As you can see, this needle is absolutely tiny (see below image).

I see a number of patients who for years thought that plucking their eyelashes was the only solution for misdirected eyelashes “trichiasis“.  These lashes cause irritation as they rub against the cornea.  Every four weeks these patients attend their GP or optometrist to have the problematic lashes plucked out.

The needle above attaches to a “hyfrecator”, a small electric box.  Local anaesthetic is injected into the eyelid to make it numb.  Looking through a surgical microscope, the needle is stabbed into the follicle of the eyelash and a very low electric current is passed.  This effectively destroys the lash follicle stopping it from growing a new lash. This procedure is performed in rooms and does attract a Medicare rebate.

There are a number of others ways of permanently removing eyelashes. Other methods include cryotherapy, which is freezing the follicle; laser and intense pulsed light or surgically excising the follicle.  At times, conditions such as epiblepharon or entropion can cause eyelashes to touch the cornea, and the solution to these two conditions requires surgery.

How to remove eyelashes permanently - dr tai smith

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  1. Sheila Mackey September 3, 2016 at 3:09 am

    I have misdirected lashes.please freeze them.iam tired of plucking.


    • drtaismith November 1, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Hi Sheila, please come in for a consultation and I can help you with your problem. Kind regards Tai.


      • Bradley Harp September 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm

        I need my whole body removed of hair with the freezing technique.


        • drtaismith October 12, 2019 at 11:36 pm

          Hi Brad, sorry I can’t help you. Maybe a cosmetic dermatologist might be worth consulting. Kind regards Tai.


  2. Linette henry April 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    My son needs to get the outer, upper corners of his eyelashes permanently removed with surgery as the grow downward. Is this a surgery that you perform?


    • drtaismith July 13, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Hi Linette,
      Yes thats something I can help with.
      Kind regards


  3. Beatrice August 13, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Hi dr, I’m from Malaysia, I would pay a visit to you I have inwards eyelashes to pluck out. Can you advise the price?


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Please note Dr Tai Smith is consulting at Chermside, Springwood, Caboolture and Bundaberg. He no longer consults at South Brisbane.