The loss of eyebrows or significant thinning can be cause for concern because the eyebrows play a significant role in the look of the face. If this change in the eyebrows coincides with a diagnosis of an underactive thyroid there may be a positive outcome down the track.
The thyroid produces a hormone that is responsible for bodily functions that we largely take for granted. This includes growing hair all over the body including the brow area. The most common effect on the eyebrows is hair loss at the outer third of the brow.
Eyebrow Replacement After Thyroid Medication
The medication that is usually prescribed for hypothyroidism is levothyroxine (T4) and this replaces the hormone that is not being produced. In most cases the medication that is taken for hypothyroidism will eventually restore the growth of the eyebrows.
That’s in most cases. In some cases the eyebrows have difficulty in picking up again and regrowing, or they grow back thinner and weaker than before.
There are a few options available to you if your eyebrows have not returned after starting medication. The first is to remain patient. Eyebrow growth rate is slow and it can be part of the natural growth process.
Improve Your Diet
It may be worthwhile taking steps to create the optimal conditions for strong hair growth in the area. This means eating a healthy diet high in omega-3, protein, Beta-Carotene and vitamin E.
The following is a small pictorial chart of some of the top foods that should be used to promote better hair growth.
In a lot of cases your diet may already be quite good and you might consider you are doing everything you should to provide the vitamins necessary for strong hair growth. This might again require some patience but it might also lead you to consider some outside help.
Condition the Brows
A further step might be to introduce an eyebrow conditioner to the area with regular (daily or twice daily) application of the product to the brow. There are a number of good products available with positive results reported from people who have used them.
Products containing copper peptides have been particularly successful and while they are not magic bullets could be worth trying out. In particular it should be worth taking a closer look at MyChelle Ultimate Lash and Brow Serum, Ardell Brow and Lash Growth Accelerator. Also, M2 Brows Eyebrow Renewing Serum is a product that contains biotin and has had some positive results.
In fact, for a complete listing of eyebrow products including conditioners, stimulators and coloring agents visit our Product Reviews page.
More Permanent Solutions
If you have nourished your eyebrows, created the type of conditions that encourage the follicles to get back to work and do what they’re designed for and you still have no growth it may be time to consider a more permanent solution.
An eyebrow transplant is the more costly answer to lost eyebrows. The procedures that are being performed today produce good results with healthy eyebrow growth being the end result in the majority of cases.
Another solution that is considered to be permanent is eyebrow tattooing. This is a step that should be considered when all other options have been exhausted. It is important that you have this done by a skilled professional because it is going to be difficult to alter the results after the tattoo has been completed.
All in all there are quite a lot of different ways in which the eyebrows can be thickened or made to look thicker if you have no success in getting them to grow back. Hopefully, the eyebrows are only one of the many improvements to your lifestyle that you enjoy after getting treatment for the thyroid.