PGI to roll out eyebrow transplant facility soon
The plastic surgery department at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences performed its first eyebrow hair transplant last week. The facility, available in high-end plastic surgery centres in the metros, would soon be rolled out to the public at a much lower cost.
“Loss of hair in the eyebrows, technically known as madarosis, is common after the age of 40 years. It starts with the side and proceeds towards the midline. It also leads to thinning of eyebrows. Bushy eyebrows are a symbol of beauty and their loss leaves a negative impact on a person,” said Dr Rajeev Agarwal, head of the plastic surgery department at SGPGIMS.
The procedure is time-taking and requires expertise. “Eyebrow transplant is different from regular hair transplant as the hair are to be planted in a slant orientation,” explained Dr Agarwal.
He added that a transplant was better than the cosmetic procedures available in the market.
“Options like cosmetic darkening of the eyebrow or tattooing create a camouflage but can never return the natural look, which is the biggest advantage of transplant,” he said.
The only disadvantage with a transplant is that one needs to get the eyebrows trimmed regularly as transplanted hair grow faster than normal hair. “Anyone who gets it done has to visit the beauty parlour regularly but then the advantage is quite satisfying,” said Rita Saha, relative of the patient who went under the knife for the transplant.
The team at SGPGI said that their rates would be at least one-third of what is being charged in private hospitals, where anything between Rs 200 and Rs 300 per hair are charged.
“An eyebrow transplant involves insertion of at least 300 hair per brow. This means that a patient would spend Rs 60,000-Rs 90,000 per brow in the private sector. Though the rates at our centre are yet to be finalized, they would be one-third of the market rate,” said Dr Agarwal.