- June 21, 2017
- Posted by: dr.diaa
- Category: hair restoration
Eyelash hair transplant, also known as eyelash transplant, is that new procedure to restore your eyelashes using FUE.
Are you a victim of any physical traumas or genetic imbalances?
Are you planning to have these eyelashes of your favorite Hollywood actress?
Do you feel ashamed of your eyelashes due to lack of symmetry of your face?
If yes, eyelash transplant is the answer for your problem.
Eyelash transplant indications you need to know
In general, we lose our eyelashes due to different causes. Some of these causes are physical and others are related to our genetic inheritance.
A person without eyelashes will not be as complete as others. It will give a feeling of self-conscious about the appearance.
You may require eyelash transplant due to some reasons as:
- Traumas like the different physical traumas or injuries and scarring in the face.
- Surgical operations that treat any facial injuries or scarring.
- Chemotherapy and radiotherapy for some diseases and cancer, which cause eyelash hair loss.
- Trichotillomania or hair pulling disorder.
- Damage of the eyelashes due to different beauty routines.
Are we prisoned in new fashion demand?
The way people use their eyelashes differs according to the way new fashion dictates. The different cosmetic procedures that make eyelashes appear longer, colored or thicker may lead to their hair loss. Many people are seeking eyelash transplant to get that appearance like some Hollywood stars. Most hair transplant specialists use FUE technique to restore eyelashes to a more thick appearance.
From where we get the donor hairs for eyelash transplant?
The donor hair for most FUE hair transplant procedures comes from the scalp. These hairs then become the same as the original hairs of the eyelashes. And then, they continue to regrow in their new environment and will last forever. In their first few months, the new hairs of the transplanted eyelashes will need to be trimmed from 1-2 times a month.
The professional surgeon will cleverly pick out these follicular units that contain one hair or two hair maximum per each unit. The doctor will prefer these single follicular units because the transplantation method will rest upon a row of transplanted hairs. This procedure will provide a more natural appearance of the eyelashes, rather than the multi-hairs follicular units.
The procedure of eyelash transplant requires perfect placement of the new extracted hair units in their new place. This placement requires much cleverness to transplant the hairs at a just right angle and direction. The much the surgeon is able to mimic the natural appearance of the eyelashes, the more natural these eyelashes will grow in the future.
The procedure of eyelash transplant with FUE is simple
Do not fear… the procedure of transplanting your eyelashes is a very simple and non-invasive.
The risks with the operation are very few and rare. It depends on the surgeon and his experience in the field of eyelash transplant specifically. Any accompanying risk would be the same as the rest of any hair transplant and no more.
The surgeon will start with removing the predetermined hairs from the donor area. These hairs should be longer to make it easy to thread them in their new place in the eyelid. The specific area of the scalp is numbed using a local anesthetic solution. The surgeon will remove the hairs one after one and then keep these hairs in a solution.
The harvesting time in eyelash transplant with FUE is fairly quick.
It will be just small incisions in the donor area and each one will be no more than 1 mm round scar. The surgeon will make these small incisions to extract the follicular units. However, in the ordinary hair transplant, the surgeon will make much more incisions according to the number of hairs that will be transplanted. In our small procedure, the number of follicular units will be no more than 50 hairs, which needs less than 15 incisions.
The typical procedure involves the placement of 25-50 hairs for each eyelid. It depends on the amount of hair existing on each eyelid. In most cases, the surgeon will give the patient some oral sedative. The full procedure may take no more than 2 hours and it is essentially painless.
Recovery and expecting the results
The recovery time is one of the most important periods of the operation. It will support the procedure and the results will start to appear as long as you follow the post-operation instructions.
For the first 3 to 4 days after the procedure, tiny crusts are around each transplanted hair, and there can be some pinkness and/or mild swelling to the eyelids.
By 3 to 5 days, other than some residual mild pinkness which fades out by the first week, patients are able to return to normal activities without any sign of having had a procedure.
Sutures that are placed in the donor area are dissolvable so there is no need to return to the office for suture removal. The transplanted hairs fall out at around 2 weeks, and then start to regrow at 3 months, where they will continue to grow for a lifetime.