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Eye Makeup After LASIK

Undergoing LASIK surgery at Tersigni Vision is a transformative experience, offering you the clarity of vision you’ve longed for. However, post-surgery care is crucial, especially when it comes to eye makeup. After your LASIK surgery at Tersigni Vision, you won’t need glasses for clear visual perception; however, it’s important to understand the right time and techniques to safely reintroduce cosmetics to prevent any complications. To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK and learn more about wearing eye makeup after LASIK, schedule your consultation with Tersigni Vision today. Our team is here to answer your questions and guide you through every step of your LASIK journey.

When can you wear eye makeup after LASIK?

You should wait at least one week after your LASIK surgery before wearing eye makeup like mascara, eye liner, or eyeshadow. Leading up to the surgery, it’s crucial to avoid makeup for at least 24 hours to ensure a clean and safe procedure. Post-LASIK, you should avoid using eye makeup for about a week to facilitate optimal healing and prevent any potential complications. It’s important to let any crusting around the eye area heal completely and to apply makeup gently to avoid pressure on the eyes. After this period, while you can start wearing makeup again, it’s advisable to use products that are less likely to irritate your eyes. When you start wearing makeup again after LASIK, be particularly cautious about applying any products on the waterline, as this sensitive area is more prone to irritation. Always monitor for any signs of discomfort or changes in vision, and consult with your doctor if any issues arise. While the general guideline is to wait a week before wearing eye makeup, the exact timing can depend on individual healing progress and the advice of Dr. Tersigni, your LASIK surgeon.

What kind of makeup can you wear after LASIK?

After LASIK surgery, you can wear makeup that is not applied on or near the eyes like foundation, concealer, blush, and contour as early as the day following your procedure, provided they are applied carefully and kept away from the eye area. When applying lotion to your face after LASIK, be sure to avoid the eye area to prevent any interference with the healing process. The sensitive nature of your eyes post-surgery means that it’s crucial to avoid any makeup close to them during the initial healing period. Specifically, it is recommended to wait about 7 days before applying eye makeup such as mascara, eyeliner, or eyeshadow to allow your eyes to heal adequately. While makeup like foundation, concealer, and lipstick can be worn, it’s important to ensure that these products do not come into contact with your eyes to minimize the risk of irritation and allow a smooth recovery process.

How do you remove eye makeup after LASIK?

To remove eye makeup after LASIK surgery, it is important to be very gentle and take your time to avoid irritation and potential complications during the healing process. Using a soft, downward motion instead of rubbing side to side can help minimize pressure on the eyes and reduce the risk of damaging the surgical area. It’s recommended to choose eye makeup products that are easy to remove to prevent the need for excessive rubbing or harsh cleaners. It’s important to avoid using aggressive force or harsh makeup removers and soaps, as these can irritate the sensitive eye area in the critical weeks following your surgery. Taking extra care during makeup removal is a small but significant step in ensuring a smooth recovery after your LASIK procedure at Tersigni Vision.

Why does the surgeon tell you not to wear makeup after LASIK?

Surgeons advise against wearing makeup after LASIK surgery to prevent infection and ensure proper healing of the eyes. The LASIK procedure uses a precise laser to correct vision, so post-operative care, including makeup application, must be approached with caution to protect your eyes. In the initial week post-surgery, the risk of introducing bacteria to the eyes is particularly high, and makeup, along with its applicators, can be a breeding ground for these harmful microorganisms. Even with meticulous application, the chance of accidentally contaminating the eye area and hindering the healing process is significant. Your cornea will have just been reshaped during LASIK, and it requires an uncontaminated environment to heal optimally. Post-operative care primarily involves using prescribed anti-bacterial drops, and introducing makeup into the routine too soon can compromise the sterile conditions needed for recovery. Research indicates that opened makeup products often harbor bacteria, which also poses an infection risk to the healing eyes. Therefore, abstaining from eye makeup immediately after LASIK is crucial for successful healing and avoiding setbacks in your recovery journey. Following LASIK at Tersigni Vision, you’ll experience the joy of clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses, but remember to be mindful of how you reintroduce makeup.

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More FAQ’s About Eye Makeup After LASIK

Can I use eyelash extensions after LASIK?

After LASIK, it’s advisable to wait until your doctor at Tersigni Vision gives the go-ahead before using eyelash extensions or false eyelashes, typically around 4 to 6 weeks post-surgery. This waiting period ensures your eyes heal properly and reduces the risk of complications.

Is it safe to use eye primer after LASIK?

At Tersigni Vision, we recommend waiting at least a week before using eye primer post-LASIK to avoid any potential irritation. Your surgeon will provide personalized advice based on your healing progress.

Can I use waterproof makeup after LASIK?

Waterproof makeup should be avoided immediately after LASIK, as it requires more vigorous removal which can irritate the eyes. Tersigni Vision suggests waiting until your follow-up appointment to confirm it’s safe to use such products.

How soon after LASIK can I wear kohl or pencil eyeliner?

Tersigni Vision advises waiting at least one week after LASIK before using kohl or pencil eyeliner to prevent any particles from entering and irritating the eye, allowing ample time for healing.

Is it okay to use makeup remover wipes after LASIK?

While gentle makeup remover wipes can be used after LASIK, Tersigni Vision recommends being extremely cautious and gentle, particularly around the eye area, to avoid any unnecessary pressure or irritation.

When can I start using eyeshadow after LASIK?

Tersigni Vision typically advises patients to wait at least a week before applying eye shadow post-LASIK to ensure the eyes have adequately healed and to minimize the risk of irritation.

Can I use setting spray on my face after LASIK?

Using setting spray after LASIK eye surgery is generally safe, provided you keep your eyes closed and avoid direct contact with the eye area. Tersigni Vision suggests waiting a few days post-surgery before using such products.

Are there specific brands of makeup recommended after LASIK?

Tersigni Vision recommends using hypoallergenic and non-irritating makeup brands post-LASIK. It’s best to choose products that are fragrance-free and designed for sensitive skin to minimize the risk of irritation.

Can wearing makeup affect my LASIK results?

While wearing makeup after the recommended waiting period should not affect your LASIK results, Tersigni Vision advises against applying makeup too soon after surgery to prevent any potential complications that could impact healing. Improving your visual perception with LASIK at Tersigni Vision is an exciting journey, and understanding how to care for your eyes, including makeup usage, is an important part of the process.

How to clean makeup brushes and sponges to prevent infection after LASIK?

Tersigni Vision emphasizes the importance of thoroughly cleaning makeup tools before use post-LASIK. Brushes and sponges should be washed with gentle soap and water, then dried completely to remove bacteria and prevent infection.


Posted on May 20, 2024

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Dr. Steven Tersigni is a refractive surgeon offering LASIK and five LASIK alternatives in the Portland, Oregon area. In addition to providing customized care to each of his patients, Dr. Tersigni is an educator and researcher He obtained both his medical degree and a master's degree in public health from Tulane University. He has been published in national journals and has been involved in 10 U.S. FDA trials.