Great eyelashes do more than provide aesthetic symmetry to a person’s face. They also protect the eyes from dust and dirt, proving to be as practical as they are beautiful. So what happens if you’re significantly lacking in the eyelash department? Well, until recently, only false eyelashes could fill the gap—detachable and rarely convincing. That’s all changed, however, with new advances in eyelash replacement and eyelash restoration procedures.
Eyelashes can be lost for any number of reasons: physical trauma or injury to the eye, surgery that requires the removal of the eyelash follicles, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and congenital disorders. Procedures have existed to address these issues, but for some people, the issue isn’t so much a lack of eyelashes as a “shortage” of them.
Eyelash restoration is a surgical procedure that is proving very successful for people who have looking to permanently regain or extend their eyelashes. This procedure, until recently, was reserved strictly for patients who had lost their eyelashes as the result of a medical condition. Some eyelash restoration doctors continue to believe that medical necessity is the only case in which eyelash restoration surgery should be explored. However, as the technology and techniques have improved, many cosmetic surgeons now offer eyelash restoration for the enhancement of existing eyelashes.
People who are looking for increased length and thickness of their lashes are now turning to eyelash restoration surgery to improve their appearance. The procedure works by taking donor hair from the nape of the neck, the scalp, or the area just behind the ears. Donor hair for eyelashes is usually best if it is fine and not coarse. The donor hair and follicles are transplanted into the eyelid through surgery. The procedure itself is relatively simple and the results are often very natural looking.
Recovery from popular eyelash restoration procedures like Latisse® usually takes about 7 – 14 days, with any initial discomfort typically relieved in about 48 hours. Use of lash oil and an eyelash curler can help to train the new lashes and leave them look full and natural. However, you’ll want to discuss these practices with your surgeon before handling your new lashes.
Many cosmetic surgeons are adding Latisse and other eyelash procedures to their services lately. To find and arrange a consultation with a Latisse provider near you, contact us today!