Eyebrow transplants are all the rage in Hollywood – The Hollywood Reporter
In the fiery pursuit of perfect brows, stars indulge in a ritual of tinting, tweezing, threading, tweezing, laminating and microblading, boosted by an arsenal of serums, supplements, pencils, powders and gels . Everything repeats itself, because the results are temporary. Now, a permanent eyebrow transplant procedure is all the rage, thanks in part to Chrissy Teigen sharing her results on social media in November.
The procedure is performed discreetly by “tons of actresses and actors, some of the most famous A-list actors in the world,” says Century City hair restoration specialist Dr. Marc Dauer, who practiced it for more than 15 years.
Teigen’s hairstylist Jen Atkin vlogged about getting the procedure in 2021. She and Teigen saw Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Jason Champagne, as did actress Meagan Good after seeing Amber Rose’s results on Instagram.
“It took 10 years on my face straight away,” says Good, who underwent the procedure three times to perfect the shape. “It changed my life. I grew up in the 90s when everyone was doing their eyebrows very thin, so at 19 they don’t grow back. I got them tattooed when I was 24 or 25, but it faded and it looked harsh. So I started doing microblading [in which semipermanent pigment is injected into brows] when I was 30, but the lines started to bleed into each other. I just wanted a thicker, fuller, natural brow.
Robin McGraw, wife of talk show host Dr. Phil, turned to Dauer for the surgery and spoke about it publicly in 2020 after the transformation sparked plastic surgery rumors.
“It was crazy how it changed my face,” says McGraw THR. “My eyebrows finally became proportionate to my features. I blame my three older sisters. They played with my eyebrows and plucked them too much. They were very far apart and thin. One had a very left arch and the other had no arch. I grew out my bangs to cover it. I’ve had bangs all my life so far, and this is why!
Some patients seek eyebrow transplants due to hair loss due to alopecia, chemotherapy, and scarring.
There is also an increase in the number of men booking surgery; Dauer says his initial female-to-male ratio of 9-to-1 has dropped to 7-to-3.
“Men’s eyebrows start to thin out from the outside in,” Champagne explains. “It ages when you lose hair in your eyebrows, so it can definitely help you look younger.”
The process begins with designing a patient’s dream eyebrows, which Champagne and Dauer do themselves. “I literally draw it with an eyebrow pencil, freehand,” says Dauer.
Other surgeons call on Hollywood eyebrow gurus like Anastasia Soare. “Clients have come to me so I can mark the perfect shape of their brows with my golden ratio shaping technique before their implantation appointment,” says Soare, who worked in tandem with the Beverly Hills transplant specialist Dr. Craig Ziering.
Kim Kardashian’s arched eyebrows are often cited as a role model by patients, say Champagne and Dauer (who also says Megan Fox is frequently cited).
Performed under local anesthesia, the five-hour procedure ($8,000 to $20,000 in Beverly Hills, surgeons say) THR spoken) involves transplanting an average of 250 hairs per eyebrow, usually from a site at the back of the scalp, and inserting them one by one into the eyebrow area. Recovery with minimal bruising and swelling takes a few days, then the hair falls out in a month and begins to grow back in three to four months. Full results can be expected within 10 months.
Since the new hairs come from the scalp, the texture varies and the growth overtakes the existing eyebrow hairs. “I trim my eyebrows every couple of days,” Good says, “and if your hair is curly, like mine, you have to train it to be more brow-straight.” For this, she uses Major Brow Lamination Gel by Patrick Ta.
The angle of the implants is another part of the art. “I thinned it out, so the hair lay as flat against the skin as possible,” Champagne explains. If it’s not done properly, he says “the hair can come right out of the face, and the only way to get rid of it is to do laser hair removal or electrolysis.”
While there are plenty of hair growth-promoting elixirs and treatments on the market — such as FDA-approved Latisse (which Dauer recommends) — none of them will grow new hair. “These serums work to some extent if you have hair there,” Champagne explains. “But for patients who have tweezed too much and never seen any growth, the only way to get more brow hair is to graft them in.” Seconds Dauer, “Once the hair follicle is gone, it’s gone.”
This story first appeared in the July 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.