Key points about eyebrow transplant surgery
Crown Clinic’s surgeon Asim Shahmalak is one of the few surgeons in the UK carrying out eyebrow transplants.
The operation was pioneered in America and Mr Shahmalak brought it to the UK six years ago.
Since then he has performed the procedure on many women. The main reason women come to him is because they have wrecked their natural eyebrows through over-plucking.
Pencil thin lashes have been very fashionable previously, particular in the 1980s and 1990s when women mimicked the look of stars such as Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson who always had thin brows.
The result is that significant numbers of women permanently damaged their eyelashes to such an extent that they were left with a completely bald or very patchy brows.
Many women permanently damage their brows while suffering from a psychological condition known as trichotillomania. Sufferers have a compulsion to rip out their body hair and often target their eyebrows and lashes.
And some women have naturally very thin brows and just want a fuller heavier brow.
This bushier look has become far more fashionable in recent years, thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge and supermodels Cara Delevingne both favouring a fuller brow.
Eyebrow Hair Transplants are surging in popularity as women and even some men seek ways to permanently restore or establish hair in the area. The process typically involves removing a section of hair from the patient,
typically from the back of the head, and grafting the hair to the
eyebrow, 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. Maintenance of the
eyebrows is needed thereafter, as the hair continues to grow at the
same rate as on other parts of the body.
During a follicular unit extraction eyebrow hair transplant procedure, the donor area is prepared first. An
area (2 inches X 3/8 inch) of scalp in the back of the head is numbed
with a local anesthetic. That section (scalp strip) is removed and the
gap is sewn shut with stitches. The scalp strip is given to a
technician who cuts and separates the hair tissue into single hair
follicular grafts. The grafts are then one by one implanted into the
procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours and costs around £4,000.
It is performed under local anaesthetic and many patients comfortably fall asleep during the procedure.
The results are permanent and you will see some immediate differences with a new outline. The full results are typically expected within 12 months for a standard FUE hair transplant.
Hair grows in three stages so don’t be alarmed if you see some shedding after the hair transplant – it is normal. Hair growth varies between people and as the transplanted hair continues to grow, as it has done in the original donor area, you will need to trim the hairs in order to achieve and maintain the desired look. This is very rarely an issue for patients as most are used to plucking and shaving some part of their body regularly.
Why have an eyelash transplant?
Eyebrows are a very important facial feature. A person without eyebrows or with very thin eyebrows can feel very self-conscious about their appearance.
Many people simply want a full brow to look better.
* Injury: patients may have permanently damaged their eyebrows in an accident. We treat a lot of burns victims.
* Patients who have had chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
* Compulsive plucking of eyebrows, eyelashes and other body hair –
What maintenance do the new eyelashes need?
The transplanted eyelashes come from head hair and therefore the new
eyebrows grow just like they would on the head. That means that they 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 eyelashes.
Trimming and curling is easily done and Crown Clinic provide patient
with a beauty kit to do this. Patients find that with this simple
maintenance their new brows perfectly blend with existing brows.
Successful eyebrow transplant patients
Claire Culverwell spent £4,000 on an eyebrow transplant after over
plucking ruined her appearance.
The dental therapist was left with just a few hairs on her brows after
permanently damaging them by plucking over 14 years with tweezers.
Before the procedure, she was so short of confidence that she did not
want to open the door without make-up on because she was so
embarrassed over her looks.
Just as men have their thinning locks boosted with follicles taken
from the backs of their heads, women can have their eyebrows thickened
using the same technique.
There has been a surge in demand from women, like Claire, who have
been over-zealous with plucking, according to the British Association
of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
These pictures show how Claire’s eyebrows were transformed during a
six-hour operation at the Crown Clinic.
In the pictures BEFORE the procedure, her eyebrows are barely
noticeable – a thin line of hair.
The after pictures – taken months after the op when the new brows have
fully grown in – show the brows completely restored to their
Claire, 30, said she was thrilled with the results.
She said: “This is big problem for thousand and thousands of women –
especially for those around my age.
“It was very fashionable when I was a teenager to pluck your eyebrows
– everyone was at it.
“I wanted to look like the Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and, to have
that look, you had to pluck your eyebrows.
“I carried on doing it over may years at home with tweezers and ended
up permanently damaging my brows.
“A hair follicle only has a finite number of cycles of growth and if
you pluck it too many times, you end up killing it off.
“That is what happened with me.
“I didn’t understand the harm I was doing to my eyebrows in my teens
and I was horrified when I finally learnt the truth in my twenties.
“It badly affected my confidence. I didn’t like people seeing me
without make-up – I would be reluctant to open the door if I hadn’t
used my eyebrow pencil.
“And obviously it affected me with men. You don’t want your boyfriend
to see your real eyebrows.
“I realised I had brought this on myself and I was a little
embarrassed to seek treatment. I thought the only people who had
eyebrow transplants were people who suffered from alopecia.”