Eyelashes increase the beauty of your eyes and make them more prominent. There are many techniques that can be used to extend them, or make them fuller and thicker. They are :
- Use of semi-permanent eyelash extensions
- Use of makeup such as mascara
- Permanent eyelash implants
A few years back, this procedure was performed as a reconstructive surgery for accident or burn victims. It was also used to treat people who have few or no eyelashes due to genetics, or those who have lost their eyelashes due to chemotherapy. Later on, Asian women started undergoing this surgery as a beauty treatment since they have shorter and weaker eyelashes by nature. Shortly, this became a trend that spread all over the world.
This surgery is performed under local anesthesia and takes around 1-2 hours. The procedure begins with taking a graft from the healthy scalp, usually near the nape. Hair from this graft is plucked out one by one. Excess dermis, epidermis, and fat is trimmed off, and then it is implanted into the upper eyelid. About 40-60 hair strands are required to have those perfect-looking eyelashes.
The newly implanted follicles will take some time to grow, and the results might be visible in 3 to 6 months if the implant was successful. The new lashes will grow just like normal hair. This means that, you will have to trim them from time to time as the new hair will keep growing.
Mild swelling or some pinkness of the eyelids can be observed within the first 3-4 days after surgery. Patients can resume their normal activities within 3-5 days of surgery. The transplanted hair follicles fall out at around 2 weeks. It starts to regrow at 3 months and will continue to grow for a lifetime.
Although the procedure is safe, there is a risk of potential damage to the eye. Also, the cost of surgery is around USD 3,000 per eye, which is definitely very expensive. Therefore, a person should consider the aforementioned factors before opting for the implantation procedure. Breastfeeding mothers should not undergo eyelash transplantation. Before undergoing the procedure, avoid taking any medicine, such as aspirin, and mention any allergies or medical problems to your doctor.
Disclaimer: This BeautiSecrets article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.