After meeting with the patients this evening, I was blown away. Not only did we find one excellent candidate for eyelash transplantation, but TWO! The first patient, Aleve' (pronounced AL-a-vey), who is thrity years old, is of half-asian descent and was born in Australia. She has had short, thin, sparse lashses her entire life and is desperate for longer, thicker lashes. Some time ago, she tried eyelash extensions, which she says 'looked great' but she was noticing that the fake lashes were damaging her own lashes, causing breakage and loss--not good. Aleve will be an excellent candidate for the live workshop tomorrow.
The second patient's story took me completely by surprise. Rachel drove two hours to meet with me in Los Angeles because she is a recovered trichotillomania patient. When she was a teenager, she suffered from trichotillomania (hair-pulling) and compulsively plucked both her eyelashes and eyebrows. Unfortunately, today, years after she was cured of the hair-pulling condition (using cognitive and behavioral therapy) her brows and lashes never grew back. She told me that not having brows or lashes was a daily reminder of her trichotillomania and that she never went out of the house without applying an extensive amount of eye makeup.
Rachel's story affected me greatly and I agreed to select her as a 'backup' for tomorrow's workshop. I know that Rachel will need an fairly extensive procedure (or procedures) to completely restore her lashes and brows, so if we cannot get to her case tomorrow, I will be inviting her to Boca Raton, Florida to perform the procedures there at my primary office. I will keep everyone updated on her progress and I will be posting more information on Trichotillomania and its treatment.
For tomorrow's workshop, we are expecting some members of the media to be present. So far, we expect ABC News, Extra and Reuters to attend. Each of the patients have given their "OK" to be interviewed by the reporters and to be photographed. It will be busy tomorrow, but I'll give you an update as soon as possible.