Gone are the days when women plucked their eyebrows to a tiny strip of hair. Fuller, thicker eyebrows are the look most women want. For eyebrows that are severely thin — whether due to over-plucking, aging, trauma, or dermatological conditions — we can help with in-office treatments or a topical prescription.
Topical Treatment: Bimatoprost
Topical bimatoprost (brand name Latisse) was FDA-approved in December 2008 for the treatment of thinning eyelashes. Since its approval, there has been interest in its “off label” use for hair growth in other areas, such as the scalp or eyebrows. We are proud to have published scientific evidence to support this. Dr. Schweiger and Dr. Bernstein authored a report of one of the first cases of significant eyebrow hair growth in a patient after use of topical bimatoprost for eyebrow thinning. We can offer prescription bimatoprost to help eyebrow hairs reach their full potential.
In-Office Treatment: Eyebrow Transplant
The most important aspect of transplanting eyebrows is to follow the natural hair direction very closely. This entails very subtle angle changes to recreate the fan-like splay of hair that moves laterally along the brow.
We use a fine-gauge needle for eyebrow transplantation that slides along the surface of the skin as the sites are being made. This is to ensure that the hair will lie as flat as possible on the surface of the skin as it grows. We use single-hairs in the transplant, not grafts of multiple hairs.
We account for changes in the natural direction of the hair in different parts of the eyebrow, with the upper hairs of the eyebrow pointing slightly downward and the lower ones pointing slightly upward, creating an interlocking ridge that gives eyebrows their fullness. The appearance of an eyebrow transplant will mature over the course of a year. At that time, an additional eyebrow hair transplant procedure may be considered. During this interval, the eyebrow can be tweezed and shaped as needed.
Updated: 2023-08-15 | Published: 2021-11-30