What’s Causing Me to Lose Eyebrow Hair?

By: Dr. Paul Pearce


Thinning eyebrows can be a side effect of the natural aging process. But excessive hair loss in your brows may be a warning sign of something more serious. Learn what causes brow loss and how an eyebrow transplant can help.

If you consider your eyebrows to be a focal point of your face, you might get concerned if your brows start thinning out. At Pearce Plastic Surgery, our skilled surgeon Paul Pearce, MD, specializes in eyebrow transplants, an innovative treatment to rejuvenate sparse-looking brows. Using your own hairs, Dr. Pearce can restore the fullness of your brows during a same-day procedure. Why you’re losing eyebrow hair The primary purpose of your eyebrows is to keep sweat out of your eyes. These days, many women invest time and money into shaping their eyebrows to enhance their appearance. As you get older, your eyebrows may appear thinner due to age-related changes. If you’re losing a lot of your eyebrow hairs unexpectedly, it could be due to underlying medical issues like a thyroid disorder. You might also notice changes in your brows if you have an injury in the area that causes scar tissue to grow. Some people lose eyebrow hair because of a psychological condition known as trichotillomania. 

This disorder causes people to pull out hair from their own body. You might use cosmetics to improve the fullness and shape of your natural brows. But if you’re dissatisfied with the look of your brows, it’s time to learn more about the benefits of an eyebrow transplant. When to get help for thinning brows You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with your primary care provider for eyebrow hair loss if you notice that you’re losing an excessive amount of hair for no known reason. Diagnostic testing can confirm or rule out potentially serious health issues like a thyroid disorder. If you have such an illness, early testing can also ensure you get the treatment you need to prevent additional complications. Once you get your diagnosis and are ready to improve the appearance of your eyebrows, contact Pearce Plastic Surgery to find out if you’re a candidate for an eyebrow transplant. Dr. Pearce spends time evaluating your eyebrows and reviewing your medical history to determine if a transplant is right for you. He also discusses your overall cosmetic goals to ensure a transplant would provide the results you expect. 

Ahead of your procedure, we provide guidance to get you ready for your transplant. Dr. Pearce can also discuss what to expect during your recovery. What to expect during your eyebrow transplant procedure An eyebrow transplant is a minimally invasive procedure that requires only a local anesthetic. We make sure you’re comfortable as Dr. Pearce harvests hair grafts from another part of your body, such as the nape of your neck. When the grafts are ready for the transplant, Dr. Pearce prepares your eyebrows. He follows a customized surgical plan to ensure the end result provides you with shapely, attractive brows. Immediately after the implants are in place, you may experience swelling and bruising in the area. These issues typically resolve within five days. During the healing process, it’s also normal for the new hairs to fall out. Within three months of surgery, additional hairs should grow out to fill out your brows and enhance your facial aesthetic. Because treatment uses your own hairs to supplement your eyebrows, your results appear completely natural. 

To find out how an eyebrow transplant  can transform your appearance, call Pearce Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, or book an appointment online today. 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.