You’ve plucked and pulled at them. Combed and teased them. Trimmed them and meticulously cared for them. Now, after years of waxing, thin is no longer in. We’re talking about the eyebrows of the contemporary woman: thick, luxurious eyebrows, eyebrows that accentuate the face and project youth, health, and self-assurance.
Today’s celebrity-inspired eyebrows are dense arches of healthy looking hair brimming with allure. If you’ve got them, flaunt them. If you don’t, your best bet today is eyebrow restoration or transplant surgery. It’s a relatively new procedure that’s been growing in popularity as women in increasing numbers look to plump up the volume on their thinning eyebrow arches. The New York Post recently reported a 30 percent surge in demand for eyebrow transplant surgery among women.
The trend is not likely to end anytime soon given our youth obsessed mass media culture. Thin eyebrows are now viewed as a sign of aging, not the once high society look of the 1950s and 60s. Thinning brows are, in fact, a sign of aging and possibly other biological factors may play a part, including genetics and non-biological factors such as trauma or scarring due to an injury.
Eyebrow transplant surgery is a cosmetic variation of the more common Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedure. The principle is the same: find a healthy donor site on the patient’s scalp, remove the hair follicles and embed them into thinning or bare areas of the eyebrows.
The procedure is a bit trickier than FUE and requires no small amount of skill and artistry on the part of the hair transplant surgeon. Eyebrow hair has a different look and texture than ordinary scalp hair. Furthermore, the transplanted hair will require more maintenance after surgery in the way of frequent trimming.
When done correctly the eyebrow restoration will add both symmetry and balance to the overall appearance of the face. The procedure takes around two hours to complete and costs an average $6,000 to $8,000. The price may raise an eyebrow or two. But thousands of women have had the procedure and are happy they did.
Before choosing a specific cosmetic procedure be sure to consult first with a qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration expert located in Virginia Beach. He can be reached at The Choe Center for Hair Restoration at (757) 389-5850 for a personal consultation.