I’ve seen some crazy things on Dr. 90210, but I can’t wait to hear his line about eyelash transplants.
Look more closely. Eyelash transplant surgery wants to become the new must-have procedure for women — and the occasional man — convinced that beauty is not so much in the eye of the beholder as in front of the eye itself.
Using procedures pioneered by the hair loss industry for balding men, surgeons are using “plug and sew” techniques to give women long, sweeping lashes once achieved only by glued on extensions and thick lashings of mascara.
And just like human hair — for that is the origin — these lashes just keep on growing.
“Longer, thicker lashes are an ubiquitous sign of beauty. Eyelash transplantation does for the eyes what breast augmentation does for the figure,” said Dr Alan Bauman, a leading proponent of eyelash transplants.
“This is a brand new procedure for the general public (and) it is going to explode,” Bauman told Reuters during what was billed as the world’s first live eyelash surgery workshop for about 40 surgeons from around the world.
Under the procedure, a small incision is made at the back of the scalp to remove 30 or 40 hair follicles which are carefully sewn one by one onto the patient’s eyelids. Only light sedation and local anesthetics are used and the cost is around $3,000 an eye.
The surgery is not for everyone. The transplanted eyelashes grow just like head hair and need to be trimmed regularly and sometimes curled. Very curly head hair makes for eyelashes with too much kink.
Hmmmm . . . pioneered by the ‘old bald guy industry’? And when exactly did hair plugs stop looking like creepy doll hair? Oh yeah – Never. So you’re telling me I can drop three thousand dollars to have eyelashes that look like long pubes? Nah, I’ll stick with the natural look, thanks though.
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