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FAB Beauty: Eyebrow Transplants Are A Growing Cosmetic Trend! Will You Consider A Brow Transplant?

One of the beauty trends on the runways so far this year are thicker eyebrows. So with thicker brows stealing beauty headlines everywhere it comes as no great surprise that it is becoming a cosmetic trend to have brow transplants. Growing up in a beauty-conscious society we are more often than not pointed in the way that we are supposed to look as dictated by fashion trends as well as beauty trends – but how far is too far?

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One of the quick fixes to get bushy and thicker eyebrows has always been to simply fill it in using an eyebrow pencil. Makeup artistes will tell you that even though quite a number of people go overboard with painting bushy and thick eyebrows on their faces, a decent number of people also get it right. Women are expected to wax, pluck, tweeze and trim their eyebrows only to draw it back again in more “perfect” symmetry. It’s all seems a bit too much and now this latest trend of brow transplants shows that the fashion world can do just about anything for perfection.

According to reports there is a new phenomenon where after all the plucking, waxing, tweezing and trimming, there are certain parts of your brow where hair will just not grow anymore. The new hairs coming in were wispy, thin, or, in worst-case scenarios, not there at all – here comes in entrance of a brow transplant.

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People with thinning or non-existent eyebrows can get essentially the same procedure as a transplant that’s performed on the head! And even though it sounds almost space-age, eyebrow transplants are nothing new. Dr. Adam Scheiner, a noted laser eyelid and facial cosmetic surgeon in Florida explains, “Brow transplants were first done many years ago for reconstructive reasons, on patients who lost brow hairs from injury or illness.” In the years since, the procedure has started to evolve into a more cosmetic one.

Read the interview Dr. Adam Scheiner had with Beautylish below:

What is an eyebrow transplant? Basically, a brow transplant is a specialized form of that much more well-known procedure, a (head) hair transplant. “With age,” explains Dr. Scheiner, “people can lose their normal brow hairs. And it can also happen because of tweezing, waxing, threading, genetics, thyroid, trauma, and laser hair removal.” Apparently a transplant can give you more natural-looking results, versus already well-known options like filling in your arches every day with pencil, or even getting them tattooed to appear fuller.

What’s the procedure like? As with a regular hair transplant, a surgeon will get hairs to be placed into the brow area from a “donor area.”  Scalp hairs are often the best choice because of how regularly they grow; the back of the head is especially prime because the hairs there are less likely to go gray. Hairs from the chest and legs can work too, as they grow more slowly and require less-frequent trimming than those from the scalp. “After numbing the donor area, the surgeon removes a small strip of skin (approximately 2 mm by 5 cm), and then sews the area back together. And then she or he will carefully dissect the donor strip into multiple pieces with one to two hairs per transplant graft,” explains Dr. Scheiner. Next, the surgeon will numb the brow area, and cut openings with a tiny blade and place the transplanted hair units into them. “The directions of these openings are important because different sections of the brow grow in different directions,” Dr. Scheiner says. When it’s all done, you can’t get your eyebrows wet for five days. Transplanted hairs start to grow in naturally, like the place on the body from which they came in four to six months. Just like regular hair, they’ll need a trim every few weeks. “Usually 80 percent of hairs will survive the entire procedure,”  Dr. Scheiner says. And no more overzealous plucking if you’ve had this done. “Continued plucking of newly transplanted hairs could damage them and prevent growth in the future,” he explains.

Does it look natural? Do eyebrow transplants ever look…fake? According to Dr. Scheiner, not really: “It’s hard to tell who has them. However, if they aren’t placed naturally (i.e. in the same direction as natural hair growth) or trimmed regularly, they’ll look bushy and less believable.”

Who’s a candidate for this procedure? Apparently anybody! “Any person who’s unhappy with the appearance of their eyebrows, whether sparseness stems from genetics, aging, injury, or anything else,” says Dr. Scheiner. And if you think the current trend for thicker, fuller brows is also a factor in who might want to have this done—you’re right! Dr. Scheiner says that, since media attention around celebrities with full brows has picked up over the last few years, he’s seen an increasing number of patients asking for this procedure.

How much and how long to recover? A brow transplant will run you from around $4,000 to $8,000, depending on the complexity of the particular case. And it’s an outpatient procedure. “The recovery is easy, but the hairs need to be protected during the first few days. You have to keep them dry and refrain from removing the normal healing crusts that form around transplanted hairs,” explains Dr. Scheiner.

 What are your thoughts on this? Is a brow transplant necessary?

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