Plug and sew eyelashes for women
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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 Tuesday.

A doctor is sewing hair follicles into a patient's eyelashes.(Reuters Photo)
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    BEIJING, 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 Tuesday.

    "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. 

    (Agencies)

Editor: Pliny Han
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