Eyes are often considered the windows of the soul and the beauty of a person is often judged by the eyes. However, the beauty and safety of these eyes would be incomplete without eyelashes. While for most women, their long eyelashes are a sign of beauty, there is actually a more important purpose to them as well. Eyelashes protect the eyes from dirt, strong winds and grit, which might be floating in the atmosphere. Eyelashes can also get damaged and when the same does happen there can be several other issues, which crop up because of it.
Here is a look at what could cause loss of eyelashes:
Although initially, eyelash restoration was considered more of cosmetic procedure, it has now become a medical one. A growing number of doctors are using this procedure to bring back a sense of confidence to people who might have lost their eyelashes due to any one of the above mentioned causes.
Let’s take a quick look at the history of eyelash transplantation:
The very first step in this field was made by a physician from Germany, by the name of Dr. Franz Krusius, almost a century ago. According to him, hair from the scalp could be removed by making small punches and the hair could be transplanted into the eyelids, using a minute needle. A few years later, in 1917, another physician from the same country named Dr. P. Knapp, successfully inserted a graft strip, free from composites into the border of the eyelids. In the years to come, several studies and experiments were conducted in this field, many of them in Japan.
It was in 1980 that a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Emmanuel Marritt MD established a method of transplanting individual hair from the scalp into the eyelids. In the very same year, another doctor named Robert Flowers, wrote at length about his ‘pluck and sew’ technique, the revised version of which is still being used.
Not everyone can be a good candidate for eyelash transplantation, and the criterion for the same includes:
Before a candidate can be given hope, there are extensive exams, consultation sessions and reviews of medical history:
The prospective candidate will have to undergo proper tests and checks, before he or she can be considered ideal for an eyelash transplant. There will be a detailed study of the medical history of the person to ensure that such a procedure will not cause any physical or mental distress.The doctor, who will conduct the procedure, will probably put forth a set of statements and facts, to which the candidate will have to provide acceptance:
Now let’s look at the actual method of transplanting eyelashes:
Now that the process has been completed, there is a list of post-operative care that needs to be kept in mind:
A twitch of your eyebrow or how you raise it can say a lot about what is going on in your mind. But what about those people who have lost their eyebrows due to an illness, trauma or some medications? However, there is hope for even such people, because these days, restoring eyebrows has become truly easy. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, you can go back to having natural looking eyebrows that will last you a really long time too. We get many enquiries regarding eyebrow hair loss, eyebrow hair transplant, eyebrow hair growth serums and creams and even castor oil. So we though to share some information with the patients.
In order to rectify an eyebrow, there is firstly the need to identify the exact cause of the loss of hair. The following are the major reasons
While most cases of eyebrow hair loss can be rectified with ease, there are certain cases, where there is no scope for restoration at all, such as alopecia universalis.
Understanding the physiology and anatomy are crucial to a proper restoration process:
The eyebrow is perhaps one of the more complicated areas of hair restoration, because the direction of the hair changes in every part of the brow. If you have ever noticed, the hair that is closest to the nose always stands upright, while the other hair can point either upwards or downwards. Also the arch is very important in females, the absence of which gives the masculine look in males. The density of eyebrow hairs vary, with very fine, sparse hairs at either ends to thicker and increased density in the middle part. This is why not all hair restoration specialists will promise you an eyebrow restoration process, because not only is it complicated, but also very hard to perfect.
There is one other distinctive feature of the hair in the eyebrows – the hair that emerges from the follicles is normally at a very acute angle. This means that the hair that does grow is flat against the surface of the skin. Then there is also the fact that eyebrows grow in the form of individual strands, as opposed to follicular units founds on the head, which have from 1 to four hairs.
Finally, the growth cycle of each hair on the eyebrows is very short; this means that the movement from the anagen stage to telogen and catagen happens much faster, as compared to hair on the scalp. This is one of the main reasons why, hair on the eyebrows never grow really long.
Now, let’s take a look at the actual transplant method used for eyebrows:
The eyebrows are divided into 3 parts, head, body and tail and in each part, the direction of hair is different. The holes or slits are made accordingly in each part, parallel to the direction of the patient’s existing hair. They are also made at a very acute angle almost parallel to the skin so that the hair that emerges out is flat, as is the case with normal eyebrows. If this goes wrong, the eyebrow hairs can stand out forwards, giving a bizarre look. Very fine hairs are placed along the eyebrow borders and at its tail, while thicker hairs can be placed in the centre. The arch in females should also be made right. All these steps are very crucial in order to ensure that an eyebrow transplant looks totally natural.
Single-haired grafts are mainly preferred for eyebrows to match with the normal eyebrow hairs, while two haired grafts can be placed in the middle to increase the thickness. The donor hair can be taken by FUE or Strip technique from the scalp.
Here is a look at the points that need to be considered while completing an eyebrow restoration:
Let’s take a quick look at how a follicular unit extraction on the scalp and the brow differ:
We recently received an email from Mayuri, someone who was looking to learn more about an eyebrow transplant. Here is the information that was sent out to her:
We understand that eyebrows are an important part of one’s persona, which is why women have been shaping them for ages. However, there are conditions that could lead to the loss of eyebrows. There are some primary causes for eyebrow loss and these include:
While for most people, eyebrows are only an aspect of looking good, they are actually crucial for providing symmetry to the face. There are many cases, where without proper eyebrows, people have faced severe loss in confidence and have been extremely self-conscious about their appearance. This is why, if you too are suffering from such a condition, you should consult with a doctor, who will be able to rejuvenate your brows.
Here’s a look at how we could go about restoring your brows:
There are some topical solutions and lotions that can be applied on the eyebrows, but these might work only in cases, where the hair loss is minimal.
The other option for having beautiful thick eyebrows is to go for a transplant. Eyebrow transplant or restoration should be done by an experienced transplant surgeon as the angle and direction of hairs placed should be made very carefully to have a natural look. Usually grafts are harvested from the scalp donor area and single haired grafts are preferred for eyebrows. These transplanted hairs may have to be trimmed once it grows to keep up with the normal eyebrow length.
So if you feel that your eyebrows need restoration, please visit our clinic and our doctors will ensure that you have a fuller looking brow in no time!