Causes Of Scarring On The Eyebrows

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Scarring On The Eyebrows

Eyebrows and their cosmetic effects are a special element in the body that adds to the beauty of our face and for protective purposes. eyebrow is a protective mechanism to the bone which is located a little bit above the eye.

This part of the body has vital protective functions, like the prevention of sweat from the forehead away from the eyes. It is also an important filtering layer, shielding the eyes from dust and small particles.

Just like every part of our body, it can also be affected by a condition known as eyebrow scarring. this condition has both medical and cosmetic effects

Let us carefully examine this condition in this article, the causes, and everything you need to know.

Madarosis(eyebrow scarring): What is it?

The medical term for eyebrow hair loss is known as madarosis. you can also refer to it as eyebrow scarring. However, it is actually not a health problem just on its own, it mostly occurs as a result of other underlying health conditions.

Causes Of  Scarring On The Eyebrows

In many cases, it may occur due to an eye condition known as blepharitis, in other terms, disorder of the local skin.

When this condition occurs, hairs in the eyelashes begin to disappear leading to eyebrow scarring, which can either be regenerative or non regenerative

What causes eyebrow hair loss?

The causes of eyebrow hair loss are multifaceted, for this reason, it best fits to categorize it in forms.

For the purpose of this write-up, we’ll divide them into two categories known as scarring and non-scarring madarosis.

The essence of this classification is to distinguish between eyebrow scarring that is regenerative and non-regenerative.

What is scarring madarosis?

In this condition of eyebrow hair loss, the condition through which this anomaly occurs condemns outrightly the hair follicles around this area

Some noticeable conditions around eyebrow scarring are what we are going to discuss below:

  1. Discoid lupus erythematosus: This is a severe health condition of the eyelashes causing eyebrow scarring
  2. Burn: In most cases, this will damage the eye follicle permanently
  3. Lichen Planopilaris: This eyebrow scarring occurs as a result of an inflammatory condition
  4. Malignant tumors: This condition occurs as a result of squamous cell or basal cell cancers which destroy the hair follicle and eventually lead to eyebrow scarring

What to do if you lose your eyelashes?

The answer to eyebrow hair loss depends on the underlying cause, certainly listed above. Here are some steps you can take if you are experiencing eyebrow loss

  • Topical treatment: Sometimes hair growth-promoting lotions or serums are enough to stimulate eyebrow regrowth.
  • Microblading: This semi-permanent makeup technique recreates the appearance of a natural eyebrow. However, the results are temporary and can help with eyebrow scarring.
  • Eyebrow Transplant: this method is the only effective treatment to replace significant and permanent eyebrow hair loss. Eyebrow transplantation can offer long-lasting results for eyebrow scarring
  • Micropigmentation: Some patients choose to have microblading or microshading in a beauty salon. These eyebrow tattooing methods help create the illusion that the eyebrow is full.

Unfortunately, these methods have their limitations. When eyebrow scarring is very severe and there’s no or very little hair remaining, the results obtained seem very unnatural.

In this case, it is better to opt for a method to grow new eyebrows depending on the type of eyebrow scarring 

When to consider an eyelash transplant? 

Eyebrows transplants are aimed at patients who are unable to grow their eyebrows or who wish to improve their shape and density. Eyebrow transplantation is a specialized procedure that must be performed by a qualified surgeon.

Eyebrow implantation is a hair micrograft technique. It aims to fill in a lack of hair at the brow bones by densifying and receiving the eyebrows while restoring relief to the curve of the eyebrows

The eyebrows transplant procedure lasts approximately 2 hours. Two graft harvesting techniques exist: By stripping at the back of the skull at the level of the Hippocratic crown.

The scalp strip is then cut to separate the hair into micrografts (one to two follicles) which are then impatient on the brow bone

FUE ( Follicular Unit Extraction): the hair graft will be taken one by one above the neck, on the back of the skull. They are implanted in the eyebrow area

how to get rid of Madarosis?

Today, the fashion is for bushy eyebrows. However, when a woman has eyebrows and hair loss, the situation can be difficult to live with. In men, this eyebrow scarring can be annoying.

So, in some cases, an eyebrow transplant can be the ideal and permanent solution to eyebrow hair loss

Natural remedies 

Certain natural remedies can stimulate follicular growth. However, they have their limits: their effectiveness depends largely on the cause of the eyebrow loss

tips to ensure your eyebrows grow back

  • Apply castor oil to your eyebrows every day
  • You can also use olive, coconut, and avocado oil
  • Practice self-massage to stimulate blood circulation and hair growth.
  • Avoid over-plucking your eyebrow by replacing out as much as possible to give your hair time to grow back.
  • Consume foods rich in proteins and vitamins, which ensure hair growth
  • Take a cause of food supplement (such as brewer’s yeast, which acts specifically on the quality of the skin, hair, and body hair)

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The results of an eyebrow transplant are lifelong (provided you do not pluck them again). They are appreciated for their naturalness.

At the hair transplant center, the teams monitor the angle and direction of hair growth. The transplant also helps stimulate the rapid growth of eyebrows.

If you are considering eyebrow transplantation, it is essential to consult a qualified professional to assess your needs and determine the best approach to achieve satisfactory and long-lasting results Which of these remedies are you going to implore or advise someone to implore?

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Dr. Luna Rey

Dr. Luna Rey specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of skin conditions, from common conditions like acne and eczema to more complex conditions like psoriasis and skin cancer. In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Luna has a strong interest in writing and has published numerous articles on dermatology topics in leading medical journals. Her writing style is clear, concise, and easy to understand, making her work accessible to a broad audience.

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