Improving Eyebrow Density: Hair Transplantation vs Topical Medicines

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Eyebrow hair loss can be distressing for both men and women and an increasing number of patients are requesting appointments specifically for eyebrow hair loss. Why are eyebrows important and what can be done to improve their fullness?

The 250-500 eyebrow hairs have an important function. Eyebrows help frame the face and frame the eyes.  They draw attention to the eyes.  Talented make-up artists can even style the eyebrows to draw attention away from certain areas of the face. Subtle movements of the eyebrows can instantly reveal changes in emotion.

When I meet with patients with eyebrow hair loss, the most important aspect of the consultation is to reach the correct diagnosis.  In some situations, the diagnosis is easy. Over-zealous styling over many years can frequently lead to thinning of the eyebrows. In other situations, reaching the correct diagnosis of eyebrow hair loss requires a bit of detective work.  Many people are surprised to learn that there are over 30 causes of eyebrow hair loss. Reaching the correct diagnosis is especially important for those considering hair transplantation.   Individuals with certain autoimmune or medical conditions will not achieve improvement with hair transplantation.

Overall, treatment options to improve eyebrow density are improving.  For some individuals, hair transplantation is a great option and the procedure can be performed in 2-3 hours.  For others, treatments with topical medications such as minoxidil, bimatoprost (also called Latisse®) or corticosteroids can help improve eyebrow hair density.

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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