Long, dark lashes have constantly been thought of as a mark of beauty and femininity.
Just as many individuals are improving the appearance of other areas of their body, they’re also looking to enhance their natural lashes.
Today, there are two different types of lash enhancers: retail cosmetic products and solutions and prescription.
Retail cosmetic products
These products are also called daily or short-term enhancers. The retail booster is a very fine cloth fiber made in a powder or liquid form. It’s applied to the lash as a base cost.
As this fiber is placed using a traditional mascara wand, it either holds on to the eyelashes using the regular mascara as adhesive or adheres to the eyelashes directly.
One disadvantage of this form of enhancer is that the very scarce fibers tend to flake off into the eye during and after it is applied as well when wearing it.
This will also easily and rapidly become stuck to contact lenses and can be hard to remove without stretching or tearing a lens. Someone who wears extended-wear lenses are at an increased risk for irritation and infection due to this kind of residue.
For people who wear glasses, the addition to the eyelash length might result in the eyelashes brushing against the inside of the lenses when blinking. This can be very aggravating at times, but it does also add residue that may smear on the lenses and could possibly scratch them.
Semi-Permanent Prescription Applications
This particular booster is in eyeliner form and applied each night with sterile applicators. It’s simply dabbed along the lash line of the upper eyelid. This spreads through the night with natural blinking and closing of the eyes while sleeping.
A disadvantage to this application would be the nightly cost; around $4 which is about $120 each month. For an average patient, this isn’t an low cost regimen.
This is also not permanent without continual usage; the eyelashes will return to their regular length within weeks. Side effects may also be experienced, including eyelid skin darkening, itching or allergy reaction, redness of the eyes, dry eyes or discoloration.
An betterment to the eyelashes is typically a vanity situation and someone considering this treatment must decide whether appearance is worth some of these potential side-effects.