Many leading experts say that aging can be one of the causes of thinning lashes. Skin isn’t the only thing that takes a hit as we age…once we hit our thirties, our eyelashes and eyebrows start to lose fullness, darkness and length. Which continues as we age. The older we get, the less noticeable our lashes become. (But invisible eyelashes bring wisdom, right?!!)
When my lashes started to thin, I turned turn to eyelash extensions.
They looked BEAUTIFUL and lash naps mid afternoon are addictive. . . But after about a year of continuous volume fills I finally decided to remove them.
In my humble opinion, Lash Extensions Have 4 Drawbacks:
- Lash extensions are expensive. Average costs for a full set of volume lashes from $175 – $350. The service takes about 2-2 ½ hours.
- Lash fills need to happen often or you look like you have stray spider legs on you lids. Over time your natural lashes fall out with the extensions attached. To keep the look, you need a fill. The price of a fill at ranges from $80-$120 and takes anywhere from 45 – 90 minutes (perfect mid day nap right??). The more time it takes, the higher the cost.
- Lash extensions can be a bit risky. Only because lash extensions are single or a fan of fibers glued, one by one (or 4 to one), to your natural eyelash. Usually, they’re held in place on your lash with formaldehyde-based adhesives or biologic glues – both of which can cause allergic reactions. And the solvents used to remove them can too.
*Among beauty treatments, eyelash extensions account for the greatest number of eye-clinic consultations.
- Women are finding (and I can attest to this as well), that lash extensions cause lash loss that leaves their eyelashes very thin. When I removed my volume lashes, my own lashes were sooo short and board straight). Quite literally invisible. So in many cases the women feel they have no choice but to continue to use extensions. It creates a vicious cycle. This has happened so often that The College of Optometrists in England has warned against repeated use of lash extensions. Traction alopecia, hair loss caused by the excessive weight on the hair shaft, that can permanently damage the hair follicle. It leads to slowed – or even stopped – eyelash production.
Because eyelash extensions are such a new trend there has been very little clinical research with the dangers associated them. It is, therefore, important to take care of your eyelashes and avoid repeated use of eyelash extensions.
Latisse can be a viable solution to traction alopecia caused by eyelash extensions if you react negatively to the glue. Originally, Latisse was developed by Allergan, the makers of Botox and is Health Canada approved for enhancing the length and prominence of eye leashes. Visible results can be seen at 8 weeks of applying Latisse on the upper eyelid once per day. We are pleased to offer Latisse™ eyelash enhancement with an at-home treatment that results in longer, darker and thicker eyelashes.
Latisse is available by prescription only and can be purchased after a short consultation with one of our medical professionals.