Eyelashes are considered the heart of the eye. Long, dark and lavish lashes have an appeal and can create a dramatic effect for women. It’s why most women will not leave home without applying a little mascara. Today’s cosmetic enhancements in mascara and false eyelashes have made it increasingly easier for women to put their lashes on display. However, when the lashes are too sparse, or if they are missing or weak, this enhancement is simply impossible to achieve with makeup and extensions alone. Eyelash transplantation surgery, offered by Plano, TX hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Joseph Yaker, can be performed to cosmetically enhance the appearance of the eyelashes by permanently placing hair where they are absent.
Eyelash Hair Loss
The loss of one’s eyelashes can be the result of genetics, skin diseases and certain medical conditions, medications such as cancer treatments, trauma (physical, surgical, thermal or chemical), and even compulsive plucking or pulling of eyelashes (trichotillomania). Many women today have chosen to use lash extensions to enhance their look, however, for some, the overuse of eyelash extensions can cause permanent eyelash loss. This repeated use of eyelash extensions can cause traction alopecia, a condition where the hair falls out due to excessive tension placed on the hair shaft.
"Dr. Yaker was extremely personable as well as knowledgeable on hair and hair health. With his treatment plan that was tailored to my needs and requests, I have noticeable thicker and fuller hair within three months! His enthusiasm towards his work was very comforting. He truly puts the patient at the center of care he delivers and it doesn't go unnoticed! I would highly recommend him as your physician if you are struggling with the appearance of your hair!"- N.F. / Google / Sep 29, 2015
"From the consultation process with Dr. Yaker through the post procedure follow up visits, the experience was seamless, painless and I was always comfortably and fully informed. With photographs of my beard at follow up visits, I could clearly see my progressing results which exceeded my expectations. Invest in yourself with hair restoration or beard augmentation and enjoy the new you!"- D.B. / Google / Aug 21, 2017
"I had my procedure done with Dr. Yaker and it was a great overall experience. He outlined in detail the steps of the process, and he and his staff were extremely helpful from my original consultation up to and beyond my procedure. I cannot recommend his practice enough and am extremely happy with the decision to come to him for my treatment."- A.M. / Google / Aug 14, 2017
"I was desperate to reverse my excessive hair loss when I saw him about a year ago. He suggested different options for remedy, and we picked up the non-surgical option with Aminoplex vitamin, specially formulated low pH shampoo and conditioner, Formula 82M scalp application, and a laser cap. My hair loss has most certainly been arrested. People can't stop raving about how beautiful I look with a head full of really thick hair. Based on my personal experience, I would highly recommend Dr. Yaker to anyone having hair loss issues. Following his instructions is the key to the results you expect to see."- L.A. / Google / Jun 26, 2017
"In course of human life, we have events that we feel cannot be reversed. Losing hair, for me, was one of those events. I did see Dr. Yaker on local TV show and my experience with him changed my life.I did receive a non-surgical procedure of the SmartGraft FUE 2,200 grafts in November of 2016. The pre-procedure gave me everything to get ready for the few hours procedure. The process of the event was extremely pleasant and without any discomfort. The staff was courteous and catered to my every question and need. Dr. Yaker did the procedure with above average precision. He personally called me to check how things were going after my procedure. My results started appearing a few months after and my reliance on cover up products have been eliminated completely. I am looking forward to full results timeframe.I give Dr. Yaker and his team the highest rating. Thank you, Texas Center for Hair Restoration!"- B.S. / Google / Jun 26, 2017
Eyelash transplant surgery is performed to replace missing eyelashes and fill in areas where lashes are absent, sparse, or damaged. To achieve this, Dr. Yaker performs Follicular Unit Transplantation, known as FUT. Performed under a mild oral sedative and local anesthetic, the 3-4 hour procedure is essentially painless, as is the recovery period. This surgery involves removing a strip of hair from the back of the head, and microscopically dissecting the hairs into individual hair grafts. The grafts are then threaded one-by-one into the upper eyelid through a curved needle, and trimmed to its appropriate length. The amount of grafts required depends on donor hair characteristics, the extent of eyelash loss, and desired density. This procedure is extremely delicate, and Dr. Yaker takes great measures to ensure the new eyelashes are properly placed and angled correctly so that they grow naturally, creating beautifully shaped lashes that last a lifetime.
What to Expect
Following eyelash transplant surgery, the patient may develop mild swelling and pinkness, which will subside in a few days. For 3-4 days, tiny scabs will form where the new hairs were placed. These scabs will fall out and the newly transplanted hairs will begin to shed around 2-3 weeks following surgery. Within about 3-4 months, the new lashes will start to grow, and by 12 months, the final aesthetic result is attained. Because the eyelashes were created using hairs taken from an area on the head where growth is continuous, patients will need to trim their eyelashes and curl them on a routine basis in order to blend in with their current lashes.
Eyelash transplant surgery is performed in our accredited surgical facility under a local anesthetic. The average price for FUT eyelash transplantation is between $4,000 and $4,500 depending on the extent of surgery. In comparison, devoted eyelash extension wearers spend around $1,500 to $2,000 per year for non-permanent results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,000 - $4,500
- Recovery Time
- 5-7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelash Transplant FAQs
Eyelash transplant surgery provides incredibly natural looking, permanent results. Approximately 80-90% of the transplanted lashes can be expected to grow, and it is not until around one year, that the full aesthetic result is complete.
While seeing Dr. Yaker for your comprehensive consultation, he will review your medical history, examine your eyelashes and evaluate your donor hair. Patients must have good quality donor hair on the back of the head to use for the transplant process. Women with extremely curly hair do not make good candidates because if the curl is too sharp, constant training of the eyelashes may not be enough to prevent an unnatural appearance or even constant eye irritation. In general, individuals who have thin, missing or weak eyelashes are candidates. Skin diseases and medical conditions must be ruled out and/or treated before being considered for surgery. Patients who have been diagnosed with a psychological disorder, such as trichotillomania, must be cured of this condition prior to hair replacement surgery. This means they no longer feel the need or urge to pull their hair, which would compromise the surgical result.
Latisse® or Surgery?
Latisse® (generic name: Bimatoprost) is an FDA approved topical medication prescribed for patients who wish to have fuller, longer, darker eyelashes. Applied once a day for at least 16 weeks, it has been shown to be effective, but it only works on active hair follicles and does not come without the potential risk of side effects. Latisse® does not grow hair in areas where eyelashes are missing. This is when eyelash transplant surgery would be an excellent option.