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7 year old lost eye lashes due injury. How can it be cured?

Hello: My son is 7 years old, and he has lost part of his eye lashes on the right eye. The middle part is missing, has eye lashes on each side and has all the eye lashes on the left eye. a couple years ago he had a little cut on the lid, middle top. It looks like the scars are underneath not allowing the eye lashes to grow. It is just my observation, but the bigger my son is getting the most noticeable it is. What can I do? Can you please direct me in the right way. God Bless you. Maria K.
Asked On : Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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Ophthalmologist 's  Response
Nov 2012
This injury seems to be sometime back. The eyelids need to be properly evaluated by an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, thereafter there are options available, like lash transplant, lid reconstructive surgeries where the adjoining lashes can be made to take central position, if there are sparse lashes then certain medications may increase the lash growth but such treatments are taken under supervision of trained ophthalmic plastic surgeons. My recommendation is you seek expert opinion thereafter when the child grows a little older definitive treatments can be done
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Answered: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shoaib Khan's  Response
Hello Maria and welcome.

Thank you for your query.

Let me explain a few facts in regards to your sons injury, and any injury in general.

Any injury (cut, lacerations, etc.) to the skin triggers a healing mechanism in the body, which helps in the formation of a new layer of skin or what is called 'scar tissue'.

Scar tissue is connective tissue (type of tissue) which is a result of fibrosis (which is the repairing process). The only problem with this process is that, due to the fibrosis and the injury, most commonly the hair follicles (roots) are destroyed. Due to this regrowth of hair on a scar, is very rare, unless a few hair follicles were somehow not destroyed.

But, in the case of your son, as a few years have passed since the injury, if the hair follicles were retained or not damaged by the injury, they should have generated new strands of hair by now, which is not the case.

The best option for you now maam, should be to visit a trichologist (hair specialist) or a hair restoration specialist, as are available in abundance in all major cities, around the world. A hair transplant would be the simple solution to this problem, but as the affected site is an unusual one, only the specialist will be able to decide how this can be done.

I hope I have at least helped in pointing you in the direction.

Wishing you and your son the best in health and a beautiful life ahead.
Answered: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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