Our eyebrows get thinner as we get older, and this can prematurely age us. Fuller eyebrows can make us look younger, fresher and more radiant. There are many eyebrow replacement options available, including microblading, eyebrow tattoos and eyebrow transplant at our London hair transplant clinic.
But which eyebrow replacement option is right for you? Take a look at our eyebrow transplant vs microblading vs eyebrow tattooing comparison to find out.
Why do eyebrows get thinner?
Sometimes your eyebrows can become thinner thanks to overplucking, especially as a result of current eyebrow trends. It’s not always easy to grow back overplucked eyebrows. This has led to an increase in celebrity eyebrow transplants in recent years.
Other people have naturally thin eyebrows, while others lose eyebrow hair due to a medical condition like alopecia areata.
To establish which eyebrow restoration option is best for you, you need to understand the cause of your eyebrow hair loss. For many people, eyebrow thinning is age-related. For others, it can happen because of an autoimmune condition, physical trauma, stress, or keratosis.
Eyebrow replacement options: eyebrow transplant vs microblading vs eyebrow tattoos
The 3 main types of eyebrow replacement are eyebrow restoration (also known as eyebrow transplants), microblading, and eyebrow tattooing.
See the key differences between these procedures below to determine which one best suits you.
Surgical eyebrow restoration is a straightforward medical procedure with a speedy recovery time and permanent results. Eyebrow transplants can give you fuller eyebrows in a matter of months. If your eyebrow hair is light, you may just require a slight increase on your existing eyebrow hair. Whatever results you’re looking for, an experienced surgeon will ensure that your new eyebrows are well-shaped, thick and glossy. Learn how to shape your eyebrows for your face shape.
How does eyebrow restoration work?
Eyebrow transplant involves taking between 250 and 400 hairs from your scalp, usually behind the ear, using a tiny needle. The surgeon will then implant each hair into the eyebrow one at a time.
They will be tightly packed to ensure a full finish. This is a meticulous process due to the size of the hairs involved.
Local anaesthetic is used to reduce discomfort, but patients are likely to experience some swelling, redness and crusting in the week following. The final result takes 6 months to one year to achieve, allowing for shedding and regrowth of the implanted hairs.
Who can have an eyebrow transplant?
Many people who experience permanent eyebrow hair loss can have an eyebrow transplant. If your hair has fallen out due to stress, certain medical conditions or certain medications, you may not be eligible for an eyebrow transplant.
Microblading is a relatively modern development in eyebrow replacement. A less permanent, more realistic alternative to eyebrow tattooing, it’s quickly becoming a popular option for people seeking fuller eyebrows.
How does microblading work?
Microblading is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that is carried out by hand, rather than a tattooing machine. It involves drawing tiny lines and filling them with pigment to give the illusion of individual hairs. A gentle local anaesthetic is used, but this is not a medical procedure and is usually carried out in a beauty salon. Clients usually experience some swelling and redness in the first week but the impact is immediate.
Microblading is less time-consuming and costs less than an eyebrow transplant, but it is also far less permanent and realistic. You will need to refresh your eyebrows every 1 to 3 years with further microblading procedures. This is a cheaper, but shorter term option.
Who can have a microblading procedure?
If you’ve previously had an eyebrow transplant, you can’t have a microblading procedure. There are also some medical conditions and medications that make you ineligible for the procedure. Speak to your doctor before undergoing treatment if in doubt.
Eyebrow tattoos have become more sophisticated in recent years, using better pigment that reduces the risk of discolouration. It’s a more permanent procedure than microblading. However, there are also some concerns about how natural tattooed eyebrows look.
How do eyebrow tattoos work?
Eyebrow tattoos are drawn on using a traditional tattoo needle. This can be a relatively painful procedure, as it’s performed without anaesthetic. The ink penetrates the skin deeply, leaving a lasting tattoo. While the tattoo may fade or discolour over time, it won’t disappear.
Who can have an eyebrow tattoo?
Most people over the age of 18 can have an eyebrow tattoo. However, if you have (or have had) certain medical conditions, you may not be eligible.
Which option is right for you?
We’ve compared eyebrow transplant vs microblading vs eyebrow tattoos – but now it’s up to you. The best option for you depends on whether you’re looking for a short-term or permanent solution. Someone keeping up with fashion may be less concerned about a long-term solution than someone who has lost their eyebrows as a result of illness or invasive treatments.
Everyone’s requirements are unique to them, so you’ll need to do your own research to get a true picture of what’s right for you.
Whatever the decision, remember that fuller, more natural-looking eyebrows mean a younger-looking you.
If you’d like to know more about how eyebrow transplants work, get in touch with our eyebrow restoration experts. Here at The Wimpole Clinic, we’d love to talk you through the process of regaining full, glossy eyebrows.
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