Eyebrow hair loss: causes and treatment
By Prof. Dr. Soner Tatlidede 2020-11-01
Eyebrow hair loss is a source of concern for many people, and this is quite understandable since eyebrows play a fundamental role in our image by marking the expression of our face and our gaze; so, they are also an important part of our personality, and of the image we project towards others.
Not a few of the patients who contact our clinic inquiring about the cost of a hair transplant in Turkey, do so asking about the possibility of performing an eyebrow transplant after having experienced a loss of eyebrow hair. But what causes eyebrow loss? What is the most suitable treatment? In this article we are going to solve all the queries about this so important - and so forgotten - part of our face.
The causes of loss of hair in eyebrows can be many, some more frequent than others. Before thinking about any treatment, it is necessary however to establish a clear diagnosis about what is causing the hair loss.
Among the main causes, there are the following:
This is a common cause of loss of eyebrow hair in women; they usually pluck their eyebrows to remove excess of hair or to make the brow line finer according to certain fashions; and this does not represent a problem if it is done moderately and carefully, removing by traction only the hairs that grow outside the contour of the eyebrow.
However, if we observe some hair inside the eyebrow that protrudes, it is much better to cut it or we face the risk of damaging eyebrow hair follicles. It must be remembered that through tractions, we cause the weakening of hair roots and eventually its disappearance, generating over time areas devoid of hair on the eyebrow.
This is a type of scarring alopecia - that is, it produces a permanent loss of hair follicles - common among women from 50 years of age after menopause, although more and more cases occur among young women, and even men. It causes a receding of the hairline on the forehead, and is usually accompanied -before or after- by eyebrows fall out.
It is a form of alopecia caused by an immune response of the body, whose defences attack the hair root causing hair to fall out, although the root is still alive and therefore - with the proper treatment - hair can grow back. Although the hair loss usually occurs on the scalp - where "areas" devoid of hair appear - it can also affect the eyebrows.
When scaling skin diseases such as seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis appear on some areas of the scalp, the hair also becomes affected and falls out. Both psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis may cause eyebrow hair loss, although - again - this fall is not permanent and hair can be recovered with treatment.
A major injury or a deep scar can destroy hair roots permanently. If we receive a blow to the eye or suffer an injury in this area of the face, damage to eyebrow hair roots can occur and it can trigger hair loss. Certain diseases that cause skin lesions, such as skin cancer, can also cause hair loss both because of the disease itself and because of the surgery to remove it.
Certain conditions of thyroid and eyebrow hair loss are related: if we suffer from problems in this gland and we have a low level of hormones, one of the symptoms is hair loss; certain types of alopecia may appear, and they will require treatment.
Trichotillomania is a disease that causes a compulsive behaviour that leads a person to constantly stretching, twisting and even pulling his/her hair, whether on the head, eyebrows or eyelashes. It is the main cause of eyebrow loss due to stress.
Eyebrows do grow back sometimes with the proper treatment. However, before considering an eyebrow hair loss treatment, an expert dermatologist specialised in trichology must analyze our case, and carry out a study including a visual examination and blood tests to detect metabolic or hormonal problems. After the diagnosis, the specialist will determine the best solutions for eyebrow hair loss: if hair loss is not caused by a scarring alopecia, eyebrows can grow back again.
We must keep in mind that hair growth on the eyebrow is very slow; so even if the treatment is successful, it may take 2-3 months for hair to grow back. In the case of a scarring alopecia, early diagnosis is key to avoid further damages and to stop hair loss.
Once the cause has been identified and the hair loss has stopped, it is possible to recover the hair through an eyebrow transplant, which is similar to the one carried out on the scalp although with some differences, since eyebrow hair has different characteristics. Furthermore, only single hair follicles are used for grafting in this type of transplant.
It is important that both the diagnosis of the problem that causes eyebrow hair loss and the treatment, including a transplant, is carried out by qualified and experienced personnel. At Clinicana we are experts in all hair treatments, and a leading clinic in hair transplants. Read our patients' reviews on hair transplant in Turkey, and get your hair back... Ask for your free online consultation now!