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Eye Brow Restoration
The eyebrow is an important part of facial symmetry and contributes to the aesthetic appearance of men and women. Eyebrows frame the eyes and are one of the first facial structures we look at as a society. A person without natural appearing eyebrows is very conscious of their appearance. Transplantation surgery can often restore eyebrows to their natural youthful appearance.
- Eyebrows lose their natural full appearance by:
- Congenital Causes
- Trauma-burns, auto accident, chemical or electrical burns
- Radiation or Chemotherapy
- Medical, Autoimmune, or Systemic Disease
- Obsessive Compulsive plucking referred to as Trichotillomania
- Normal Aging process
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- Dr. Ken Williams talks about eyebrow restoration on The Doctors Show.
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Eyebrow Hair Restoration with NeoGraft
For those men and women who have lost the natural full appearance of their eyebrows, automated Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) with NeoGraft provide the easiest and best surgical method for fast and simple eyebrow restoration. Compared to the Strip method using NeoGraft there is faster and easier healing, no sutures or scars, and less post operative down time.
We use single hair grafts or hair follicles from the lateral part of the occipital region of your scalp because they contain the greatest number of single-hair follicular units with the smallest diameter. The most valuable aspect of how our office performs this procedures is we do not remove a strip from your scalp. We do not use skin flaps or grafts either. At OC NeoGraft we perform state-of-the- art FUE method with NeoGraft. Using NeoGraft our patients having a faster recovery time and there is no linear scar on your scalp.
Men and women have distinguishing differences in their eyebrow. Men typically have thicker eyebrows that are horizontal. Whereas women have a more delicate and more elegant defined shape.
Proper angulation of the hair follicle is the most important feature of any eyebrow transplant. The hair in the upper part of the central edge of the eyebrow usually points upward to the hairline, while the hair on the lateral aspects points horizontally, towards the ears. The hair in the upper part of the eyebrow should be pointed slightly downward and the lower portion slightly upward, so that they will converge in the middle, forming a slight ridge and resembling the pattern of a feather.
Eyebrow Restoration Surgical Procedure
Eyebrow restoration is a simple surgical outpatient procedure done under a local anesthetic in our offices. It takes approximately three to four hour-long to complete. Initially, Dr. Williams with a surgical marker draws an outline of your eyebrows maintaining normal anatomical position and symmetry previously discussed in your preoperative consultation. Our markings will also indicate the directional change of the hair from the medial to lateral borders of the eyebrow.
After outlining your eyebrows, you will be given a mirror and the opportunity to view the design and provide feedback before proceeding further with the surgical procedure. After receiving a local anesthetic to numb the areas of your face, we begin the surgical procedure by removing hair follicles from your donor site.
Automated FUE with NeoGraft makes this portion of the procedure easier to perform compared to the older STRIP method. Rather than removing a small strip of hair with a surgical scalpel from your donor area of the scalp, automated FUE with NeoGraft removes single follicular units from the donor area with a 0.8mm punch biopsy. This technique does not leave a scar and no sutures are used. As a general rule we obtain hair from side of the head that matches as closely as possible your eyebrow hair.
Single hair grafts work well in the delicate brow area, so the precision of placement is critical. Our physician takes prides in meticulously placing each and every follicular graft in terms of the correct direction of the hair and the correct angle. Attention is paid to the creation of a lovely rise of the arch or the enhancement of the existing arch. Depending upon your individual genetics and healing, your eyebrow hair desired density may require more than one procedure. Generally, 150- 250 grafts are placed in each brow.
Post Operative Care
After the procedure, patients usually experience little or no discomfort and may leave the office and drive home on their own unless sedation is given. The majority of patients are comfortable during and after the procedure, and many return to work the next day. The following morning, the patient should gently irrigate the transplanted area to remove any dried crusts. This should be done in the shower at least three times the day following surgery and twice daily for a week.
After each shower, an antibiotic ointment should be applied to the brow to help soften any crusts and enable to them to be more easily removed with the next washing. Bruising after the surgery is common and it may take a week or more resolve.
The tiny crusts that form after surgery fall off in about ten (10) days. After that time, there is no evidence of the procedure as the transplanted follicles go into a dormant period of about three to four months. This is often a difficult period for patients as the eyebrow will look like it did prior to surgery. Again patience is needed during this period.
When you least expect it the eyebrow hair grows. At this pint you will gaze at your new eyebrow hair with astonishment as your brows begin to fill in. Transplanted hairs grow quickly and they will require occasional trimming because transplanted hair grows at the same rate as the hair on your scalp. Regular trimming and care will be necessary to maintain your brows and keep them looking their best. You may straighten the hairs, pluck them, wax them, dye them, and cut them to the desired length.
The eyebrow hair growth will slow down over time and the hair will begin to assume some of the characteristics of the original eyebrow hair hair due to influence of the recipient site. It should also understand that two or more sessions may be required to obtain the desired look. Surgery is best spaced a minimum of eight (8) months apart in order to observe the full effects of the first surgery.