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Eyebrow Tattoos, More Common Than You Think

Updated on June 4, 2013

Whereas most people have heard about cosmetic procedures such as face lifts, nose reconstruction, or liposuction, many may not have heard of the practice of eyebrow tattooing. Eyebrow tattooing is the process of creating permanent false eyebrows with a tattoo gun, in exactly the same manner as any other tattoo is made. But although you may not have heard of eyebrow tattoos, they are actually quite common. Perhaps there are people you know with eyebrow tattoos, but you never realized it. Eyebrow tattoos, when done well, look quite natural.

The tattooing of eyebrows is in fact a very ancient practice. People of ancient Egypt and other nearby cultures engaged in eyebrow tattooing in their attempts to enhance and beautify the body. Mummies have been found with evidence of this cosmetic practice. Then, in the 1920s when super thin eyebrows were all the rage, as you can see in the silent movies, eyebrow tattoos became popular in the United States. Now, people, both women and men, get eyebrow tattoos for a variety of reasons. Cosmetic surgeons, tattoo artists, and cosmetologists all offer eyebrow tattoos.

Eyebrow tattoos are painful and permanent, but with the right tattooist, the end result will be worth it.
Eyebrow tattoos are painful and permanent, but with the right tattooist, the end result will be worth it.

Who Gets Eyebrow Tattoos?

There can be a number of reasons why a person would seek out the services of an eyebrow tattooist. For some, eyebrow tattoos are done to replace eyebrow hair that has been lost due to health problems. Some women and men suffer from alopecia, which causes hair loss from all or some parts of the body. People also can lose eyebrows as a result of chemo or radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer. This loss of eyebrows is sometimes permanent.

Other people may choose to get eyebrow tattoos because of loss of eyebrow hair as a result of over plucking. Over plucking can result in patchy or uneven appearing eyebrows. This asymmetry or thinness in the eyebrows can be natural as well. In either case, some may opt for eyebrow tattoos instead of the more expensive option of eyebrow hair transplantation.

Yet others may be thinking about eyebrow tattoos for the sake of convenience. Putting on one’s eyebrows every morning, as the saying goes, can get to be a chore. This might be especially true as you age and the eyesight or steadiness of the hand isn’t what it once was. Eyebrow tattoos offer a no fuss alternative to the daily application of make up, not to mention trimming and shaping.

The Eyebrow Tattoo Procedure

Like it was stated above, getting an eyebrow tattoo is much like getting a tattoo anywhere in the body. However, there are a couple different ways that these tattoos can be applied, depending on the person making the tattoos and how much time and money you are willing to spend on the procedure.

Most eyebrow tattoos are applied by way of an electric tattoo gun. This is the faster way to perform the tattooing. The tattoo needle automatically dispenses ink as the tattooist works, adding pigment in the correct shade to match your hair color as he or she goes along. Because the tattoo gun works automatically and cuts down on time, this manner of eyebrow tattooing is generally less expensive.

For those wanting very precise work, the tattoos can also be applied with a hand held needle. In this procedure, the tattooist manually dips the needle in the pigment and applies it in a slow and careful manner to the brow. Manual tattoo placement is less painful for many people than use of a tattoo gun. There is often less swelling, bruising, and bleeding with a hand held tattoo needle. This is offset of course by the higher price.

In either case, most tattooist and their customers prefer the hairstroke technique of permanent eyebrow placement. This technique consists of the tattoo artist creating individual lines of pigment to simulate separate eyebrow hairs. Some eyebrow tattooist might create solid bands of tattoo pigment. Although this is faster and cheaper, it results in a much less realistic looking eyebrow. The eyebrows receive a tremendous amount of scrutiny from those looking at your face, and sub par work will be easily noticed by others.

Who Should Get Eyebrow Tattoos?

There are very few people who cannot get eyebrow tattoos. Those with blood born diseases should opt out or at least provide fair warning to the tattooist. The procedure might cause an outbreak in people with herpes simplex. Those on anticoagulants, immunosuppressants, or other drugs for serious illnesses should avoid eyebrow tattoos.

Other than those folks, however, the procedure is generally safe under sterile conditions. Many people can realize the convenience and beauty of this ancient method of beauty enhancement. Ask your cosmetic surgeon about eyebrow tattoos today.


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