If it seems like thick, bold brows are everywhere, that's because they are. Thanks to Cara Delevingne and her perfectly overgrown arches, just about everyone is rocking a thicker brow these days. And while this look is in theory more natural than the overplucked arches of the '90s, those of us with thin hair would beg to differ.
Wanting in on the trend that is taking the beauty world by storm, us fine-haired ladies result to tinted gels and coloured powders to get the look. But what if we told you that you didn't have to fake it anymore? Cue eyebrow injections, the new hair-growth treatment for your brows. To learn more about the treatment that might just cure sparse brows, we reached out to a few doctors who regularly perform the procedure to learn the benefits and drawbacks of this injection.
For the skinny on eyebrow injections, keep on reading.
What Are Eyebrow Injections?
According to Gary Goldenberg, MD, eyebrow injections, also known as platelet-rich plasma injections, are a cosmetic procedure that can increase hair growth. So what are they exactly? A PRP injection is created from your own blood says Goldenberg. In order to make this solution, a doctor will draw your blood, put it through a centrifuge to isolate the PRP and then, through a needle, inject the PRP into the area in need of treatment. Since PRP was already coursing through your veins, Goldenberg says it is a fairly safe treatment and that side effects are minimal. However, since it is an injection, there is always a risk of infection, although Goldenberg says the risk is very low.
How Do They Work?
PRP injections deliver growth factors and nutrients to the treated area, while also improving vascular flow, says Goldenberg. In turn, Ryan Neinstein, MD, says this stimulates dormant or damaged hair follicles to regenerate, creating thicker, bushier brows. So when can you expect to see results? John Diaz, MD, says it differs per individual. However, if you don't see results within two to four months, he recommends getting another PRP injection, as it can take multiple treatments before maximum results are achieved.
Who Should Get Them?
If you're looking to add growth to your already bushy brows, PRP injections are unlikely to work. However, if you have a history of overplucking or waxing, and have experienced a lack of brow growth for some period of time, there's a good chance you're a candidate for PRP injections, says Neinstein.
What Is the Recovery?
According to Diaz, the recovery following a PRP injection is very minimal, with just a 24-hour leave from physical activity. And while there may be some redness or slight swelling at the site of the injection, bruising isn't likely, but as with all injections, it is possible, says Goldenberg.
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