Thursday, December 14

Eyelash Transplantation

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Through the ages women with long thick eyelashes have been considered   more beautiful and more desirable. Centuries ago the Greek, Roman, and   Egyptian women were painting around their eyes. In 1913 Mabelline   created eyelash mascara so that women could lengthen, darken, and   thicken their eyelashes. The product caught on with women around the   world. Next, eyelash extensions became fashionable. In the past several   years eyelash transplantation has been very popular.

Everyone wants to know how it is done. The eyelash procedure is done   in the following manner: The patient is given a mild tranquilizer. An   area (2 inches X 3/8 inch) of scalp in the back of the head is numbed   with a local anesthetic. That section (scalp strip) is removed and the   gap is sewn shut with stitches. The scalp strip is given to a technician   who uses a microscope and jeweler’s forceps to cut and separate the   hair tissue into single hair follicular grafts. The grafts are then one   by one implanted into the upper eyelid by the surgeon using microscopic   lenses. The graft is a follicle with a long hair (2-5 inches) attached   to it. The long hair follicle, like a piece of thread, is sewn into the   upper eyelid with a very small curved needle. The procedure takes   approximately 2-3 hours.
The new transplanted lashes shed within two weeks. – The hair shaft   falls out, but the bulb or root of the hair follicle stays implanted in   the eyelid and starts to re-grow new permanent lashes in 6-12 weeks. To   see the full cosmetic results it takes 6-12 months. Some patient may   require an additional session of eyelash transplantation to reach their   restoration goals. It is required that the patient have transportation   to and from the office so that adequate anesthesia can be given.
These newly transplanted eyelashes will need to be trimmed every 1-2   weeks because they grow just like the hair from the back of the   patient’s head. (The new eyelashes will flap on your sunglasses if you   don’t regularly trim them!) The new eyelashes will also need to be   curled with an eyelash curler or a crimper.
Most surgeons charge approximately $6,500 for 2 upper eyelids. This   may seem a lot, but one should consider that professionally applied   false eyelashes costs $200 to $300 and only last one to three months.


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