The eyes are fragile. Most people can attest to this when something gets into the eye and burning, watering, and irritation commence. The eyelashes serve as a way to capture most of the debris that could enter the eye and damage it. While the eyelashes serve this purpose, within broader society, the eyelashes have become a symbol of beauty. Long, perfectly curled, dark eyelashes are the highest standard of beauty that most people do not have naturally. However, it is quite easy to achieve. An effective way is with the best eyelash extensions Bellevue and Kirkland offer at Northwest Face & Body.
As the name suggests, eyelash extensions are tiny, semi-permanent hair extensions for your eyelashes. They lengthen them, create a curled shape, and often look darker colored naturally. Of the various lash enhancement options available, they tend to last the longest and make the biggest difference.
Lash extensions were not popularized in the United States until the early 2000s. Since this, thousands of people choose to get longer lasting extensions overusing strip lashes or makeup to obtain their preferred lash look on a daily basis. Eyelash extensions do not damage the lashes when applied correctly and can look exceptionally natural.
Eyelash extensions carry many benefits and are seeing growing popularity. While the exact benefits will vary based on your individual needs and goals, some of the benefits of lash extensions include:
Lash extensions–along with their many benefits–do have some associated risks. Overall, the risks are rare and accounted for with various precautions during the application of your extensions. Some of the possible risks include:
When applied by a professional, these risks are exceptionally unlikely. You can also reduce your chances of future problems by brushing and cleaning your lashes daily. Your master esthetician will discuss this with you during your consultation and application appointments.
There are many popular lash enhancement options. From at-home options to ones that require the steady hand of a professional, the right option will vary based on your goals, preferences, and current lashes.
Popularly, mascara and eyeliner are probably the two most used enhancements for the lashes and eyes. They are safe, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. Therefore, they are among the most accessible options.
The next step up is strip lashes. These are fake lashes that are applied to the lash line with glue. They function similarly to lash extensions but sit just above the natural lashes. They typically are only worn daily and will come off while swimming or similar activities. While it takes a little more skill to apply these, they are popular and sold in stores all around the world.
The first professionally administered option is a lash lift with tint. This treatment involves essentially perming and dyeing the lashes. It does not apply any sort of extension and uses only your natural lashes. This does require that patients have some length to their lashes, but most average eyelashes will qualify.
Susceptible to the hair growth cycle just like extensions, a lash lift and tint tends to last around four to six weeks. Unlike with extensions though, you need to wait a few weeks after the lift and tint wear off to refresh your look.
Lash extensions–as discussed–use individual lash extensions and apply them to single natural lashes. This creates a more natural look than strip lashes. Also, once fully adhered in about 24 to 48 hours, you do not have to worry about activities such as swimming or working out, this should not cause your lashes to fall out as long as you maintain them.
Extensions last about the same amount of time as a lash lift and tint but offer more dramatic and customizable results. Additionally, patients with lighter lashes may also benefit from a lash tint a few days before getting their extensions. Though, it is not usually necessary to get a good result.
At a consultation with a master esthetician, they will examine the length, projection, and thickness of your existing lashes. They will also detail all of your lash enhancement options and what you can expect from each. Your master esthetician may also ask about your medical history and lifestyle as this can factor into the right option for you.
After deciding on lash extensions, they will provide you with the steps to prepare, the price, and the specifics of your treatment. You can then schedule it before leaving the office.
As the preparation instructions detail, you should have no eye makeup on when you come to the Northwest Face & Body office. Your master esthetician will proceed to clean your lashes of any built-up residue or debris. After this, they will apply cotton pads below your eyes and may tape areas of your lid to ensure your eyes remain closed and the lashes are in the best position to place the extensions.
Your master esthetician will then begin isolating individual lashes and use the guide on the cotton pad to apply various lengths of extensions. Traditionally, each eye is done at the same time to keep the lashes even. The entire process takes between one and two hours.
You will see your results immediately. To maintain your lashes for as long as possible, your master esthetician will provide aftercare instructions. Beyond brushing and cleaning your lashes every day, you will need to avoid water, sweating, crying, and similar wetness for at least 24 hours (though 48 is preferred). Additionally, rubbing the eyes, oil-based eye creams and products, and waterproof mascara are also not recommended.
The natural hair cycle will cause your extensions to slowly fall out. In-fills replace these lashes and can keep your extensions looking full. At Northwest Face & Body, we offer in-fill pricing at two, three, and four weeks.
There are certain medical conditions or situations where it may not be advisable or safe for a client to undergo a lash lift. Some of these include:
Your master esthetician will ask about these during your consultation and evaluate whether lash extensions in Bellevue are the ideal treatment for you.
Our master estheticians offer classic lash extensions which are the most natural looking. We do not perform hybrid or volume lashes at this time, but can customize our treatment based on your eye shape and goals.
There are at-home lash extension kits available. However, unless applying normal strip lashes, these kits come with more risk than they are worth. Since the safest way to apply lash extensions is with the eyes closed, this is nearly impossible to do yourself.
Using at-home kits have higher risks of injury, burns, bad result, and infection. A master esthetician at Northwest Face & Body has full visibility when performing your lash extensions and takes every precaution to ensure safety.
Cyanoacrylate is the main ingredient in also every lash adhesive. While derived from cyanide, it is not found in the final product at all. Acrylic acid is the other component that dries quickly. The combination of the neutralization and fast drying of the product makes it safe to use for eyelash extensions in Kirkland.
Cluster lash extensions are when multiple extensions are bundled together and placed on one lash. This type of lash extension can be dangerous and lead to lash loss because it requires a large amount of adhesive. Additionally, they are heavy and natural eyelashes are simply not strong enough to hold onto them.
In extreme cases, cluster eyelashes can cause pain, lash loss, and irritation. If you got cluster lashes, you will need a professional to remove them carefully to avoid damaging your lashes. Occasionally, cluster lashes can be safe if worn for a short time. However, if you’re wanting a dramatic or unique look, you’re probably better off with strip lashes or traditional lash extensions.
A full set of classic eyelash extensions at Northwest Face & Body starts at $150. In-fills will then vary based on the amount of time since receiving your set. You can find full eyelash extension pricing on our price list.
Northwest Face & Body has provided the gold standard of plastic surgery, medical grade skincare, and cosmetic services for over thirty years. Located on Carillon Point in Kirkland, it is only a short drive away from both Bellevue and Kirkland. The beautiful location is on the shores of Lake Washington and is close to various amenities.
The master estheticians at Northwest Face & Body have extensive experience in performing medical grade skincare and cosmetic services. This includes procedures like chemical peels, microneedling, and non-ablative laser resurfacing. Along with more traditional esthetic services such as waxing and lash lifts. Their combination of medical and esthetic expertise and experience allows them to provide the best lash extensions Bellevue and Kirkland offer.