Millions of men and women will experience thinning hair or hair loss in their lifetime. Similarly to the hair on our heads, our eyebrows can also be vulnerable to this thinning or loss as well. Your eyebrows have a great impact on your appearance and this loss of volume or their existence in general can leave you feeling less like yourself.
NeoGraft Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is an advanced hair restoration system that helps restore your eyebrows to what they once were. By automating the harvesting and implantation of individual hair follicles, the NeoGraft procedure can leave you with the results your seeking with little to no downtime.
Usually, the first thing that comes to mind when talking about hair restoration is the hair on your head. Some can take their eyebrows for granted and others are surprised that there is a hair restoration technique to treat their eyebrows. The eyebrows frame your face and can draw attention to your eyes, but the absence of them can become a distraction.
Why are my Eyebrows Thinning?
Potential causes for thinning eyebrows include:
- Medication use
- Underlying medical condition
- Hormonal imbalance
NeoGraft Eyebrow Restoration Procedure
NeoGraft eyebrow restoration is a FUE procedure performed in our office, only requiring local anesthesia. The procedure involves the extraction of individual hair follicles and transplanting them into your eyebrow area. These extracted hair follicles are normally taken from the back of the scalp because they are similar to those that naturally grow in eyebrows. The pinpoint extractions are so small (0.8 mm) that the harvest site does not require any stitches and they heal quickly.
Prior to the transplant, you’ll be able to review the surgical marking that outline your new eyebrow shape. You’ll work with our team to make any changes to ensure we achieve your ideal result. Once the harvested hairs have been prepared as grafts, Dr. Hannan meticulously and strategically places them into the eyebrow area. She takes great care to follow the natural growth pattern and create an even distribution of hair. Depending on the extent of restoration that is needed, your procedure could last 3-4 hours.
With no incisions or sutures required, you will not be left with the linear scar that is seen after the strip method hair transplant. In fact, because of the technique there will be no visible scarring resulting from NeoGraft FUE eyebrow restoration.
Since the procedure is typically performed with just local anesthesia, most patients are able to drive themselves home afterward and most are comfortable returning to work within a day or two.
Am I a candidate?
To find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hannan to discuss your eyebrow hair thinning and/or loss and find out if NeoGraft is right for you. Certain medical and/or hereditary/genetic conditions can affect your ability to achieve long-lasting results from eyebrow restoration.
This custom hair restoration procedure is best to address:
- Thinning brows
- Missing eyebrows due to trauma and/or scarring
- Over-plucked eyebrows
- Thin or missing eyebrows due to a medical condition
Do I Need to Avoid Anything After NeoGraft Eyebrow Restoration?
When you consult with Dr. Hannan about eyebrow transplant using the NeoGraft system, you can expect to receive answers to all of your questions, including how you must care for both the harvest area and the recipient area. The following are general guidelines that may be outlined in your post-treatment care instructions:
- Avoid ibuprofen, aspirin, and alcohol consumption for at least 48 hours after your procedure. Each of these thins the blood and can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
- Avoid touching the eyebrow area with your fingers. Touching can disrupt the grafts and cause them to fall out.
- Minor bleeding can occur during the initial recovery period. If it does, apply very gentle pressure for a few minutes. Do not rub or dab!
- Scabbing is a normal side effect of the hair transplant procedure. Tiny scabs will develop just hours after the grafts have been placed. It is imperative that you avoid scratching or picking at the scabs. Doing so not only increases the risk of infection but may also disrupt the grafts during a critical healing period.
- You may be able to shower soon after your procedure, but you mustn't wash your hair for 48 hours. Your aftercare instructions with detail how to wash your hair and face after your eyebrow transplant.
How Long Will it Take to See the Results of My NeoGraft Eyebrow Restoration?
Your NeoGraft eyebrow transplant may seem to work immediately because the grafts are visible when inserted in their new position. However, the grafts naturally shed three to four weeks after the transplant. This is a normal part of the healing process that is related to "shock" as the transplanted follicles establish blood supply. From that point, you can expect your healthy new eyebrows to grow back in over the course of six to 12 months.
Is NeoGraft Eyebrow Restoration a Permanent Solution?
Yes! Your transplanted follicles are expected to establish blood supply and settle into their location at the brow line. With their new supply of circulation, the hair follicles should function indefinitely. You should be able to pluck and shape your eyebrows normally.
Is NeoGraft a Better Option than Eyebrow Tattooing or Latisse?
Before eyebrow transplant procedures became the norm, people whose eyebrows had been overplucked, thin, or had fallen out due to a health condition could consider getting tattoos. Eyebrows tattooing is often a type of medical or aesthetic tattoo process. It's not something you have done at a local tattoo shop. While techniques have improved, eyebrow tattooing is no longer the first option selected by most people. It's much more appealing to have completely natural eyebrows, achieved through a meticulous transfer process.
Latisse is a cosmetic pharmaceutical that is only approved by the FDA for the treatment of thin, sparse eyelashes. However, some people try to use this product to increase their eyebrow growth. It is believed that Latisse may work by increasing the lifespan of treated hair follicles. While this may look like a convenient, effective option for promoting better eyebrow growth, Latisse may not be ideal. It's necessary to apply the product very carefully every day for several months in order to see a notable improvement. Furthermore, if you skip an application or stop using Latisse, your eyebrows will return to their pre-treatment growth cycle.
NeoGraft eyebrow transplant treatment inserts healthy hair follicles in the precise pattern and location to sculpt a natural, attractive brow line. The results last forever without the need for daily care. These two points alone make NeoGraft stand out from other treatment options.