When you think of icons in the modern era of beauty and style, Chrissy Teigen is one of the first that comes to mind.
She first came on the scene as a swimsuit model back in 2010, and since then, has evolved as a personality and spokesperson for women improving their looks through natural methods and a healthy sense of self-confidence.
Chrissy isn’t the type of person to advocate transformative plastic surgery or overdo it on makeup, which is why she represents a refreshing change of pace for women everywhere.
Besides, she has started multiple brands, became world-famous, and even married John Legend – not a bad track record by any means!
However, Ms. Teigen stirred up some controversy in late 2021 when she publicly announced her experience getting an eyebrow transplant. Some fans were shocked, others celebrated, but most importantly, Chrissy seemed satisfied with her results.
Let’s walk through the story behind Chrissy’s eyebrow transplant, talk about the procedure in general, and see what lessons we can learn from her journey so that you can make the best decision for your own brows moving forward.
What exactly went down with Chrissy Teigen’s eyebrow transplant, and what makes it such a big deal? Here’s the story as she told it and how the public responded in turn.
These days, social media is where people get the latest info on their favorite celebs, and Chrissy used an Instagram story to get the word out about her eyebrow transplant experience.
On November 20, 2021, Chrissy posted three videos showing her brand new eyebrows and gave fans a breakdown of how it went.
She explained that she chose to minimize makeup when possible and that her eyebrow transplant allowed her to feel confident in her brows once again.
Her Instagram stories didn’t go into too much detail about the procedure itself. Still, she explained the procedure’s basic concept: natural hair is removed from the back of the scalp and transplanted artistically to the recipient regions of the brow.
From a technical standpoint, Chrissy’s transplant looks great, and it’s clear that she went to a top doctor to get the job done.
Her brows instantly looked more full and complete, with a proportionate shape to her face and brow. She mentioned that her brows had some extra shading from pencil at the time of her announcement, but that mostly, she was showing off real, natural brows.
While we are definitely impressed by Chrissy’s immediate results in her Instagram reveal, fans should keep in mind that her recovery process had only just begun when the video was filmed and posted.
We’ll touch more on recovery later, but in this case, it’s important to recognize that an eyebrow transplant doesn’t grant instant results that carry over into perfect brows from the start.
After she posted her story, Chrissy expected to spend a few weeks allowing her newly-formed brows to take root and ensure their foundations were firmly in place.
She would likely have experienced some slight irritation in the area in the days to come and would be advised not to shape or configure her brows for at least another month – however; she may be tempted to do so.
There is also the chance that Chrissy’s brows changed appearance slightly from when the surgery was first completed. We haven’t been updated recently on social media, but we can assume that she has navigated the recovery stage safely and can now do whatever she wants with her brows.
Celebrities live their lives in the spotlight, and when you have millions of followers like Chrissy, there is always a wide range of responses to expect from the public.
It seems like everyone has something to say on social media, no matter the topic!
Many fans were instantly supportive of Ms. Teigen in her pursuit of better brows, and the majority of comments online were those of love and appreciation.
However, a segment of the responses wasn’t so pleasant, criticizing Chrissy for lack of awareness as she posted results from a pricey treatment during hard economic times.
Other people pointed out that Chrissy is a role model for young women and should not be promoting these types of surgeries on social media.
These critiques seem mostly to come from jealousy and a lack of understanding, of course.
Eyebrow transplants may not be as affordable as a process like microblading, but they are not anywhere near the cost of plastic surgeries that many celebrities pay for every day.
Furthermore, eyebrow transplants are far less invasive and severe than procedures that restructure the face, alter the skin position, or do any more extreme sorts of body modification. In fact, an eyebrow transplant is rather tame in the world of Hollywood!
The lesson here is that no matter what you do, there will always be someone out there who isn’t happy about it and has to bring the attention back to themselves, even with negativity.
What matters most is that Chrissy was happy with her procedure, and judging by her appearance and attitude, she is rightly satisfied with the outcome – even if the haters keep talking.
Whether you’re a top-tier celeb or not, you might be curious about the exact process that Chrissy Teigen went through to get her brows in perfect shape once again.
Let’s walk through the series of steps that she likely took to achieve her ideal look and offer some tips to help you in your own journey from the start.
It all starts with an idea, and at some point, Chrissy must have reached a point when she was no longer satisfied with the current state of her eyebrows as they were.
Maybe she was unhappy with the shape of her brows, the density of the hair on each one, or just wanted to spruce up her look after years of shaping and plucking – these are all common reasons to consider an eyebrow transplant.
We can’t exactly be sure why Chrissy took the route she did to renew and replenish her eyebrows, but we know that this procedure does offer a few clear benefits:
It’s likely that all these factors came into play for Chrissy as she weighed her options and considered the other possible paths she could take to restore her brows.
Based on what we learn from her Instagram posts, Ms. Teigen was probably relying on a mix of makeup, microblading, and semi-permanent hair fibers to give her brows the full and sweeping appearance she desired.
However, after spending so much time and money on quick fixes, she likely decided that a more sustainable and long-term solution was needed.
With the rise of eyebrow transplants and success stories around the web and the world, Chrissy took matters into her own hands and got the amazing brows she wanted for years.
Since Chrissy doesn’t give us much insight into the eyebrow transplant process itself, let’s fill in some of the blanks and make sense of the procedure as a whole.
Whether you’re Chrissy Teigen or anyone else, you need to start by selecting a clinic and surgeon to do your procedure.
This involves doing research, reading reviews, looking at before & after galleries, and just generally making sure that you have the best doctors available for your region, schedule, and price range.
A consultation is also key to having an in-person conversation with your hair restoration professional and clearly stating your brows’ desired outcome with plenty of detail and specifics.
This is when the doctor will determine the number of hairs necessary to achieve the intended look and map out the day of the surgery and protocols for recovery.
Payment will also be discussed at this stage. The cost of an eyebrow transplant will be anywhere between $4,000 and $10,000 depending on the reputation of the clinic, the region, timing, and other factors. Let’s assume that Chrissy went for the most high-end option available.
When the day of surgery arrives, it’s all about getting comfortable, feeling calm, and relaxing as the doctor and assistant perform the procedure over several hours.
Since eyebrow transplants are performed by first extracting usable hair from the donor region on the back of the head, doctors will choose between Follicular Unit Transplantation (the more traditional strip surgery) or Follicular Unit Excision, which creates no linear scar but requires shaving a small area of donor hair.
From there, the surgeon and team will process individual follicles, place them in the proper position of the brow with tiny incisions, and recreate the intended vision of the client with the correct density, angles, and other aesthetic features.
Chrissy’s story may be laced with drama, but we can learn a lot from her experience when thinking about eyebrow transplants and how to go about it the right way.
The main takeaway is to spend as much time as needed to find the perfect doctor and team that shares your vision and can make it a reality. Furthermore, don’t let anyone tell you how you should look or spend money on what you want.
Also, Chrissy warned that young folks should avoid over-plucking their brows and maintain the natural look as much as possible. Always good advice!
As one of the country’s most prolific and respected hair transplant experts, Dr. Jae Pak is happy to help you start your eyebrow restoration journey.
Give us a call or message, and we’ll get you on the right track to the brows you deserve.
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