Would you get an eyebrow transplant?
October 1, 2012
Every so often, a plastic surgery trend pops up that raises some eyebrows. The New York Post published an article on a recent fad that is sure to do just that - eyebrow transplants. Of course, it's always best to take such "trend alerts" with a grain of salt, but according to the news source, these expensive transplants could help some individuals.
The procedure involves transplanting hair from the scalp onto the skin underneath and around the eyebrows. The ideal patient wants fuller, thicker eyebrows, but hasn’t had success coloring them in or taking an enhancement drug, like Latisse, which is known to work well for eyelashes.
One patient described her experience with an eyebrow transplant. She told the news source that the cosmetic surgery procedure took about two-and-a-half hours, and she received sedatives and a shot of Lidocaine to numb the pain.
"I would constantly color them in, but I was desperate for a permanent solution," the patient said. "I'm so glad I did it because it's exactly my hair color and it looks so natural."
There is (at least) one caveat that comes with the procedure - patients will have to trim their eyebrows. Because its hair transplanted from the scalp, the strands don't stop growing as natural eyebrows would.
Plastic surgeons in the greater New York area say this trend has been growing in popularity. Patients usually pay between $5,000 and $8,000 for the treatment. One surgeon told the news source that for six to 12 weeks after the procedure, the hairs will fall out and return as stubble. But after that, they will continue to grow naturally.
There are other more common plastic surgeries used to treat areas around the forehead, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. A brow lift can help reduce the appearance of sagging eyebrows or deep frown lines at the top of the face.
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