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Doctor insights on: Shrinking Eyelashes With Age

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Why is it you eyelashes become shorter as you grow older?

Why is it you eyelashes become shorter as you grow older?

An aging thing: Hair follicles all over the body go through about a 3 month cycle in which the hair grows for about a month, then stays for another month before falling out and the follicle "rests" for a month. As we age the growth phase gets shorter, thus the hairs do not grow as long before they stop growing. Prostaglandin eye drops for glaucoma and "latisse" appear to lengthen the growth phase. ...Read more

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My 14 year old has one white eyelash and 1 white eyebrow hair - same eye. Both grow longer than the normal hairs. Should we be concerned?

My 14 year old has  one white eyelash and 1 white eyebrow hair - same eye.  Both grow longer than the normal hairs. Should we be concerned?

Usually OK: An occasional grey or white hair in a young person is usually not a problem. Conditions that can lead to premature gray/white hairs include genetic disposition, vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid problems, and other rare disorders that usually have other symptoms (vitiligo, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, Waardenburg syndrome,...). Your doctor may want to screen for B12 & thyroid levels, CBC. ...Read more

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I'm 19 years old Havent had my period in 3 months ¬ice my eyelashes eyebrows fall out and not grow back . I recently lost weight could that be it?

I'm 19 years old  Havent had my period in 3 months &notice my eyelashes eyebrows fall out and not grow back .  I recently lost weight could that be it?

Not likely: Have you done a pregnancy test? Have you lost any hair on your scalp? Do you have any thryoid medical problems? Hairs grow and then have periods of rest and no growth. You should see your doctor or a dermatologist. If the weight loss was not intentional, your doctor should be seen as well. Good luck ...Read more

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Chicken pox scar on eyelid. Will the eyelashes grow back on a 3 months old?

Chicken pox scar on eyelid. Will the eyelashes grow back on a 3 months old?

Unknown: Difficult to say. You will have to watch and wait for several months. If the hair follicle is intact, it will probably grow back. ...Read more

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Do eyelashes grow back?

Do eyelashes grow back?

Eyelash growth: This depends upon the type of loss. If cut, burned, or by chemo, or otherwise lost with preservation of the lash roots, then the lashes will grow back. If lost from lid destruction or severe disease like advanced eczema, then regrowth might be spotty or not at all. ...Read more

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Do eyelashes ever grow back?

Do eyelashes ever grow back?

Depends on the cause: Check thyroid function, rule out eyelid infection (blepharitis), if lashes don't grow within 1 month consider Latisse (bimatoprost) (prescription). ...Read more

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What would make my eyelashes grow more?

LATISSE (bimatoprost): Latisse (bimatoprost) would very likely do it but you would need a prescription from a doctor. ...Read more

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