Eyebrow Transplants and Other Crazy Beauty Trends
By Eileen Spatz
Beauty trends come and beauty trends go… and sometimes they can’t go fast enough. Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be another way to reimagine our facial features, look out below because someone somewhere has introduced a new wacky trend.
So what is it with the brow?
In the past few years, the eyebrow has enjoyed immense attention, with umpteen hashtags devoted to these furry arches that rest above our eyes. From the ultra-sleek and high maintenance “Instagram Brow” to fishtail brows to halo brows to woven brows to glittered brows, it seems there was a never-ending supply of new eyebrow trends introduced in 2019 that undoubtedly enjoyed a very short shelf life.
The eyebrow itself is one of fashion’s most fickle beauty features. Eyebrow trends have always traversed between the pencil-thin trend, such as the Twiggy look in the 1960s, to the bushy unkempt Brooke Shields brow of the 1980s, and everything in between. Recent brow trends embraced the ultra-coifed, overly defined brow, aided by microblading and concealer to outline the brow.
The Eyebrow Transplant
Now there are actually eyebrow “wigs” and eyebrow transplants that can help pull off a heartier brow than what Mother Nature had gifted us with. The eyebrow wig is an adhesive faux brow available online or at stores where wigs are sold, and the eyebrow transplant is a surgical procedure performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
The eyebrow transplant uses the same type of technology as a regular hair transplant (think plugs). To create lush eyebrows, a section of hair is surgically transferred from the back of the scalp or above the ears and grafted to the brow. The 2-3-hour procedure involves making tiny incisions at the donor site, removing the hair and follicles, and then carefully integrating them into incisions made in and below the existing brow. The cost ranges from $3,000-$6,000—keeping in mind that there is the risk that the follicles may never grow hair. If they do eventually produce hair, the brows will require regular trimming, as these follicles will continue to grow hair as if they were on the head.
A Flash-In-The-Pan or Here To Stay?
As with so many other beauty trends, one must wonder if undergoing a surgical procedure in the name of a passing beauty fad is practical. Take the “devil lips” trend that emerged in 2019. Young women were having their lips reshaped via fillers to resemble devil horns. Pair this trend with the creepy fishtail eyebrow trend and just imagine the looks you’ll get. Sure, trends change; but it is one thing to embrace a gloss lipstick versus a matte one to adhere to the latest cosmetic trend, and quite another to go to surgical extremes in the name of fashion—or attention-seeking.
Do Your Research
For those who do opt to have a brow transplant it is wise to exercise some caution. Base your decision on who will perform the procedure according to the following criteria:
- Seek the services of a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist
- Ask to view a portfolio of before and after photos of eyebrow transplants performed
- Never select a provider based on cost. Bargain hunting is a sure way to end up with an infection or a poor cosmetic result.
Having access to cosmetic surgery to make a beauty goal come true is a wonderful thing. Let’s just be sure to run our objectives through the logic filter before pulling the trigger. After all, I’ll bet the women inspired by Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent 2 rued the day they got those creepy alien cheekbones implanted in their faces. Yep, it was a thing.