10 months post

HI Everyone,

 

First I’m sorry it took forever. Ive had a lot going on and its taken the back burner.
10 months have past since the transplant and I’m very happy with my eyebrows, they look normal. They grow quite fast, I trim them once a week. But that’s ok. It doesn’t bother me. I noticed that they have tamed down, as opposed to at the beginning where they would grow straight out. I still apply hair paste to it, when I do my make up, to make sure all strands are laying low. And I fill the little gaps here and there with make up. I started wearing my hair back again, pulled away from my face, because my eyebrows are shaping my face. I look younger too. The only negative part is that because I need to cut them, when you look at me from the side, you do see them standing up a little bit. Not the best look. But its such a small price to pay to get eyebrows back. And a lot of people have bushy eyebrows so it passes very well, and kinda just looks like a normal thing. I’m just not used to it, because my real eyebrows were fine and contoured my face naturally. But this being said, I have zero regrets. The people who would notice are usually extremely close to my face and know I did this. Otherwise, no one will be able to tell or said anything.
Larissa has asked me to send in some professional photos, I have myself tentatively scheduled to take some this week. I will do my best to post something new. Until then all I have is my iphone photos here.
First photo is without make up first thing in the morning.
The second is with foundation, hair paste (to tame it down) and pencil to fill in a little bit (but i did this fast and depending on where I’m going, I sometimes go a little darker with my eyebrow pencil) I’m just showing you what it looks like as natural as possible. because lets face it, we all want to look good natural.
And last shot is a profile so you can see what I mean by the cutting and the lift away from the face.

that’s it for now.
Hope this helps ladies!
Do it, honestly if you’re really obsessed with your eyebrows, its a no brainer..lots of patience when you do it for a good 4 months, but then its smooth sailing.

10 m

no make up, natural and no product on the eyebrow. eyebrows have been trimmed

10 months with make up

10 months with little make up foundation and pencil fill in. hair paste to tame it down a little

photo_side 1- months

Side photo to show how they do stand up a little bit. check out the eyebrow further left to understand. eyebrow have hair paste and pencil very very little make up

Comments

  1. You look so beautiful and your brows definitely shape your face in a great way! These pictures look great and can’t wait to see the others soon.

  2. Thank you for the update eyebrowqueen!
    You eyebrows look amazing,both natural and with the make up! Looking forward to seeing your final results in a couple months ๐Ÿ˜€
    Keep up the great work!

  3. Larissa Atamanchuk says:

    Eyebrow Queen thank you for your post and adding your photos, your eyebrows look fantastic!

    I definitely agree that they look very natural ๐Ÿ™‚

    I can imagine the taming/maintenance can take some getting used to, but I am glad you are happy and feel it is a small price to pay.

    We look forward to seeing more photos soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you again for your post! Your progress has come a long way since your pre-op photos!

  4. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your eyebrows look fantastic!!!!!11 I am just short of 6 months and my issue now is taming the hairs especially closer to the bridge of my nose they seem to be sticking out a bit…. but I did just cut them a bit too short…. I noticed on your 4 months post op photos you had a similar issue with some hairs sticking out but it looks as though that issue has subsided with you!?! WOW!!!! please tell me what products you use to help tame them… also when did you find your brows started to co operate with you ?! im still slightly self conscious that these hairs stick out a bit. thanks in advance and they look amazing!

    • hi there,
      I would say they started cooporating now, at 8 months.
      The product I use is a paste for hair. Anything that doesn’t smell too strong, and doesn’t have a shine finish works.
      I forgot the name i got, but there are endless products. the transparent mascara just didn’t work for me.
      if i put too much product and it gets stuck together, I simply brush it out with an eyebrow brush, then apply make up and they tend to stay low and tamed at that point.
      hope this helps. hang in there!!

  5. How long did it take for you to tame them to grow down , the hairs close to the bridge of my nose are growing a bit out however that could possibly be because I cut them too short.. I do notice a big difference in when I let them grow a bit longer they are easier to tame. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I notice that if I let it grow I too long, it gets bushy. So I have no choice to cut them…I’m getting better and better. And as much as I can pluck, I’m always reluctant because all I think when I pluck is “i’m plucking thousands of dollars off my face” LOL…I know they grow back but the fear of them disappearing is still very present. So I just cut and am thankful the trend is big bushy eyebrows right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hi eyebrowqueen. Thanks for your updated pictures. I have a few questions I hope you can answer for me:
    -how long did it take for your pinkness to fade completely? I am at 4.5 months right now and I still have a lot of pinkness.
    -do you have any texture changes/scarring in your recipient area? I have these little holes or “pits” on my skin from the incisions and they are very obvious. My shape was not done perfectly and I want to be able to shape them once they grow in but I’m scared that my skin will not go back to normal. I look forwared to hearing back from you. Oh, and I also had my procedure done by Dr. Rahal.

