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Eyelash Extensions Injury Compensation Claims

Hair Loss After Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions have become the latest must-have beauty treatment in the UK among young women, inspired by celebrity role models including Cheryl Cole, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Beyonce. Semi-permanent eyelash extensions look and feel completely natural, while making the eyes appear wider and more alert. Despite their popularity however eyelash extensions are a relatively new beauty technology, with little research having been done as to their long-term effects. The procedure is also relatively complex to perform, and products of varying quality are used at different salons.

One of the principle risks of eyelash extensions is the damaging effect they can have on existing, natural eyelashes. The procedure involves a synthetic extension being attached to each individual natural eyelash with adhesive glue. It is important that a technician accurately calculates the length and weight of the extensions, as well as the amount of adhesive used, to avoid putting excessive pressure on the natural lashes. If too much tension is placed on hair follicles they may fall out, and in extreme cases they will not grow back (a condition known as traction alopecia). The quality of the extensions themselves is also relevant in this context.

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Typical Eyelash Extensions Injuries:

Inflammation, Swelling, Blistering, Itchiness Around Eyelids
Damage to Eyelash Hair Follicles Including Permanent Hair Loss
Damage to Eye Caused by Fumes, Products or Tweezers

Further problems may be caused by inexperienced, unqualified or inattentive beauty salon technicians. New clients should always be offered a skin patch test to check for possible allergic reactions to chemicals contained in adhesives and gel pads. This should ideally take place 24-48 hours before a scheduled treatment. If the adhesive itself or the fumes it gives off accidentally enters the eye it can cause severe irritation and inflammation. Other errors by technicians include failing to cover the upper or lower eyelashes, causing them to get glued together. Eyelashes may also be glued to the skin accidentally, or glued together in unsightly clumps. Clients in these scenarios may require costly further treatments to correct these errors. Applying eyelash extensions is also a technically precise procedure which utilizes sharp tweezers in extremely sensitive areas surrounding the eye. This in itself poses risks if clients are not instructed to keep their eyes closed at all times.

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The Importance Of Using A Specialist Eyelash Technician

A few years ago eyelash extensions were a relatively new treatment at beauty salons, but, in 2015, prospective clients can seek the services of a specialist eyelash technician rather than a beautician simply offering eyelash extensions as an add-on service. An eyelash technician will have a greater understanding of how eyelash hairs interact with the skin, and will be more skilled in how to carry out treatments safely without damaging the natural lashes or causing infections. It is also the case that with various alternatives now available, eyelash technicians may recommend a different treatment entirely to achieve the desired effect.

Hygiene is also an important factor. Eyelash technicians should always wear gloves and a face mask when carrying out treatments, and should ideally utilise an autoclave to sterilise instruments effectively (an autoclave uses high pressure and steam to disinfect, and is the only 100% effective means of killing all bacteria and minimising the risk of infections). During a proper pre-treatment consultation, contraindications such as alopecia and hormonal problems should be identified, and patients should be asked about previous eye conditions which may affect the outcome of eyelash extensions.

In the vast majority of cases eyelash extensions are a safe beauty treatment with excellent results. The lack of compulsory regulation of beauty salons in the UK however means that inevitably there are cowboy practitioners offering potentially dangerous treatments such as eyelash extensions which they are not competent to perform. This can lead to disfiguring injuries such as permanent eye damage or baldness in the eyelash region. Beauty salon clients have a fundamental legal right to expect that their treatments will be carried out in a reasonably competent manner. Where this is not the case and clients have been injured due to the negligence of a salon or beauty technician they should seek specialist advice regarding their legal rights. Our expert solicitors will be happy to advise injured persons as to whether a compensation claim will be likely to prove successful.

Case Study: Client Suffered Eye Injury From Eyelash Extension Strips

Case Study: Compensation For An Eye Injury From Eyelash Extension Glue

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