Eyebrows have always been a facial feature beauty lovers have paid attention to, but they’re a bigger focus than ever before. Perhaps that’s because there are more ways to change them than we ever could have imagined a couple of decades ago, including tools for brow-specific makeup, tattoos, and sophisticated medical procedures. And for Meagan Good, she felt it was time to go all-in on her eyebrows, with a full-blown hair transplant.
During a visit to The Wendy Williams Show to promote her new suspense flick, The Intruder, Wendy Williams showered Good in compliments, including, “Your hair looks excellent, by the way, and your eyebrows still speak to me.” Williams isn’t wrong — Good’s brows are the stuff of bold, beautifully arched dreams. And they’re all hers — sort of.
“Nineties brow was pluck everything out, and then eventually it was tattooing,” Good told Williams of her personal brow history. She went on to explain that she gave microblading a try when she was 30, but more recently, she decided, “You know what? I need real hair.” And so she got an eyebrow transplant.
Unlike life-and-death body-part transplants, you don’t receive someone else’s eyebrows when you get an eyebrow transplant. “I got a transplant back here,” Good explained, indicating that her eyebrow hair was harvested from the back of her head. But that’s not the only source of transplantable follicles.
“We have performed a number of leg hair to eyebrow transplants to take advantage of the growth cycle of that particular hair type,” hair restoration surgeon Carlos K. Wesley has told Allure.
Prior to her eyebrow transplant, Good told Allure in 2013 why she decided to get her brows tattooed. “It used to take me over an hour to do them because I was so particular about the shape and the symmetry. I would go on set, and the makeup artist would change my brows, and I would get frustrated and change them back in my room,” Good said. “So eventually, I went ahead and tattooed them. Problem solved.”
Apparently, she was not totally satisfied with the inked option, eventually electing to undergo the eyebrow transplant. And at 37, Good fits the profile of the typical patient for this procedure. Plastic surgeon Jeffrey Epstein, who practices in New York City and Miami, has told Allure that the vast majority of his patients are women in their 30s and 40s who are finding that their overplucking tendencies in the ’90s are coming back to haunt them in the form of thinning and bald spots.
Good’s openness about her choice is refreshing, not only because it helps remove the stigma so often attached to cosmetic procedures, but because it helps spread the word about this lesser-known option. However, anyone interested in getting an eyebrow transplant should take into consideration that, unlike makeup and microblading, it’s a multi-thousand-dollar investment that requires the experience and skill of a qualified surgeon. “It’s important patients do their homework and make sure the doctor has done many eyebrow transplants,” Epstein told Allure. “If not done properly, the results are truly problematic.”
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