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Creating a New Eyebrow

What's it take to create a new eyebrow?

Hair restoration for eyebrows is one of the most challenging, patient, and delicate of all hair restoration procedures. Unlike the scalp, where most hairs point in the same direction, the eyebrow hairs point in drastically different directions. Closest to the nose, the hairs point upwards. In the middle, some hairs point upwards and some point downwards - in a so called "herring bone" pattern. The hairs are also positioned fairly flat to the skin. 

How many hairs are needed to create an eyebrow?

It takes between 275-400 hairs to create an eyebrow. For those with existing eyebrow who simply wish to thicken them up, anywhere from 20-200 hairs can be moved into the brow. Hairs typically come from the back of the scalp (close to the ear) where they are fine enough to match the fineness of the original eyebrow hairs. 

An eyebrow transplant takes anywhere from 2 -4 hours, depending on the size of the procedure. 1-2 weeks of downtime is advised as redness, crusting, and bruising are all part of the post op healing process.


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299



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