Eyebrows are an important part of facial expression, but trauma, infection, cancer treatment, or even over-plucking can leave eyebrows permanently damaged. T
The American Academy of Dermatology says that thyroid medication can sometimes reverse hair loss, but it doesn't always work. It didn't work for Debra Prince, who penciled in her missing eyebrows until she tried something more permanent an eyebrow transplant. Ken Washenik, M.D., PhD. says, "Using this technique called Follicular Unit Transplantation where you take the individual follicles, the way they're arranged in the scalp, and transplant them, they want to grow our assistants just very, very painstakingly dissect out each individual hair follicle."
A patch of hair and underlying follicles are removed from the back of the scalp and then each follicle is teased out of the tissue. Openings are made in the brow at angles matching the direction the transplanted grafts should grow. Then the prepped follicles are slipped into place. The hardest part for the patient is just waiting for the hair to grow, which takes three to four months. Debra Prince, who tried eyebrow transplant, said, "And believe me, when they started to come in, I felt like throwing a party!" One problem, that could be a turnoff for some people, is that since the follicles come from the scalp (where hair grows faster) you really have to groom them because they'll grow faster and longer than eyebrow hair.
For more information, visit the American Academy of Dermatology website at www.aad.org or the international society of hair restoration surgery site at www.ishrs.org .