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A Guide to Eyebrow Transplants

Eyebrow hair transplants are surging in popularity as women – and men – seek ways to permanently restore or establish hair in the area, achieving a natural, full eyebrow look. The procedure was pioneered by Crown Clinic’s Dr Asim Shahmalak, one of the world’s most respected hair transplant surgeons.

How are eyebrow transplants done?

The eyebrow transplant process involves removing a section of hair from the patient – typically from the back of the head – and grafting the hair to the eyebrow area, augmenting the existing brows, or replacing them completely if a patient has lost all their natural brows.

The procedure typically involves 250 hairs transplanted into each brow, so 500 in total. The donor hair can either be harvested using FUE or FUT techniques. It takes around 2-3 hours and is performed under local anaesthetic – many patients are so relaxed they end up falling asleep during the procedure!

It is worth noting that the newly-transplanted eyebrow hairs will grow at the same rate as the hairs on the rest of the body, so maintenance will be required to keep them looking their best.

Reasons for getting an eyebrow transplant

The procedure has increased in popularity as awareness of the availability of the operation has spread. Generally, patients tend to seek eyebrow transplants for four main reasons:

  • They have permanently damaged their brows through over-plucking – pencil-thin brows were a popular trend in the 1980s and 90s, but this did leave many women with sparse brows.
  • They were born with naturally thin brows and want to bolster their eyebrow hair, particularly as the bushier look has become fashionable in recent years.
  • They damaged their brows in an accident. For example, they might have been burnt off in a fire or a road traffic accident. Several victims of acid attacks in countries like Pakistan have received eyebrow transplants to fix the damage it has caused.
  • They have previously suffered from Trichotillomania, a condition that causes the compulsive plucking of eyebrows and other body hair.

Are eyebrow transplants safe?

Eyebrow transplants are perfectly safe but, as with any cosmetic procedure, it is vital to pick a good surgeon. When researching a clinic, take a look to see if the surgeon has been recognised by any respected professional bodies. Patient testimonials and before-and-after photos can also help you make the right decision.

As with any surgical procedure, there is risk of infection, but a good hair transplant clinic will make sure you know how to look after your new brows to minimise this risk.

When will I see the results of my eyebrow transplant surgery?

The results of eyebrow transplant surgery are permanent, and you can expect to see some immediate differences, particularly the new outline of your brows. The full results are typically expected within 12 months for a standard FUE or FUT eyebrow transplant. Remember that hair grows in three stages so don’t be alarmed if you see some shedding after the hair transplant – it is normal.

What maintenance do the new eyebrows need?

The transplanted brows will need to be trimmed regularly, just like head hair. They may also need to be curled so that they blend perfectly with the existing natural eyebrows.

Trimming and curling is easy to carry out, and Crown Clinics provides patients with a handy beauty kit to do this. Patients find that with this simple maintenance their new brows perfectly blend with existing brows, and that it’s no more time-consuming than filling in their brows with makeup as they may have done previously.

Don’t just take it from us – here are some of Crown Clinic’s eyebrow transplant success stories…

Eyebrow transplant case study 1

Mum-of-four Elizabeth Cook, 38, had a £4,000 eyebrow transplant at Crown Clinic in Manchester because she craved bushier eyebrows like the Duchess of Cambridge.

Elizabeth, from Essex, was so relaxed she fell asleep during the eyebrow transplant.

For her new brows, around 400 hairs were transplanted individually to fill out the brows, which took around three hours.

Elizabeth said: “I am so pleased I had it done. I have always had naturally quite thin eyebrows and I just want them to be a bit fuller.

“The technique worked brilliantly, and I now have gorgeous bushy brows. I cannot thank Mr Shahmalak enough – he is a brilliant surgeon. I finally have the eyebrows that I have always wanted.”

Eyebrow transplant case study 2

Asim Shahmalak regularly returns to Pakistan, where he was born, to help women who were scarred in acid attacks.

He takes a team from Crown Clinic, performing eyelash, eyebrow, and hair transplants on the women free of charge.

One of the women he helped was Kanwal Ashar, 26, who had acid thrown over her by a man who had been stalking her after she had turned down his proposal. She had been working in a beauty salon and the man became obsessed by her.

She said: “I cannot thank him enough – he worked with great patience to rebuild my brows and the results are remarkable.”

