We get many questions during the day from many people looking into their vision correction options. Any idea on what two questions we get asked frequently? Lucky for you we’re not going to make you guess. “Can I have LASIK if I have eyelash extensions?” and “Can I wear makeup after LASIK?” are a couple of the top questions. Don’t judge, I was one of those people who asked about eyelash extensions by the way. So believe me, I get it. Eyelash appointments go hand in hand with picking up my kiddos. I never forget about them.
- If you already have eyelash extensions: Before your consultation with us, please leave them on. The chemical that is used to remove the lashes can be harsh and irritate the eye.
- If you do not already have eyelash extensions: Please wait 6 weeks post-surgery to have them applied.
- If you have eyelash extensions and you’re undergoing LASIK or PRK surgery: Keep in mind that your eyelashes will be taped down during the surgery and some lashes may fall out.
We get many questions regarding makeup after LASIK or PRK surgery also. Here are some things we recommend on the day of and after your vision correction procedure to ensure your eyes remain healthy at all times.
- On the day of your vision correction procedure, no makeup should be worn, this includes face makeup, skin lotions and also perfume. The latter might sound odd, but the perfume vapor can interfere with the laser energy delivered to the eye and in turn affect outcomes.
- Eye Makeup – Mascara should not be applied until 3-5 days after your procedure. New mascara is recommended after the procedure. You want to avoid any makeup that can flake off in your eyes which can affect the eye’s recovery process or cause injury during removal. This includes eyeshadow and eyeliner on both – the eyelid and on the inside of the lashes.
- Face Makeup – Two days after surgery, you can apply foundation as normal, but we recommend anything powder based such as blushers and bronzers be avoided for four to five days after.
- Creams and Lotions – Eye creams should not be used until one week after your procedure and any other products being applied near the eye area such as facial lotions should be done with great care.
- When removing the makeup, do not rub or use excessive force especially around the eyes. This should be done very gently as your eyes will still be sensitive after surgery. Avoid getting soap or water in your eyes while showering for the first week.
- Bacteria can cling to your make-up, to avoid contamination we recommend that you replace your existing make-up and brushes with new ones after surgery.
- Avoid wearing waterproof mascara, this can be much harder to remove increasing the chance of causing damage to the eyes.
- Again the precaution is to use non-powdery makeup on the face and keep all the products away from the eyes.
Just remember a few extra days with skimpy lashes and going au naturel is worth the life-changing event called LASIK.