Pregnancy & Lash Lifting: Is it Safe?
When it comes to eyelash and brow treatments, one of the most common questions that pregnant women have is whether or not they can get a lash lift during their pregnancy.
Let’s take a closer look at lash lifting products and discuss the potential risks for pregnant women.
Can You Get a Lash Lift While Pregnant?
Although it might be tempting to continue your normal beauty routine after becoming pregnant, the truth is that experts have not officially tested lash tint and lash lift products (and most beauty products in general) on pregnant or breastfeeding women. Therefore, it’s advisable to avoid receiving a lash lift if you fall into either of those two categories and are concerned about the potential risks.
While there is no conclusive evidence suggesting that lash lifts are harmful during pregnancy, it could give you peace of mind to consult with your doctor before undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure. Your healthcare provider can provide personalized advice based on your health, the stage of your pregnancy, and the specific lash supplies to be used in the lash lift process. Your doctor may recommend avoiding unnecessary chemical exposures altogether during your pregnancy as a precautionary measure.
Outside of your doctor’s advice, you might come across sources saying there’s little harm in continuing with lash lifts after you’ve passed the first trimester. Ultimately, the decision is up to you regarding what risks you are or aren’t willing to take when it comes to your own health and the health of your baby. For some, the benefits of a lash lift simply aren’t worth the risk.
What Are the Risks of a Lash Lift While Pregnant?
While lash lifts are generally considered safe cosmetic procedures, it’s crucial to prioritize the health and safety of both yourself and your developing baby. Although there is limited specific research on the safety of lash lifts during pregnancy, there are some considerations and potential risks you will want to take into account.
- Chemical exposure: Lash lifts involve the use of chemical solutions, such as perming agents, which may contain ingredients that could be absorbed through the skin. While many products are designed to be gentle, it's essential to be cautious about exposing yourself to unnecessary chemicals.
- Sensitivity and allergies: Pregnancy can make individuals more sensitive to certain substances. Allergic reactions or heightened sensitivities to the chemicals used in lash lifts could pose a risk.
- Eye irritation: The process involves applying solutions near the eyes, and there is always a risk of irritation, although pregnant individuals may be more susceptible to eye discomfort or irritation.
- Hormonal changes: Pregnancy is associated with hormonal changes, and these changes can affect the body's responses to various stimuli. It's possible that hormonal fluctuations could influence how the body reacts to the lash lift procedure.
- Positioning during the procedure: Lash lifts typically require the client to lie down with their eyes closed for an extended period. This position might be uncomfortable or even wholly inadvisable for some pregnant individuals, especially in the later stages of pregnancy.
Other Risks of a Lash Lift
In general, lash lifts are considered to be very low-risk procedures with a high rate of success. That said, there are still some potentially negative outcomes, such as:
- Over-curled lashes
- Straightened lashes
- Damaged natural lashes
Always choose a skilled professional whom you trust. It's a good idea to research their work to determine whether or not they have a good track record. Ask yourself: What skills have they displayed in their past work? What training have they received? Have they performed this procedure before?
Lash Lift Alternatives
Besides receiving a lash lift, there are other ways to enhance the appearance of your lashes, including methods that don’t require the use of chemicals or perming solutions. Note that it’s still advisable to discuss any potential lash treatments, products or tools with your healthcare provider.
- Eyelash extensions: These involve attaching individual synthetic lashes to your natural lashes. Lash extensions provide a longer and fuller look and can last several weeks.
- Lash tinting: A semi-permanent dye enhances lashes’ color and provides a darker appearance. It's a quick and straightforward procedure that can last a few weeks.
- Mascara: Some mascaras are designed with special wands and formulas to provide a lifted and curled effect similar to a lash lift.
- Eyelash serums: These can promote the growth and health of your natural lashes. They often contain nourishing ingredients and peptides that can strengthen your lashes over time.
- Curling tools: Mechanical lash curlers and heated lash curlers can curl your lashes temporarily. While the effect is not as long-lasting as a lash lift, it's a quick solution for added curl.
- Natural oils: Applying natural oils like castor oil or coconut oil to your lashes can help keep them conditioned and may improve their length and thickness over time.
If you are pregnant and still considering a lash lift, have a conversation with your doctor to determine the best course of action. Otherwise, you may want to wait until after your baby has been born and you’re no longer breastfeeding. You’ll likely be glad that you ultimately played it safe!
- Sara Millecam