The obsession with longer, fuller, darker eyelashes has become a mainstay in our culture – initially with the ever growing options of mascaras and glue on eyelashes, and now with options that are longer lasting, including eyelash extensions (semipermanent eyelashes) and topical eyelash growth enhancers (such as bimatoprost).
Eyelash extensions are not the same as glue-on strip or individual lashes bought at the drug store or makeup counter that last 1-2 days. These are silk, mink, or poly nylon synthetic lashes that typically last for approximately four weeks, with refills often required at 2-4 week intervals as the natural eyelash sheds. They are adhered to the person’s natural eyelash via an adhesive bonding process that can take 1-2 hours for initial application. Generally, a single lash is applied to each natural lash.
When applied properly, neither the extension eyelash nor the glue should touch the eyelid. The bond is designed to last until the lashes naturally fall out, although the extensions may fall out faster if one uses oil-based eye makeup remover or rubs the eyes regularly, as oil weakens the bond between the glue and the lash. Eyelash extensions are waterproof and give the appearance of having mascara on without wearing it. In the United States, eyelash extension services can range from $100 to $500 for the initial application, with decreased cost for refills. Lash extensions are waterproof and popular for special occasions and vacations, and even more so now for every day.
Potential adverse effects of eyelash extensions include ocular hyperemia, keratoconjunctivitis, allergic blepharitis, and allergic contact dermatitis in the patient. Keratoconjunctivitis is thought to be due to formaldehyde contained in some of the glues used for application.1 Eyelash extensions have also been associated with occupational allergic contact dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, and occupational asthma in the practitioner applying the eyelash extensions, particularly with the cyanoacrylate-based glues.
In a national survey of eyelash extensions and their health-related problems in Japan, 10% (205) of the respondents had experience with eyelash extensions. Of those women, 27% (55) experienced problems that included ocular hyperemia, pain, and itchy swollen eyelids.4 Conjunctival erosion from the eyelid fixing tape used during application and subconjunctival hemorrhage from compression during removal of the extensions has been also reported.1 Hair breakage and even traction alopecia may occur, especially in patients who accidentally or intentionally pull the extensions off.
If permanent eyelash damage occurs, eyelash transplantation may be required to replace the eyelash, as eyelash growth medications such as bimatoprost may not be effective if the follicle is missing or severely damaged. Eyelash transplants often grow long enough where they require trimming, especially if donor sites are taken from the scalp.
Eyelash extensions offer a nice alternative to daily use of mascara, temporary glue-on eyelashes, and daily application of topical eyelash growth products. As this procedure has increased in number, the dermatologist may be consulted for recommendations and treatment of any potential adverse events associated with it.
The Lash Lift is a lifting technique designed to give you longer-looking lashes without the need for lash extensions. It will look as if you used a really good eyelash curler, only this lift can last up to 1 month or longer! To top off the treatment, we can also apply a lash tinting treatment which really makes your lashes stand out and look more prominent. The procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes. A Lash Lift is an easy way to instantly brighten and open up the eye area. Enjoy the freedom of no mascara for up to a month!
While extensions can easily run you over $200 and require touch-ups every three to four weeks, your Lash Lift will cost you much less and the amount of maintenance is completely up to you.
How long does this last? Lash lift usually last up to 1 month or longer.
Does it hurt during the procedure? No! There is no pain. Simple and easy. Some people fall asleep during.
Do I have to get my lashes tinted with the perming? No. This is not necessary, but is preferred, as this will enhance the curl of the lashes and make them more defined and noticeable.
Can I still wear mascara? Yes!
What are my post care instructions? Keep lashes dry for 24 hours.
What are my pre-treatment instructions? Please come to the appointment with no mascara or eye makeup on for best results. If you wear contacts, you will asked to remove them prior to your service. Make sure you bring contact storage and solution with you. Inform us if you have any allergies or sensitivities to the eyes or hair.
Will this damage my eyelashes? No. It will only curl and strengthen your current lashes.
Is this good for downward facing lashes or straight lashes? Absolutely! This is the perfect procedure for you!
I have glaucoma, can I have this procedure? Yes. If ever in doubt, always consult with your physician.
I’ve recently had blepharoplasty surgery, can I have this procedure? You need to wait at least 1 year from your surgery. It has been my experience with clients who have had this surgery that there is an increased sensitivity in the eye area for quite a while. You need to give yourself that time to heal first. After that, you can consult with your physician to be sure.
I’ve recently had lasik surgery, can I have this procedure? Yes, but you need to wait at least 6 months. As always, when in doubt, please consult with your physician.
Who is not a candidate for lash lift? Chronic dry eye, conjunctivitis, damaged lashes or lashes with gaps (this treatment may make the gaps more noticeable), active eye infections of any kind, trichotillomania (habitual pulling out of lashes), recent chemo treatments (you will need to wait at least a year from your last treatment. When in doubt, always consult with your physician.)
Threading is an ancient form of hair removal that has slowly gained popularity throughout salons. A threading expert uses two cotton threads, wrapping them around a line of unwanted hair, and removing them. This form of facial hair removal is easier, safer, and more efficient than waxing. This is quickly becoming the most effective and popular technique for removing unwanted facial hair. With many different benefits, threading could be the better option for you!
Why you should choose threading over waxing:
- Results last longer (six to ten weeks)
- Faster process than waxing and plucking
- No use of chemicals
- Works better with sensitive skin
- No redness or swelling
Threading services we offer:
We offer many different services for threading, allowing you to remove any unwanted facial hair. Whether you just need your eyebrows shaped or require a full face threading, our estheticians can help you get the look you want! Our threading services include:
- Lip & Brow
- Lip & Chin
- Face (Lip, Brow & Chin)
- Full Face (Lip, Brow, Chin & Sideburn)
This is a great way to remove facial hair without the annoying redness or use of chemicals, it also lasts longer and the hair grows back thinner.
Threading allows you to get the treatment done and carry on with your day as though nothing had happened. Waxing can make your skin red and irritated, even causing breakouts for some people. But with threading, there is no need to worry about these after effects.