Eyelash hair removal

Eyelash hair removal is rarely done for cosmetic reasons. Usually it is done to relieve trichiasis, a medical term for ingrown eyelashes. This can be caused by infection, inflammation, autoimmune conditions, and trauma such as burns or eyelid injury. [1]

Standard treatment involves destruction of the affected eyelashes with electrology, specialized laser, or surgery.

8 cases of ingrown eyelashes had satisfactory results at 6 months. [2]

11 cases of ingrown eyelashes had satisfactory results 4 to 9 months later. [3][4] [5]

Reports 80% success in 15 eyelids. [6]

Reports 68% success with one treatment on 28 lids. The rest needed 3-4 treatments. [7]

Based on rabbit tests, he determines argon to be preferable to CO2 lasers for ingrown eyelashes. [8] See also the comment on this article at Gossman (1992) [9]

78 patients with ingrown eyelashes had satisfactory results. [10]


  1. ↑ Graham RH, Pelton RW (June 26, 2006). Trichiasis. via eMedicine
  2. ↑ Berry J. Recurrent trichiasis: treatment with laser photocoagulation. Ophthalmic Surg 1979 Jul;10(7):36-8
  3. ↑ Awan KJ. Argon laser treatment of trichiasis. Ophthalmic Surg 1986 Oct;17(10):658-60
  4. ↑ Bartley GB, Bullock JD, Olsen TG, Lutz PD. An experimental study to compare methods of eyelash ablation. Ophthalmology 1987 Oct;94(10):1286-9
  5. ↑ Malthieu D, Turut P [Thermolysis using the blue-green argon laser and rubbing eyelashes]. Bull Soc Ophtalmol Fr 1987 Oct;87(10):1079
  6. ↑ Campbell DC. Thermoablation treatment for trichiasis using the argon laser. Aust N Z J Ophthalmol. 1990 Nov;18(4):427-30.
  7. ↑ Sharif KW, Arafat AF, Wykes WC. The treatment of recurrent trichiasis with argon laser photocoagulation. Eye 1991;5 ( Pt 5):591-5
  8. ↑ Gossman DM, Brightwell JR, Huntington AC, Newton C, Yung R, Eggler S. Experimental comparison of laser and cryosurgical cilia destruction. Ophthalmic Surg 1992 Mar;23(3):179-82
  9. ↑ Gossman MD, Yung R, Berlin AJ, Brightwell JR Prospective evaluation of the argon laser in the treatment of trichiasis. Ophthalmic Surg 1992 Mar;23(3):183-7
  10. ↑ Huneke JW. Argon laser treatment for trichiasis. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 1992;8(1):50-5