Eyebrow hair loss is not very common, but it is a reality which a significant number of people face due to several reasons. Eyebrow loss can occur due to a variety of reasons and it can affect one or both eyebrows causing partial or complete hair loss. Although it is not a gender-based condition, it affects females more, courtesy persistent plucking and aggressive use of eyebrow pencils. But there are several other medical conditions as well that can trigger hair loss in the eyebrows and knowing the underlying cause is the key to effective and lasting treatment. Some most common eye brow hair loss causes are discussed below.
Stress and Anxiety:
Studies have shown that people who are stressed out are more prone to shedding hair, including eyebrow hairs. Stress, low mood and abrupt bursts of anxiety result in hormonal imbalance in the body. This causes more and more hair undergo Telogen phase and ultimately fall off. This type of hair shedding is called Telogen effluvium.
An overactive or underactive thyroid also affects scalp and facial hair growth. Hypothyroidism initially affects scalp hairs but in later stages it can cause eyebrow thinning as well. Some prominent symptoms of hypo- or hyperthyroidism include chronic fatigue, weakness, skin dryness and sudden weight gain or loss. This type of eyebrow hair shedding can be effectively treated with thyroid hormone replacement medications.
It is a type of eczema characterized by red, itchy patches of skin. When the condition affects skin around the eyes it results in swelling and skin inflammation as well as loss of eyebrow hairs. Skin-irritating soaps and cosmetic may worsen the situation. Therefore, it is important that you avoid any chemical-containing product in the affected areas. Eyebrows usually regrow as the atopic dermatitis is treated.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which body’s immune system speciously starts attacking hair follicles, causing skin inflammation and temporary hair loss. This condition can affect both scalp and body hair. Hair loss caused by alopecia areata is mostly temporary and hairs begin to regrow once the condition is treated. Corticosteroid injections are commonly used to treat this auto-immune condition.
Some drugs used in chemotherapy for treating cancer also trigger hair loss. This type of hair loss affects all body hair, including eyebrow and eyelashes. Not every chemotherapy drug cause hair shedding, but most of them do. But the good news is that eyebrow hair loss caused by chemotherapy is also temporary and hairs begin to regrow in the weeks to months after completion of therapy.
Eyebrow Hair Loss Treatment:
As stated above, most of the times eyebrow hair loss is temporary and the hairs regrow automatically as soon as the underlying cause is addressed. But sometimes eyebrow loss is permanent and automatic regrowth is nearly impossible. This is where Eyebrow Hair Transplant comes into picture. If you have also lost your eyebrows permanently due to frequent plucking, burns, scar or any other trauma, you can always get back natural looking brows through surgical hair restoration.
How eyebrow hair transplant works?
Eyebrow hair transplantation is no different than the traditional hair transplant performed on the scalp. Donor grafts are harvested from the rear of the scalp using FUE technique and transplanted carefully in the eyebrows, keeping in mind their natural shape and direction. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia and usually takes 2 to 3 hours for its completion. Results of the surgery can be seen after 2-3 months but full growth requires 8 to 12 months.
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