Surgeons see rise in interest for eyebrow transplants
Some women prefer plucking their brows until they have to fill in the space with makeup pencils while others opt for a more natural shape, but according to a new report from Transform, a rising number of people are seeking eyebrow transplants to resemble the bushier brows of stars like Brooke Shields and Cara Delevingne.
The British cosmetic surgery group reported that it has seen a 45 percent increase in requests for this procedure since 2010, several of which cite starlets' shapely brows as their inspiration. However, according to one surgeon, the main reason these patients opt for this procedure is because they have overplucked the area in the past, leaving the follicles damaged and unable to sustain healthy hair.
How does hair transplantation work?
Though it may take place in an unconventional spot, the surgeon added that the procedure is quite similar to traditional hair transplants.
"Eyebrow transplant procedures are performed in the same way as a hair transplant, by taking a strip of hair from the donor site, usually at the back of the head at the lower hair margin, where the hair is finer," he said, as quoted by The Daily Mail. "The strip is divided into hair follicles before each follicle is individually transplanted to incisions made in the eyebrows."
He added that trends concerning eyebrow appearance typically change every few years. In the '90s, for example, women were obsessed with super skinny styles - a fact, he said, that may have influenced ladies' abilities to grow brows in their later years.
As with traditional hair transplant operations, patients can expect a short recovery time, but may not notice a change for several months. According to the surgeon, it may be two or three months before patients see the full results - a time during which they may require additional surgery to add fullness.
Seek out an experienced plastic surgeon
In the US, surgeons are also noticing this trend alongside the beard transplants for men trend. One plastic surgeon from New York stresses the difficulty of the procedure, recommending patients seek out a plastic surgeon experienced in hair transplantation. "The grafts must be meticulously placed at specific angles and directions of growth in order to mimic the natural eyebrow," he tells Harper's Bazaar.
For patients who do not want to have surgery, permanent makeup or micropigmentation can tattoo an ideal shape of a brow. Some have also found success using Rogaine or Latisse, an eyelash enhancement liquid, to stimulate or thicken eyebrows.