Louise Thomas: First Eyelash Transplant in UK
Louise Thomas is the first person in the UK to receive an eyelash transplant.
Thomas, 19, is from Stockport, Greater Manchestor, and has had a lifelong condition of trichotillomania: an impulse control disorder that causes obsessive plucking or pulling out of facial, nose, pubic, scalp, or other hair on the body.
Miss Thomas said: "Having suffered from trichotillomania for 17 years, I learned to accept that I'd never have real lashes again. That's quite a hard issue for a young girl to come to terms with.
"When I heard about this treatment it sounded too good to be true but the results are absolutely amazing."
The transplant lasted four hours, and involved taking hair from the back of the head, making cuts in the eyelids, and placing hairs individually into each cut. Transplanted lashes usually thicken in four to six months after the procedure is done.
The transplant was performed by Transform, using a technique that originated in the US. According to Shami Thomas of Transform, the eyelash transplant was both safe and successful.
Shami Thomas, from Transform, which carried out the surgery, said: "We often look to America for the latest in cosmetic surgery as they are the pioneers in the industry, but not all are as successful and safe as this one."