This question, from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums, was answered by Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Michael Beehner:

Dr. Beehner, I have heard hair restoration physicians can use donor hair from the back of the neck, the back of the head and even leg hair to do eyebrow transplants. Can you say what method of donor hair you use? Thanks

Dr_Beehner_photoI always take the hair from the mid-occiput (back) of the head. My reasons are these:

  1. Most importantly, for most men these are the last hairs that will turn gray/white and will retain their dark color, which I feel is important for eyebrow hairs, so that they contrast against the light-colored skin of the face. I know that a man can color his brow hairs, but that is a pain in the neck, and I feel it is to his advantage if I can deliver dark hairs there.
  2. Secondly, those hairs have the largest diameter and thus will deliver more “hair mass” to the area. This is particularly important since I am using all 1-hair follicular unit grafts. I feel that hairs obtained from the legs, arms, etc. are too “wispy” and don’t show up well. Also, they have very short anagen (growth) phases and long telogen (rest) phases, so they are only part-time workers.
  3. A third reason is that I feel I can deliver an undetectable scar best in the rear occiput area.

Mike Beehner, M.D.
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David (TakingThePlunge)
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