Treat Eyelash Hair Loss
Eyelash hair transplantation, also known as eyelash implants, is a relatively new procedure that originally was used to treat areas of the eyelid that have no eyelashes due to genetics, alopecia, or trauma such as that from cancer surgery or burns.
Recently, however, Dr. Epstein has been using the procedure to thicken and enhance the appearance of the eyelashes, in individuals who already have eyelashes.
Donor Hairs for Eyelashes
The donor hairs come from the scalp which then become eyelashes and they continue to grow for a lifetime and therefore need to be trimmed typically once a month. To provide a natural appearance, the hairs are transplanted one at a time.
This is a very delicate procedure, requiring perfect placement of these hairs that are angled at just the right direction and position to mimic natural growth.
The Eyelash Transplant Procedure
A procedure typically involves the placement of 25 to as many as 50 hairs into each upper eyelid, depending upon the existing amount of hair and the desired size and density. Performed usually under a mild oral sedative, the 2 hour procedure is essentially painless, as is the recovery period.
There are few risks with the procedure, and most are those associated with standard hair transplants. The donor site incision, 1 inch long, typically heals as a less than 2 mm wide incision, easily concealable with existing hair in the area. The main thing for patients to understand is that the hairs do need to be manually curled so that they grow in a sloping curved direction as normal eyelash hair, and that some hairs may grow in a less than ideal direction- these hairs can be trimmed very short or sometimes trained to grow in just the right direction.
Recovery & Results
For the first 3 to 4 days after the procedure, tiny crusts are around each transplanted hair, and there can be some pinkness and/or mild swelling to the eyelids.
By 3 to 5 days, other than some residual mild pinkness which fades out by the first week, patients are able to return to normal activities without any sign of having had a procedure.
Sutures that are placed in the donor area are dissolvable so there is no need to return to the office for suture removal. The transplanted hairs fall out at around 2 weeks, and then start to regrow at 3 months, where they will continue to grow for a lifetime.
In addition to eyelash transplants, Dr. Epstein has extensive experience and expertise in eyebrow transplants, performing more than 140 of these procedures annually. His work in this area has been featured in such magazines as NY Post and Elle.