Trend Blazer - Eye Raiser
We are blessed with the ability to speak volumes without saying a word. Consider the late, great Elizabeth Taylor who, with an elegantly lifted eyebrow could convey the same nuances as any Shakespearean trained actor. Eyebrow transplants are now one of the hottest treatments in the cosmetic surgeon’s portfolio, thanks to a massive increase in both client enquiries and web searches on the topic.
This relatively new technique involves removing hair follicles (either individually or in strips of skin) and transplanting them elsewhere on the body; as in this case - to the brow region. This transplanted material is then trimmed and shaped to a normal brow shape. This ´growth´ industry has indeed developed because of the tendency of prospective clients to over-pluck the eyebrow region; giving it little time to develop new and healthy follicles - with the propensity for this being women in their 30’s and 40’s.
The over-plucking regime over time causes severe thinning and even bald spots on the brow, causing it to look unsightly even on the most beautiful of faces. Once the transplant has been completed, the area tends to suffer some minor bruising and unsightly skin weeping for about 3 to 4 days after which the eyebrows start to recover. After about 4 months, the new follicles and hairs are bedded in and will start to grow normally with little or no chance of rejection. Full normal growth to fullness will take about a year and clients are recommended to gently trim the region and not to pluck it.
Such treatment does not come cheap, however, with several thousand pounds needed to ensure a positive result (depending on the level of follicles needed for the initial transplant). Although the procedure is straightforward, it is not suitable for clients who have well established medical conditions such as Alopecia. The direction of hair growth is a major problem and needs to be addressed at the time of surgery.
There are other procedures available such as micro-blading or tattooing that is more physically invasive and could be considered as an option; but in the light of the fact that eyebrow hair has a different texture to normal scalp hair, it is strongly advised to be approached with caution. This, of course, means consulting with a qualified hair transplant surgeon and that means research and supportive patient testimonials.
Providing you get the right advice and are more cautious with both aftercare and future grooming, there is no reason why your eyebrows shouldn’t return to their previous glory.