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Eyebrow Restoration – Choosing Between An Eyebrow Hair Transplant And An Eyebrow Tattoo

Updated on January 23, 2010

If you are looking for a way to restore your eyebrows back to their original condition or you would like to improve the way that they look you can choose between getting the area filled in using a tattoo procedure or you can have an eyebrow hair transplant.

Both solutions have their advantages and disadvantages. Once you know what is involved it could make your choice much easier.

Eyebrow Restoration Via Tattoo

This method can usually be done in one session. The eyebrow area will be prepped and a brief outline will be sketched so that you can see how the end result will look.

Ink will be impregnated into the skin in short sharp bursts. Once the outline is done, the area will be filled in. You could feel a little discomfort depending on your pain threshold.

After the job is complete, you may suffer from a little redness and bruising but this will fade away.

Tyra Banks' eyebrows beautifully frame her face
Tyra Banks' eyebrows beautifully frame her face

The Advantages

  • This method is relatively quick. It can be done in one session.
  • You will get instant results.

The Disadavantages

  • Eyebrow tattoos can look slightly unnatural and look drawn on the face.
  • After a certain period of time the ink will start to fade and the colour will turn a blue black colour which is not attractive.

Eyebrow Restoration Via Eyebrow Transplant

For this type of eyebrow transplant the hair follicles are taken from your head and are implanted into the brow area one by one by a surgeon.

  • The procedure is usually carried out in one session.
  • The eyebrow is filled in to follow the contour of the face.

The Advantages

  • The brow will look completely natural as you will be using real hair.
  • Once done, it is permanent. The hair will grow just as normal eyebrows do.

Get beautiful eyebrows like Angelina Jolie
Get beautiful eyebrows like Angelina Jolie

The Disadvantages

  • The whole process can take a long time before you see the end results. It can be up to a year until the eyebrow is completely replenished.
  • You could suffer from a dull ache around the eye area depending on your pain threshold. Hair follicles have to be grafted from one part of your body and implanted into another. Both areas can be sensitive.

The choice that you finally make will come down to what you are after. If you are looking for an instant result, you may decide that an eyebrow tattoo will be the correct choice for you. If one of the reasons to get an eyebrow hair transplant is to have completely natural looking eyebrows and you are willing to be patient to get the end results, this type of eyebrow restoration would be the option to go for.


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    Alexandra 7 years ago

    This sounds amazing . I have really light colour eyebrows ive been colouring them for years and i dont want to do that anymore , i would love to do the eyebrow hair transplant. I have a question though will you be able to see the brows after the transplant ? because it kinda sounds like it could take a year to see the results, and how long do the aches around the eye last for ?

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    Research Analyst 8 years ago

    Eyebrows can really make a face look great or not so great, its amazing how something as simple as the eyebrow can add such a dramatic effect to the face.

    I have seen women wax their eyebrows, while others shave theirs and others use tweezers, I guess the best method would be eyebrow threading, but makeup artist usually just color the eyebrow area in with eyeliner, mascara or shadow powder.

    You bring up a good point about eyebrow restoration because once the eyebrow hairs are gone from all that handling of them, this is the first I heard of the hair transplant, that is interesting.

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    Victoria Virgo 8 years ago from London, UK

    @Lady_E - LOL - I was very surprised to find comments posted already on my hub. I was publishing in a batch so that I could then connect the articles with links.  Glad I was able to answer your question.


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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Wow, Tiptopcat. You certainly don't hang about. You've answered the question I posted in your previous Hub (about 10 minutes ago) about which was better - eyebrow transplants or eyebrow tattoo's? Nicely written.