Q: Dr. Eppley, I had eyebrow transplants done 3 weeks ago with 50 FUEs to each brow area, I’m looking to get a rhinoplasty with a silicone implant done a month from now. Can I just check and see if it will be fine to do so or will my grafts be damaged if I get a rhinoplasty done so soon after? My surgeon says it is fine but I wanted to get some additional expertise from someone of your professional caliber.
A: The follicle of a hair transplant has taken by two to three weeks after being placed. The hair shaft will have exfoliated by then but the transplanted follicle lies deep to the skin surface where it will be unaffected by any external forces. It will cause no harm to recently transplanted follicles to have a rhinoplasty done one month after the hair transplantation procedure. In fact hair transplantation could be done at the same time as a rhinoplasty if it were not for several logistical issues. (e.g. time of the procedure and the typical environment (office ) where most hair transplantation procedures are done) Rhinoplasty even using a silicone implant will have no negative impact even on hair transplants that are so new.
Dr. Barry Eppley
Q: Dr. Eppley, how much does cranioplasty cost, ranging from the lowest to the highest cost? In addition, can you make my eyelashes and eyebrows thicker by doing hair transplants?
A: In answer to your questions:
1) The cost of cranioplasty can vary significantly based on what type and size of skull problem is being treated and what meterial may be used if augmentation is being done. But for the sake of some general cost ranges, it can vary from $6500 to $15,000. To better answer your question, I would need to know more specifics as to your skull concerns.
2) Eyebrows can be thickened with hair tranplantation techniques. The use of single follicle transplants are used with anywhere from 50 to 200 eyebrows needed per brow.
3) Eyelashes are best thickened and lengthened with the use of the topical drug, Latisse. This popular drug is well known to increase lash length by 30%, thicken the shafts by 30% and make them grow faster. Essentially, Latisse for eyelashes is like Rogaine for scalp hair. If one has no eyelashes at all, hair transplants can be done but it rare to do so.
Dr. Barry Eppley