As far as cosmetic procedures go, the eyebrow implant surgery is pretty straightforward. This is really just common sense. Think about it for a second. What does this procedure actually consist of? There is no reshaping of body parts or drastic alterations that need to take place. You’re simply taking hair follicles from a part of your head that isn’t even visible and putting them above your eye! Now, obviously this surgery isn’t easy enough to do yourself – You still need a professional surgeon who has experience with this type of procedure.

In this article, we’ll cover what a typical eyebrow implants surgery consists of. I feel it’s important for me to reiterate the fact that I’m not a doctor! The information laid out in the following text should really only be used as a primer of sorts. Your research shouldn’t stop here. Get on the Internet and look for doctors in your area that are familiar with eyebrow restoration and transplants. Most of them are very receptive when it comes to questions and comments. Don’t hesitate to send them an email or two.

Before The Eyebrow Implant Surgery

Before you go under the knife, it’s important that you and your surgeon are on the same page. Usually, a meeting takes place a couple days before the surgery is scheduled. At this meeting, a plan for your eyebrows will be developed. Most surgeons will have a portfolio that you can look through. They’ll point out different looks and shapes that could complement your face nicely. While the doctor will offer suggestions, you will have the final say when it comes to the thickness, shape and size of the finished brow.

It’s quite normal to be overwhelmed by a massive portfolio with hundreds of pictures in it. This is perfectly understandable. You are, after all, changing the look of your face. Because of this, it’s good to go into this pre-surgery meeting with at least a general idea of what you want your eyebrows to look like. Think about celebrities if it helps… Do you want the Halle Berry or the Jennifer Connelly? Now when you’re looking through the portfolio, you’ll be able to focus in on one or two eyebrow styles that work for you – making the decision a lot easier.

The Eyebrow Implant Surgery

Now it’s time for the surgery itself. It’s done under local anesthesia for a couple of reasons. The most obvious one is comfort. All in all, this procedure takes a good couple of hours and you don’t want to be awake while a doctor is grafting hairs into your forehead. You’re also put to sleep because being relaxed while getting your eyebrows done is very important. People that are nervous and stressed out tend to furrow their brows and move their foreheads a lot. This makes an eyebrow implant procedure very difficult to complete.

The hairs that will eventually end up in the eyebrow are taken from the patient’s scalp. The area behind the ear is usually where the doctor will find these hairs. This is for several reasons. First off, these hairs are apparently wonderful to work with. They’re light, responsive and easy to graft into different areas of the brow. This area on this head is also quite well hidden. This means that people won’t notice a new bald spot on your head along with those great new eyebrows…

These hairs are implanted into the area above the eye one strand at a time. Note that it’s not just the hair itself that is put in place here. It’s the hair and the follicle. This means that, when all is said and done, the patient is left with a fully functional set of eyebrows that grow and shape naturally. One hair is inserted roughly every 1/2mm. The angle and direction at which they’re put in is crucial. The end goal is a natural looking brow remember. If the angle isn’t right, the hair won’t grow properly, creating a messy, goofy looking eyebrow. The number of hairs required for an eyebrow implant depends on whether the procedure is of a partial variety or not. For a full on transplant, you’re usually looking at about 400 hairs per eyebrow. The number of hairs needed for just a partial transplant can vary drastically.

After The Surgery

So, you have your new eyebrows and everything’s great right? Well, not quite. There are still a few things you need to think about to ensure that the surgery is, indeed, a success.

Note that there will probably be some minor scabbing and bleeding after the surgery. This is usually pretty insignificant and is often covered up by the beautiful, natural looking eyebrow that was recently acquired. In any case, these symptoms will disappear in about four days or so. Some patients do complain about itching. This is perfectly normal and a doctor will often prescribe some sort of antihistamine in order to alleviate some of this itching and bring the swelling down. It’s important that the patient doesn’t itch the brows as this can cause infection to set in.

Now, a few months after the eyebrow implant surgery, the hairs will actually fall out. Don’t worry! This is normal. It’s the follicles that are important, remember – Not the hairs themselves. Shortly after you lose these hairs, the follicles will sprout new ones and start filling in your eyebrows. These hairs will actually grow quite quickly because the follicles came from your head. They’ll require regular waxing, trimming and shaping in order to keep them looking beautiful.

And that, in a nutshell, is a typical eyebrow implant surgery. What do you think? Leave me a comment!