Thinning Eyebrows: Hair Transplant vs Minoxidil
Thin eyebrows are common and we're seeing more and more patients (both men and women) who are looking to enhance their eyebrows. For some of my patients, it's clear that eyebrow transplants are the only method to restore the density they are looking for. For other patients, a trial of topical minoxidil is worthwhile before considering a hair transplant.
Minoxidil for eyebrows: New study suggests benefit
Topical minoxidil can be applied to enhance eyebrows. Until recently, there was no good study comparing minoxidil lotion with placebo for eyebrow enhancement. Researchers from Japan determined the efficacy and safety of minoxidil 2% lotion for eyebrow enhancement compared with placebo. 40 patients were randomized for minoxidil on the eyebrow on one side of the face and placebo on the other. Efficacy was evaluated by photographs, measurement of eyebrow diameter, eyebrow count and the satisfaction of study participants. Side-effects were also evaluated.
What were the results of the study?
Thirty-nine patients (97.5%) completed the study. After 16 weeks, the minoxidil group achieved significantly better results in all measured outcomes compared to the placebo group. Side-effects were minor and did not preclude patients from continuing the study. The conclusion of the study was that minoxidil 2% lotion is a safe and effective treatment for individuals with age related or genetically thin eyebrows.
Reference of Interest
Lee S et al. Minoxidil 2% lotion for eyebrow enhancement: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, spilt-face comparative study. J Dermatol. 2014 Feb;41(2):149-52.
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