What to Expect When Getting Eyebrow Transplants

Scars, skin conditions, injuries and most commonly over-plucking can leave your eyebrows looking sparse. An eyebrow transplant could be the perfect way to correct some of these problems and restore a more natural appearance. If you’re considering the procedure, this is what you can expect.

Same Day Procedure

A typical eyebrow transplant takes between four and six hours depending on the number of grafts needed to fill the area. The procedure is conducted using a local anesthetic and you can go home following the procedure.

You can head home for your recovery, which may involve managing swelling or bruising for at least 72 hours before returning to regular activities.

Use of a Small Number of Grafts

The thinner your eyebrows are, the more grafts the surgeon will need to transplant for the final results to look natural.

The procedure may require anywhere between 50 and 800 grafts.  Donor hair is typically harvested from the scalp and positioned so that it grows the same way as your other eyebrow hairs.


According to CostHelper, the average cost of an eyebrow transplant is between $3,000 and $6,000. Because the procedure is considered cosmetic, it’s not covered by insurance.

Permanent Results

Eyebrow transplants are permanent. Donor hairs will shed immediately after the procedure, but you can expect to see noticeable regrowth within six months to a year. The hairs will grow in the same direction as your normal brows and appear just as natural.

Ongoing Management

After hair has been transplanted into your eyebrow area, you should stop plucking. Instead, invest in a set of small scissors and an eyebrow comb.

Transplanted hairs tend to grow more quickly than natural hairs, so your new brows may need more frequent trimming and grooming to maintain the desired look.

Since it’s a surgical procedure, an eyebrow transplant shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. Talk with Dr. Bared about your options and what kind of results you can realistically expect to determine if the surgery is the right choice for your situation.

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