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  • Writer's pictureDr Anne Malatt

Eyelash Health: Eyelash Extensions

Updated: Apr 21

Many of us go to great lengths to make our eyes and eyelashes look special, with makeup, mascara, false eyelashes, eyelash serums and now eyelash extensions.

What are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are false lashes which are glued to your natural eyelashes. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles. Lash extensions are usually applied by a technician in a salon, using fine tweezers and a semi-permanent glue, while you lie still with your eyes closed. The false lashes typically last two to four weeks, falling off as your natural lashes shed.

Are lash extensions safe?

Lash extension procedures do come with some risks:

· trauma to the eyelid, lashes or eyes;

· infection of the lids, lash follicles or eyes;

· allergic reaction to the glue; and

· permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes.

Trauma from the tweezers can cause a corneal abrasion of the eye, which can be very painful, and the glue must be applied very delicately to avoid any damage.

Infection can be due to poor hygiene or to damage to the eye during application of the lashes.

An allergic reaction to the glue can trigger pain, itching, redness and swelling and may even temporarily interfere with vision.

Rubbing, tugging or pulling on the lash extensions can fracture your natural lashes, and even cause permanent damage to the eyelash follicle, so that the lash does not grow again.

If you want to have eyelash extensions

Do your research and find a salon, practitioner and product that feels right for you.

Before going ahead with eyelash extensions, ask yourself:

  • Does the practitioner have a good reputation and do they practice good hygiene? Read reviews of the business and look at before-and-after photos from other customers.

  • What training, certification, and experience do they have in lash extensions?

  • Ask for the glue's ingredient list and check it for known allergens. Request a spot test on the inside of your wrist before the glue is applied to your eyes.

If you have a reaction to lash extensions

If you have an allergic reaction to lash extensions, do not try to remove them yourself, as this could damage your eyes and lashes. Do not try to treat the reaction on your own, as doing so incorrectly may make the symptoms last much longer and even cause permanent harm. Please see an ophthalmologist at once so we can take care of you, treat the reaction and make sure there is no sign of trauma or infection.

I am staying with mascara!


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