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August 7, 2019

De-mystifying Eyebrow transplants….

1. Is an Eyebrow transplant right for me?
An eyebrow transplant is suitable for anyone who is looking to thicken up his or her eyebrows with real hair. It could be someone who has uneven or patchy eyebrow growth. For instance, we find that the eyebrow tail and head are often thinner than the middle body of the eyebrow, making the eyebrows look very odd without makeup. Very often, these are people with deficient, thin or patchy eyebrows who have tried other methods like eyebrow tattoos, embroidery, drawing their eyebrows daily and find the results unsatisfactory. As long as the individual is in good health and desire a thicker, more even set of eyebrows, they may benefit from this procedure. We have also fixed scars on the eyebrows with a hair transplant.

2.  What are some common reasons that people come in for eyebrow transplants?
Many people are simply born with thin or patchy eyebrows and this could get worse with age. Other reasons for thin eyebrows include over-plucking, repeated eyebrow tattoos, a cut on the eyebrow, which inevitably damage existing eyebrows, and occasionally, some patients lose their eyebrow hairs due to an illness such as a thyroid disorder.

3. What is the process like and how long will it take to see results?
An eyebrow transplant involves taking healthy hairs from the back of the scalp and planting them into the eyebrow area. This is done under a local anaesthetic. There is minimal pain and there are no visible scars after. Dr Harold Ma personally harvests the grafts from the back of the scalp, designs the eyebrows and determines where the new eyebrow hairs will be placed. What is crucial is getting the design right, making sure the density, the exit angles of the new hairs and the direction mimic a beautiful natural eyebrow as closely as possible. 

The whole process involves a lot of fine surgical team work and takes about 3 to 4 hours for both sides. After that, a light bandage is applied on the scalp and the patient goes home. The next day, the bandages come off in clinic, some simple instructions and sprays are given for wound care and care of the new eyebrows hairs. Over the next few days, tiny scabs form over the new eyebrow hairs, like fine sand particles on the skin. They will resolve over 4 to 5 days. There is mild swelling for a day or two. We advise no strenuous activity for 1 week. Light sweating is ok, and we teach our patients how to wash the face and eyebrows. The new eyebrow hairs will shed off after 2 to 3 weeks, and new hairs will only start growing from 4 months onwards. The best results are seen after 1 year onwards.

Think Hair, Think Dr. Harold

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