Eyelash Transplants - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/2/07

Eyelash Transplants

Hair transplants have been around for a long time, but guess what variation of that is coming into popularity? Eyelash transplants.

The surgery takes hairs and follicles from the back of the scalp and implants them into the eyelids.

"Eyelash transplantation was originally used for trauma victims, people with injuries to the eyelid or their lashes from burns or car accidents," said Dr. Alan Bauman, a hair restoration physician.

"It's boosted my confidence. It really makes me feel like when I look somebody in the eye, I feel like they notice. So that has been life changing. I think it enhanced my career because the eyes are such a focal point of any photo," said Erica Lynn, a model.

But now it's being used for cosmetic reasons when people like Jodie Hussey are just tired of short lashes. After about 100 hair follicles are removed from the scalp, each is separated under a microscope and attached to a tiny skin graft. Using local anesthesia, each is transplanted into the lid line. An hour and a half later, Jodie has 15 new long lashes on each eye.

Dr. Bauman warns the results vary with each individual. If you scalp hair is straight your eyelashes will be straight and it's not cheap, about $3,000 an eye.

One more weird side-note, these lashes don't grow like eyelashes, they grow like hair. So they have to be trimmed every week or so.

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