Of the various eyebrow replacement options available to people who have no eyebrows or their eyebrows are thinning to the point of virtually disappearing an eyebrow transplant represents one of the costliest. Not only is this expense measured in dollars and cents but, because it is involves a significant surgical procedure, also in time and emotion.
The most significant element and the easiest to measure would be the cost of an eyebrow transplant. For some, the cost might convince them that it is something that is simply out of reach because the fact is that depending on the amount of work that is required, an eyebrow transplant might simply be out of reach.
The broad estimate for an eyebrow transplant finds that it can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $6,000. This cost includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia and facility fee. This type of surgery is typically considered to be cosmetic surgery and so it is not covered by health insurance. If the transplant is necessary due to injury or disease it is possible that insurance will cover it.
It will depend entirely on your insurance company and the way it treats conditions such as permanent hair loss through disease or injury.
Factors Affecting the Cost of An Eyebrow Transplant
The large range of possible costs for an eyebrow transplant come down to a number of variables such as the skill of the surgeon, the number of hair grafts to be used, facility costs, the country in which the procedure is performed.
In general the better the surgeon (and the more renowned the surgeon) the higher the cost of surgery. It is always better to find a doctor who specializes in the procedure. A specialist is going to bump up the costs.
If the transplant requires a lot of grafts per eyebrow the price is going to be higher. The procedure requires a lot of skill and careful work. A typical eyebrow transplant will involve around 300 grafts per eyebrow. If it requires more grafts the price will be higher.
If the procedure is performed in a larger medical facility or hospital it is very likely the price is going to be higher than if it were performed in a clinic.
The country in which the procedure is performed is going to change the cost. In the US the cost (as mentioned above) is around $3,000 to $6,000. In the UK the price is around £4,000. In Australia you can expect to pay around $3,500 to $5,500. The costs may be lower in parts of Asia such as Thailand, Korea and Philippines costing between $2,00 and $4,000.
The Process of Undergoing An Eyebrow Transplant
The first step to take before getting an eyebrow transplant is the initial consultation in which the doctor will determine whether the patient is a candidate for the procedure. At this consultation there should be a discussion about the look and shape that is desired.
There are a few factors that may rule the patient out of eligibility and these include: alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss, or trichotillomania, an obsessive-compulsive disorder that causes the patient to pull out hair.
The surgery is performed under a local anaesthesia as well as an oral sedative. An incision is made at the donor site to harvest the needed hairs. This site may be anywhere that healthy hair grows such as the forearms, head or pubic area. The hairs are split into single strand grafts under a microscope.
At the eyebrow region the surgeon will make tiny incisions and the individual grafts are put in place. The hairs will be placed at the same angles that natural eyebrow hairs grow. You can expect the procedure to take around three hours to complete.
Following the procedure you can expect to see some scabbing where the hairs have been transplanted and the recovery time should last a few days. The typical time for the new eyebrows to fully grow is a matter of months.
Because the transplanted hairs have come from another part of the body they will continue to grow and should be trimmed about once a week.
An eyebrow transplant is a safe out-patient procedure that will significantly help patients who have eyebrows that have been affected by disease or accidents. It is a procedure that enjoys a high rate of success, more so than the majority of topical eyebrow serums that are available on the market but it requires a lot of skill and precision from the surgeon. The final result is a significant improvement in the appearance of the patient.
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