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Are Eyelash Extensions Safe For My Eyes?

Eyelash extensions are now more popular than ever, but what are the risks? Before you book your appointment, read on to learn more about the latest beauty trend.

Eyelash Extensions

Some people go to great lengths for full, luscious lashes. False lashes, growth serums, and mascara have been popular choices in the past, but more people are opting for eyelash extensions. Rather than a strip of lashes, eyelash extensions are individual fibers that are glued to one’s natural eyelashes. The fibers vary in length, and customers can choose a natural or dramatic look. Most extensions are made of synthetic fibers, but a few high-end boutiques are using natural fur or silk.

The Application Process

Contrary to popular opinion, eye care professionals do not perform eyelash extensions. The application process is typically performed by a salon technician, and the process requires a skillful hand. The technician or aesthetician will separate the customer’s natural lashes with one pair of tweezers, and use the second pair to apply the extension with glue. Around 40 to 100 eyelash extensions are applied to each eye during a session.

Other Facts

Since eyelash extensions are applied to natural eyelashes, they will last about four to six weeks. Every person’s hair growth cycle is different, but the extensions are temporary nonetheless. The process takes about two to three hours, and costs vary from $150 to $500.

Associated Risks

The application process of eyelash extensions has been compared to microsurgery, and there are a variety of associated risks. Many problems don’t result from tweezers, but rather the glue that’s used to bond the extension to the natural lash. Some patients have experienced allergic reactions, eye infections, and swollen eyelids. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has since released reports cautioning about the dangers of eyelash extensions. We do not recommend eyelash extensions.

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Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is our #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community. We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, order contact lenses, or ask questions about our services at Catonsville Eye Group, please call our office at (410) 747-1221 or email us by clicking this link. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.

We’re located at the heart of the Music City at 611 Frederick Rd., Suite 101. Drop on by, or schedule an appointment today. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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