Eyebrow Replacement Options

Eyebrow replacement isn't something we don't think much about until we experience eyebrow loss. Knowing what causes eyebrow hair loss is the first step in learning what you can do to regain your eyebrows, cosmetically or through an eyebrow hair loss restoration technique.

Eyebrow hair loss can be caused by several different things, from chemotherapy to antidepressants, overplucking to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). You can even begin to see eyebrow hair loss because of an injury or a systemic illness. Several different conditions can lead to eyebrow hair loss, including alopecia, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, infections, lupus and several types of cancer. Even common skin conditions such as eczema, seborrhea or psoriasis can lead to eyebrow hair loss.

If you still have some eyebrow hair left, you may be able to fill in your eyebrows cosmetically for a while. You can use an eyebrow pencil to fill in your existing brows, but use very short strokes for a realistic look. You can also use a powder eyeshadow and a lash brush to fill in your eyebrows. Make sure you use a matte powder without any shimmer for the best possible look.

For a more permanent fix, especially if you have lost all of your eyebrows, you may want to consider eyebrow hair restoration. This procedure is done as an outpatient procedure and typically does not have side effects other than some minor pain and swelling.

The most common eyebrow hair restoration procedure is a hair transplant. In a transplant, a tiny strip of hair-bearing skin and tissue is taken from the scalp and put onto the prepared eyebrow area. Tiny micrografts of one or two hairs are put into an incision for eyebrow hair loss.

Another procedure used for eyebrow hair restoration is known as a scalp-to-eyebrow pedicle flap, which transplants a piece of hair-bearing skin taken from near the ear and places it in the eyebrow range through a tunnel underneath the skin. This skin flap has its full blood supply that nourishes the grafted area until it develops its own blood supply. This procedure is less common than the hair transplant.

Newly transplanted eyebrows will take some time, some gel and some trimming to get the eyebrows to the natural shape.

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