If you are a person that enjoys taking an adult nap for an hour and waking up with some killer lashes, eyelash extensions could be your potential solution. Want to know more about this magical process? At least a little? Keep reading.
To summarize, the lashes are applied individually and attached to your current lashes semi-permanently with a specialized glue. Eyelash extensions are either made of silk, mink or synthetic with size availability ranging from 6mm to 17mm. Not only can you choose the type of lash & the desired size, but lash extensions also sometimes come in different colors. Pretty crazy, right? Applying a full set of lashes takes around two hours, and can be kept up year-round with touch-up one hour fills every three to four weeks.
Is this even possible when I have facial paralysis?
Yes, it is possible, BUT it depends on your diagnosis. You MUST consult your doctor and get the ok from them before you do this. I have had eyelash extensions prior and post to my facial paralysis diagnosis. Here are some of my pros/cons of having lash extensions with facial paralysis.
• I felt more beautiful and confident. — You may be reading this and thinking, well isn’t this the purpose of having them done? Wouldn’t anyone feel automatically more beautiful? Of course, this is a reason as to why people go through the process originally, but it is different when you have facial paralysis.
I discovered this was a beauty service that was a game changer for me by helping to create the illusion of symmetry to my face. At that period in my life, I had zero self-esteem. It took six months of patience before I finally got the ok from my doctor due to my weak left eye closure. But when I finally had them done, I truly think it was the first time I felt a little more like myself again and for that; I thank my lash extensions.
• My eyes appeared even. Once I started to gain eye closure naturally from the nerves growing back, my doctor told me I had synkinesis; a sequela of facial loss of motion that results in the development of connected or undesirable facial movements. In other words, once my nerves began to grow back, my voluntary smiling induced an involuntary contraction of the eye muscles causing my left eye to squint. The extensions opened up my left eye and balanced both of my eyes out. To me, my lash extensions created an illusion of symmetry and less of a focus on my synkinesis.
• The GLUE. This major disadvantage resulted in several mini-cons; redness, itchiness & dryness. The glue was one the main factors that made me discontinue this beauty process for good. This relaxing process was not so relaxing anymore for me after my accident. Having my lashes done was slightly painful at times because the glue would go into my eyes during the application process. Don’t worry, everyone has different reactions with lash extensions, and this glue tragedy did not happen every single time but enough for me to stop getting them. Maybe now since my surgeries, the glue problems would be less, but I have also gotten to a point where I am perfectly content without wearing makeup or lashes.
• Touch-ups became an every other week chore. Because of my eye closure issues that came with the facial paralysis and synkinesis, I had to keep my eye moisturized with an oily lubricant every night. The lubricant did not like this new beauty regimen and keeping my eye hydrated throughout the evening was more of a priority. The lash extension would fall off much faster because of the lubricant which meant I had to get touch-ups every other week! That is a lot of money and time to spend on trying to achieve a more Bambi doe-eyed look.
Please know that you may have a much different experience with lash extensions! These were just some of the pros & cons that I have encountered. If you are contemplating on having this done, consult your doctor first and keep this post in mind. Most importantly, this is not an absolute necessity even if your doctors gives you the ok. I will have facial paralysis for the rest of my life, and I don’t think I will get them done again. In a future post, I will discuss the alternatives for those who do not have this option! Stay tuned. 🙂