A lot of people in the U.S. are having their eyebrows removed.
But for some, the procedure is too risky, and many opt to have the surgery at home, or on the weekends, rather than in a hospital.
Dr. Karen DeCoster, director of facial and ophthalmic surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, explained that it is difficult to find a doctor willing to perform this procedure.
She says it’s a big surgery, which is why a small team is needed to perform it.
Dr DeCosters team has a patient waiting list of 20 patients who are scheduled to have their eyebrows reattached, so there’s a high risk of infection.
Dr John B. Mank, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said that most patients are not ready to be reattaced at home.
The patient must be on a strict diet and exercise, and be able to get a doctor to sign off on the surgery.
Dr Mank explained that the surgery will likely cost $20,000, and patients have to pay for the procedure, as well as medical and dental expenses.
“You have to be able, at a certain point, to say, ‘I’m ready to have a facial surgery,’ ” Dr Manks told the BBC.
“The surgery is really important to the patient and to their overall health.”
Dr Mancuso says the procedure has been used in other countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, and Britain.
However, in the United States, the surgery has never been performed at home and has never become widely accepted.
Dr Bekan said that some patients who have had the surgery are still unhappy, and he says they are waiting for the doctors who perform the procedure to get certified to practice in the state of New York.
“It’s an option that’s not readily available in this country,” Dr Bess said.
“People in this situation have the option of going to a hospital, but that doesn’t always work.”
Here’s a video about the procedure.