Eyebrow and Eyelash Hair Transplantation: A Systematic Review

J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2018 Jun;11(6):21-30. Epub 2018 Jun 1.


The objective of this systematic review was to investigate the etiologies of hair loss of the eyebrow and eyelash that required hair transplantation, the optimal surgical technique, patient outcomes, and common complications. A total of 67 articles including 354 patients from 18 countries were included in this study. Most patients were women with an average age of 29 years. The most common etiology requiring hair transplantation was burns, occurring in 57.6 percent of cases. Both eyebrow and eyelash transplantation use follicular unit transplantation techniques most commonly; however, other techniques involving composite grafts and skin flaps continue to be utilized effectively with minimal complication rates. In summary, many techniques have been developed for use in eyebrow/eyelash transplantation and the selection of technique depends upon the dermatologic surgeon's preferences and the unique presentations of their patients.

Keywords: Follicular unit transplantation; V-Y advancement pedicle flaps; composite grafting; follicular unit extraction; frontal scalp skin flaps; secondary vascularized hairy skin flaps; tempoparietal fascial flaps.

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  • Review