Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow

Eyelash transplant surgery wants to become the new must-have procedure for women -- and the occasional man.

Using procedures pioneered by the hair loss industry for balding men, surgeons are using "plug and sew" techniques to give women long, sweeping lashes.

And just like human head 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

(maybe we can get him to cover our WHOLE eyelids with hair !!!)

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. (What if yopu opt for only one eye)

The technique was first confined to patients who had suffered burns or congenitalmalformations of the eye. But word spread and about 80 percent are now done for cosmetic reasons.

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. (yea, the upper and lowers could knit togehter during restless sleep :o)

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