Alternatives for People With Eyebrow Hair Loss

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Alternatives for People With Eyebrow Hair Loss
Eyebrows are an important part of a face's symmetry. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Eyebrows contribute greatly to the expressiveness and attractiveness of the human face. When they're lost due to alopecia (hair loss), tissue trauma, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, heredity, chemotherapy or any other reason, the face is dramatically altered. Those who've lost eyebrows for any reason have several choices available for restoring the original look of their faces.

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Pencils and Stencils

The simplest method for filling in thinning eyebrows or replacing missing eyebrows is to draw them on with an eyebrow pencil. These pencils are available anywhere make-up is sold. If you're not confident in your ability to draw perfect eyebrows, eyebrow stencils are also sold where make-up can be purchased. These stencils sit atop your brow bone and provide a guideline that lets you draw exactly the shape and thickness of eyebrow you want.

Tattoos

Eyebrow tattoos are a permanent solution to lost eyebrows. Of course, since these tattoos are permanent, there's no changing your mind about the size, shape or placement of your new "eyebrows," so you need to take time to get it right. However, having eyebrows tattooed on means you don't have to worry about drawing eyebrows on your face every day.

Medications

If your eyebrow loss is related to a hormonal imbalance or skin condition, your dermatologist may be able to recommend a medication that can regrow eyebrows. Some common medications used for this purpose include Calosol, minoxidil and finasteride.

Hair Restoration Surgery

Eyebrow transplants or eyebrow reconstruction are surgical methods to restore eyebrows. Surgeons may take a strip of hair-growing skin and graft it onto the eyebrow site, or individual hairs may be transplanted a few at a time. This is among the most expensive solutions for eyebrow hair loss.

Eyebrow Wigs

As a temporary and removable solution to eyebrow hair loss, eyebrow wigs or false eyebrows are ideal for those who aren't ready to commit to more permanent alternatives. They're made of real hair and affixed with special glue that lets them stay on for days or even weeks at a time if the wearer chooses.

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