‘I want to get an eyelid transplant’: A new surgery to replace an eyelash
A transgender woman from Washington state has been waiting almost a decade for her eyesight to be restored, and now she’s hoping she can find the money to pay for the surgery.
The 32-year-old, who goes by the name of Bella, is part of the growing number of transgender people seeking cosmetic surgery to help with their gender dysphoria, or discomfort with their assigned gender.
She told The Associated Press in an interview that she has been in the surgical business since she was 11 years old.
“I started with a cataract and it was really hard to get my vision fixed.
And I was always thinking, ‘I’m going to have to get a nose job,'” she said.
“I had an open mouth, and I had to get it corrected with a nose, and that was really difficult to do.”
But Bella is a self-taught surgeon who has never had surgery, so her goal has always been to get her eyes fixed.
Now she is hoping to secure a transplant that would give her eyes the appearance of natural eyelashes.
“My eyes are not like mine,” Bella said.
She’s been waiting to see if she can get her eyelashes transplanted in person since 2008.
That’s when she started to get confused by her eyes and thought her eyes were unnatural.
“When I started seeing myself in the mirror, I was confused because I thought it was a man’s eyes,” she said, adding that she often felt like she was looking at something in her eyes.
Bella said she eventually realized she was transgender and started living as a woman in 2011.
“It took a lot of effort to come out, but I felt like I was finally ready to go on with my life and that I wanted to get surgery,” she told The AP.
Bello had her first eyelash transplant in 2014 and said the procedure was an easy one.
“To be honest, I didn’t think it was that hard,” she recalled.
“After a while, I got really good at it.”
Bella’s eyelash surgery was the first time she underwent a transplant.
She said it was the hardest part, but she is confident that her eyes will be as beautiful as they were before the surgery, which took about three weeks.
“The surgeon was very good, and he really looked after me,” she added.
“It was a little bit scary, but it was worth it.”
The Washington State Center for Transgender Health, a state-funded organization that provides medical care for transgender people, said it does not recommend gender reassignment surgery for people who have not had surgery.
But if a transgender person has been diagnosed with gender dysphoric disorder, they can receive a facial reconstruction procedure to remove their facial hair.
“There are many surgeries that can be done and some people are able to have that done with a facial hair transplant,” the center’s executive director, Melissa Brown, said in an email.
“However, many of those are more complex and require a lot more time, energy and money.
In many cases, gender dysphorias can persist for years, and many patients require surgery to have the surgery.”
According to Brown, Bella was initially told she would need to have an eyelashes transplant performed within the next few years, but since then, she has waited.
“She’s a very lucky person.
She had a long road of trying to get on her feet,” Brown said.
Belli has her eyes set on a cosmetic surgery that would replace her eyelids, but until that happens, she’s doing her best to raise the funds for the procedure.
“In order to get the surgery done, she needs to find money,” Brown added.