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Claire Culverwell Eyebrow transplant

Posted in on Tue, December 04, 2012

Claire Culverwell spent £3,500 on an EYEBROW transplant after over plucking ruined her appearance.

The dental professional was left with just a few hairs on her brows after permanently damaging them by plucking for over 14 years with tweezers.

Before the procedure, she was so short of confidence that she did not want to open the door without make-up on because she was so embarrassed over her looks.

Just as men have their thinning locks boosted with follicles taken from the backs of their heads, women can have their eyebrows thickened using the same technique.

There has been a surge in demand from women, like Claire, who have been over-zealous with plucking, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

Our pictures show how Claire’s eyebrows were transformed during a six-hour operation at the Crown Clinic in Manchester.

In the pictures BEFORE the procedure, her eyebrows are barely noticeable – a thin line of hair.

The after pictures – taken months after the op when the new brows have fully grown in – show the brows completely restored to their pre-plucking size.

Before the transplant
After the transplant

Claire, 30, said she was thrilled with the results. She said: “This is big problem for thousand and thousands of women – especially for those around my age.

“It was very fashionable when I was a teenager to pluck your eyebrows – everyone was at it.

“I wanted to look like the celebrities at that time and, to have that look, you had to pluck your eyebrows. “I carried on doing it over may years at home with tweezers and endedup permanently damaging my brows.

“A hair follicle only has a finite number of cycles of growth and if you pluck it too many times, you end up killing it off. “That is what happened with me.

“I didn’t understand the harm I was doing to my eyebrows in my teens and I was horrified when I finally learnt the truth in my twenties.

“It badly affected my confidence. I didn’t like people seeing me without make-up – I would be reluctant to open the door if I hadn’t used my eyebrow pencil. “And obviously it affected me with men. You don’t want your boyfriend to see your real eyebrows.

“I realised I had brought this on myself and I was a little embarrassed to seek treatment. I thought the only people who had eyebrow transplants were people who suffered from alopecia.”

Claire, from Manchester, eventually consulted the hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak at the Crown Clinic near Manchester.

He carried out a transplant by removing a narrow strip of hair from the back of Claire’s head, taking care to chose hair that most closely matched the colour and texture of her eyebrows.

The strip, which is around an inch long, contained 400 to 500 hairs, and each was painstakingly separated out under a microscope. The individual hairs, still attached to their roots, were transplanted by Dr Shahmalak into small holes made in Claire’s eyebrows using a fine needle and under local anaesthetic.

The one difference with her old brows is that new hair grows more quickly and needs to be trimmed every two weeks or so.

Claire, who carries out teeth whitening at the Timeless Therapy House clinic in Whalley, Lancashire, said: “I am so pleased with the results. It has boosted my confidence and made me feel so much more comfortable about my appearance. It is the best thing I have ever done.”

She said any women should seek expert help if they wanted to pluck their eyebrows. “Don’t do it yourself, is my advice,” Claire warned. “You could end up doing permanent damage.”