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False Eyelash Extensions Risks

 November 9, 2020

Eyelash Extensions 101

Eyelash extensions are individual fibers — not a strip of lashes — that are glued, one by one or in small groups, onto your natural eyelashes to enhance the appearance of length and fullness.

Most eyelash extensions are made of synthetic fibers, such as nylon, and are bonded using various types of professional glues. Silk is another material used for eyelash extensions. There are even mink eyelashes made of natural fur.

If you sign up for a full set of eyelash extensions, set aside about two to three hours and a few hundred dollars. Mink eyelash extensions can cost around $500.

Risks and Possible Problems with False Eyelash Extensions

The FDA does not regulate lash glue or the extensions. Some side effects usually go away on their own, but sometimes the products may pose serious harm.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has published reports citing the following specific dangers of using non-FDA approved eyelash extensions:

  • Infection of the eyelid
  • Infection of the cornea
  • Eye Inflammation and swelling 
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Temporarily or permanent loss of eyelashes

If you want longer, fuller eyelashes but are concerned about the potential risks and expense of eyelash extensions, another option is to use medical lash enhancers such as Latisse™ to encourage eyelash growth.

4Juliet uses only FDA-approved Latisse™ directly from the manufacturer.  4Juliet provides you with a quick and easy online medical consultation and prescription that is safe and appropriate for you. 

Latisse® 3ml
Bimatoprost Opthamalic Solution

The 3 mL bottle comes with 70 sterile applicators which is a 4-week supply. This smaller bottle is typically used after the first 16-weeks and is applied 3-4 times a week to maintain the growth of your eyelashes. Latisse® is the only FDA-approved prescription topical solution that makes lashes longer, thicker, and more lush by prolonging the growth cycle of the individual lashes. You will see results in 4 weeks and the full effect of the treatment in approximately 16 weeks.

Important:

  • Do not use if pregnant, attempting to become pregnant, or at high risk of pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or if you have an eye infection, eye injury, or will be having eye surgery.
  • Do not use if allergic to Latisse®, bimatoprost or benzalkonium.
  • Do not apply Latisse® in your eye. This can stain your iris.
  • Do not apply Latisse® to your lower eye lashes.
  • Applying more than one drop of Latisse® or applying it multiple times a day will not increase eyelash growth.
  • Remove contact lenses prior to applying Latisse®. You may reinsert your contact lenses 15 minutes after application.
  • Do not allow the top of the bottle or applicator to touch fingers or any other unintended surface.
  • Only use the sterile applicators supplied with Latisse® to apply the product.

Caution:

  • Tell your doctor or seek medical help right away if you experience the symptoms of allergic reaction (rash/hives, swelling, and/or trouble breathing) or side effects become too irritating for continued use.
  • Let your doctor know about any changes in eyesight, any eye pain/irritation, sensitivity to light, or eye discharge.

Common Side Effects:

  • Eye irritation
  • Darkening of the eyelids where the solution is applied

How to Apply:

  • Make sure your face is clean and makeup-free
  • At night, apply one drop of solution to the applicator and sweep the applicator across the skin of the upper eyelid at the base of the eyelashes.
  • If there is excess solution on the eyelid, blot it with a tissue.
  • Dispose of the applicator after use on one eye. Repeat with a new sterile applicator on the other eye.
  • Remember, if you stop using Latisse®, lashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.

How To Store:

  • Keep this medication in the original container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture.

Pharmacy law requires consultation be offered for those prescriptions that are new, have had a dose change, strength, or dosage form change, or have been transferred from another pharmacy. For drug consultation please contact: CarePartners Pharmacy (866) 396-0288. For HIPAA Privacy Policies, Terms & Conditions, and Consent to Treat; visit 4juliet.com

Latisse® 5ml
Bimatoprost Opthamalic Solution

The 5 mL bottle comes with 140 sterile applicators which is a 10-week supply. This larger bottle is great for first-time users who apply Latisse® daily for 16 weeks. Latisse® is the only FDA-approved prescription topical solution that makes lashes longer, thicker, and more lush by prolonging the growth cycle of the individual lashes. You will see results in 4 weeks and the full effect of the treatment in approximately 16 weeks.

Important:

  • Do not use if pregnant, attempting to become pregnant, or at high risk of pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or if you have an eye infection, eye injury, or will be having eye surgery.
  • Do not use if allergic to Latisse®, bimatoprost or benzalkonium.
  • Do not apply Latisse® in your eye. This can stain your iris.
  • Do not apply Latisse® to your lower eye lashes.
  • Applying more than one drop of Latisse® or applying it multiple times a day will not increase eyelash growth.
  • Remove contact lenses prior to applying Latisse®. You may reinsert your contact lenses 15 minutes after application.
  • Do not allow the top of the bottle or applicator to touch fingers or any other unintended surface.
  • Only use the sterile applicators supplied with Latisse® to apply the product.

Caution:

  • Tell your doctor or seek medical help right away if you experience the symptoms of allergic reaction (rash/hives, swelling, and/or trouble breathing) or side effects become too irritating for continued use.
  • Let your doctor know about any changes in eyesight, any eye pain/irritation, sensitivity to light, or eye discharge.

Common Side Effects:

  • Eye irritation
  • Darkening of the eyelids where the solution is applied

How to Apply:

  • Make sure your face is clean and makeup-free
  • At night, apply one drop of solution to the applicator and sweep the applicator across the skin of the upper eyelid at the base of the eyelashes.
  • If there is excess solution on the eyelid, blot it with a tissue.
  • Dispose of the applicator after use on one eye. Repeat with a new sterile applicator on the other eye.
  • Remember, if you stop using Latisse®, lashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.

How To Store:

  • Keep this medication in the original container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture.

Pharmacy law requires consultation be offered for those prescriptions that are new, have had a dose change, strength, or dosage form change, or have been transferred from another pharmacy. For drug consultation please contact: CarePartners Pharmacy (866) 396-0288. For HIPAA Privacy Policies, Terms & Conditions, and Consent to Treat; visit 4juliet.com

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