I have eyelashes growing above and below my lash line

I have eyelashes growing above and below my lash lineI have eyelashes growing above and below my lash line;

Hello, Welcome to Just Answer.

Are you available for chat now?

The condition is called Distichiasis( abnormal growth of eyelashes ) . As you have noticed, they are very fine and very hard to see.

There are temporary and permanent measures for these.

It’s really a pain to spend a lot of time plucking all of them.

Temporary treatment is epilation ( manual plucking ,which you have tried with not much relief and has the disadvantage of regrowth within 4-6 weeks).

The permanent treatment is removal by electrolysis ( useful when the number is *****) or cryotherapy ( useful when the number is ***** as it covers a larger surface area).

An alternative method is diode laser treatment.

I usually have several lashes (upper & lower lids), and when I pluck all of them, my mascara looks terrible because I have bare spots.

I understand your problem. I think it is best to consult an ophthalmologist for cryotherapy treatment.

Even though my eyes get irritated by the clear lashes growing inward, it would probably still be cosmetic and not covered by insurance, right?

Since cryotherapy would not be done by all ophthalmologist at their office, it would be better to go to a medical university hospital as they are equipped with most of these.Cryotherapy itself is not devoid of complications which include skin depigmentation, post-op pain/edema, madarosis.

I can see that you are typing. I ‘ll wait for your reply.

I have my eyebrows are tattooed, but having eyeliner tattooed seems too scary being that close to my eye, and I think it would look a little strange if I didn’t have eye make up on. Please ex[plain the last two post-op complications, and what is my only choice as far as missing lashes on my lash line? Just keep practicing with false ones?

Madarosis is absence of eyelashes ( unfortunately this is one of your major concerns).

Are there any risks to my eyesight?

But if an electrolysis is used the chances of damaging the normal hair follicle is less as compared to cryotherapy. Losing the extra hair would not cause much of madarosis. No, there will not be any risk to your eyesight.

Is there anything else that I can answer for you in this regard?

I need my eyebrows touched up (tattoos). Do you think eyeliner being tattood would pose any threat to my eyesight, and false eyelashes would be the only solution to madarosis, right?

Do you want to get the eyeline tattooed in order to conceal the loss of eyelashes?

It wouldn’t help that, but it’s getting difficult to apply a thin, even line at my age (53)–LOL.

It should not come in the way of vision, but eyeline tattooing (frankly speaking, have never heard of this before) caould be very difficult to do and could risk an eye injury while doing. There are ocular guards ( plates) which could be placed to prevent any damage to the eye. But these are available only with ophthalmologists.

The woman who did my eyebrows is fantastic. I had sparse eyebrowa.

That is wonderful. But I would trust only a professional for pigment tattooing of the eyeline ( cannot take the risk of eye injury which could be worse than madarosis). There are dermatologists who do pigment tattooing.

eyebrows & hated to fill them in and try to get them even; no worries anymore! If you look online under permanent make up, I’m sure you’ll see there are several people. I made sure the one I used was trained & certified to do it; it’s not like going into a tattoo parlor!

Ok. That is good.

As long as they don’t damage the eye per se I guess permanent pigmentation can be tried.

I’d feel safer with that (a dermatologist) doing it. Maybe I’ll check and see if there’s one in my area. Thanks for all your help!

You are most welcome.

Thank you and best wishes.

It was a pleasure to have answered this question.

A bonus and/or positive feedback are welcome.

Views expressed are for information purpose only and cannot substitute a visit to an ophthalmologist.

How JustAnswer works.

JustAnswer in the News :

What Customers are Saying :

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn’t have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK.

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much.

Alex Los Angeles, CA.

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

I couldn’t be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

Justin Kernersville, NC.

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

Esther Woodstock, NY.

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

Robin Elkton, Maryland.

Meet the Experts :

Board Certified Ophthalmologist.

3,334 satisfied customers.

Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology.

905 satisfied customers.

Johns Hopkins Fellowship Trained, Certified and Licensed Medical Physician and Surgeon.

629 satisfied customers.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist.

217 satisfied customers.

Board Certified & Fellowship trained eye surgeon.

Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery.

28 satisfied customers.

Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts Eye and Ear.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist.

26 satisfied customers.

Board Certified in General Ophthalmology.

Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist.

11 satisfied customers.

Glaucoma Specialist, Associate Professor FAU, Teaching Faculty Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site (“Posts”) comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided “as is” with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the “Verified” symbol in some Experts’ profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.