A DOCTOR has had an eyebrow transplant – because she was fed up of putting on makeup every morning.
Dr Simone Maybin went to the same surgeon in Beverly Hills, California as model Chrissy Teigen for the procedure.
She said she would previously spend 20 minutes a day doing her eyebrows – before spotting an ad on Instagram for surgery.
Hairs were taken from the back of her head during the surgery and transplanted into her forehead.
She doesn't want to disclose exactly how much she spent, but the procedure can cost up to $15,000 (£11,000).
Simone said: "I believe the eyebrows are the frame to the face and have filled mine in for some time to get that perfect look.
"When I had the hairs for the first couple weeks my confidence was very high.
"They looked ten times better than I could have ever imagined, it was exactly the right decision."
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Teigen, 36, announced on Instagram that she was having "eyebrow transplant surgery" last November.
She said: "I never wear makeup if I can avoid it so I was so excited for this eyebrow transplant surgery where they takes hairs from the back of your head."
The mum-of-two chose to undergo the procedure after years of furiously plucking out her eyebrows as a teenager.
She later posted an update showing her much darker, fuller eyebrows.
"A little dark from the pencil but it's so cool to have brows again. Teens: do not pluck them all off like I did," Teigen added.
Simone, from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, models herself and would never leave the house without filling in her naturally fine eyebrows.
She said: "Any other makeup I could do without! I've done a lot of different beauty-type things, modelling and fitness competitions, and the standard of beauty is they're supposed to be full.
"My whole life they've been dressed up to look nice and be full and luscious and that's all I knew of them to be."
Every day, single Simone would spend twenty minutes perfecting her eyebrow shape with brow clay in the mirror before going to work.
She was never tempted by temporary solutions like microblading or lamination – as she was satisfied with her own makeup.
But when an ad for an eyebrow transplant appeared on her Instagram about a year ago, it was a lightbulb moment.
The physician said: "As soon as I saw it I was like, 'I'm getting that' – there was no question in my mind.
"I'm a very analytical person and very cautious but as soon as I saw it that's the procedure for me."
She booked an appointment with surgeon to the stars Dr Jason Champagne, before undergoing the seven-hour procedure on November 13, 2021.
Simone chose Dr Champagne for her first ever cosmetic surgery because she was wary that not all surgeons would be experienced with curly hair like hers.
She said: "If you think about it eyebrows are not curly and my hair is naturally curly. I chose to pick somebody I thought was the best in the world because it's my face!
"But what am I meant to be, 50 and drawing in my eyebrows? So I said let's do it!"
She was given a sedative so she could relax for procedure, before local anaesthesia was injected into her forehead and scalp where the hair was to be extracted.
Her surgeon removed about five inches of hair from the base of her head, with the follicle still attached, to be transplanted into the brows for regrowth.
It takes about two months to start seeing the hairs coming in, and four months before you get the full effect, with patients having to trim and shape the new hairs.
Simone said: "I have mixed emotions – I'm excited because I'm progressing but I've got some insecurity because I don't have the hair I want there yet."
The doctor took to TikTok to document the whole process, with many of her followers curious to see the final look and what is involved.
But this has also come with some backlash from trolls.
Simone said: "Somebody said I look like Michael Jackson!
"Somebody said I look worse, that I looked better before, but when you share you open yourself up for that.
"It didn't bother me it was kind of funny, and with however many negative comments I have double the positive."
Some commenters who had their own insecurities around their brows booked an appointment after seeing Simone's journey, including one woman who had lost hers during cancer treatment.
Former Sports Illustrated model Teigen has been open about her procedure on Instagram, posting about it last November.
Teigen shared a video of her face to showing how her brows are growing in and captioned the clip 'like weeds I tell ya!!!!' Simone only found out about Teigen's surgery when she saw her surgeon share her social media post – and then realised that Dr Champagne had also been a part of her procedure.
She said: "I thought it was cool that her reasoning is to feel more confident without makeup."
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