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.
- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
Eyelash implants are a permanent method of lash enhancement as opposed to temporary solutions such as lash extensions or even Latisse which requires continued use for results. Hairs for eyelash transplant are commonly harvested in discreet locations such as the back of the head and have even been extracted from the leg using the FUE method. The advantage of using leg hair for transplant is the new lash will not have to be trimmed as often and requires minimal "training" to obtain a natural curl to coincide with lashes. However, this is not as common and you may have difficulty finding a surgeon to use this technique. Head hairs are typically used but will have to be trimmed and curled more often to mimic natural eyelashes. How the individual hairs are extracted will depend on each surgeon, whether or not to use the FUT or FUE method. The FUT method, also known as strip harvesting, will require a small piece of skin to be excised from the back of the scalp. Hairs will then be separated from the donor skin, leaving only the hair and follicle intact. If the FUE technique is implemented a handheld device will extract hairs individually, not requiring a surgical extraction of the donor site. Once the hairs are extracted, they are ready for implantation. Next, the grafts will then be threaded one-by-one into the upper eyelid through a curved needle, and trimmed to the appropriate length.
The goal of an eyelash transplant is to increase the fullness of the eyelashes.
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.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications
- No alcohol 3 days prior
- Stop smoking at least 1 week before and after
During Treatment: FUT Method
- Strip of scalp is removed
- Hairs are separated from the donor skin
- Hairs are threaded into the upper eyelid
- Hair are trimmed to appropriate length
Following eyelash implants it is common to experience crusting, pinkness, and swelling around the transplanted hairs and eyelids. Normal activities can be resumed 3-5 days after the procedure. Do not be alarmed if donor hairs fall out as regrowth will typically occur 3 months postoperatively and continue to grow for a lifetime.
The ideal candidate for an eyelash transplant has sparse eyelashes and is looking for a more permanent solution to achieve a fuller, more voluminous look.
Not Recommended For
Eyelash transplant is not recommended for patients with poor donor sites or who have hair loss as a result of medication, stress, or medical treatment as these can be reversed.
Side effects from eyelash transplant may include hemorrhage, infection, telogen effluvium, itching, scarring, cysts, bleeding and swelling.