Micro Needling Eyebrows for Hair Growth: Does It Work?
To all those ’90s kids who overplucked their brows to keep up with the latest trends, the possibility of full, fluffy eyebrows seems like a distant dream. While there are growth serums, tattoos, and more to help fill out eyebrows, we decided to take a comprehensive look at brow micro needling to see if, in fact, it’s an effective treatment to help brow regrowth. We’re going to answer the question of if micro needling is a solution to fuller brows. Ahead, we’ve compiled everything we’ve learned to give you the scoop on brow micro needling, and whether or not you should attempt this treatment on your own eyebrows.
What is Micro Needling for Eyebrows?
You might’ve heard about micro needling for the skin already, and the treatment works similarly on the eyebrows. Micro needling is the act of poking tiny holes in the skin (in this case, brow hair follicles) to wake them up and help regenerate hair growth. A micro needling tool is used over the brow area repetitively, especially where growth is sparse or might need extra attention. The penetration of the needle allows for a deeper reach to the hair follicle, which in some cases can help stimulate hair growth where it might be initially stunted.
The Benefits of Micro Needling for Eyebrows
Brow micro needling has been known to help stimulate growth for brow hair, but the reviews are mixed from specialists who perform this treatment. Some won’t even offer it since the treatment could promote new hair growth, but there is only a small percentage of people that would experience this growth.
When studying hair growth patterns, genetics have been shown to play a huge role in results. If you were never born with full brows, micro needling the brows will never result in creating a full dense brow if you never had one. People that may have spent years waxing or tweezing could experience some old-growth come back again. The issue here is that this is a very small percentage of people.
Also, a history of tweezing and waxing can play a huge factor in whether or not you ever see growth again. Many people that have tweezed and waxed for extended periods of time eventually damage the hair follicle, and hair growth will never happen there again. There is also no way to know if you are a person with dormant or damaged brow hair follicles. You can also try microblading to give better results.
The treatment is typically very safe in all skin types, but be sure to seek treatment with a trained professional to avoid complications. While stimulating hair growth is typically the main reason clients seek out this treatment, it can also be used to remove microblading tattoos.
While some have experienced success with micro needling, others have not. Micro needling with PRP has the potential to grow eyebrow hair, but growth is doubtful on its own.
How To Prepare For Your Appointment
Since your skin will experience the act of being punctured through tiny needles, it’s important to keep a few things in mind before receiving this treatment. Ensure that skin isn’t sensitive to any waxing or sun exposure at least five days before your appointment, and that you’ve avoided any Retin-A product. It’s also best to avoid alcohol, ibuprofen, heavy amounts of caffeine, or supplements that could cause the skin to react or become sensitive to the treatment. Dress comfortably and know you might be lying still for quite some time, so the more relaxed you can be during this procedure, the better.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
Whether you’re getting a full micro needling treatment on your face including the eyebrows or want to focus on your eyebrows, the main thing to expect is the repetitive movement of the micro needling device on your skin. The technician will treat the area with tiny needles, and you might feel a slight tingle or sensitivity during the treatment. Depending on your eyebrows’ nature and where they need stimulation, the technician will address those areas to help stimulate blood flow and hopefully some hair growth. The sensation isn’t unbearably painful, though; a numbing cream is applied before the treatment to negate any discomfort.
What is Micro Needling vs. Microblading?
You’ve probably heard of microblading, which is often confused with micro needling. Microblading is a little more intense due to the sharp tool that is used to deposit ink into the skin, mimicking hair-like strokes for those who have very sparse brows or no hair at all. Considered a tattoo, this treatment takes longer than micro needling, is more permanent, and produces instant results. Microblading creates a full shape for all brows, while micro needling results aren’t always guaranteed. Below, you can see a before-and-after of a microblading treatment.
Potential Risks of Micro Needling Eyebrows
While you might experience some sensitivity after treatment, the main risk associated with micro needling eyebrows is that the treatment may not be effective. While stimulating hair follicles and penetrating them might enhance hair growth production, it’s not always guaranteed or seen after receiving this treatment.
After you’ve received micro needling for eyebrows, be sure to avoid any sun exposure for about a week, and wear sunscreen outside. Avoid touching the area to reduce the risk of bacteria contact. If you experience redness or sensitivity, you can apply a gentle healing serum or cream to the specific area.
Botanica Day Spa has all of your professional micro needling services in a tranquil and aesthetic place. Our professional staff will take care of you from the moment you step in our doors, so call today to book your appointment at 727-441-1711!