The eyelashes and eyebrows are one of the most important aspects of your facial appearance and people who suffer from the loss of eyelashes or eyebrows can become extremely conscious about their appearance. Therefore, plastic surgeons today offer an option for this type of condition and transplant or reconstructive surgery can help restore the hair loss in these key areas.
Eyelash loss can be caused by many different factors, such as physical trauma, congenital inability to grow hair in this area of the face, excessive plucking, local skin diseases or medical treatments which result in eyelash or eyebrow loss (for example, radiation or chemotherapy). Whatever the case, this condition can greatly affect the self-esteem of a person and make them feel extremely uncomfortable with the way they look.
Eyelash restoration works with the same principal as eyebrow transplants. Small, single hair grafts are taken from a donor area and carefully placed into the eyelid. However, most doctors do not recommend this procedure because no other type of hair in the body matches the exact girth or texture of eyelash hair and thus, the results of the treatment will not be ‘ideal’. Nonetheless, patients are always informed about this setback and if they consider that they are willing to take the risk, then the professional doctors are more than happy to perform the treatment for them.
This procedure is only performed by highly skilled doctors since the right equipment, technique and approach must be applied. If the wrong technique is used, then the proper growth of new follicles may be hampered and in some cases, the existing eyelashes may be injured. Luckily, the doctors who offer this treatment are experts and highly qualified professionals when it comes to this surgery.
Hair Surgeries Average Price / Cost
Hair Transplant Price
$3500 – $9000
$950 – $2,200
Hair Restoration Price
$4000 – $7000
$950 – $2,200
Eyebrow Restoration Price
$3000 – $6000
Eyelash Restoration Price
$3000 – $6000
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What Can I Expect
Whenever it comes to plastic surgery, you need to keep in mind that no procedure will ever provide a ‘perfect’ aspect to your face and this is especially true for eyelash restoration. As we mentioned before, no other type of hair in the body possesses the same characteristics as eyelash hair and the outcome of the procedure may not be ‘perfect.’
However, you must remember that the aim of cosmetic treatment is to achieve an improvement, to enhance your facial appearance. This can help you boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about yourself, while keeping realistic expectations. This is one of the core values we have here at; we want our clients to be completely satisfied with the results of their surgery and to heighten their self-assurance.
Any person who has suffered from eyelash loss and is in relatively good health is a perfect candidate for this procedure. It doesn’t matter if your eyelashes have been lost completely or partially, your doctor will be able to perform the treatment even if you do not possess a single eyelash on your lids.
It is protocol for our clients to have an initial consultation with their plastic surgeon before any procedure is performed. This way, both the patient and the doctor have an equal opportunity to contribute in the whole process and by doing so, the satisfaction of the client increases tenfold. During this initial discussion, you must not hesitate to talk about your expectation with your surgeon openly, since he/she will help you determine what is and what isn’t possible to achieve. One point we always pinpoint on is the need for patients to be aware of all the different aspects of the surgery you are willing to undertake (the cost and recovery process); everything must be made extremely clear for you and we will always go out of our way to accomplish this.
Also, you can feel free to ask your doctor concerning any questions or doubts you may have concerning the procedure. He/she will always inform you about all the different details; for example, you should know if you should stop taking certain medications or if you will need to refrain from drinking or eating for a certain time period before your surgery.
Make sure you have good communication with your surgeon at all times since this will help increase your level of satisfaction.
This treatment is performed under local anesthesia and it usually takes only one session at your plastic surgeon’s office which lasts from 1 to 3 hours.
If you happen to have some eyelashes present, then your doctor will measure their diameter to make sure that the grafts utilized match the lash size and texture as best as possible. The grafts are then taken from the scalp area; these are single hair follicle implants and are placed carefully and individually into the lid.
Any excess fat or skin on the grafts is removed and trimmed to ensure that each micro-graft is very fine and thin. After making sure that the cornea of the eye is protected and that the anesthesia is working properly, then your surgeon will proceed to transplant the hair into the eyelid. The follicles are placed one by one with a very fine transplanting needle. Stitches will be placed to hold the newly transplanted grafts into place as they heal once the process if done.
When the whole process is done, your surgeon will then wrap your head with bandages. Keep in mind that this procedure, when done correctly, allows for everlasting growing eyelids which grow longer than natural ones and must therefore be trimmed by the client.
Post-Op – After Surgery
It is natural for your sutures to be bumpy and red for the first few days. However, as time passes, the resulting scar from the procedure will flatten out and will become unremarkable.
You can also expect swelling and slight bruising around your eyes, but this will subside as time passes and you’ll start to look and feel better each day. The bruising takes approximately 7 to 10 days to disappear and you will be allowed to wear some makeup to conceal any discoloration around your eyes. Your stitches will be removed during the first week. You can expect your vision to be blurred for a few days, since your eyes will be temporarily sensitive to the light. This can also cause excess tearing or drying but your surgeon will prescribe special eye drops to help with this condition; these can also help with any sensations of itching or burning that you may experience.
During the first week you will have to refrain from taking part in any activity which can dry your eyes, such as reading, watching TV, using the computer or wearing contact lenses. Excessive blinking can lead to an increase in the swelling, so please try to avoid it as much as possible. It is recommended for you to wear sunglasses for the first 2 weeks so that your eyes are protected from the sun and wind. You can also expect for your eyes to tire easily during this time and constant naps may be helpful.
You should avoid any strenuous activities for the first month given that these can increase the blood flow to your eyes; these include bending, lifting, sports or crying. Please refrain from drinking alcohol during your recovery time since this can lead to fluid retention and can delay your recovery immensely.
As with any type of cosmetic surgery, complications are unusual, but they sometimes do happen. However, they are usually minor and can be reduced by precisely following your surgeon’s directions before and after the procedure. Some complications related to this procedure are:
- Retobulbar Hematoma (bleeding behind the eye).
- Loss of sensation in the eyelids.
- Excessive tearing (temporal).
- Infection (treated with antibiotics)
- Dry eyes.
- Excessive scaring.
- Inability to close eyelids completely (extremely rare but can be permanent).
Make sure to ask your surgeon concerning any risks you might have to face when undertaking this surgery. However, you must keep in mind that our certified group of doctors works full-time to prevent such scenarios from happening, since we value the health of our patients above anything else.