What Is An Eyelash Transplant?
Eyelash transplant surgery is a great opportunity for women who would like to have naturally long and bold eyelashes permanently. Most people do not have thick eyelashes or their eyelashes are so light that they feel like their eyes are naked with no mascara on. When your eyelashes are sparse or thin, you cannot have dee-looking and attractive eyes. You will need to wear false eyelashes all the time to get sexy eyes. However, eyelash transplant surgery is more than a cosmetic procedure. Your eyelashes protect your eyes from dirt and dust that may cause damage to your eyes. For this reason, You need to have thick eyelashes for functional reasons, too.
Eyelash transplantation aims to restore the eyelashes permanently, unlike false eyelashes and other eyelash treatments. During this procedure, your doctor will take the grafts from the donor area and transfer them into your eyelash area. So it is quite similar to a hair transplant procedure, and you do not need to worry about this surgery as it is quite simple.
Eyelash Transplant Procedure
This procedure is as simple as that: your doctor will take the grafts out and put them into your eyelashes. They will probably use your scalp hairs to create new eyelashes. After taking the grafts out from your scalp, your doctor will numb the eyelash areas for your comfort during the procedure. Once you feel no pain, they will implant these grafts one by one in eyelash areas.
Your doctor will probably use the FUE technique. The FUE technique is a minimally invasive method with no cuts in your scalp but only small incisions. The number of hair follicles should be equal to the number of eyelashes to transplant. Your doctor should also be careful about the angle of the eyelashes. Otherwise, once your eyelashes start to grow they will look weird and unnatural.
This is a simple procedure that takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. This is shorter than other hair transplant procedures because the number of grafts needed for thick eyelashes is low in comparison. However, the recovery period after the procedure will be more or less the same.
Eyelash transplant surgery comes with all the advantages of a hair transplant procedure such as permanent results and natural-looking hair. Here are the advantages of an eyelash transplant procedure:
- It provides long term results
- Your lashes are your real hair
- You will return to your daily life in a short time
- You will save time because you will no longer need heavy make-up every day.
Risks and side effects
Even though the eyelash procedure is full of advantages, it also has some risks and disadvantages. One of these disadvantages is that the eyelashes will continue to grow after the procedure because they are taken from the hair follicles that keep growing in other areas of your body. So you will need to cut and trim your eyelashes regularly. Other risks are the same as the risks that come with a hair transplant procedure. Pain, bleeding, and infection may occur after the procedure. However, the risk of infection and bleeding is very low because your doctor will not cut eyelash areas but make very small incisions.
Also, you may not be satisfied with the results of the procedure. And your doctor may also cause damage to your cornea during the procedure, which is quite a serious complication. But still, such risks are minor, and most probably you will not experience them. If you take the necessary measurements before and after an eyelash transplant surgery, you will reduce risks such as bleeding and infection.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Eyelash Transplant Surgery?
Patients should be healthy for any medical procedure. If you have autoimmune conditions that lead to eyelash loss, then you are not a good candidate for this surgery as you will probably lose your eyelash hair after the procedure. Also if you are on blood thinners then there will be a risk of bleeding during and after the procedure. Also, you should not have any eye diseases such as eye infections, eye neuropathy, and Sjögren's syndrome. So you should visit an ophthalmologist to know if you are eligible for this surgery.
Recovery After Eyelash Transplant
After the procedure, there may be some swelling and bruising in the eyelash areas. They will disappear in a few days or a week so you do not need to worry. Also, just as the case with a hair transplant procedure the newly transplanted hair follicles will fall out in a few weeks after surgery. But they will regrow in a few months, and you will see the full results in several months or a year following the surgery.