Eyebrow hair transplant surgery has also been experiencing strong growth particularly among female patients. This procedure also can be performed using FUSS or FUE but the argument for using FUE by some clinics is that finer single hairs can be “cherry picked” as is necessary for the more delicate nature of eyebrow reconstruction. While the need is legitimate the practice of cherry picking is questionable as some would argue that if a finer single follicular unit may be harvested there is no way to tell if this finer hair will become thicker due to it being in a transitional growth cycle at the time of harvest. Regardless, eyebrow reconstruction is a stark contrast to previous eyebrow trends that found women plucking their eyebrows for a thinner, more refined framing of the eyes. The popularity of eyebrow transplantation will depend on how long the fad of thick eyebrows continues but there will always be a need for such work due to other circumstances that can cause eyebrow hair loss. All eyebrow transplant results must be trimmed on a regular basis as the donor hair that is transplanted will continue to grow at a pace that is faster than normal eyebrow growth.
Eyelash hair restoration is not as common as eyebrow reconstruction but it too is growing in popularity. Logically, the delicate nature of eyelash restoration requires a steady and experienced hand but the principle is the same as all other forms of hair transplant surgery. Donor hair is harvested to restore hair in an area now devoid of hair. In the case of eyelashes this can be necessary if the patient wore eyelash extensions too much or had some sort of trauma such as chemotherapy or severe burns. The procedure require very few actual hairs to be transplanted with a quick overall recovery time and little to no downtime.
All hair transplant surgery has risks and the same precautions for scalp hair transplant surgery should be taken for facial hair transplant surgery. This includes researching your doctor, meeting former patients face to face and understanding the realities and limitations that any and all surgical hair restoration procedures present.
When one undergoes a hair transplant surgery they should give the procedure as much consideration as they would any serious surgical procedure. The research they do can help lead them to a qualified and talented doctor that can give them a wonderful cosmetic improvement that they will be happy with for years. Unfortunately however surgical hair restoration does not get the attention it deserves when one considers this procedure. It is assumed by too many patients that hair transplant surgery is a generally simple and easy procedure that most any doctor can perform. This approach is why, for some clinics, thirty percent or more of their patient base can be classified as “repair patients”.
Hair transplant repair patients rarely ever expected to need more than one procedure when they first started their hair restoration journey. If they did they only did so because they recognized that multiple surgeries would be necessary to gain a specific degree of density or coverage for their particular case. None of these patients expected to have more surgery to correct the damage done from previous surgeries.
What is a repair patient? A hair transplant repair patient is one that has undergone a surgical hair restoration procedure and received a cosmetic deficit instead of a cosmetic benefit. This can include unnatural growth (angles, direction, etc.) or excessive donor and/or recipient zone scarring or a combination of various problems. Any of these problems visually stand out letting anyone that sees the result know that a surgical procedure has been performed. In short, a repair patient has a result that looks worse after surgery than it did before surgery.