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? 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, Lily Collins, 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.
Eyebrow implantation, or follicular unit extraction (FUE), is a cosmetic procedure that basically involves individually transplanting hairs into little cuts along your brow line. If the thought doesn’t make you squeamish, the price might: a set of full brows comes costs anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000. A warning to those prone to over-plucking: step away from the tweezers.
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 Delevingne-esque brows.
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. In some cases, 400 follicles are transplanted. Altogether, the procedure takes 2-3 hours (which is actually shorter than we would have imagined).
Afterwards, 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.
If your own brows are sparse but you don’t have a couple of thousands dollars laying around, there are alternatives. A company called Brow Perfect claims to fill in gaps and add volume by temporarily by glueing individual brow extensions in along your brow line—like lash extensions for your brows.
Or, some say prescription products, like Latisse, or drugstore products, like Rogaine ($25), can be used along your brow line—but beware, because this can lead to stray, random hair growth. Other products, like RapidBrow ($40), can be purchased at salons and feature potent concoctions of vitamins, keratin, and peptides to encourage brow growth.
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