The Latest Beauty Trend Is ... Eyebrow Transplants

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Yup. You read that correctly. We're not talking about eyebrow threading. Or tattoos that make your eyebrows look all Cara Delevingne. We're talking eyebrow TRANSPLANTS.

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Because beauty knows no bounds.

Curious? Of course you are.

Here's how an eyebrow transplant works.

First, you go to a specialized cosmetic surgeon and give him or her the lowdown on your perfect brow shape. Once you both agree on a gorg design that flatters your face, hair follicles are carefully harvested from your scalp and grafted to your eyebrow area.

It's a super-exacting process and the doctor has full-on control of how dense your new eyebrow hairs are and even which direction they'll lie. Afterward, you'll get some mild bruising and crusting, like you do after a tattoo. But that only lasts a few days.

The procedure is supposedly pretty quick, and the recovery? "Painless," assures Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS, a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Miami and New York. He should know, since he performs three or four eyebrow transplants each WEEK.

The hairs fall out around three weeks later, then regrow about four months later. Still, it'll take up to a year to see full results. And because these new hair follicles originated from your scalp, they'll need to be trimmed every two weeks for like, ever.

Now, on first read, this technique may raise some, um, eyebrows. But let's keep it in perspective. The majority of cosmetic treatments sound super-icky on paper. Injecting a neurotoxin into your skin to get rid of wrinkles, for instance. Or having excess fat sucked out through a little hose. But let's be honest. For many people, these procedures are totally worth it.

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On RealSelf, an online community for learning and sharing info about cosmetic surgery and other elective treatments, people who've had eyebrow transplants give the procedure an 88 percent approval rating -- which is about the same as what Invisalign rates.

Here are some before and after pics from Dr. Epstein's patients so you can see for yourself.

before eyebrow transplant by jeffrey epstein MD

after eyebrow transplant by Jeffrey Epstein MD

before eyebrow transplant by jeffrey epstein MD

after eyebrow transplant by Jeffrey Epstein MD


Dr. Epstein says the majority of his clients, who shell out between $6,000 and $9,000 for the procedure, are overpluckers between the ages of 25 to 35. "But we do have a number of patients in their 50s and 60s who are experiencing thinning of the brows from age," he adds.

Just another thing about aging we can all look forward to, because, you know, varicose veins and menopause aren't enough.

But the best candidates for eyebrow transplants might surprise you. They're "patients with realistic expectations," Dr. Epstein says. "The goal, even from a highly experienced surgeon like me ... is an improvement, not perfection."

So if you want to LOOK like Cara D., it's prob not for you. But if you have the cash to spend and you want to look like a better-eyebrowed version of yourself, maybe go for it.

Just don't skimp when you do.

"Like any plastic surgery procedure, the cost can vary tremendously," says Dr. Epstein. "I have done enough revision/repair procedures [on work] done elsewhere that I can say patients should be careful of bargains."

 

Images via Serg Zastavkin/Shutterstock; Dr. Jeffrey Epstein/RealSelf

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