Oct. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Just like "plug and sew" cosmetic surgery for balding men
in the hair loss industry, more and more women around the world use
the same techniques to gain long, sweeping lashes, according to media reports
A doctor is sewing hair follicles into a
patient's eyelashes.(Reuters Photo)
"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," said Bauman, who practices in Florida, doing
about three or four a month.
During eyelash transplant surgery, doctors first
remove 30 or 40 hair follicles at the back of the scalp and then sew them
one by one into the patient's eyelids.
But the surgery is not for everyone. The transplanted
eyelashes grow just like head hair and need to be trimmed regularly and they
sometimes curl. Very curly head hair makes for eyelashes with too much kink.
The cost of surgery is not very expensive.
One eye costs only 3,000 U.S. dollars, because the surgery only
requires light sedation and local anesthetics.
The technique was first confined to patients who had
suffered burns or congenital malformations of the eye. But now about 80
percent are done for cosmetic reasons.