Chrissy Teigen has jumped all into the latest eyebrow trend of fluffy and bushy eyebrows. And she did it without using any makeup or tattooing. So, how did she make this transformation happen? With an eyebrow hair transplant.
She could have gone for microblading or eyebrow lamination, but Chrissy wanted real natural hair. And the only way to fill her sparsely formed eyebrows was with a hair transplant.
You may think she went to the extreme to be on trend for this full brow look, but an eyebrow transplant is not as complicated or invasive as you may think.
We break down what’s involved with an eyebrow hair transplant and what type of results you can expect from this procedure. Let’s start with the essential question, who is the ideal candidate for this facial hair transplant?
An eyebrow hair transplant is an ideal solution for anyone who has missing sections of their eyebrow shape or the hair has stopped growing. Hair loss with the eyebrows may come from:
Anyone living with Alopecia Areata, or Trichotillomania is recommended to consult with a medical professional to treat and manage these conditions before considering an eyebrow transplant.
Getting an eyebrow hair transplant creates the possibility of growing lush and full brows with natural hair, rather than filling the brow shape daily with makeup or permanently tattooing with microblading.
There are two main hair transplant procedures for an eyebrow transplant. Follicular Unit Extraction Technique (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplant strip technique (FUT). Both methods involve taking individual or strips of viable hair follicles from an area of your scalp (typically from the back and sides of the scalp) and strategically implanting them to the shape of the eyebrows.
In an FUE procedure, the surgeon removes hair grafts from the donor area with highly advanced tools such as robotic or motorized devices. The main objective is to remove the hair grafts with minimal donor area scarring.
In a strip FUT procedure, the surgeon makes an incision to remove a strip of scalp from the donor area, and a team of technicians will dissect these hair follicles from their natural grouping. The surgeon then creates tiny incisions where the hair grafts will be implanted to the eyebrow shape.
Hair transplant surgeons typically choose the FUE method for an eyebrow transplant because it’s considered a less invasive procedure by not leaving a visible scar, like with a FUT procedure.
An eyebrow hair transplant is an outpatient procedure that only involves local anesthesia, meaning the patient is awake the entire time. The transplant procedure takes 2-3 hours, and the patient is released to rest at home.
Here is a general step-by-step guide of what’s involved with an eyebrow hair transplant:
The recovery from an eyebrow transplant is fairly quick and with minimal downtime. There will be mild to moderate swelling around the transplanted areas and around the eyes, but it will dissipate after 2-3 days. A few days after the procedure, scabbing will naturally occur, but do not pick the scabs, allowing them to follow out independently.
It is normal for some transplanted hairs to fall out after the procedure but be assured that the follicles are safely implanted into the site. The new brow hairs should start to grow over the next several months.
It will take 3 to 6 months for visible hair growth and up to eight months for the final results to develop into a new, fuller shape.
The transplanted hairs will grow longer than your normal eyebrow hairs and will need to be trimmed to the appropriate length for the brows.
We can understand why Chrissy Teigen decided to go with an eyebrow hair transplant rather than going with the other available options. She wanted fuller and bushy eyebrows made from her own hair.
If you are interested in filling out your brows with real natural hair, it is recommended to work with an experienced hair restoration surgeon that understands the natural angle and curvature of the hair grafts for eyebrows. And will carefully select hair grafts that look similar to eyebrow hairs.
To find a board-certified hair restoration surgeon experienced with eyebrow or facial hair transplant, use our “Find a Doctor” navigation tool for a medical professional in your area.