  7. Hi Ashley:

    -pink skin: at least 6 months. What I would do is simply apply foundation over the eyebrows as well, even my skin tone, and then apply make up (pencil) over the gaps of my eyebrows and no one can tell. But I can promise you the pink is 100% gone now. So you have a little bit more and then its all behind you.
    – i have zero scarring, zero change in texture. that is all part of the pink phase and it will go away. the skin will go back to normal. Promise!!
    – my skin is 100% normal. The only thing that remains a little sensitive still is my donor side, when I blow dry. I notice its more sensitive but not painful. But everything else on your face will turn back to normal. the texture, pink, holes…everything. No one can tell I got this done. Only my closest friends know – and all of you- which is why I don’t show my full face. but I can tell you, that the only comment I get is that the hair is slightly lifted from the side. But otherwise, they all say “wow, eyebrowqueen (ha ha they don’t call me that) but they do say wow, you look amazing, younger. it completely changed my face. I’m back to being me.

    I’M EXCITED FOR ALL OF YOU!!!
    hang in there ladies!!!

    • Matty Faulkner says:

      Hi eyebrowqueen. How long did it take for your shock loss to stop? I am 3 and a half weeks post op. Roughly 23days and I seemed to be losing more and more of my brows everyday. Btw your blog gives me the strength to get thru these early ugly days. Thanks for the great write up.

      • hi
        thank you so much for saying that. I started it because when I was searching I couldn’t find anything on it…And yes, the fall out is very much present in the stage you’re in. in fact, i don’t think i have any left of mine at this point, which is ONE YEAR NEXT MONTH!!! can you beleive it? I’m still getting used to it. but I’m so happy with them. The trimming is my only worry now – a small and very welcomed worry- instead of my penciling in or being shy.
        I hope this continues to help you. You’re about to enter an “uglier” stage, so brace yourself. I rather tell you now..You will be getting pimples that are huge and you can’t touch them. So that lasts a good 3 weeks. So if you have anything you want to do now, publicly, do it!! I hibernated for that period. And once that’s behind you, its all spring and sunshine from there on. Take care and dont’ be discouraged, you’ll be out in no time. time passes faster than we think

  8. Hi eyebrow queen,

    Did you have pitting and scarring at 4 months? I have really bad scarring on my eyebrows and I’m really upset. I contacted Dr. Rahal and his response was that there will always be scarring whenever an incision is made and that this was dicussed before the surgery – it wasn’t. I was always told that there would be no visible marks/scarring on my skin. I was wondering if you were told that you would have scarring on your eyebrows? I know they did not tell me this and I’m sure they don’t tell their other patients that they will be scarred either. I don’t like the shape of my eyebrows and I can’t even shape them because of the condition of my skin. I am just looking for some support.

    • Hi Ashley. I was just wondering if your scarring improved? It took about 3 months for my skin to return to normal after my eyebrow transplant. I had the same reaction as you. I think that a lot of doctors under estimate the amount of time it actually takes to heal. They will give you the best case scenario.

      • Hi Jane, yes my scarring has improved but it took 6 month before I started seeing improvements in the pitting and redness. I am at 8 months now and I still have some pinkness in my recipient site, particularly at the heads of the eyebrows. The skin around the heads has a bit of a bumpy texture that looks like little goosebumps. The rest of my skin has soothed over. I have some spots that didn’t grow in so I think the texture is more noticeable because of that. I am getting a touch up done in July to fill in the spots that didn’t grow. Larissa has been really good about following up with me and helping keep me motivated.

  9. Hi eyebrowqueen. Firstly it’s great to see the results. You got and how natural they look now. I am 38 yr old Aussie fella who has had a similar journey to yours and decided to get an eyebrow transplant. However I’m only 3.5 weeks post op from my eyebrow transplant. And have got some shock loss in my eyebrows. And look a bit of a mess really. Am curious as to what stage ( time frame post op)did u look in the mirror. And think ok I can see progress and am content with how they look? And do u get any hair loss from them now they r close to fully grown? Thank you for taking the time to do your blog. It gives me and no doubt others the strength in these hard early days.

