Both eyelash and eyebrow are the complementary element of facial beauty. They play a major role in physical appearance even though they do not contain so many hairs.
While thick, full and long eyebrows and eyelashes make the woman more attractive, in contrary thin, weak and lack of hair impacts the facial aesthetics.
Vitamin and mineral deficiency, genetic factors, permanent makeup and traumatic injuries including burn and tissue loss may cause sparse hair on brows and eyelashes.
In such cases, hair transplantation for both eyelash and eyebrow restores your beauty.
However, both eyebrow and eyelash have unique hair characteristics in terms of thickness, length and curvature. There is no spare hair on the other parts of the body having the same characteristics. For that reason, transplanted hair never looks and acts like the original brow or eyelash.
You must be aware of that transplanted hair will not be as flawless as your original ones. So, I recommend you to review your expectations and to think twice before making a decision especially for eyelash transplant.
Since the characteristics of the transplanted hair will be different, the transplanted hair will not match with the present eyelashes. Eyelash has constant length and body curve. Hair of the underarm or pubic area matches most closely in terms of thickness for lower eyelid lash. Scalp hair matches more for upper eyelid lash.
However, the curve of the hair body is not constant on those areas and likelihood does not match with the lashes. Since there is no hair source else matching exactly on the body, the hairs of those areas are used necessarily.
Those who need actually: The injuries which result in tissue loss on the eyelids may cause lack of eyelash. In such cases, eyelash transplantation is reasonable even though the outcome will not be as flawless as the original eyelash. To be with lashes, even though they do not look flawless, always better than to be without lashes. The achieving result is an acquisition for these patients.
Those who want arbitrarily: The people who have sparse lashes may wish thicker and fuller lash. Although lash transplantation is technically possible, since the transplanted hair will not look like original, satisfaction rate may not be so high.
For this reason, I advice you to think what your expectation is before the consultation. If your expectation deals with the fact, then I can help you.
Eyebrow transplant is principally same with head hair transplantation, but, technically different. The hairs on the back side of the head are very available for brows in terms of thickness and color.
However, since the transplanted hairs will grow continuously, they need trimming periodically. The most important aspects of eyebrow transplant are that of hairs align on the same line and follow natural hair direction very closely with very acute angle.
In order to achieve natural result after eyebrow transplant, some factors are very important:
Singularity of each follicles.
Placement of the follicle as the hair’s curve should follow the natural curve of the other hairs.
Placement of the follicles as creating the precise border line.
The follicles should lie in very acute angle with the skin surface.
Direction of the follicles should be designed according to other parts of the brow.
The Eyelash and Eyebrow Transplant Procedure
Patient safety for eyebrow transplant
The procedure requires local anesthesia and consists of three stages.
First stage of eyebrow transplant is to collect the follicles. Initially I inject local anaesthesic medicine in order to get full numbness. I harvest each individual follicle from the donor area with FUE technique. The number of the follicles depends on the recipient area’s requirement which varies between 50 to 400 follicles. Collecting the follicles takes 30-60 minutes.
Second stage of eyebrow transplant is to make tiny incisions on the recipient area in order to place the follicles. Incision pattern is very critical in terms of direction. Alignment, direction, angulation and density of the incisions which require special hand skill that you cannot find everywhere influence the quality of the result. Making the incisions takes 30-60 minutes.
Third stage of eyebrow transplant is placement of the follicles into the incisions. During the placement, rotating the follicle as the hair curve positioned parallel to the other hairs is critical in this stage. This is really time consuming job and takes 1 to 2 hours.
You may leave the clinic just after procedure is completed. I will prescribe an antibiotic and analgesic.
You should take the antibiotic regularly for 1 week. Antibiotic is a precaution for any probable infection. Therefore it is very important you to take regularly.
First 1-2 days you may feel burn like pain. When you feel pain you should take pain killer medicine. It relieves the pain.
Swelling and bruising will occur around your eye and they tend to increase in 2 days. Then both swelling and bruising will reduce quickly. You can start your work the next week.
All transplanted hair will fall in 2-3 weeks after the procedure. However the roots will be intact in their nest. New baby hair will sprout from the roots after 2-3 months.
As the new hair grows you will see the actual result after 5-6 months.
How should you care after eyelash and eyebrow transplant?
I will invite you for check up after 2 days. During the check up, your face will be washed. Then you will wash your face by yourself the following days.
You should avoid sun exposure for 2 months. So, I recommend you to use sun blocker creams during this period. Apart from these, there is no need for any special care.