Home' INSTYLE Magazine : INSTYLE JANFEB 2015 Contents Leading specialist hair transplant
physicians are increasingly
called on to transplant hair from
the head to other parts of the
face or body, think eyerbrows or
designer beard stubbles. Just like the
hairline, eyebrows hold much power in
completely transforming one's face.
Over the past 20 months bookings
have risen at the Sydney, Melbourne
and Perth clinics of Martinick Hair
Restoration for patients seeking
the hipster beard look. Can't grow it? Then transplant it. Facial
hair transplants are in demand, particularly among men
seeking designer beard stubble and women who want youthful
"The men seeking this surgery either want to improve on a thin
beard or grow a beard for the first time in their lives," says medical
director for Martinick Hair Restoration, Dr Jennifer Martinick.
Dr Martinick also says some patients who lasered off their facial
hair years ago seek a transplant to gain back their stubble.
Along with the resurgence of the 'hipster beard,' men from
Asian and Middle Eastern countries have facial hair transplants for
Many Muslim and Sikh patients seek a thick beard for religious
reasons and a facial hair transplant is an effective way to fill in
patchy or light sections.
Dr Martinick, past president of the International Society of Hair
Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), says facial hair transplants are performed
under the same principles as modern hair transplant surgery.
The surgeon takes individual follicles from a donor area at the back
of the patient's head and transplants the follicles one by one on the
The new facial hair begins to grow in around three to four months,
but can take up to 12 months for the full results to show.
"The procedure requires meticulous planning by the transplanting
physician in association with the patient and an understanding
of the spiralling flow of beard hair is essential to create a natural
looking beard," Dr Martinick says.
Dr Martinick says female patients are equally delighted with the
natural looking results created with eyebrow transplants.
Dr Martinick, who has performed over 45 eyebrow transplants,
says while some patients want reshaped and thicker brows others
seek the procedure to cover up plastic surgery scars, to regenerate
brows sparsened by over plucking, injury, disease or the self inflicted
plucking disorder trichotillomania.
Ultra artistic and highly intricate, the procedure involves
transplanting single hairs to carefully follow the eyebrow contour to
recreate the appearance of natural eyebrows.
Among those to benefit from an eyebrow transplant is childcare
professional Cheryl Mills, who over plucked her eyebrows as
Cheryl, a mother of three adult sons, credits a successful eyebrow
transplant procedure, which she had over 20 months ago, with
giving her renewed confidence about her appearance.
In her forties, Cheryl turned to tattooing to disguise her thin brows,
however an 'unfortunate choice of tattooist' for a subsequent
treatment resulted in a painful journey to correct a 'botched job.'
"I had a breast cancer scare at the time, so wasn't thinking
straight. When I made the booking I had concerns about the
beautician, but didn't act on them," Cheryl says.
"I ended up with an unsightly heavy black brow and looked
like a cartoon character whose eyebrows had been randomly
drawn onto my face. I should have done more research before
"I am speaking publicly to warn other women to be very careful
about their choice of cosmetician. If you have doubts about
someone's ability to perform a procedure then don't go ahead.
"I don't want anyone to have to go through what I went through."
Cheryl says to remove the unsightly tattooed brows she
underwent a series of 20 costly laser treatments.
The laser treatments left her with deep scarring, migraine headaches
and even more limited eyebrow hair than she previously had.
Her hope was restored after a friend encouraged her to seek a
consultation with Dr Martinick.
"I was so glad I explored the possibility of an eyebrow transplant,
"Dr Martinick was very straight with me and warned me there was
a chance, due to my deep scar tissue, that the transplanted hair
may not take as well as it may do on someone without scarring and
after considerable research about the doctor I went ahead with
"As you can see the results are fantastic and a bonus is that
Dr Martinick's work in transplanting hair into my brow region has
completely healed my scars. The deep pits that once existed are no
Dr Martinick says the practice of transplanting a full thickness
graft into the scarred area can, as it did with Cheryl, have the effect
of reconditioning and regenerating a scar.
"When you injure a scar by transplanting a full thickness graft, the
scar tissue becomes more embryonic and gets a second chance at
life," Dr Martinick says.
"The positive affects of this are that the stem cells then turn into
whatever tissue is needed to heal the scar."
An eyebrow transplant procedure costs around $5000.
Other lesser used applications for transplanting hair are for
eyelashes, chest hair for men and pubic hair transplantation.
IT'S NOT JUST
ink hair transplantation and the first thing that
usually springs to mind is a surgical method for
restoring a thinning crown or receding hairline,
but hair transplantation is not just for restoring
a thinning head of hair.
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