Eyebrow tattooing vs eyebrow restoration – how to find the best option for you.

Our eyebrows get thinner as we get older and the appearance of this can prematurely age us. Fuller eyebrows can make us look younger, fresher and more radiant. There are number of ways to achieve this but which one is right for you?

Eyebrow restoration

This is a straightforward medical procedure with a speedy recovery time and permanent results. Eyebrow transplants can offer whatever level of eyebrow fullness you desire and an experienced surgeon will ensure that your new eyebrows are well shaped, thick and glossy. You may just require an increase on what you already have if you’re eyebrow hair is lightly coloured. This is entirely achievable through transplantation.

Eyebrow restoration involves taking between 250 and 400 hairs, usually from behind the ear, using a tiny needle. These hairs are then implanted one at a time into the eyebrow.

They will be tightly packed to ensure a look of fullness. It is a meticulous process due to the size of the hairs involved.

Local anesthetic 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.

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Eyebrow tattooing

Eyebrow tattoos have become more sophisticated in recent years, using better pigment that reduces the risk of discoloration.

A technique called ‘microblading’ is carried out by hand, rather than a tattooing machine, and involves drawing tiny lines and filling them with pigment to give the illusion of individual hairs. A gentle anesthetic 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 the color fades up to 40% and doesn’t last for as long as a traditional tattoo. Microblading will need to be refreshed every 1 to 3 years. This is a cheaper, but shorter term option.

The best option for an individual depends on whether they are 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, but everyone’s requirements are unique to them and only after research has been done will a person be able to get a true picture of what’s right for them.

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, why not get in touch. Here at The Wimpole Clinic, we’d be delighted to talk you through the process of gaining those full youthful eyebrows you dream of.


The Wimpole Clinic offers FUE Hair, Beard & Eyebrow Transplants & Trichology. Talk to a specialist ☎ 020 7935 1861.

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