As well as carrying out the transplants, Dr Shahmalak helped trained local doctors and technicians in his techniques so that his work could carry on at local hospitals on his return to Britain.

He said: “It was wonderful see how the women’s lives had been improved by the surgery. I wept when I first heard what had happened to them. It was incredibly moving to see the smiles on their faces after we performed the surgery. They had given up hope of ever getting help because the Government in Pakistan cannot afford to do anything for them. We were their last hope.”

No matter your personal reason for seeking an eyebrow transplant, Crown Clinic is here to help you rebuild your confidence. Please get in touch with our team to find out what we can do for you.

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic. 


For many men, the inability to grow a beard is something that they feel particularly self-conscious of. For those who can grow a beard, they often find that it doesn’t always grow in a uniform fashion, resulting in patchy facial hair.

Beard transplants are a permanent way to create a natural-looking, full beard. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering undergoing beard transplant surgery.

What happens during a beard transplant

Beard transplants are carried out through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE is the most common transplantation technique for beard transplants, which involves individual hair follicles being removed from the donor area and transplanted in the sparse areas of the beard.

The surgeon will determine the direction that the hair should grow in to make sure the new hairs blend in seamlessly with the existing beard hair and to create the desired look.

If you’re a good candidate for beard transplantation

To be eligible for a beard transplant, prospective patients must have an adequate supply of donor hair – this is typically hair from the back of the head, as it tends to be one of the last areas to go bald.

However, beard to beard transplants are also sometimes an option for disguising smaller areas of hair loss. This technique involves follicles being taken from the area below the jawline and transplanted in the sparse areas.

When having your beard transplant consultation, your surgeon should give you a thorough examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss your options with you.

What the potential side effects are

Although beard transplants are a generally safe procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to reduce the risk of infection. Your face and scalp may experience minor swelling and irritation in the days after the surgery, but this will be eased by sticking to the aftercare routine.

FUE surgery does often cause some scarring in the donor area, but the scars are so small that the natural hair growth will disguise them.

How much a beard transplant costs

The price of the beard transplant depends on several different factors, such as the number of hair grafts required. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you an accurate quote for the surgery.

Booking a beard transplant consultation

Crown Clinic is one of the UK’s most reputable hair transplant clinics, offering state-of-the-art facilities and procedures under the care of Dr Asim Shahmalak, a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon. If you’d like to find out more about beard transplants, get in touch or book a consultation.

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut that you’re desperately trying to grow out or are simply bored of your current hairstyle, there’s a good chance you will have searched for ways to grow your hair faster – but is that actually possible?

It’s worth noting that even the healthiest hair only grows around an average of half an inch per month, or six inches over the course of a year. Understandably, this can make people feel as if their hair is growing at a glacial pace – especially when you consider that we also lose up to 100 hairs per day.

How does the hair grow?

Hair grows from the follicle – or root – that is underneath the skin. The blood vessels in the scalp around the base of the follicles supply the roots with oxygen and nutrients, which will help the hairs to grow.

Does scalp massage help the hair grow?

Scalp massagers – brushes with soft, silicone bristles designed to be used when washing the hair – are currently proving popular, but are they actually worth the money?

Although scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp, and therefore bring more nutrients to the follicle, there is no evidence that massage will stimulate hair growth. However, scalp massagers can help to remove product buildup and excess oil from the scalp, which will improve the overall health of the hair.

Does cutting hair make it grow faster?

One of the biggest hair myths around is that getting regular hair trims can make the hair grow faster. This is, of course, completely false. Hair grows from the follicles, which are unaffected when the ends are cut off the hair.

Getting a trim can get rid of split ends, which occur when the ends of the hair become dry and damaged. Split ends can gradually progress up the length of the hair, meaning that hair is more prone to breakage – so if you feel as if your hair has been the same length for months, it could be due to split ends. Keep on top of them with regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy.

Will hair vitamins help my hair grow?

Although you will have undoubtedly seen countless influencers pushing pastel-coloured supplements on their Instagram feeds, claiming they have transformed their hair, this unfortunately isn’t true in most cases.

If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, then supplements may boost your hair growth, but you will need to consult with a GP to make sure that you are getting everything you need. If you have no deficiencies, hair growth supplements are unlikely to have any impact on the hair.

There may not be any quick fixes to hurry along your hair growth, but the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to look after your overall health – take a look at Crown Clinic’s expert advice to find out how to keep your hair looking its best.