Your eyebrows serve a purpose beyond beauty; playing an important role in non-verbal communication and are an important element in face recognition. Moreover, eyebrows keep us dry, shielding our eyes from rain and perspiration by diverting water from our foreheads and away from our eyes. Yes, you may have thick full brows when you are in your 20s, but they are likely to turn weak and faded by your 40s. Why? Let’s explore the reasons below and discuss methods for keeping your brows full into your 40’s and beyond.

WARNING: Waxing, Threading, and Plucking will Weaken Your Brows

What is the most common reason people have sparse brows?
Beware of the tweezers. The most common reason people see their brows thin out over time is years of plucking, waxing, and threading. Each time brow hairs are pulled and extracted from the root (follicle) there is damage. The result, hair grows back thinner, slower and weaker, until ultimately the hair stops growing. Brow loss may also be caused by hormonal changes like menopause and thyroid conditions.

Trim or shave your eyebrows without pulling out the roots.

I know it sounds silly to shave or trim your brows with all the wonderful plucking and threading salons out there. However, trimming and shaving avoids damaging the hairs’ roots in the manner plucking and threading does. A common technique for shaving the brow is to get the overall shape in place with gentle strokes of an eyebrow shaver, and then fine-tune the borders with a small eyebrow ceutical. By reducing damage to the follicle, you ensure that your brow hairs stay strong and thick. The goal is to save your brows!

Topical medicine to increase the eyebrow growth

Some people are reporting that the medicine Rogaine, used for hair growth on the head, also helps grow the brows. Another medication Lattise, used to promote eyelash growth is also reported to help grow eyebrows. Both of these medications are approved for other uses, and not approved for the brows, but they also may aid in eyebrow growth. Consult with your physician to see if either of these options is right for you.

Non – surgical options for the brows

Botox is the most common non-surgical treatment for shaping the eyebrows. Botox temporarily affects the muscles around the eyebrows. It has the ability to change muscular pull, resulting in changes to the shape of the eyebrows. Cosmetic fillers, on the other hand, may also aid in eyebrow shaping by adding back support underneath the skin. Simply by adding back support with cosmetic fillers, the brows can be lifted to a more rested appearance. To achieve optimal brow shape, many clients benefit from a combination of Botox and fillers. Think the non-surgical option is right for you? Schedule your free consultation with Verve’s Medical Director, Dr. Stephen Bracci. With over 20 experience in the field of aesthetic medicine, Dr. Bracci will help you determine if non-surgical fillers are right for you.