Follicular Unit Extraction eyebrow transplants (FUE) are surging in popularity, as women and even some men, seek ways to permanently restore or establish hair in the area. The process typically involves removing a section of hair from the patient, most commonly from the back of the scalp, and grafting the hair to the eyebrow. This augments the existing brows or replaces them completely if a patient has lost all their natural brows.
An area of the scalp in the back of the head is numbed with a local anesthetic. That section (scalp strip) is removed and the wound is closed with stitches. The scalp strip is given to a technician who separates the hair tissue into single hair follicular grafts. The grafts are then implanted into the brow, one by one. The procedure typically involves 400 grafts transplanted into each brow – around 600-800 in total.
It takes approximately 3-4 hours and costs around £4,000.
The eyebrow transplant is performed under local anaesthetic and many patients are so comfortable, they are able to fall asleep while the grafts are implanted. The results are permanent and you will see some immediate differences with a new outline.
What maintenance do the new eyebrow need?
The transplanted eyebrows come from head hair and therefore the new eyebrows grow just like they would on the head. This means that they need to be trimmed regularly, just like head hair. They also need to be curled so that they blend perfectly with the existing natural eyebrows.
Trimming and curling is easily done and IHC provides patients with a beauty kit to do this. Patients find that with this simple maintenance, their new brows blend perfectly with the existing strands.
The eyebrow area will be a little delicate for a few days after the procedure, before quickly returning to normal. It takes around six months for the new strands to fully settle and be seen at their best.