Eyelash extensions are a semi-permanent enhancement that can give you thicker, longer, and darker lashes without the need for mascara. They are made of synthetic or natural fibers and are applied to each individual natural lash with a semi-permanent glue. While they can provide an instant renewal to your look, they come with a cost and potential side effects. To help you decide if eyelash extensions are worth it, two experts, a dermatologist and a plastic surgeon, discuss the cost, risks, and everything in between. When it comes to safety, dermatologists compare eyelash extensions to acrylic nails; they're not necessarily good for you, but they're not likely to cause serious health problems.
However, potential side effects include irritation, infection, and allergic reactions. To avoid these side effects, it's important to find a licensed beautician to apply the extensions. Additionally, it's possible that you may suffer some damage to your natural eyelashes, including breakage and drooping. But with that said, eyelashes are hair after all, and in most cases, they will grow back in a few weeks. The cost of eyelash extensions varies depending on the type of extensions you choose and the area you live in.
Generally speaking, synthetic lashes are cheaper than natural lashes and can range from $50-$200 per session. Natural lashes are more expensive and can range from $150-$400 per session. It's also important to note that eyelash extensions require regular maintenance; typically every two to four weeks. When it comes to aftercare, it's important to be gentle with your lashes. Avoid rubbing your eyes or using oil-based products near your eyes as this can cause the extensions to fall out prematurely.
Additionally, try taking breaks where you let your natural lashes do their thing (and use a conditioning eyelash serum to get them back to health). Finally, it's important to note that eyelash extensions are not regulated in some states such as Alabama, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho and Wisconsin. So if you're thinking of investing in this non-cheap beauty trend, make sure you do your research and find an experienced technician who is licensed in your state.