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Eyebrow Implants

Updated on June 11, 2013

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the eyebrows are its curtains. And, like curtains, the beauty of the eyes, and of the face as a whole, depends on the symmetry of the eyebrows, their shapeliness, andtheir fullness. Though we probably would never say so, when we look at someone with eyebrows not quite symmetrical or that are patchy or thin, it’s something we notice right away. As any beautician will tell you, the eyebrows are an important feature for personal beauty.

Given this, it’s no wonder that eyebrow implants have become one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgery options. More and more doctors and clinics are offering this beauty enhancement procedure. Before considering eyebrow implants, you’ll want to know just what eyebrow implantation is and how much you can expect to pay for the procedure.

Eyebrow implants can help you achieve that natural look.
Eyebrow implants can help you achieve that natural look.

What are Eyebrow Implants?

The eyebrows can become misshapen, thin, or patchy for many reasons. Trauma to the face because of accidents, burns, or cuts can leave the eyebrow misshapened, as can certain diseases of the skin, general poor health, or the result of chemo or radiation therapy. Self-inflicted eyebrow asymmetry can occur with improper plucking or over plucking. In some cases, you may just have been born with thin eyebrows and you want to enhance them like you might any part of your appearance.

All of these are good reasons for contemplating eyebrow implants. In this procedure, the cosmetic surgeon removes hair from the scalp, often behind the ear, and carefully and painstakingly reintroduces it to the eyebrow. Each hair is divided into a single hair follicle graft during the eyebrow implant, and up to several hundred grafts may be necessary, depending on how much eyebrow reconstruction is necessary. Careful placement of each hair is important so that the newly grafted hair will grow at the right angle depending on its position in the eyebrow. Approximately 90 percent of these transplanted hairs will survive and grow to give your brows and fuller, more symmetrical, look.

How Much will Eyebrow Implants Cost?

Of course, you’ll be wondering just how much such an intricate procedure will cost. And given that the surgery will take up to three hours to perform, you probably won’t be surprised that in the United States eyebrow implants will start out at about $5,000. The exact cost will vary depending on where you live, which doctor performs the procedure, and how much eyebrow restoration is required. Obviously, the more hair follicles that need transplantation, the costlier the service.

However, the amount of reshaping that is needed or desired will influence prices as well. Before surgery takes place, you will consult with the doctor as to how you want your eyebrows to look after implantation. The clinic will have sample images you can choose from, and most clinics will allow you to specify a type of eyebrow by movie star, the Julia Roberts or the Jennifer Aniston eyebrow.

One way that many people are using to cut down on cosmetic surgery costs is to take what are being called “medical vacations.” A medical vacation is a trip abroad during which you attend a clinic for such cosmetic procedures as liposuction, face lifts, and eyebrow implantation. Many countries have doctors that will perform these services for much lower rates than you will find in the United States or Western Europe. Both men and women are traveling to such spots as Argentina, Thailand, India, and countries in Eastern Europe like Romania or Russia. Of course, you should only patronize those clinics established as using the best and most sound medical and cosmetic procedures.

Once You Have Your Eyebrow Implants

If you have decided upon getting this procedure, you will want to know how to properly care for your eyebrows afterwards. There are very few complications involved in the surgery, with very little scaring or bleeding. Because the implantation is done with your own hair and with such care and precision, the eyebrow implants will look very natural.

Because the new hair follicles are actively growing and will be stimulated by the implantation, trimming on a regular basis will be needed to keep the eyebrows neat. At times, the eyebrows may require some initial training with wax or hair gel. Over time, the eyebrow hairs will conform to the shape you wish and according to the angle at which the doctor implanted them.

You Will Be Satisfied!

The great majority of men and women who receive eyebrow implants are very happy with the results. The technique, first developed in the 1970s, has been refined and modified so that today it is an extremely successful type of cosmetic procedure. Your brows will be shapelier, fuller, and more beautiful.

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      LadyMar 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      First time I've heard of eyebrow implants. I shouldn't be surprised since almost everything else can be implanted these days.

      Interesting article. :-)

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      faria_lupin 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      where can i do procedure

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      Sehnonimo 7 years ago from San Bruno, CA

      Oh, no! I'm sorry to hear that! I've seen some nice reconstruction work, but of course not all procedures are going to come out satisfactory. Thanks for commenting, though.

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      Mariafe Pagilagan 7 years ago

      I ALREADY HAD AN EYEBROW PROCEDURE, BUT I'M NOT SATISFIED WITH THE RESULT. MY FRIENDS TELL ME THAT IT LOOKS MORE OF A MUSTACHE.