The Crazy New Way To Get Fuller Eyebrows

According to a UK plastic surgery group, inquiries about eyebrow implant surgeries have increased by 45% since 2010—how’s that for a staggering fact? Previously, eyebrow transplants were reserved for people who had suffer major eyebrow hair loss due to severe burns, dog bites, and other facial trauma that ceased hair follicle activity. Today, they are becoming increasingly popular for people who find that filling in their brows with makeup just doesn’t cut it. While we might blame overplucking as the culprit of this new development, the “Cara Delevingne effect” is more than likely to blame. Thanks to celebs like Delevingne, Megan Foxx and Kim Kardashian, thick eyebrows are hot, and thin arches are, well, not. But is going under the knife for fuller eyebrows taking things too far?

Keep flipping to learn everything you need to know about the latest eyebrow craze.

What Is It
In the past few years, Medicine has made tremendous strides in the field of hair restoration with the advent and rapid evolution of surgical hair transplant. While hair transplant was previously viewed as a bloody, low-yield last ditch fight to reclaim the desert lands in the terminal stages of male pattern baldness, mindsets are fast changing with the introduction of the revolutionary hair planting technology. The ARTAS® Robotic procedure utilises sophisticated digital technology and precision robotics to deliver better and natural-looking results at a faster speed and with shorter recovery time as compared to traditional hair restoration surgery. 

Eyebrow implantation, or follicular unit extraction (FUE), is a cosmetic procedure that basically involves individually transplanting hairs into little cuts along your brow line.  The price might: a set of full brows will cost about $3000-$4000. About 150-200 hair grafts will be needed. A warning to those prone to over-plucking: step away from the tweezers.

Suitable candidates for the procedure?
Anyone who has permanent eyebrow hair loss as a result of genetics, dermatological conditions, and scarring can consider eyebrow implants an option for thicker brows. Since long-term plucking can prevent hairs from growing back, the tweezing-obsessed are also candidates. So basically: anyone who wants Cara Delevingne-esque brows.

Before eyebrow transplant - Eyebrows are thin & considerably sparse
Our reader Ita mentioned that she is game for eyebrow transplants as she is tired of years of filling in her eyebrows with makeup. Ita says, "I have tried everything from makeup to eyebrow embroidery to semi permanent tattoos but to no avail. The results are not up to my expectations. Despite the invasive nature of the eyebrow transplant, I am very determined to try it as I have witnessed great results. "

How does it work?
Time to get to the nitty-gritty—where exactly are these hairs coming from? Quite simply: your own body. A small amount of hair follicles, taken from your scalp, legs, arms, or neck, are individually transplanted into incisions along the eyebrow region. About 150-200 hair grafts will be needed generally. In some cases, 400 follicles are transplanted.

After surgery, there are noticeable scabs.

After 3 weeks, the scabs have been reduced. Ita's eyebrows look fuller as compared to before.

How long does it last?
After the procedure, your eyebrows will scab over. After about two weeks, the transplanted hairs will fall out and then start to regrow. Expect these hairs to grow faster than your natural hairs—most patients say they have to trim their brows every couple of days.

Indeed, hair transplantation has come a long way. Doctors are now not only able to simply replant the balding patch, but are also able to mimic the angle and growth of the “native” hair in the recipient site for totally natural look even up close. Hair transplants can also be subtle with improved surgery skills and gradual growth of fuller hair, and downtime is now much reduced with state-of-the-art technology.

So, for all of you out there who are less genetically fortunate, are you ready for a hair “raising” experience?

Ita is 38. She has a daughter and enjoys cooking & baking. 


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