As lash extension professionals, we get a lot of questions from clients about post-appointment experiences with swollen, itchy, red, dry or watery eyes. Naturally, our focus is always on prevention and we work tirelessly to ensure that clients don’t experience any of these reactions. However, everyone is different and, though they are generally minor, post-appointment risks do exist.
With this in mind, we want to empower each of our clients by helping them to understand irritations and allergic reactions that can occur following lash service. Our goal here is simply to provide our clients with information they might find useful. We encourage you to contact us if you experience any adverse effects following your service at Mira’s Eyelashes, so we can help you relieve them and work to tailor your next service to avoid them.
Let’s look at some IRRITATIONS that can occur as a result of your lash service!
Redness or Dry Eyes
We’ve all experienced redness and dry eyes at one time or another so this will be familiar: partially or fully bloodshot eyes accompanied by a scratchy sensation. These symptoms usually disappear within 12-24 hours. They typically occur if you’re unable to keep your eyes closed throughout the service, drying out your eyes and exposing them to adhesive fumes. We work to prevent this by positioning gel eyepads in a way that allows you to close your eyes naturally. You can help us letting us know if you’re finding it challenging to close your eyes completely. If we’re chatting throughout your service, it’s also helpful if you remain aware of keeping your eyes closed as we naturally tend to allow our eyes to flutter open when we’re engaged in conversation
Watering eyes typically occur during application and can be accompanied by a stinging sensation. Your lash technician will keep an eye out for watering eyes and will readjust eye pads accordingly to stop this from happening. However, if you experience stinging during your service, please let your lash technician know. If your eyes continue to water throughout the service, you might experience red or dry eyes in the 24 hours following your service.
Clients who experience a corneal abrasion following a lash extension service will have visibly ruptured blood vessels along the bottom of the eye and, in some cases, the entire eye. This is typically not painful but it can be accompanied by dry eyes. In some cases, a scratchy feeling and sensitivity to light may accompany these ruptured vessels.
While bloodshot eyes can be visually alarming, it’s important to remember that this is an irritation and you should experience some relief within 72 hours with blood vessels fully healing within 1-2 weeks.
While uncommon, we work to prevent these types of irritations and you might find that your lash technician will readjust the placement of eye pads during your service if they notice your eyes watering. That being said, if you experience burning or any other discomfort during your service please flag it with your technician so they can take the appropriate steps to prevent further irritation.
Now, let’s look at ALLERGIC REACTIONS!
What is an allergic reaction?
Our immune systems do a lot of heavy lifting, protecting us from a wide range of pathogens and foreign substances in our environment. On occasion, they get a little confused and interpret a foreign substance as being harmful triggering an allergic reaction. In many cases, these substances aren’t harmful but the reactions they cause can be uncomfortable. Due to the nature of your lash service, it’s possible that you could experience an allergic reaction ranging from mild to severe and lasting anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. If you are prone to allergic reactions or have sensitive skin, please let us know when you book your appointment so we can plan to conduct a patch test.
What causes allergic reactions?
In case you missed it, we’ll take this opportunity to reiterate that everyone is different! Naturally, different factors cause allergic reactions in different people. Some people are more prone to allergic reactions than others and some become more prone to them as they age. Hormones are another common factor and some people might find they become more prone to allergic reactions with hormone changes due to pregnancy or even their monthly cycle.
One of the common symptoms of an allergic reaction is swollen or puffy eyes. Your lash technician will be on the lookout for this during your service but it can often rear its ugly head after you’ve already left. Typically, allergic reactions subside within 72 hours but please get in touch with us if you experience this type of reaction and we can discuss the best course of action. If the swelling is severe or lasts more than 72 hours, you might want to consult a medical professional.
If you suffer from seasonal or environmental allergies, you know that itchy eyes go hand in hand with puffiness! Again, this is a sign of an allergic reaction. We know it’s uncomfortable but the best thing you can do if this happens is to avoid rubbing your eyes. Yes, it feels good in the moment but it actually enhances the itching sensation causing you to rub more and exacerbating swelling. So, please resist rubbing your eyes!
As we’ve mentioned, your lash technician will be on the lookout for these symptoms throughout your service. We simply ask that you inform them if you experience any other discomfort.
It is important to note that we are not medical professionals and we cannot offer a true diagnosis. This list was written simply to help you identify some of the symptoms you might experience. If you are concerned about an irritation or reaction you experience following your lash service, please consult a medical professional and do not hesitate to get in touch with Mira’s Eyelashes.