Eyelashes, which play a very important role in protecting the eye against chemical and physical irritants and foreign bodies, reflexively close the eyelids thanks to their anatomical structure. Of course, their role in aesthetic and attractive appearance is undeniable. Eyelashes are located in 2 to 3 rows on the outer parts of the surfaces of the upper and lower eyelids facing each other.
Endocrine diseases, skin problems such as alopecia and trichotillomania, systemic diseases, metabolic anomalies, trauma, side effects of various medications and ageing may result in eyelash loss.
What is Eyelash Transplantation?
Since eyelashes are located in our eyes that provide our contact with people, missing or absent eyelashes can become an aesthetically important problem. For eyelash transplantation, single hair follicles are taken from the scalp or legs with the FUE method. However, since eyelash transplantation cannot be performed in cases such as infection, eye pressure and stye, the patient should first undergo an eye examination by a specialist.
Who is eyelash transplantation suitable for?
- Having congenital sparse and thin eyelash structure,
- Damage to the eyelashes due to the use of false eyelashes,
- Reduced eyelashes as a result of excessive use of cosmetic products,
- Trauma, alopecia and after eyelid surgery,
- The presence of congenital genetic diseases such as ectodermal dysplasia,
- Problems such as trichotillomania, lupus erythematosus,
- It can be applied in cases of permanent eyelash loss after radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
How Is Eyelash Transplantation Performed?
Since the eyelashes are located on the upper and lower eyelids, eyelash transplantation can be performed on both upper and lower eyelashes according to the patient's request.
Eyelids should never be moved during eyelash transplantation. For this reason, the patient is sedated to prevent a possible problem. In this way, the comfort of both the patient and the doctor is ensured during eyelash transplantation. FUE method is used in eyelash transplantation. In order to perform the transplantation process, the donor area where the hair follicles will be taken is determined. Generally, the nape area or the sideburn area is used as the donor area for eyelash transplantation.
In eyelash transplantation, as in all other procedures, a channel must be opened for the placement of hair follicles. In eyelash transplantation, canal opening or French needle techniques are generally used for this. In eyelash transplantation, the compatibility of the channels to be opened with the hair follicles is very important. In addition, the channel opening angle should be opened in such a way that the natural appearance is not disturbed. The grafts are collected one by one from the donor area using a micro motor and the eyelash transplantation is completed by placing them in the opened channels.
Recovery Process After Eyelash Transplantation
Although it is possible that a slightly purplish-blackish line may appear on the patient's eyelids after eyelash transplantation, this should be considered as a normal condition. In addition, it is not a situation that will cause interruption in the daily life of the patient. Since the eyelashes transplanted in the early period after eyelash transplantation are not fully fused with the skin, protection against external factors should be provided. Make-up should not be applied during the specified period and the transplantation area should not be contacted with foreign substances. In the first 3 days, care should be taken not to be outdoors when possible, not to be exposed to sunlight, dust and water.
A few days after the eyelash transplantation procedure, small crusts may form on the eyelash roots. Since these are not noticed unless they are looked carefully, it is not possible for them to adversely affect the patient's appearance and daily life.
After eyelash transplantation, shock loss may occur as after hair transplantation. Generally, shock loss is seen 1 month after eyebrow transplantation. It lasts 3 or 4 months at most. During the eyelash transplantation process, an average of 4 to 6 months is needed for the transplanted eyelashes to adhere to the application area and start to look like natural eyelashes, although it may vary individually.