How is the postoperative?
- It is not a painful procedure at all.
- During the 2 days following the procedure there will be slight inflammation of the eyelids; To reduce it, it is advisable to apply something cold and take anti-inflammatory medication.
- Postural measures such as sleeping with a slightly raised head.
- Application of Arnica based creams to help alleviate any possible bruising. Generally by the 4th day only a slight yellowish coloration remains and can be covered with makeup.
- The day after the intervention, the area already has scabs that should not be picked r touched
- Within 8-10 days of the procedure the stitches will be removed
- It is important to protect yourself from the sun, so you must use a high factor sunscreen and sunglasses.
What is an eyelash transplant?
The process is done under local anesthesia. First we obtain the follicular units from a scalp area where the consistency is more like the consistency of the eyelash, although if we compare both consistencies, as a rule eyelashes are always somewhat thicker than the hair of the head. The follicular units to be obtained should be f long hair (2.5 to 3 cm). Once the small strip of scalp (approximately 3 x 0.5cm, depending on the density of the donor site) is obtained, we suture the edges of the so-called Trichotic closure, and hair will grow through the scar and thus hiding it.
The obtained strip is divided into follicular grafts of one or two follicles (hairs) under a stereoscopic microscope. The insertion of the follicle into the reception zone is done in a specific way to obtain the natural curvature of the eyelash. You can put about 25-30 follicular units per eyelid per procedure. Given that we have about 150 eyelashes per eyelid, this would imply an increase of 20%.
Who can benefit from an eyelash transplant?
- Lack of eyelashes totally or partially due to trauma, burns or due to a congenital cause.
- Low density of eyelashes.
- In cases in which there is a basic pathology such as trichotillomania (compulsive pulling), universal alopecia, etc. First you have to try and assess the response to treatment. Once treated, you can, if it is still necessary, perform an eyelash transplant.
Is it painful?
This type of procedure is done under local anesthesia, without sedation, although it is not necessary if the patient is not too anxious, even though a tranquillizer will be administered orally or intramuscularly and will make the patient more relaxed.
When does it start to grow?
The hair that comes out of each graft will fall for the first 2-3 weeks. The hair follicle that has been grafted will produce a new hair after the 3rd month.
Since the transplanted hair is from the scalp, it has the same characteristics and will therefore grow in the same way, so it should be cut periodically.
It is advisable to do a soft perm on the lashes so that they acquire that typical eyelash curvature, as well as other capillary treatments such as dyeing, cutting and perming etc.
We do not see the final results until 12 months have passed since intervention. During this time periodic checkups must be carried out at the consultancy in 1, 4, 8, and 12 and 16 months from the date of intervention, or any other desired dates that you would like, or if you need to make a query.