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Consent for Plastic Surgery: Eyebrow Hair Transplants

 

Every plastic surgery procedure has numerous issues that every patient who is undergoing a procedure should know. These explanations are always on a consent form that you should read in detail before surgery. This consent form, while many perceive as strictly a legal protection for the doctor, is actually more intended to improve the understanding of the eyebrow hair transplant procedure. The following is what Dr. Eppley discusses with his patients for this procedure. This list includes many, but not all,of the different outcomes from surgery. It should generate both a better understanding of the procedure and should answer any remaining questions that one would have.

ALTERNATIVES

Alternatives for improving the appearance of the eyebrows include temporary(pencil) or permanent eyeliner. (micropigmentation/tattooing)

GOALS

The goal of eyebrow hair transplantation is to create greater hair density in the eyebrow. This fuller density strives to achieve a more natural eyebrow look that does not require the application of pigmented liners to create the shape and outline of the eyebrows.

LIMITATIONS

The limitations of eyebrow hair transplants, like all hair transplants, is how many hairs can be inserted at the time of the procedure and how many hairs will survive and grow afterwards.

EXPECTED OUTCOME

Expected recipient site outcomes include the following: temporary swelling and bruising of the eyebrows, temporary clots or crusts of the eyebrows, initial long transplants in which the hair shaft will shed two to three weeks after the procedure, and four to six months after surgery to see the full transplanted hair growth. Expected donor site outcomes include suture lines in the scalp above the ears from the harvest and very mild temporary harvest site discomfort.

RISKS

Significant complications from eyebrow hair transplants do not occur. More likely risks include infection, inadequate take/density of the transplanted hair, undesired angulation of the transplanted hair, and the possible need for additional hair transplantation sessions. Any of these risks may require revisional surgery for improvement.

ADDITIONAL SURGERY

Should additional surgery be required for additional hair transplants to be placed, this will generate additional costs

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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