Cosmetic surgeons have performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant using hair taken from the back of the head.
The teenage patient had been suffered from trichotillomania, sometimes also known as trichotillosis or ‘trich’, an impulse control disorder where the patient repeatedly pulls out an area of hair. In this particular case, the patient had pulled out most of her upper eyelashes, having suffered from the disorder for the last 17 years.
The four hour cosmetic procedure involved taking hair from the back of the patient’s head and then grafting individual hairs in the eyelid to replace the lost eyelashes. Over the next four to six months, the lashes should start to thicken up. The eyelash replacement treatment cost around £3,500.
Trichotillomania often begins when patients are teenagers and can lead to depression brought on by the bald patches. Hair grafting offers a way for sufferers to look ‘normal’ again and allow the bald patches to regrow again.
Trichotillomania is a compulsive urge to pull and/or twist of the hair until it breaks off, resulting in noticeable hair loss. The hair may be lost in round patches or diffusely across the scalp. It is a type of compulsive behaviour and its causes are not clearly understood, although symptoms usually begin before the age of 17, with women almost four times likely to be affected than men. It may affect as much as 4% of the population. The action of pulling on the hair over a long period of time results in the gradual shrinking of the hair follicle and so the hairs produced become finer and finer and permanently damaged if not treated.
In order to treat hair loss effectively we would recommend that you have a diagnosis made as soon as possible by one of our experienced Westminster Trichologists. Stress can be an aggravator in almost all cases of hair loss and an accurate diagnosis will always, at the very least, take some of the stress away from you.
Gary Heron says: “You’ll have access to the most effective treatments available through The Hair Centre and at a fraction of the cost of going to other Private Commercial Clinics and Centres.”
When it’s time to see the Trichologist: If you begin losing hair rapidly, and or are cosmetically concerned about baldness, consult your Trichologist about treatment options. You can receive a free hair loss consultation with a Westminster Trichologist at our Hair Centre.
The point is that you are not getting to the real problem and you should seek specific professional advice from a Westminster Trichologist.
“Why buy hair loss treatments over the counter or on the internet when you can see a Westminster Trichologist for FREE and know that you are guaranteed results”
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