7 Healthcast: Eyelash extension
Eyelash extensions are the latest beauty trend. Some are even calling it addictive. But the pricey procedure is costing some women their real eyelashes.
Betty Ann Mighell applies dozens of lash extensions per week, carefully gluing on hair by hair.
The certified cosmetologist says extensions are the new manicure and her clients are addicted.
"They love them so much that they can't stop getting them," she says.
The extensions come in all lengths and colors. Women are willing to pay between $10 and $1,000 to get them done.
"For the first time I felt like, well, I don't even need makeup," says client Peggy Gali.
Peggy loves her thicker, longer lashes. But a few years ago, she had an eye-opening experience when the lashes weren't applied properly.
Her eyes started to itch and her lashes started to fall out.
"I was losing eyelashes," she says.
Ophthalmologist Brit Fisher says that's a common complaint from patients – that their eyelashes fall out after applying the fake ones.
"Their eyelashes may be affected permanently both in size and caliber or they may actually lose eyelashes althogether," he says.
Dr. Fisher says a bad application can cause damage. If glue sticks to the skin or clumps lashes together, when they grow out, the hairs get pulled out.
"It becomes somewhat of a vicious cycle," Dr. Fisher says.
Often women don't want to leave their eyes bare, so they go back for more. But Dr. Fisher says the harm isn't just cosmetic.
"Their eyelashes serve a function and when eyelashes are damaged, the overall function of the eyes can be affected," Dr. Fisher says.
The glue can also cause allergies and if utensils aren't cleaned properly, infections can spread.
"Tears can carry infection because it is a bodily fluid," Dr. Fisher says.
Before you make those eyes pop make sure you look closely.