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.