The results of the eyebrow transplant procedure are usually visible approximately three to six months after treatment.
Depending on the extent of hair loss and the patient’s needs, multiple treatment sessions may be required. Individuals may need to routinely trim the new eyebrows since hair taken from the head tends to grow more quickly and longer than the original eyebrow hair.
The complete eyebrow transplant procedure — from initial consultation to full recovery — takes about a year. The procedure itself is usually completed within three to four hours.
Eyebrow hair transplantation uses hair from the donor area (commonly behind the ears) of the head which is extracted hair-by-hair.
Your operating surgeon will then discreetly transplant each individual hair (complete with follicle and necessary elements) into your chosen shape. Performed under general anaesthetic, the treatment is minimally-invasive and carries minimal risk of any form of scarring or marks.
After the procedure, patients should experience a relatively simple healing process, with doctors often comparing the recovery time to that of getting a tattoo. You may experience little mild superficial bruising and/or crusting on the skin surrounding your eyebrows, but most patients report feeling completely normal just three days after their surgery.
You will be given only local anaesthesia — you will be able to drive yourself home and return to your normal activities within a day or two.
You will need to avoid exercise (in particular sweating) for a few weeks post-procedure to reduce risk of infection; you need to follow full aftercare instructions till you recover.
Although eyebrow transplants are generally considered safe — largely because they implement the same time-honored procedures used in traditional hair transplants — there are still some issues to watch out for.
As with any procedure, there will be some risks associated with local anaesthesia and saline injections (primarily allergic reactions) that you need to be aware of. There is also a slight but not impossible risk of infection caused by grafting and, immediately following the procedure, you may experience slight bruising and scabbing in the eyebrow region.
Overall, though, the risk of experiencing any serious problems resulting from eyebrow transplants is extremely rare.