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Bizzare Bald: Hair Loss in Eyebrows, Eyelashes and Beards

Beyond the Scalp, Bizarre Bald

By Dr. Alan. J Bauman, M.D.

When we think of hair loss, we of course think of the hair on our head. This isn’t surprising, especially when you think that over 80 million men and women are suffering from hair loss. But while receding hairlines and bald spots may be the most obvious, hair loss can come in many forms.

There are several bizarre areas where follicles can fail, areas that you probably never think about when talking about hair loss. Hair loss can be experienced in the eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, mustache, and sideburns, for a variety of reasons, ranging from heredity, aging, or scarring. And while these may seem like merely cosmetic problems, like all hair loss, the effects can extend far beyond the physical symptom, including loss of confidence and self-esteem, and in some cases, depression, anxiety, social withdrawal and more. 

But the good news is, hair loss in these areas can be treated and corrected through hair transplantation.

  • Beard/Mustache/Sideburns – Men can see patchy facial hair due to heredity, illness, aging, injury or scars. In addition, sideburns specifically can become sparse following plastic surgery, namely facelifts. The use of artistically-placed follicular units into a beard area can restore or enhance areas of facial hair that are lacking. Particular attention must be paid to the angle, orientation and position of each individual graft to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing result that looks 100 percent natural. Hair transplanted into the beard or mustache areas will need to be trimmed routinely, as the hair continues to live and grow naturally in the new location.
  • Eyelashes – Eyelash transplants are an advanced microsurgical procedure that takes living, growing hairs from the scalp and implants them into the upper eyelids. These transplants can be used to enhance the density and fullness of the eyelashes for purely cosmetic purposes; it is also an effective treatment to restore permanent loss of the lashes due to trauma, burns, chemotherapy and trichotillomania. The newly implanted lashes will continue to grow, just like the hair on the head and require regular maintenance and trimming.
  • Eyebrows - Over-plucking the brows can cause follicular damage and permanent brow loss. In addition to over-plucking, hair loss in the eyebrows can be caused by heredity, illness, aging, medications, chemotherapy, radiation, injury, or scarring. An eyebrow transplant can create new living, growing eyebrows; the procedure is also effective to cover scars. Careful, accurate planning and meticulous implantation is required to obtain the correct angle, orientation and position of the transplanted follicles so the resulting growth blends naturally.  The transplanted hair needs to be routinely trimmed.

For the best results, these cutting-edge transplants are performed with NeoGraft FUE: The "Cadillac" of transplants. The minimally-invasive NeoGraft device helps the surgical team extract hair follicles from the donor area of the scalp individually without the need for scalpel or stitches, leaving no linear scar. Less downtime, less pain, quicker recovery, fewer activity restrictions, and absolutely NO linear scar are some of the benefits of NeoGraft FUE approach. When properly performed, artistic hairline design using grafts of single follicles creates hair transplant results that truly defy detection.

Key Benefits of a NeoGraft FUE:

  • Least invasive hair transplant available 
  • No scalpel, no stitches, no staples are used in the donor area
  • No 'tell-tale' linear scar is left in the back of the scalp
  • Shorter, more comfortable recovery 
  • No stitches to be removed 
  • Less activity restrictions after surgery and quicker return to athletic activity
  • Very short haircuts are possible after surgery 
  • Transplants more than twice as many hair grafts in a single surgery as the previous manually-performed FUE surgery in the same amount of time 

At Bauman Medical, many of the patients we see for hair restoration treatments are looking for “cosmetic enhancement,“ however, some of our most rewarding professional opportunities have been treating both children and adults who have suffered with a birth defect or survived physical injuries or traumas (including those caused by fire or accident). In these cases, we have utilized non-invasive therapies and/or surgical hair transplant techniques to restore hair into their hairline or face. This is especially useful in order to camouflage scarring and restore a patient’s natural appearance where they would normally have hair.

If you're worried about hair loss, on your head, or elsewhere, it is important to consult with an experienced hair restoration physician -- someone who specializes exclusively in the medical diagnosis, treatment and tracking of hair loss and its treatment. Only a qualified and experienced hair restoration physician can prescribe the most effective multi-therapy treatment options, and perform the latest advanced surgical procedures necessary to achieve natural-looking results. - Hair Restoration for Men and Women - eyelash transplant info from Dr. Alan Bauman