Although a fairly new procedure, eyelash transplants are fast increasing in popularity.
Originally developed to treat parts of the eyelid which didn’t have eyelashes due to trauma, genetics, or alopecia, the procedure is now also commonly used to simply enhance the appearance of existing eyelashes.
Why choose to undergo an eyelash transplant?
Eyelash transplants aren’t just carried out for aesthetic purposes. Your eyelashes play a crucial role in protecting the eyes against dirt and dust. You’ll notice, if you touch your eyelashes, the eyes will automatically close. This is an instinctive defence mechanism.
Without eyelashes, the eyes are at risk of becoming red, sore and irritable. It also greatly affects your overall appearance, which in turn can lower self-esteem. So, an eyelash transplant can help to enhance the appearance, as well as protect the eyes from potential damage.
An eyelash transplant is much more effective and safer than false eyelashes too.
Incidentally, the use of false eyelashes can cause damage to the natural eyelashes, as well as pull them out.
Understanding the procedure
An eyelash transplant works much like a hair or beard transplant. Donor hairs are taken from the back of the scalp, then inserted into the eyelid through FUT strip surgery.
The donor hairs need to be chosen carefully and taken from the side margin at the back of the scalp. This is where the hairs more closely resemble the hairs of the eyelashes. In some cases, hairs can be taken from the legs or the arms, but this would involve a FUE technique and the hairs will generally be shorter.
They do look more like eyelashes than the hair from the back of the scalp, but the procedure is a lot more difficult to carry out.
The standard FUT strip surgery takes hairs from the scalp which are approximately 4-5cm long. A Stereomicroscopic magnification is used to dissect the hair follicles, keeping the shaft of the hair perfectly intact. The shaft is threaded through a surgical needle, ready to insert the follicle into the eyelid.
It’s worth noting that eyelashes will only be transplanted into the upper eyelid.
Important after care information
Unlike hair and beard transplants, there’s a couple of important after care instructions you absolutely need to follow.
Firstly, as the hairs are taken from the scalp, they will continue to grow over time. This means, you’ll need to trim them frequently to ensure they don’t grow too long. This may need to be done on a weekly or an even more frequent basis. You’ll also need to train the eyelashes to curl. If you don’t, the hair could start to curl downwards into the eye, potentially causing damage to the cornea.
The surgeon can advise you on the best way to train the eyelashes to curl upwards, as well as any other aftercare instructions you’ll need to follow. It’s important to book a consultation prior to having the procedure to determine if it’s right for you. Eyelash transplants may not be suitable for everyone, so you’ll first need to establish whether you’re an ideal candidate for the procedure.
Book a consultation today by calling us on 0800 6990209 or filling out our contact form and discover whether an eyelash transplant could be the right treatment for you.