Do you ever wonder if your eyelashes will grow back if you pull them out? The answer is yes, in most cases, eyelashes can grow back. However, the regrowth process may take longer than 6 weeks due to the damage caused by pulling them out. Just like the hair on your head, eyelashes go through a growth cycle of 4-16 weeks (Aumond, 201). Even if you have been plucking them out due to trichotillomania, experts say that your eyelashes will eventually grow back.
When they do grow back, they may be thinner than before. But with proper care, you can still have long and thick eyelashes. This can be achieved by using a clinically proven treatment to lengthen, thicken and darken your eyelashes (if it is suitable for you). Eyelash extensions are fibers that stick to natural lashes to create thicker and longer eyelashes.
However, they can damage or tear natural eyelashes. If natural eyelashes are lost due to extensions, they usually grow back within a few months. Similarly, eyelashes that are plucked or pulled out will also grow back as long as the hair follicle has not been severely damaged or destroyed. But keep in mind that constantly pulling on the eyelashes can cause damage to the follicle, which in turn could prevent further hair growth.
Therefore, if you suffer from trichotillomania, an impulse control disorder that involves an irresistible desire to pull hair from the head and other parts of the body, you should seek professional help. Your doctor can make the best treatment plan for your condition. In some cases, especially chemotherapy or medical conditions, the eyelashes that grow back may be different from what they used to be (i). To reduce the risk of natural eyelash loss, it is important to actively change habits that damage your eyelashes or take medication if there is an underlying medical condition causing them to fall out.
Additionally, make sure that all vegetable oils or products used are organic and “real” as synthetic oils and perfumes may not be effective and could even be harmful when treating eyelash growth. The cycle of an eyelash is completed with the telogen phase when the already grown eyelashes rest and wait for the follicle to shrink and a newborn eyelash comes out. If an eyelid condition such as blepharitis or sties is causing eyelash loss, seek medical advice from an eye doctor. Overall, it is possible for your eyelashes to grow back after being pulled out. However, it may take a few months for them to do so. Additionally, if the constant tugging of the eyelashes causes extreme follicular damage, they may not be able to grow back.
Therefore it is important to seek professional help if you suffer from trichotillomania.