Eyelash Extensions Specialist

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D. -  - Medical Spa

MINTS Medical

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D.

Medical Spa located in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL

At MINTS Medical, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad and his team offer eyelash extensions. Give us a call or book a free consult online to schedule an appointment.

Eyelash Extensions Q & A

WHAT ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS?

Eyelash extensions are made of synthetic materials, mink or silk. Eyelash extensions come in various lengths, curls, and thickness to match your desired results. Eyelash extension is applied individually to the natural eye lashes unlike a strips, clusters, or flares. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO APPLY LASH EXTENSIONS?

There are normally 150 – 200 eyelashes in each eye.  Applying eyelash extension is a meticulous process and may take 2-3 hours depending on how dense your natural eyelashes are.

CAN EYELASH EXTENSIONS BE REMOVED?

Yes, extensions can be removed at any time. This takes about 30 minutes with adhesive remover.

WHO WEARS EYELASH EXTENSIONS?

The desire to look beautiful is universal. Eyelash extensions make you look pretty and your mornings easier. Anyone, man or women, 18 years or older can get eyelash extensions.

ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS SAFE?

The eyelash extensions are safe. They are applied directly to the natural lash of distance of 0.5-0.8 mm from the eyelid, not to the skin.

CAN I WEAR MASCARA?

Wearing mascara is not recommended. Mascara will reduce the life of the eyelash extensions. You must also remove all makeup with cleanser before you go to sleep.

HOW LONG DO THE EXTENSIONS LAST?

Lash extensions require touch ups every 2-3 weeks to maintain their fullness. If you follow our instructions for caring for your lash extensions, your lashes will remain fuller longer. The average human eye sheds 5-7 natural eyelashes per day, this is 70-90 natural lashes within 2 weeks (half your natural eyelashes), therefore we recommend fills every 2 to 3 weeks.

WHO SHOULD NOT GET LASH EXTENSIONS?

The following individuals should not get eyelash extension:

  1. Anyone with allergy to the glue or the synthetic material of the eyelash.
  2. Anyone undergone chemotherapy in last 6 months.
  3. Any eye infection or stye.

CAN I GET MY LASHES WET?

For the first 24 hours after the procedure, it is best to avoid getting the eyelashes wet. Even though your lash extensions are waterproof, we do not recommend getting your lashes wet on a regular basis. We recommend avoiding allowing the shower water to beat down on your lash extensions, as anything constant and repetitive can cause your lash extensions to come off prematurely. You can swim, but again, not for first 24 hours after getting your eyelashes.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY EXTENSIONS?

  • Never allow shower water to beat directly on your extensions. Constant pressure on the extensions can cause them to "pop" off or wear off sooner than normal.
  • Do not rub, pick, pull or twist your extensions.
  • Do not sleep on your face. If you are a side sleeper, try and keep your lashes out of the pillow.
  • Gently comb the tips of your extensions with the spool brush provided as needed to straighten and "fluff" your extensions. Do not over comb your extensions, or use the spool brush as you would with mascara.
  • Never use mascara on your extensions, as this will shorten the lifespan of your extensions, cause clumping, and dissolve the adhesive. You can use mascara on your bottom lashes.
  • Never use organic solvents or oil makeup removers on your extensions, as this will dissolve the adhesive and ruin your extensions.
  • Receive regular fills to maintain the fullness and natural look of your extensions.
  • Cleanse your eyelash extensions several times per week, if not daily, with our Lash Cleanse Remove; a water-based non-irritating lash cleanser.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR THE APPOINTMENT?

  1. We will remove any makeup, but it is best to not have any on when you arrive.
  2. Do not curl your eyelashes or wear mascara the day before and the day of the procedure.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY NEW LASH EXTENSIONS?

  • Do not get your lashes wet for at least 24 hours after application
  • Do not go tanning for 24 hours after application
  • Use an oil-free eye makeup remover
  • Try not to run water directly on your lashes
  • Do not rub, pick or pull your eyes
  • If using mascara, use water-based formulas
  • When applying mascara avoiding the root area.
  • Avoid using an eyelash curler
  • Try to avoid exposure to heat, steam, sauna and friction
  • Receiving chemical treatments, such as eyelash tinting or perming
  • Receiving irritating eye area treatments, such as strong chemical peels, skin re-surfacing procedures, eyebrow waxing or laser treatments