CENTURY CITY (CBSLA.com) — Janet is self-conscious about not having eyebrows because she overplucked hers 10 years ago – and they never grew back.
“Having really bold eyebrows really define the face,” she said. “I don’t feel really confident walking out in public and [have] people always staring at me.”
The 33-year-old was still not happy even after she had her eyebrows tattooed. So she went online for a solution and found Marc Dauer, a surgeon in Century City, one of the first to perform an eyebrow transplant.
“The reason why this procedure works is because what I’m doing is introducing a brand new hair follicle into a place, where the follicles no longer exist for whatever reason – the plucking, or genetic causes, or some sort of skin condition, [which] have caused the natural eyebrow hairs to die off,” the doctor said.
Even though Dauer has been performing eyebrow transplants for 12 years, it’s not a well-known or widely done procedure, so clients come from around the world to have the procedure done.
Janet was one of Dauer’s many international patients, traveling from Toronto for the procedure.
“We take hair from the scalp, or another part of the body, and we move it to the eyebrow to create natural-looking eyebrows,” Dauer said.
“It’s very meticulous work, literally placing one follicle at a time,” he said.
But the procedure will not produce instant eyebrows, Dauer said.
“All the hairs that we’ve put in, they need to shed before they regrow,” he said. “After about three days, they’re all going to start to fall out.
“Everything should start to grow back in about 12 weeks. About six months, you’ll be seeing half to two-thirds of the final results, and at nine months, you’ll see the final results.”
Janet was thrilled with the results.
“Oh, my God! I look like a totally new person. That’s amazing!” she said at her full reveal session.
The transplant procedure takes about six to eight hours under local anesthetic and ranges in cost from $7,500 to $8,500. It is not covered by insurance.
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