Beautician given a £5,000 eyebrow transplant after she overplucked
Beautician reveals £5,000 ‘designer eyebrow’ transplant has transformed her confidence and ‘helped her feel feminine’ after she damaged hair through years of overplucking
- Unnamed beautician, from Manchester, was given a £5,000 eyebrow transplant
- She spent years overplucking her brows, leaving the hair sparse and thin
- Cosmetic surgeon Dr Asim Shahmalak performed the four hour procedure
- Said ‘designer eyebrows’ have boosted confidence and helped her feel feminine
A beautician has revealed how a £5,000 eyebrow transplant has transformed her confidence after she damaged her hair through years of overplucking.
The unnamed woman, from Manchester, works on a beauty counter and said she was worried about the way she looked after years of damage to her eyebrows.
She went to cosmetic surgeon Dr Asim Shahmalak, who performed the same Follicular Unit Extraction procedure (FUE) used in hair transplants on her eyebrows at his Crown Clinic.
The beautician said her self esteem had been boosted following the four-hour procedure, revealing: ‘Dr Asim has given me back my confidence and made me feel feminine again. I have the designer eyebrows I have always wanted.’
A beautician, from Manchester, has revealed how a £5,000 eyebrow transplant has transformed her confidence after she damaged her brows through years of overplucking (pictured, before)
The unnamed beautician revealed the operation had given her her confidence back and helped her to feel feminine (pictured, after)
She works on a beauty counter and said she was worried about the way she looked after years of damage to her eyebrows (left)
Dr Shahmalakis one of the few surgeons in the UK with the expertise to carry out more unusual transplant procedures such as eyebrow, eyelash, beard and sideburn transplants.
His celebrity clients include Coronation Street actor Jack P Shepherd, model Calum Best, Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts and former Liverpool and Man City footballer Didi Hamann.
Under the procedure, the donor hair is extracted from the back of the scalp and then replanted in the gaps in the eyebrows, blending in naturally with the remaining hairs.
It takes between six months and nine months for the new brow hair to grow back – after which patients have the ‘designer brows’ of their favourite stars.
The patient revealed she had been keen to undergo the cosmetic procedure because she feels brows are ‘so important’ to frame your face (pictured, before)
She revealed she felt under pressure to look her best while working at the beauty counter because ‘all eyes are on you’ (pictured, a close-up of the eyebrows before surgery showing the gaps caused by overplucking)
Because the hair is extracted from the scalp, it grows like ‘head hair’ and the new brows need trimming every few weeks.
What is an eyebrow transplant?
The process typically involves removing a section of hair from the patient, typically from the back of the head, and grafting the hair to the eyebrow, augmenting the existing brows or replacing them completely if a patient has lost all their natural brows.
The procedure typically involves 250 hairs transplanted into each brow – so 500 in total.
Maintenance of the eyebrows is needed thereafter, as the hair continues to grow at the same rate as on other parts of the body.
FUE hair transplants are where individual follicular units are extracted from the back or side of a patient’s scalp and transplanted into the balding area.
Each hair follicle is removed individually with the advantage that no strip is taken from the back of the scalp so scarring is minimal.
The patient said: ‘The actual procedure was surprisingly stress free.
‘I opted to have the FUE technique, which didn’t really hurt – it just felt like pin pricks.
‘I took around eight days off work to allow the bruising and swelling to disappear around the eye area.
‘As the brows grow back, you need to brush them so they flow in the natural direction and trim them regularly.
‘That way, you are on your way to show off your gorgeous designer brows.’
Dr Shahmalak said: ‘Women come to me from all over the world to get their eyebrows restored after losing their natural brows for a number of reasons.
‘This latest patient had damaged her eyebrows through overplucking.
‘She understandably wanted to put them right because she works at a beauty counter and feels under pressure to look good.
‘I took some hairs from the back of her scalp and replanted them in the gaps in her brows.
‘It is exactly the same procedure as a normal hair transplant except the transplanted hairs are replanted in the brows rather than the scalp.’
Dr Shahmalak said: ‘It takes between six and nine months for the transplanted hair to grow back in their new home and after that patients have full eyebrows with no gaps.
‘It saves them hours on their beauty routine and gives more symmetry to the face, framing the eyes perfectly.
‘This patient got a fantastic result, as you can see from the picture of her with her new designer brows. I was delighted to be able to help her.’
Prior to the surgery, the unnamed beautician was left with sparse eyebrows and gaps within her hair due to years of vigorous plucking (pictured, before)
During the transplant surgery, hair is extracted from the scalp to the brow area, where blends in naturally with the remaining hairs (pictured, the patient immediately after the surgery with marks still showing the mapping of the surgical area)
Meanwhile the beauty counter worker added: ‘I am glad that I corrected the damage caused by years of overplucking.
‘Brows are so important as they frame your face. It is especially important to me that my brows look good because I work in the beauty industry in a high end department store.
‘All eyes are on you and you want to look your best.’
She continued: ‘It took several months for my new brows to grow back but now I can go make-up free and feel confident going out. You can’t put a price on that.’
Because the hair is extracted from the scalp, it continues to grow like ‘head hair’ and needs to be trimmed every few weeks (pictured, after the surgery)
The patient said she was overjoyed with her designer brows, which she said had helped boost her confidence
The woman has used her beauty training to create her perfect brows now they have fully grown back.
She explained: ‘I came across many brow gel mascara wands with various shades to suit.
‘That really sets your new brows in place and gives them that wow effect.’
Dr Shahmalak is one of the few surgeons in the UK with the expertise to carry out more unusual transplant procedures such as eyebrow, eyelash, beard and sideburn transplants (pictured)
Dr Shahmalak, who carried out the procedure, also performs eyelash and sideburn transplants (pictured, working on Coronation Street actor Jack P Shepherd)
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