Eyes are often considered the windows of the soul and the beauty of a person is often judged by the eyes. However, the beauty and safety of these eyes would be incomplete without eyelashes. While for most women, their long eyelashes are a sign of beauty, there is actually a more important purpose to them as well. Eyelashes protect the eyes from dirt, strong winds and grit, which might be floating in the atmosphere. Eyelashes can also get damaged and when the same does happen there can be several other issues, which crop up because of it.
Here is a look at what could cause loss of eyelashes:
Although initially, eyelash restoration was considered more of cosmetic procedure, it has now become a medical one. A growing number of doctors are using this procedure to bring back a sense of confidence to people who might have lost their eyelashes due to any one of the above mentioned causes.
Let’s take a quick look at the history of eyelash transplantation:
The very first step in this field was made by a physician from Germany, by the name of Dr. Franz Krusius, almost a century ago. According to him, hair from the scalp could be removed by making small punches and the hair could be transplanted into the eyelids, using a minute needle. A few years later, in 1917, another physician from the same country named Dr. P. Knapp, successfully inserted a graft strip, free from composites into the border of the eyelids. In the years to come, several studies and experiments were conducted in this field, many of them in Japan.
It was in 1980 that a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Emmanuel Marritt MD established a method of transplanting individual hair from the scalp into the eyelids. In the very same year, another doctor named Robert Flowers, wrote at length about his ‘pluck and sew’ technique, the revised version of which is still being used.
Not everyone can be a good candidate for eyelash transplantation, and the criterion for the same includes:
Before a candidate can be given hope, there are extensive exams, consultation sessions and reviews of medical history:
The prospective candidate will have to undergo proper tests and checks, before he or she can be considered ideal for an eyelash transplant. There will be a detailed study of the medical history of the person to ensure that such a procedure will not cause any physical or mental distress.The doctor, who will conduct the procedure, will probably put forth a set of statements and facts, to which the candidate will have to provide acceptance:
Now let’s look at the actual method of transplanting eyelashes:
Now that the process has been completed, there is a list of post-operative care that needs to be kept in mind: