Our eyebrows frame and shape our face and can drastically influence how we look and feel, and thanks to celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevingne, the fuller eyebrow is on everyone’s lust-have list.
A big, bold eyebrow projects a youthful, healthy appearance and can take years off a woman’s age. Unfortunately, due to the enthusiastic over plucking of old, combined with the ageing process and/or various medical reasons, many people find themselves frustrated with their thin, misshaped eyebrows. And with techniques such as make-up, brow tints or even tattooing provide less than ideal temporary improvement, Dr. Peter Paraskevas, hair transplant and cosmetic surgeon with over 15 years’ experience in medicine and in the field of phlebology, (vein disorder) is proud to offer Eyebrow Transplant treatment. “At Sculpture Clinic (part of Paras Clinic), we perform a highly specialised form of Eyebrow Hair Transplantation to help patients with thin, un-shapely brows” says Dr. Peter Paraskevas. “It allows for hair follicles to be placed in the brows achieving a permanent and natural result”.
Who needs eyebrow transplantation?
Both women and men can suffer from eyebrow hair loss. For women, the most common cause of reduced or absent eyebrow hair is either over-zealous plucking, or laser hair removal. In men, there is often a lack of eyebrow hairs simply due to hereditary factors. Genetic factors and various skin and medical conditions can also lead to eyebrow hair loss. Dr. Paraskevas says; “To give you the most natural look through eyebrow transplant, we are very precise in the angle and orientation in which we place each and every hair follicle. The aim of the procedure is to improve brow location, contour and density.
How it is done?
Eyebrow Transplantation Surgery is a technically and aesthetically demanding operation, which is why it is essential that you see a surgeon such as Dr. Peter Paraskevas who is highly specialised in this procedure. As he emphatically states; “Always do your homework! Find out who makes the incisions? Who implants the grafts/follicles? Is it just the surgeon? Or is it the surgical technician? Or is it both? And if so how much experience does the surgical technician have in Eyebrow Surgery?”
The donor hair for eyebrow transplants is obtained from areas of the scalp through Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG). FUE surgery is less invasive and does not leave the patient with a scar in the back of the head. (The patient will be required to shave a small area of their scalp, called the ‘donor area’; but this requires very minimal recovery/down time). At Sculpture Clinic, Dr Paraskevas performs a highly specialised form of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), which allows him to determine the depth and width in which the incision is made, and ensure no graft/follicle is damaged in the process.
Once the grafts/follicles are extracted and cut into single hair grafts/follicles, they are then carefully implanted into the eyebrow area (placed at a very tight angle with the curl in the right direction so that they grow towards and not away from the skin). The implantation of the hair follicle is a very delicate and critical stage of the Eyebrow Transplant Surgery. The incision is made first and then each graft/follicle is implanted, allowing for a more accurate and less traumatic entrance of the graft/follicle.
What to expect?
After they are implanted, you can immediately see the effect that the transplants will have on your appearance. Only single hair follicles are placed in the eyebrows, creating a completely natural look. “Around 75% of our patients come only once for eyebrow transplantation, and the remainder require a second touch up procedure for additional density. The most common side effects are swelling and bruising around the eyes for up to 5 days after the procedure. In many cases after one week there is usually no evidence of the procedure performed, other than the new eyebrow hair,” says Dr. Peter Paraskevas. Most of the transplanted eyebrow hairs will fall out during the resting and hibernating period; this is also seen in hair transplants. They begin to re-grow in around 3-4 months. 50% of the final result will be seen at around 6 months and the final result is usually visible at 12 months.
Grooming the Transplanted Eyebrows
Post Eyebrow Transplant Surgery - the patient will be required to groom their new eyebrow hair. The new eyebrow hair has been transplanted from scalp hair; which means that it will grow like scalp hair. Therefore patients will be required to groom their eyebrows accordingly.