If you are very unhappy with the way your eyelashes look and wish they were permanently thicker, darker or longer, you might consider eyelash implants. This is a medical procedure, unlike semi-permanent lash extensions or temporary false eyelashes, and involves surgery. However, the results are both permanent and dramatic.
Basics of Permanent Eyelashes
Lash transplants are a surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia where hair from the back of your scalp is transplanted onto your lash line. Usually 20-40 hairs are transplanted per eyelid in a procedure that takes about two hours. The eyelashes will grow naturally for the rest of your life, though they will maintain the characteristics of scalp hair and need to be trimmed to avoid growing excessively long, and curled to match the shape of natural eyelashes. Many people with lash implants regularly get lash perms so they don’t have to constantly curl their eyelashes.
Who Gets Eyelash Implants?
Eyelash implants are best for people whose eyelashes either have never grown like they want them to, or they have fallen out and will not grow back as thick as the person wants them to. Many burn victims, former chemo patients, and recovered Trichomoniasis (compulsively pulling out eyelashes and eyebrows) patients, for instance, are the type of candidates who are best for permanent lash implants.
Making the Decision to Get Lash Surgery
The eyelash implant process is most popular in Japan, China, and Korea, although there are increasing numbers of doctors who perform the procedure in the United States and Canada at select medical offices. There may be a waiting list at some of the more popular hair transplant clinics. Check the credentials of the person who will be doing the surgery – in many innovative medical fields, such as eyelash implants, there will be many unqualified people trying to make a quick buck on the uninformed.
As with any surgery, there are always some risks involved. However, the complications usually associated with lash surgery are relatively minor. You might have a reaction to the local anesthesia used, or you could get an infection from the incisions made to transplant the hair follicles. Your eyes may be bruised, sore and swollen for about 10 days after the procedure, though you should be able to go about your normal activities. You will be advised not to use any eye makeup during the healing period (generally about two weeks).
Should I Get Lash Implants?
Lash transplants are best suited for people who have eyelashes (and eyebrows) that are severely damaged or completely missing. Not having “normal” eyelashes can have a huge impact on a person’s self esteem, and the transplant surgery can make the patient feel much more confident in his or her appearance and happier in general.