Eyebrow and Eyelash Transplant

The cause of eyebrow/eyelash loss is evaluated via medical history and examination, prior to consideration of hair restoration. Causes may include:

  • Systemic or local disease that causes hair loss must be under control to assure that hair restoration can succeed
  • Obsessive-compulsive plucking (trichotillomania) must be treated to assure that restored hair will not be plucked out
  • Trauma, burns or surgery may have resulted in formation of scar tissue; reconstructive surgery may be necessary before eyebrow/eyelash restoration. The degree of eyebrow loss may vary from complete to partial; the degree of loss may be a consideration in selection of the restoration procedure.

Some patients have no eyebrow/eyelash loss, but seek eyebrow/ eyelash enhancement for cosmetic reasons.

Eyebrow Hair Restoration

A number of procedures are available for restoration of all or part of the eyebrow
by follicular units either by using the FUE or FUT technique. Follicles are transplanted to the eyebrow area via the method best suited to the needs of the patient. Eyebrow restoration procedures are usually performed in an outpatient setting. Postoperative complications are usually limited to minor pain and swelling.

The purpose of transplantation of hair to the eyebrow is to recreate the eyebrow in a natural contour. Dr. Meshkin works with each patient to outline the eyebrow area to conform to the natural symmetry of the patient’s face. Depending on the size of the area to be transplanted, more than one transplant session may be required; two or more sessions several months apart are common.

Donor hair for the transplant is taken from a site that furnishes finer rather than coarser hair; finer hair is a better "match" for eyebrow hair. Donor hair is transplanted as units of one to two hairs. Each graft is placed into an incision prepared for it. The use of single hair grafts permits meticulous adherence to the eyebrow contour for a natural appearance.

As the transplanted hairs grow in their new position they may require occasional trimming as well as "training" with gel or wax.

Eyelash Hair Restoration (Eyelash Surgery)

Transplantation is the only procedure used to restore eyelash hair. Eyelash surgery is a very specialized procedure. As is the case for eyebrows, donor hair for transplantation must be finer rather than coarser. All grafts are single hairs meticulously placed into the lid.

Itching is a common and troublesome postoperative complication. If the patient gives in to temptation and scratches, there is risk for dislodging the hair grafts and initiating infection. Eyeglasses may be worn to deter scratching. Training of transplanted hairs into eyelash conformation is accomplished by use of lash oil and an eyelash curler.


Surgical Treatment Options

Eyebrow & Eyelash Transplant