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.
If eyelash damage occurs, it might be temporary. After six to twelve months, eyelash growth should return somewhat. If the eyelash damage is permanent, eyelash transplantation can be used to replace lost lashes. If you think you may have lost lashes through damage from eyelash extensions contact us
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.
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.