplant.

‘We remove a section of hair, most commonly from the back of your scalp, and then graft the individual hairs to your eyebrows.

‘This process helps to shape the brow and fill in any areas of thinning, all while maintaining a natural look.’

He adds it can often be done in one session, taking up to four hours.

At The Harley Street Hair Clinic, they use FUE transplant procedure, which uses single grafts of hair using a ‘micro surgical extraction instrument is between 0.6mm and 1.0mm in diameter, which results in minimal scarring to the scalp that is almost invisible to the naked eye,’ Nadeem says.

But, there’s more maintenance needed once done as hair from the scalp grows faster than eyebrow hair, so every week or two you’ll need to give them a trim.

Who tends to get eyebrow transplants?

Dr Farjo says there are two common patients.

‘Those that have lost their eyebrows due to scarring or over-plucking are common.

‘We’ve worked with burns victims who had little to no eyebrow hair left and worked to rebuild a natural shape for them. It’s a huge confidence booster for a lot of patients.

‘At the Farjo Hair Institute we work with the Katie Piper Foundation and also performed Katie Piper’s own eyebrow transplant,’ he says. 

Nadeem adds that females are more commonly seen in clinic, and it can work on people with little to no eyebrow hair ‘and we’re able to fully construct an eyebrow’.

‘For some, they already have existing eyebrows but want to make them appear fuller or alter the shape to suit the face more,’ he adds.

What’s the recovery time?

Thankfully, it doesn’t take long.

Dr Farjo says: ‘Recovery for an eyebrow transplant is quite fast and straightforward.

‘There will be hardly any post-surgical pain or discomfort and the average recovery time is seven days.’

However, it can take six months for the new strands of hair to fully settle.

Is there an alterative?

There is nothing as permanent currently available, so the only options are things like microblading which don’t have the same effect.

Nadeem says: ‘An eyebrow transplant is the most permanent method of eyebrow restoration.

‘However, there are other treatments for those who are not suitable or want a different treatment.

‘We offer Advanced Tricho Pigmentation which is an pigmentation delivery system that works to add fullness to thinning areas and it’s great for to help coving scars too.’

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