Temporary false lashes are any lashes designed to be worn for a short period; i.e. a day or less. They can be made with human hair, or with synthetic materials. The highest quality synthetic material is made with Keraspecific Fibre. This is made to feel and behave like real human hair. They are not designed to be worn when showering, sleeping or swimming. They are applied with lash glue designed specifically for temporary lashes.
Permanent lashes, also known as eyelash extensions, are lashes applied with a stronger adhesive. Generally, a single lash is applied to each natural lash; when applied properly, neither the extension lash nor the glue should touch the eyelid. The bond is designed to last until the lashes naturally fall out, though the extensions may fall out faster if one uses oil-based eye makeup remover or rubs eyes regularly.
For both types, eyelashes come in various lengths, colours and thicknesses, from natural-looking to outrageous.
Eyelash implants is a another way of achieving lenghthier and thicker lashes. Eyelash implants are a form of cosmetic surgery involving transplanting additional eyelashes around the eye. The process typically involves removing a section of hair from the patient, typically from the back of the head, and grafting the hair to the eyelids, replacing the existing eyelashes. The procedure typically involves 60 to 70 hairs per eye, and after removal and a thorough cleaning of the oil on the hair, they are reattached to patient by delicately sewing the lashes back on. Maintenance of the eyelashes is needed thereafter, as the hair continues to grow at the same rate as on other parts of the body.
The eyelash transplant procedure is done in the following manner: The patient is given a mild tranquilizer. An area (2 inches X 3/8 inch) of scalp in the back of the head is numbed with a local anesthetic. That section (scalp strip) is removed and the gap is sewn shut with stitches. The scalp strip is given to a technician who uses a microscope and jeweler’s forceps to cut and separate the hair tissue into single hair follicular grafts. The grafts are then one by one implanted into the upper eyelid by the surgeon using microscopic lenses. The graft is a follicle with a long hair (2-5 inches) attached to it. The long hair follicle, like a piece of thread, is sewn into the upper eyelid with a very small curved needle. The procedure takes approximately 2–3 hours.
A company called Allergan is the first company to be approved by the FDA to make a drug that lengthens eyelashes. The product is called Latisse and is available by prescription.
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