What Is An Eyelash Transplant?

Eyelashes are both extremely important for the health of our eyes as well as having a great baring within beauty standards and how people – notably women – feel about themselves and their self-confidence. It is preferred to have thick, long eyelashes with a natural upwards curve and even placement, but over time and because of a range of external and environmental factors, eyelashes can thin or fall out.

This can come as a result of alopecia, severe stress, medications and excessive and harmful beauty routines that require chemicals, such as LVL or false lash implantation. Eyelash transplants are a cost-effective and long-term solution for patients looking for longer, more luscious lashes, which is one of the reasons eyelash transplants have grown in popularity. False eyelashes and keratin lash lifts are extremely popular treatments but do not provide long term results. Over time, the cost of repeated and regular eyelash treatments racks up, making a one-off eyelash transplant cost the cheaper alternative for many patients.

An eyelash transplant procedure begins with a local anaesthetic to numb the donor and implantation area. Hair follicles are then extracted from the scalp using the FUE hair transplant method. These are then cut to the desired size and implanted into the eyelids with extremely precise incisions. This method reduces the risk of scarring and has an extremely high success rate. As an eyelash transplant operates in an extremely sensitive and small space, special tools are used to implant the new lashes. There will be no fixed number of grafts required and this is something that can be discussed with a consultant prior to the procedure, however, approximately 100 grafts are standard for this kind of surgery.

An eyelash transplant is quite a quick procedure as fewer grafts can be transplanted in comparison to larger, full head FUT hair transplant procedures, for example. An expected time frame for the procedure is anywhere between 2 and 3 hours.

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Eyelash Transplant Cost


An eyelash transplant is a simple and efficient procedure which is reflected in the pricing. The best prices are found in Turkey, where the government subsidised the procedures. Eyelash transplant costs in Turkey start at around £1000 and do not fluctuate too much. This is because the grafts cannot be increased much more as there is limited space that is appropriate for eyelash implantation on the eyelid. In contrast, eyelash transplant costs in the UK are approximately four times the amount in Turkey.

Eyelash transplant cost is significantly cheaper in Turkey because the government subsidises the hair transplant and other cosmetic surgery procedures. This is because medical tourism has set off an economic boom and an influx of capital in the country, which the government wishes to sustain. In order to do this, they set out a plan to increase the appeal of medical tourism, making it available to larger audiences and a bigger patient base throughout Europe and Western countries by cutting the costs of Eyelash transplants.

The knock-on effect of this is that the medical tourism industry in Turkey has gone from strength to strength. Cosmetic procedures and hair transplants have developed in Turkey and are now world-class facilities, performed by leading experts in their field.

Eyelash transplant costs in the UK are high because they require specialist equipment and very few clinics provide the procedure. Even in Turkey, suitable clinics are limited. When researching eyelash transplant cost and the procedure in general, patients should note where the surgery will take place. Some may take place in an eye hospital and these tend to be extremely reputable providers.

For those travelling for eyelash transplants from Western countries, the procedures are even more affordable as they benefit from a favourable exchange rate. Despite minor fluctuations, medical tourists can expect a 1 GBP to 7 TRY exchange rates.

Eyelash Transplant Package Prices

Some transplant providers offer package pricing structures. These include extras such as aftercare, products and accommodation. Alternate price per graft clinics will charge additional eyelash transplant costs. As the cost per graft strategies work on an ‘economies of scale’ basis, they can be extremely expensive when fewer grafts are required. A package ensures patients are getting value for money and a cost-effective procedure.