Eyelash Implants

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Eyelash hair implants can be performed either using the strip harvesting (FUT) or FUE extraction methods. Individual hairs are prepped for transplant and inserted into the lash line for permanent results, however the hairs will maintain the same characteristics as head hair and will need to be periodically trimmed and curled.

Eyelash Implants Overview - 1010

The Skinny

Average Recovery

5 days








$1000 - $6000

The Specifics

What are eyelash implants?

Eyelash implants (a.k.a. eyelash transplant) are a permanent solution to sparse eyelashes along the upper lash line. Eyelash Implants can be achieved via hair transplant methods like follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). Donor hair follicles can be harvested from the scalp or sometimes the legs. Candidates should keep in mind that hair growth from the implants will continue to grow like the hair from the area where it was harvested, therefore, regular trimming will be required.

What cosmetic concerns do eyelash implants treat?

  1. Eyebrow & Eyelash Hair: Hair follicle reimplantation along the upper lash line via FUT or FUE produces permanent improvements to hair growth along the upper eyelid lash line.

Who is the ideal candidate for an eyelash implant procedure?

The ideal candidate for an eyelash implant has sparse eyelashes and is looking for permanent enhancements (unlike temporary eyelash extensions) to volume, density, and distribution. Eyelash implants are not recommended for those with poor donor sites, or those with hair loss due to medication, medical treatments, or stress.

What is the average recovery associated with an eyelash implant procedure?

The average recovery following an eyelash implant is about three to five days. Eye crusting, redness, and swelling around the upper eyelids and lash line usually resolves within a few days, and most patients resume normal activities within one week. Patients will need to take care to not excessively manipulate the transplanted areas.

What are the potential side effects of an Eyelash Implant procedure?

Possible side effects of an eyelash implant include hemorrhage, infection, itching, scarring, swelling, and telogen effluvium (shedding or thinning of the hair).

What can someone expect from the results of an eyelash implant procedure?

The results of an eyelash implant are not immediately noticeable following the procedure. After three months, transplanted hairs will shed and begin new hair growth. The majority of new hair growth will occur after five to twelve months, and continue to improve over twelve to eighteen months. Patients will need to trim and maintain the eyelash hair for a natural, refreshed look.

What is the average cost of an eyelash implant procedure?

An eyelash implant procedure can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000. The actual cost of an eyelash implant is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the procedure.


  • No Sutures
  • No Linear Scar
  • Quicker Healing
  • Smaller Scar
  • Short Hair


  • Hairs Continue To Grow Like Head Hair
  • Transplanted Hairs Need To Be Trimmed
  • Issues With Curl
  • Issues With Texture
  • Issues With Angle Transplanted

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Eyelash hair implants can be performed either using the strip harvesting (FUT) or FUE extraction methods. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after eyelash implants.

The Takeaway

Eyelash implants or eyelash transplants are a surgical, permanent hair transplant procedure in which hair follicles are implanted along the upper eyelid for hair restoration and permanent eyelashes. Following an eyelash transplant procedure, candidates can expect fuller eyelashes, longer eyelash hair, and natural lashes.
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  1. Bhupendra C. Patel; Michael J. Lopez; Zachary P. Joos. Anatomy, Head and Neck, Eyelash PubMed.gov; 2020-07-27
  2. Dailey RA, Wobig JL. Eyelid Anatomy PubMed; 1982-12-01


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