Five potential side effects to know about when considering eyelash or volume extensions:
1. Irritation and redness.
2. Inflammation and swelling.
3. Infection. Extensions can trap dirt and bacteria, leading to serious infections.
4. Allergic reaction. The glues in some lash adhesives contain formaldehyde, which can cause an allergic reaction. Formaldehyde is also a known carcinogen.
5. Loss of eyelashes. The glue can pull out your natural lashes or you could end up pulling them out yourself. Irritation can lead to a condition called madarosis, which causes you to tug on them. Britain’s College of Optometrists cautions that you could end up with traction alopecia, “where the hair falls out due to excessive tension placed on the hair shaft. As a result, this can damage the hair follicle which can slow down and even cease production of hair.”
Dr. Tabak has seen first hand and treated complications from the application of eyelash extensions. Any eye or eyelid infection is a serious matter and should never be ignored.