How Will Eyelid Surgery Affect Eyelash Regrowth?

How long does it take eyelashes to grow back after eyelid surgery? Will they grow back in the natural direction?

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It should not have any affect on eye lash regrowth

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When performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, should not affect eyelash growth. If, for some reason, the eyelash hair follicles are damaged during the procedure and scar tissue arises, it can impede eyelash growth. Generally with careful surgery the risk of damaging the eyelashes should ever very small. If you have had eyelid surgery and are losing your lashes, follow up with your surgeon.

Eyelash regrowth following eyelid surgery

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Thank you for the very good question. Patients are often concerned about their cut lashes or burned lashes following eyelid surgery. The good news is that the lashes grow back normal within 2 months and usually even sooner. 

Eyelashes should not be impacted

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The eyelashes should not be impacted by blepharoplasty, unless they are inadvertently transected, in which case they should regrow.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Eyelashes and eyelid surgery

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To answer your question, eyelashes are not affected by eyelid surgery in general. If the eyelashes happen to be cut during surgery, it takes about 6 weeks for them to grow back. 

Chris Thiagarajah, MD
Denver Oculoplastic Surgeon

Eyelash regrowth after eyelid surgery.

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You should not see a significant long-term change in your eyelashes after surgery. Sometimes the trauma of surgery can kick a lot of the lashes into a dormant growth phase where they are not actively growing and thus you might see a thining of the lashes for even a few months. However the lashes should return to normal unless there was direct injury to the lash follicles in which case the re-growth will depend on the extent of the trauma. As the old saying goes - 'time will tell'

Andrea Nowonty Hass, MD
Palm Beach Gardens Oculoplastic Surgeon

Eyelash loss after blepharoplasty

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Unless the hair follicle is breached, the eyelashes should not need to grow back. If the follicles are damaged, then the result would remain to be seen. It is important to undergo blepharoplasty by a board certified plastic or oculoplastic surgeon. I do not recommend Latisse at this time because of potential risks. I do not think that our knowledge of the longterm effects of this product is adequate. It already contains a disclaimer that it can change eye color and I doubt that my blue and green eyed patients would want brown eyes.

Eyelash regrowth after Eyelid Surgery?

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Thank you for the question.

Generally added surgery does not affect eyelashes  unless the eyelashes are injured/cut during the procedure. If this is the case then it is unpredictable whether the eyelashes will regrow. If they do we grow they should regrow back in the natural direction.

I hope this helps.

Blepharoplasty should not affect the eyelashes at all.

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If you lost lashes after a lower blepharoplasty, it is because the surgeon operated too close the follicles of the eyelashes.  Unfortunately the damaged lashes may never grow back.  They can also return after being dormant for several months.  WHen they do regrow, scar tissue adjacent to the hair follicle can cause the lash to be misdirected.  Latisse will not benefit this situation.  First Latisse should not be used on the lower eyelid.  Second, if the lash follicle is damaged, stimulating it with Latisse still will not make an eyelash grow.  Eyelash transplants are a very bad idea because the graft hair growth too long too rapidly and can end up irritating the eye.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Growth of eyelashes after Bleph

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This is completely unpredictable and has to do with loss of the actual hair follicle due to incision or cautery vs. shortening of the eyelash hair without damaging the follicle. In the  latter scenario it may take a couple of months and you may benefit from using Latiise to expedite the growth and thickening. In the case of loss of the entire follicle, regrowth may not occur and you may after 3-6 months decide to have eyelash transplant if really obvious or camouflage with make up.

Edwin Ishoo, MD
Cambridge Facial Plastic Surgeon

Eyelash growth growth after surgery

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In general having cosmetic eyelid surgery should have no effect on your eyelash growth.  Bleapharoplasty should not disturb the lid margin or lashes.

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