When it comes to cosmetic procedures and surgery I am not one to hedge my bets. My motto is – tiny tweaks early (and as often as needed) to ensure that I never need to have a major – readily apparent and expensive – full overhaul. I’m always interested in hearing about procedures and treatments that will help me preserve my youthfulness for another year. As such, we’re going to launch a new feature called “Heavy Duty Beauty” where we will interview cosmetic surgeons and aestheticians to hear the scoop on the latest and greatest – as well as some tried and true – cosmetic procedures.
One of the things that many woman experience as they age is thinning hair (hence my trial of Viviscal – update coming soon). But what to do if the thinning hair, is not on your head, but above your eyes? Or, what if you over-plucked (when such a thing was popular during the 90’s) and your brows never returned to their former glory? Well, there is a solution – an eyebrow transplant. Although the procedure isn’t new, it was new to me. So, we went to an expert, Dr. Jeffrey S. Epstein, M.D., FACS, a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery, to find out the details on this transformative procedure.
The eyebrow transplant procedure can be done on patients of any age or ethnicity. Dr. Epstein has performed eyebrow transplants on people as young as 6 years old (reconstructive surgery) all the way up through septuagenarians.
Before the procedure, the surgeon consults with the patient to understand the look the patient is trying to achieve. According to Dr. Epstein, “One of the more challenging elements of the process is the design of the eyebrows. The shape desired by the patient, structure of their face and shape of their hairline all come into consideration.” During the 3-hour procedure, an incision is made and a 1-2 inch long strip of hair is taken from the back of the patient’s head. The hairs are then dissected from the strip and made into grafts. There can be 150-325 grafts from the donor strip of hair. Incisions are made along the eyebrow and the grafts are implanted.
The surgery itself is painless. However, patients may experience some soreness in the back of the head from the incision made to remove the donor hair. After surgery, patients have 3-4 days of downtime as any minor swelling subsides. In 2-3 weeks, the transplanted hairs fall out, but permanently re-grow within 3-4 months. The transplanted eyebrow hair can be groomed just as native eyebrow hair is – waxing, threading, etc.
The procedure costs $4,000 – $8,000 depending on the number of grafts that are needed.
So, would you consider an eyebrow transplant or other cosmetic procedures to improve your appearance or make yourself look more youthful?
This interview was made possible by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA). It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck.