According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the main risks associated with eyelash extensions are:
- temporary or permanent loss of eyelashes
- skin irritation of the eyelid
- infection of the eyelid or cornea
Most complications from eyelash extensions result from a skin reaction or allergy to the chemicals used in the glue adhesive. Unsanitary conditions can also cause complications.
Symptoms you may experience include:
- stinging and burning in the eye and on the eyelid
- severe swelling
- red or bloodshot eyes
Unless you have an underlying condition that makes eyelash extensions an inappropriate choice for you, you can usually avoid these risks by following these guidelines:
Have a professional, certified cosmetologist or aesthetician attach your eyelash extensions in a clean environment.
Ask for a list of the ingredients used in the adhesive. Don’t use any adhesive that includes formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a toxin that can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation.
If you’re allergic to latex, make sure it’s not one of the ingredients listed.
Make sure your clinician uses surgical glue and not nail glue. This is a must-avoid red flag.
Make sure your clinician washes their hands, sterilizes their equipment, and provides clean towels or bedding for you to rest on.
If you have sensitive skin or allergies to products such as makeup, ask to have a patch test done on your arm a few days before the procedure.
People with certain skin conditions probably shouldn’t get eyelash extensions unless their doctor has approved the procedure ahead of time.
REASONS TO AVOID EYELASH EXTENSIONS
Consult your doctor about getting eyelash extensions if you have:
- eyelid dermatitis
- alopecia areata
Avoid getting eyelash extensions while you’re undergoing medical procedures of the eye, such as LASIK surgery or chemotherapy and radiation.