When you think of the most fundamental feature that makes a person’s face stand out, what comes to mind? While many people assume it’s the eyes, mouth, or nose, it just so happens that the eyebrows hold a strong importance of defining your face. In fact, a person’s eyebrows are one of the first things other people notice about your appearance.
Anyone with thinning or uneven brows knows the familiar routine of penciling in their brows to achieve the polished look they desire. Women and men alike reach for their coveted brow pencils and serums to create the illusion of a fuller brow, however filling in the eyebrows each day can get old quick.
And what about those times you forget to fill in your brows? Or don’t have the time to do so before unexpectedly running out the door? If you’ve got thinning or uneven eyebrows, you know how insecure it can make you feel.
No one deserves to be self-conscious about their appearance. And no one really wants to be subjected to filling in their brows each day, no matter how much it helps with their self-esteem. NeoGraft eyebrow restoration can help.
One of the main causes of thinning eyebrows is over-plucking or relentless waxing. It’s understandable to want to make your eyebrows look their best, but overdoing it on their maintenance can take a serious toll on their appearance. People who overpluck can experience temporary and permanent hair loss of the eyebrows, when all they wanted to do in the first place is make them look better.
Aging is another culprit for eyebrows to thin out and lose their attractive appearance. For women over 40, a decrease in hormones like estrogen and an increase in susceptibility to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen that shortens the hair growth cycle, can both lead to thinning or uneven brows.
A more serious condition that can affect eyebrow growth is problems with the thyroid. Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism (overactive and underactive thyroid problems) can lead to hair loss and thinning brows. Genetics can also play a role. Some people with scars on the brow will also notice growth is uneven and patchy.
Men and women who have lost the original luster of their eyebrows can regain the appearance they desire through eyebrow restoration using follicular unit extraction (FUE) with NeoGraft. This is the easiest and least invasive hair transplant procedure that offers a fuller brow and quick eyebrow restoration.
Compared to strip method technology, NeoGraft offers eyebrow restoration without scars. There are no strips removed from the scalp, no incisions, and no linear scar. NeoGraft is a quick and virtually painless procedure that will restore your eyebrows with little downtime after it is complete. Permanent results can occur from just one, simple session.
While it’s not something we usually think about, men and women have distinctly different shapes to their eyebrows. Men usually have thicker brows that grow in horizontally. Women on the other hand, typically have a more delicately shaped eyebrow that is more elegantly expressed in her facial features.
When receiving an eyebrow restoration transplant with NeoGraft, proper angulation of the hair follicle is vital. Eyebrow hair doesn’t all grow in one direction. The hair in the upper area of the central edge of the brow typically points straight up towards the hairline, while hair on the adjacent aspects typically grow horizontally towards the ears.
When getting eyebrow restoration, the hair on the upper part of the eyebrow should point slightly downward, while the lower portion points slightly upward. This will allow the hairs of the eyebrow to join in the middle, forming into a natural-looking feathered pattern.
Understanding eyebrow design is an integral aspect of NeoGraft eyebrow restoration. Before getting the procedure done, we’ll talk with you in a private consultation about the shape you desire for your new brows. We’ll discuss your individual eyebrow design and how that can affect what brow shape will best suit your features.
When coming to the Neo Hair Institute for an eyebrow restoration procedure, expect to be at our office for no more than five hours. The entire process typically takes around three or four hours to complete, and you can return to your regular activities in only a couple days.
The first thing you can expect when your eyebrow restoration procedure begins is for the operating physician to draw an outline of your desired brow shape with a surgical marker. The shape you wish your eyebrows to be is discussed in your consultation visit, and will highlight the symmetry and regularity of the natural shape of your brow.
Once the eyebrow has been drawn in to precision, you’ll have the opportunity to look at the shape and design. This is your chance to offer feedback or voice any changes you’d like to see before the procedure takes place. When you’re pleased with the new shape of your brows, you will be given a local anesthetic. The surgical procedure of removing hair from the donor area will then begin to take place.
NeoGraft and the FUE technique allow for any easy surgical procedure that will leave zero scarring. Using FUE with NeoGraft for eyebrow restoration simply removes single hair follicle units at a depth of 0.8mm. Hair is typically taken from the side of the head, where your hair most resembles that of the hair of your eyebrows. Generally speaking, approximately 150-250 grafts are needed to achieve desired results.
Once hair follicles are removed from the donor site, each single hair graft is placed meticulously in the brow area. At Neo Hair Institute, we understand that the correct placement of the brows is of paramount importance. Detailed attention is given to the positioning of each individual brow. Each graft is placed at the correct angle, accentuating the natural shape of your brow, including the rise of the arch and the way the eyebrow feathers back towards the ears.
Results with NeoGraft eyebrow restoration are different for everyone. Depending on your personal circumstances (including how much hair loss you’ve experienced in the brow, as well as your individual genetics) more than one procedure may be required. While healing typically only takes a couple days, some people may take longer to heal from the procedure.
Most patients we see are able to drive home on their own after their procedure, with many returning to work in just one or two days. On the morning following NeoGraft eyebrow restoration, any dry crust that has accumulated on the brow should be gently moistened. This should take place in the shower, at least three or four times the day after the procedure, and twice a day for the following week.
Once the brow area has been moistened (and all traces of crust removed), antibiotic ointment should be applied to the area. These tiny crusts will usually fall off completely about a week or ten days following surgery.
It’s important to know that after ten days, that the follicles that were transplanted will go into a dormant phase. This can last three or four months, and during this time the eyebrow will look the way it did before the procedure took place. We understand how frustrating this can be, but have patience! Just when you think your eyebrows will never look the way you desire, they’ll begin to grow in exactly how you envisioned.
Another thing to note is that the transplanted hair will grow quick when it starts growing. Unless you want a (very) bushy look in the brow, they’re going to require regular trimming. This rapid growth won’t last forever however. Over time, the brow will begin to slow the rate of growth back to its pre-procedure condition.
Some may find they need an extra session to get the look they truly desire. This is actually quite common, and doesn’t mean the first procedure didn’t work. If you do find you need another session or two, it’s recommended you wait at least 8 months before doing so.