    • hi
      thank you so much for saying that. I started it because when I was searching I couldn’t find anything on it…And yes, the fall out is very much present in the stage you’re in. in fact, i don’t think i have any left of mine at this point, which is ONE YEAR NEXT MONTH!!! can you beleive it? I’m still getting used to it. but I’m so happy with them. The trimming is my only worry now – a small and very welcomed worry- instead of my penciling in or being shy.
      I hope this continues to help you. You’re about to enter an “uglier” stage, so brace yourself. I rather tell you now..You will be getting pimples that are huge and you can’t touch them. So that lasts a good 3 weeks. So if you have anything you want to do now, publicly, do it!! I hibernated for that period. And once that’s behind you, its all spring and sunshine from there on. Take care and dont’ be discouraged, you’ll be out in no time. time passes faster than we think.
      So to answer your question: I started to feel better I’d say 3-4 months after the op. hang in there! its all uphill ๐Ÿ™‚
      say hi to kangaroos for me lol

  10. Hi eyebrow queen, I been following your blog a few months already. I first read it a month after my eyebrow transplant. Now it is almost five months. I’m not there yet with my result. I use to scratch my eyebrow a lot because it got dry and itchy and lost a lot of original hair. But my transplanted eyebrow are growing out more than at three month mark. I’m glad I found this blog and see your result. My eyebrow right now is like how yours were at four month. It just stick up and not rest down like normal eyebrow. I’m guessing just like yours mine would get better near the 10 months mark. I hope my brows fill in more. I’m not sure how long should I keep my eyebrow before trimming it. The longer it grow the more it fills up my brows but it will look wirey and stick out. I can’t wait for 2 more months.

  11. Hi eyebrow queen. In looking at your 10 mth photo vs your photo 2 weeks after your procedure your eyebrows look much denser in the 2 week photo. I’m just wondering if you had some grafts that didn’t grow because the density is not the same. Is Dr. Rahal going to make good on his growth guarantee And replace the grafts that’s didn’t grow? Your eyebrows look really good it just looks like there are a few spots that didn’t grow and I think that you should have the same density as your did right after the procedure.

    • yes they thinned out on their own. The doctor told me this actually. He told me he was going to plant more than usual, because they were not all going to grow.
      and he was right. they shaped themselves into what you see right now. I never pluck, even if we’re allowed to at this point.

      • Hi again eyebrow queen. How have your brows been holding up? Have u had any more shock loss? I am 3 months and 1 week and still r thinning out as well as some transplants growing in. I guess all I can do is wait and see the outcome in months to come. If possible could u post a new pic of how your brows r after the 12 month mark now. Thanks Matty f.

  12. Hi eyebrow queen,

    I think they do look kind of patchy in the picture without makeup. You can see that some spots definitely didn’t grow in. I was wondering if you are planning to have a second procedure to fill in the gaps? Dr, Rahal has a growth guarantee that means he would replace those grafts that didn’t grow in free of charge. You would probably have a much nicer result from a touch-up procedure.

    • Hi Jane. Have u been thru an eyebrow transplant and if so did u get any shock loss? That and the trauma to the skin can result in them growing in a bit sparcer. And shock loss usually occurs after the 2 week mark. So I think they can often grow in a bit sparcer than the 2 week photos.Anyway I found It’s quite a journey and wouldn’t be game to go thru it again and put that area under trauma again. But I hear what u r saying. The same thing has happened to me. I’m only at 3 and a half months. So will see how they grow in.

  13. Yes I did have an eyebrow transplant in Vancouver. An FUT procedure is supposed result in 90-95% of the grafts growing. This is what I was told by my doctor as well as all research I did before. The amount of grafts you have right after the transplant should look similar to your final result. For the amount you pay for the procedure you should get what you paid for so if they transplanted 500 grafts you should get close to that as an end result. If the grafts are transplanted correctly there should be minimal trauma to the area. The reason for grafts not growing is usually due to grafts drying out or being placed to deeply. I had about 90% growth so my final result looked the same as it did immediately post op (minus the redness of course). I just think it sucks to pay so much to have full eyebrows and then still have to fill them in with makeup.

  14. And yes I did get shock loss but shock loss refers to the loss of your native hairs (not the transplant grafts). The trauma to the area can “shock” your native hairs and cause them to fall out. The transplanted grafts also shed because they go through a dormant stage before they grow – but 90-95% of them should grow back. im just saying I think she got less than the normal amount of growth for FUT but if she is happy then that is all that matters.

    • Thanks for the reply. My theory behind it was that she got bad shock loss of pretty much all of her native hairs. Which haven’t grow back in. And at the 2 week photo she still had her native hairs. A surgeon can’t predict the amount of shock loss from one patient to the next. All they can do is use the utmost care when performing surgery. And patients differ once again in whether the hairs grow back in. Some don’t. Therefore two patients with the same amount of graphs could end up with different results dependant on the severity of shock loss and the ability of the hairs to regrow. Anyway I agree as long as the end results please the patient.

  15. if you look at her before picture (the one with the blue marker) she had almost no native eyebrow hair so shock loss would not be a huge factor in her final result. She got a low yield unfortunately. There are huge gaps in her eyebrow. If you look at other before and after pictures of eyebrow transplants this is not the norm. I hope you get a better result.

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