Eyebrows and eyelashes make an important contribution to facial symmetry and presentation of self to others. A person without eyebrows and/or eyelashes may feel very self-conscious about his/her appearance. Transplantation or reconstructive surgery can often restore eyebrows and eyelashes. Eyebrows and eyelashes are lost in a variety of ways. The cause of eyebrow/eyelash loss is evaluated in medical history and examination prior to consideration of hair restoration. Some patients have no eyebrow/eyelash loss, but seek eyebrow/ eyelash enhancement for cosmetic reasons.
A number of procedures are available for restoration of all or part of the eyebrow:
- Transplantation of micrografts or single hairs from a donor area to the eyebrow, and a reconstructive flap or graft procedure that brings a strip of hair from another site to the eyebrow.
- The patient and surgeon must agree on the procedure best suited to the needs of the patient. Eyebrow and eyelash restoration procedures are usually performed in an outpatient setting. Postoperative complications are usually limited to minor pain and swelling.