It’s not only the hair on the top of our heads that can thin or recede.
Our eyebrows can also lose thickness – especially as we get older – or the hair can grow in irregular patterns. It might be related to other hair loss, or it might be completely independent.
So why is it happening and what can you do about it?
Here’s what you need to know.
Why does it happen?
There are lots of reasons why your eyebrows might start thinning. As with most hair loss, a lot of it comes down to genetics. But there are other factors at play that are specific to eyebrows.
- Overplucking. When you pluck your eyebrow hair, the hair follicle itself shrinks. Years of regular plucking can take its toll and permanently damage the follicle, meaning hair stops growing altogether.
- Tattooing/microblading. Similarly, if you’ve tattooed or microbladed your eyebrows, that can lead to permanent damage of the eyebrow hair follicles.
- Biological. As we age, our hair follicles and the strength and quality of the hair diminishes. On the top of the head this might not be particularly noticeable, but in the eyebrows it can be more visible.
- Hormonal conditions. Losing hair in the eyebrows can be a symptom of hormonal disorders such as hypothyroidism where the thyroid gland is underactive.
- Skin conditions. All sorts of skin conditions – from the more common (atopic dermatitis) to more severe (skin cancer) – can have an effect on the thickness of your eyebrows.
- Lifestyle. An imbalanced diet where you’re lacking in protein, iron or certain vitamins can also lead to temporary or permanent thinning of eyebrow hair. The same is true if you’re suffering from extreme stress.
What can I do about it?
The first thing to do is to understand the exact cause of the hair loss.
A dermatologist or a trichologist (hair and scalp doctor) will be able to diagnose the cause and suggest a course of treatment. It could be medication, or it could be a hair transplant, or another non-surgical path.
The medication route could be a cream or gel such as anti-inflammatory corticosteroids or it could be Minoxidil (commonly known as Rogaine) to promote hair growth.
A non-surgical route could be acupuncture which is believed to stimulate blood flow to the area and make hair follicles healthier. Nutritional supplements such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 are also sometimes used as antioxidants and to promote hair growth, or castor oil to help with hormone production.
But depending on what the dermatologist or trichologist says after the initial exam, an eyebrow transplant might be your best option.
Eyebrow transplants at Wimpole
An eyebrow transplant works in exactly the same way as any other hair transplant.
Around 200-400 hair follicles are removed from the back of your head (or from the healthy eyebrow, if only one is affected) and implanted into the thinning area.
The procedure takes place under local anaesthetic and you can go home on the same day.
At Wimpole, we’ve performed hundreds of eyebrow transplants – and it’s a permanent procedure.
But first thing’s first, let’s get to the root of the problem through an initial consultation with one of our specialists.
The consultations are free and you can book one here.
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