Eyebrow Embroidery or Hair Transplant: Which Is Better?
Eyebrows are perhaps one of the most prominent and important facial features of a person. Other than their function of protecting the eyes by rerouting dirt and perspiration away from the eyes, they help to accentuate the eyes and shape a person’s face.
Not everyone is blessed to be born with perfectly-manicured, thick brows. To achieve an aesthetically-pleasing appearance, eyebrows need to be regularly trimmed, shaped, and filled.
In the past, eyebrow tattoo used to be a popular option to create a pair of defined eyebrows without the inconvenience of putting on makeup daily. Although permanent, eyebrow tattoos tend to fade over time, changing to a blue, green or brown hue that can look unnatural.
Newer techniques such as eyebrow embroidery allow people to have semi-permanent eyebrows that looks more natural than eyebrow tattoos. Eyebrow embroidery or microblading uses a completely different kind of ink than traditional tattoo.
What is eyebrow embroidery?
Eyebrow embroidery, or microblading is depends largely on the microblading artist as it is hand-drawn. With a great microblading artist, the fine lines that the artist create can mimic your natural hair growth and texture.
It is becoming popular in the last decade in Malaysia and Singapore. Also known as “semi-permanent makeup”, “3D eyebrow embroidery”, or “eyebrow microblading”, these are essentially the same form of tattooing. However, the process involves depositing dark pigments just beneath the surface of the skin with tiny, disposable blades to create lines that look like hair strokes.
With proper technique, it can fill the empty spaces and give thin brows the appearance of natural thickness and volume. With proper care, eyebrow embroidery can last for 1-2 years.
What is eyebrow hair transplant?
Eyebrow hair transplant is an outpatient procedure that is done under local anaesthetic. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to complete the entire procedure.
To make it look as natural as possible, the doctors will choose the finest, single hairs that match as closely to the existing eyebrow hairs as possible.
On the day of the procedure, the doctor will first assess your eyebrows and mark out the areas with absent or incomplete eyebrows. The doctor will then design and shape your brows in consultation with you.
Depending on how sparse your eyebrows are and the result you want to achieve, the number of hairs required can range from 150 to 300.
Fine, healthy hairs from the back of the head are removed by either a small linear scar or directly harvesting each individual hair follicle. The 2nd part of the treatment involves preparing each hair follicle so that they can be implanted directly into the areas that have been previously marked out.
The eyes may appear swollen immediately after the procedure. The swelling may persist for up to 5 days. However, most people should make a full recovery in about 3 to 4 days. As the wound dries up, you may notice tiny crusts on the recipient area. It should gradually drop off over time.
You may notice that over the next few months, the transplanted hair may fall off. This is perfectly normal. As the healthy hair follicles are already implanted into the eyebrows, new, healthy hairs will grow out over time.
It is perfectly normal for the transplanted hair to fall out after 2 to 3 weeks. With the healthy follicles in the eyebrows, you should notice new hair growth within a few months. Your doctor may prescribe hair growth tonic such as minoxidil to improve hair growth after transplantation.
FUE hair transplant for eyebrows is fast gaining popularity because of its truly natural-looking results without the need to rely on makeup. In addition, the result of FUE hair transplant for eyebrow lasts significantly longer than eyebrow embroidery. Speak to one of our doctors to find out if you are a suitable candidate for FUE hair transplant for eyebrows today.
Eyebrow embroidery vs eyebrow transplant
Eyebrow embroidery, or microblading and eyebrow transplant are currently the most popular options to shape and thicken sparse eyebrows.
How do you determine which is more suitable for you? We list the pros and cons of each treatment in this table below:
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