Facial plast Surg 2014; 30(02): 214-218
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1363761
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Restoration of the Eyebrows by Hair Transplantation

Coen Gho1, Martino Neumann2
  • 1Department of Research and Development, Hair Science Institute, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • 2Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Erasmus Medical Center, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Publication Date:
08 May 2014 (online)

Abstract

Partial loss of the eyebrows can be the result of epilation, scars, and inflammatory diseases. Facial hair and eyebrows play a major role in our mimetic expression and interaction. Therefore, facial hair restoration of the eyebrows can improve the appearance and psychological well-being of patients. We report the use of partial longitudinal follicular unit transplantation (PLFUT) to restore eyebrows. A total of 10 patients (age between 18 and 59 years; mean, 39 years) have been treated with PLFUT to restore the eyebrows. The grafts were harvested from the occipital area of the scalp. Suitable grafts were impregnated with a preservative solution and implanted into the eyebrows areas. Hair growth in the donor area as well as the eyebrows was observed before treatment and at intervals of 1 week, 3 months, and 1 year after treatment. Evaluation of the donor area reveals no visible scars with almost all hair follicles in the donor site reproducing hairs after 1 year. All treated patients were satisfied or very satisfied with their cosmetic results. PLFUT is a reliable, patient friendly method suitable for hair restoration of eyebrows in healthy persons as well as in burn scar tissue.