Eyelash Extensions

At Eye Candy Vision and Beauty Clinic, Dr. Hsiao, who is an optometrist and esthetician, offers eyelash extension and lash lift services. In general, optometrists disfavor any kind of “beautifying” treatments around the eyes because of the potential for complications; whether an eye infection, an allergic reaction or chemical substances getting into the eye, cosmetic eye treatments can pose a risk to patients. Dr. Hsiao however, as an optometrist and esthetician, can confidently offer lash treatments that are safe and beautiful.

From Dr. Hsiao: “First of all, lid and lash hygiene are extremely important. If you want to be able to maintain those lash extensions without feeling itchy or burning, which is even worse, you have to clean them and clean them well! Incorporate this into your daily cleaning routine because the last thing you ever want is to have mites growing on those lashes. Also, I do not recommend continuously getting lash extensions over and over again. Depending on the condition of your lashes, I recommend taking a break from them every 2-3 months by doing a complete removal process, then start using Latisse for at least 2 months before considering lash extensions again. Latisse is the only FDA-approved eyelash growth serum and due to its high potency, some patients may experience mild redness of the eye and burning around the eyelid. Also, it can decrease the adipose tissue around the orbital rim and even change your eye color. Therefore, before starting Latisse, I will have a thorough assessment and discussion with you about the risks versus benefits.

Eyelash Extensions and Lash Lifts | Frequently Asked Questions

Unlike lash lifts, eyelash extensions genuinely lengthen and volumize your natural lashes. Lash extensions work by attaching synthetic lashes, also known as extensions, to your natural lashes. Each lash adheres to one of your natural lashes using a lash adhesive applied 1-2 mm from the base of the eyelid. Eyelash extensions and lash lifts Arcadia are available in various thicknesses, curl patterns, lengths, and colors.

A complete set of eyelash extensions will cost you between $100 and $300, and refills will run you between $50 and $150, depending on the provider and the city.

For the sake of eye health and hygiene, eyelash extensions and lash lifts must always be cleaned. Follow the instructions below to clean your eyelash extensions:

  1. Cure your lashes first: It is important to adhere to aftercare guidelines. Wait 24 hours after applying your artificial lashes for the first time before washing them. It takes time for your eyelash extensions to cure and become waterproof.
  2. Take off makeup: Use an oil-free makeup remover, such as micellar water or foamy cleanser to remove eye makeup from your lashes, including mascara and eyeshadow, 
  3. Apply a lash cleanser. After wetting your lashes, use a small washing brush to apply a lash extension cleanser or lash shampoo to clean your lash extensions. To get rid of any grime and makeup, brush the lash shampoo on the eyelashes and stroke the bristles back and forth along the lash line.
  4. Wash the cleaner off: Rinse the eyelash cleanser with warm water.
  5. Make your lashes dry: Your eyelash extensions should be pat dried with a dry paper towel or hand towel.
  6. Clean your artificial lashes: Fluff up your eyelash extensions by brushing them out with a new spoolie brush, which is a brush that looks like a mascara wand.

Yes, continuous application of lash extension will eventually cause breakage of your natural lashes. It’s recommended by our optometrist to have complete removal of lash extensions every 3-4 months. While giving your lashes a break, our optometrist also recommends using Latisse, which is a prescription lash serum for 2 months in order to achieve thicker, longer, and healthier lashes before reconsidering getting lash extensions again.

They undoubtedly are. They speed up your morning process because you no longer need much makeup. They lengthen and volumize your lashes, giving you a gorgeous, young appearance. A confidence boost that you deserve!

Extensions stay as long as the natural growth cycle, or roughly six weeks because they are fixed to the lash itself. Using a lash conditioner and gently combing the lashes with a dry spoolie brush is advised to prolong the extensions’ life. Refills are also recommended every two to three weeks to fill any sparse areas.

With eyelash extensions, you can shower as usual, but you must avoid getting your lashes wet for the first four hours to allow the eyelash adhesive to cure fully. When taking a shower while wearing eyelash extensions, stay away from excessively hot or steamy showers and avoid stroking your lashes.

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