Eyebrows are one of your most prominent facial features: they communicate your emotions, accentuate your eyes, and shape your face. Studies even showed that our eyebrows have evolved to accommodate complex human interactions. Whether unruly or perfectly manicured, your eyebrows define your features. That is why it’s important that your brows always look their best.
Microblading vs. Eyebrow Transplant – Which is Better?
Unfortunately, not everyone is born with perfect eyebrows. Some people resort to plucking, trimming, or even penciling in their brows to achieve an aesthetically pleasing look. However, there are two more permanent, longer lasting options for fuller-looking, more attractive brows: microblading and eyebrow transplants.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a tattoo technique that fills in eyebrows using fine inked lines, which give the illusion of hair. It is done using a hand-held tool instead of a machine like in normal eyebrow tattooing.
The first step in the microblading procedure is to choose the brow shape and size. Then, the microblading artist will use a small, hand-held tool to tattoo lines that mimic the look of natural eyebrow hair. Microblading artists usually put a topical anesthetic on the area that’s going to be tattooed. This numbs most of the pain.
The procedure lasts about two hours. As you recover, you must avoid getting your eyebrows wet. That means no washing your face for about a week. You may also experience itching, redness, and mild swelling during the first week of recovery – this is normal. It may take you up to two weeks to fully heal.
Microblading does not last as long as a traditional tattoo. Though your eyebrows will look darker immediately after the procedure, the color and lines will gradually fade. Results typically only last from one to three years, and you may need to return for touch-ups.
Though prices vary based on the skill of the artist, microblading procedures can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,100.
What is an Eyebrow Transplant?
Eyebrow transplants involve taking donor hair from your scalp and then implanting them into your eyebrows. It is a permanent solution that creates a natural, authentic look.
As with microblading, the first step during an eyebrow transplant is to determine the size and shape of your desired brows. When that is done, your physician will transplant up to 300 grafts per eyebrow. Each graft is transplanted one at a time and usually contains one or two hairs. This is a meticulous and painstaking procedure that may take up to six hours to complete.
After an eyebrow transplant, you may experience swelling, redness, and crusting. Healing may take from seven to 14 days. You will see the final results of the procedure within a year. Eyebrow transplants are permanent, so you only need to undergo one procedure, though touch-ups to add more hair density may be required after six months to a year.
The cost of the procedure depends on your doctor and location, as well as how much hair needs to be placed. On average, the price of an eyebrow transplant can range from $4,000 to $7,500.
Which is Better?
The method that you choose for filling in your eyebrows depends on your goals. Are you looking for a short-term solution or a long-term one? What is the look that you’re going for? How much are you willing to spend to get as perfect as possible, shapely brows?
If you decided to undergo an eyebrow transplant, come to Vargas Face and Skin. Our doctors will be more than happy to help you achieve the eyebrows you desire. Get in touch with us today.