The eyebrow craze is here to stay, and everybody wants that full, contoured look that accentuates their face to perfection. Beauty aisles are filled with products that improve the shape and smooth out the rough edges of brows for men and women, and social media hype has reached new heights.
On the more serious end of the spectrum is the almighty eyebrow transplant, which has seen a huge spike in popularity in recent years.
If you’ve got your heart set on this procedure and you’re committed to revitalizing your look, there are a few things you should know about the recovery process.
Here are seven simple steps to follow and ensure you set yourself up for stunning results.
1. Prepare ahead of time.
Once you have set a date for your surgery, you’ll want to make some key preparations.
While the procedure itself only takes a few hours and is relatively painless, you will want to have all the creature comforts ready the day you get home from the clinic.
It is best to get a ride to and from the clinic. Although this non-invasive surgery does not require any sleepy anesthetics, for your safety, it is encouraged after any procedure where pain medication is used to not drive immediately after..
There’s no denying that the process can be taxing on the body and mind, so plan accordingly. You may be tired, you may be cranky. You may be in a bit of discomfort. Have your ibuprofen at the ready, right next to the chocolate bars and the remote control. If you need to stock up on snacks, do so the day before. Be ready to order some takeout if you aren’t up for cooking.
Any extra creams and soothing skin products will also play a role here, so reload on those as well. Bottom line: be prepared!
2. Recover and recuperate.
When was the last time your only responsibility was to just chill and do nothing?
We think it might have been a summer vacation in middle school.
Recovering from an eyebrow transplant is a great excuse to chill out, catch up on your favorite shows, and just allow yourself to heal in a low-stress environment.
Call out of work for a few days and line up an extra weekend to recuperate. You’ll want to avoid strenuous exercise and avoid the sun, so cancel that outdoor yoga class as well.
Tell friends and family members that you’re going to be down for the count, and let them know that they can earn some brownie points if they help you out.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, avoid heavy lifting (mental and physical), and you’ll be just fine.
3. No picking or scratching!
No matter how cozy and chill you may feel on the couch, the first few days of recovery are going to be saturated by your crazy urge to scratch those itchy brows. The freshly grafted hair above your eyes is getting used to its new home, and the last thing you want to do is aggravate or irritate the area with your fingernails.
Just be aware that these follicles will eventually fall out on their own, but don’t be alarmed!
This stage can freak out some unsuspecting patients, so know in advance that this is a natural part of the healing process, and new hair will eventually start to sprout healthier than ever.
Within seven to ten days, most of the scabs on your brows will easily peel away and the toughest part of the recovery period is in the rearview mirror.
4. Follow the rules.
If you went to a top-tier clinic for your eyebrow transplant, you were probably given a very explicit set of instructions to follow for recovery.
Don’t just assume you know the drill and crumple up that sheet of paper. Read it over and over until you have it memorized!
You’ll be tempted to bend the rules, break them, or downright ignore them. This is how people end up back at the clinic and shelling out more cash for yet another transplant!
Your doctor knows exactly how the recovery should go, so stick to the script and do not stray.
From shower protocol to rest techniques and other helpful tips, these are rules you absolutely must follow to get an optimal outcome.
Do yourself a favor and read up about other recovery tips online so you give yourself an even better chance at a speedy and solid recovery.
Once this is all over, you’ll be glad you followed the rules!
5. Get ready to trim.
You’re going to want your eyebrow trimmer fully charged as these new hairs begin to grow.
Remember that the hairs in the recipient area have been harvested from another part of your body, typically the back of the neck, and they will grow faster than the rest of your brows.
Clients are often surprised at the rapid rate of growth, but it’s nothing that some vigilant trimming can’t fix. It may be worth upgrading your tool kit to deal with this new aspect of grooming, but it’s worth the extra time and money spent because you don’t want stray hairs going crazy off your brow.
Just be prepared to make trimming a more frequent part of your routine, and make sure you don’t accidentally pluck any of those precious new follicles!
6. Follow up!
You’ve braved the lengthy procedure, enjoyed some lazy days, and watched enough Netflix to drain your laptop battery a million times over.
Now it’s time to follow up with your doctor and make sure everything is going according to plan.
It takes a few weeks to see a complete recovery, and this is generally when you’ll want to head back to the clinic and check-in.
Typically this will be an uneventful meeting, but it’s important nevertheless. You can ask questions, voice concerns, or just nod and smile, knowing how good those new brows look as they really begin to heal.
The important thing is that you uphold your end of the bargain and be a responsible patient, because you never know if something needs to be addressed.
Remember, you should never wait until the scheduled follow-up visit if you have a bad feeling about your recovery. Lingering rashes, abrasions, and the like need to be addressed immediately, so do not hesitate to email or call the clinic.
When all is said and done, you’ve made a huge improvement to your appearance, so be happy!
Yes, things may look a bit messy at first, but your confidence will skyrocket once you’re all healed up. As you may have heard, it gets worse before it gets better.
Wait for the green light from your doctor before you start applying makeup or doing anything drastic with your new brows. More than likely, you’ll be pleased with that natural look anyway.
Show off those before & after pics and go and live life to the fullest, because the new you is here!
Undergoing an eyebrow transplant may be a short process at the clinic, but the recovery period is no joke. Expect some tough moments, but remember to keep your eyes on the prize.
Before long, you’ll be back to normal and ready to take on the world. Wear your new brows loud and proud, and never look back!
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