Eyebrow transplants for the overplucked
Over-zealous eyebrow pluckers with £2,000 to spare can now take advantage of a hair transplant to regain a bit of bushiness.
The treatment, which has been imported from the US and was previously used to help burns victims, involves the back of the head being shaved and the follicles extracted.
The surgeon then makes small incisions above the eye to create the new brow’s shape, with holes angled to determine the way the hair should grow.
Individual hairs, up to 350 for each brow, are then inserted into the holes.
The whole process takes between two and three hours and ideally, the surgery recipient will end up with the bushy, dark brows that are in fashion at present, and can be seen adorning the faces of stars such as Brooke Shields, the Olsen twins and Sienna Miller.
But attentive grooming is essential. Within a month the implanted hair will fall out but will be followed by more from the implanted follicle within two months.
Since head hair grows faster than eyebrow hair, this must be trimmed weekly to avoid the patient taking on the look of beetle-browed former Conservative chancellor Norman Lamont.
The first eyebrow transplant was performed in the United States in the early 1990s and last year there were around 100 operations carried out in the UK.
Dr Greg Williams from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said: “It is a treatment that was originally for burn victims and those with thinning eyebrows. People might bring in pictures of how they used to look – or of celebrities that have particularly good eyebrows.”
Women’s Hair Loss: Thinning Hair Causes and Solutions
Your Hair Says a Lot About You
Long, short, bouncy, or sleek, for most women hair is way more than a bundle of fibers. It’s an expression of your style and personality. But if you start to lose your hair, it can really freak you out.
Hair Loss Isn’t Just a Guy Thing
Whether it’s short- or long-term, women lose hair the same way men do. It might thin all over, or your center part could get wider and wider. You might even get a bald spot at the crown of your head. One thing women rarely have: a receding front hairline
How Does Hair Grow?
Your scalp is home to about 100,000 hairs. Each one has its own life cycle. A follicle produces a single hair that grows at a rate of half an inch per month. It hangs in there for 2 to 6 years, then stops for about a month. When the next cycle starts up, that hair falls out. At any given time, most of your locks are in the growth phase.
How Much Hair Loss Is Normal?
Most people shed about 50-100 strands every day. Don’t worry if you find a few in your hairbrush or on your clothes. But if it starts to fall out in clumps or if you notice it getting thinner over time, check with your doctor.