Eyelash Extensions: Are They Safe?
By Amy Hellem; reviewed by Gary Heiting, OD
Most beauty trends come and go, but a select few — like lipstick and long eyelashes — have stood the test of time and are likely here to stay.
In the case of long lashes, mascara is a staple in most makeup bags. But newer alternatives, including eyelash extensions, are being used to help women’s eyes pop. Eyelash extensions are a growing trend and have gotten a fair share of publicity in recent years, with several big stars showing them off in Hollywood and beyond.
But not all the press on eyelash extensions has been attractive.
When actress Kristin Chenoweth showed up wearing sunglasses on a late night talk show a few years ago, she explained that the reason was an eyelash extension mishap that left her with badly swollen eyelids.
Soon after Chenoweth’s appearance, Consumer Reports and the American Academy of Ophthalmology weighed in on this growing beauty trend, urging consumers to proceed with caution if they are considering having extensions applied.
What Are Eyelash Extensions?
There are lots of ways to get longer-looking eyelashes. The simplest and least expensive is traditional mascara.
Others include false eyelashes, eyelash transplants, permanent makeup, pharmaceuticals that promote lash growth, and even eyelash perms. To be clear, eyelash extensions don’t technically fall into any of these categories.
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.
Read more: http://www.allaboutvision.com/cosmetic/eyelash-extensions.htm
Source: All About Vision