Things You Should Know In Advance

A consultation is not required prior to your permanent cosmetic procedure appointment but is beneficial to you so you get to see where the procedure is done and meet your artist ahead of time.

On the day of your appointment, before the actual procedure, you will have a full consultation which adds an extra hour to your appointment. This will include a brief medical history review, options such as pigment color choices, brow styles, and overall expectations and after care.

You should plan on 3 hours in the office. This time includes consultation, proper numbing, application of procedure, before and after photos and after care in-structions. None of these activities should be rushed. For follow-up appointments you should schedule 1-1 1/2 hours in the office.

What To Expect After Procedure

Slight swelling, pink around worked area, itching and tenderness are common after the procedure. These symptoms will dissipate more each day and vary on an individual basis. Ice technique will reduce swelling sooner.

Color can fade/soften as much as 50% and more on some skin types. Your follow up appointment will enhance any area that has faded too much. Healing is specific to each client.

It is important to realize that to maintain the original look, you will need a color refresh every 1-3 years. If you are out in the sun a lot, have oily skin, use anti-aging creams, use retinol products, get regular chemical peels, or exercise frequently you will probably need a color boost every year.

On a case by case basis I do limited permanent cosmetic corrections on work originally done by other technicians. I will work over still visible pigments. Corrections are complicated. Remember, no one has two sides of the face that are the same. Enhancing your features is the goal. Note that nothing is PERFECT. We do not use the “P” word when doing permanent cosmetics.

If you are pregnant or breast feeding you are NOT a candidate for permanent cosmetics.

It is critical that you are NOT taking or have not taken Accutane within the last 6 months before a permanent cosmetic procedure. BOTOX should be performed AFTER your permanent cosmetic procedure and follow up are completed.

Injectable FILLERS may be done 6 weeks or more prior to your scheduled permanent cosmetic procedure. However, to avoid complications it is best to do fillers 6 weeks after your permanent cosmetic procedure.

Do not have any laser or light-based treatments one week prior to your permanent cosmetic procedure. Do not have any laser treatments until your permanent cosmetic procedure healing is complete.

Do not have professional microdermabrasion or acid “peels” for one week prior to your permanent cosmetic procedure.

Do not have any facial waxing for one week prior to your permanent cosmetic procedure.

Absolutely NO sun or tanning prior to the permanent cosmetic procedure or for one week after the procedure. Prior to your procedure do not have a sun burn on your face as that is a sign of inflammation in the skin. In addition, the skin will exfoliate after healing from a sun burn and takes the permanent cosmetic pigment color with it as it fades. If you have a sun burn at the time of your procedure appointment you will be required to reschedule and your deposit will be forfeited.

It is recommended to stop using topical or oral steroids (creams or pills), and Retin A/Retinoid (topical or oral) 5 days prior to any permanent cosmetic procedure. You must discontinue all retinoid products for one month after a procedure. Using retinoid products before one month after the procedure can cause the pigments to fade prematurely. Consult with your doctor before discontinuing any topical or oral steroid.

Do not use any aggressive skin-care products such as glycolic or salicylic acids and abrasive scrubs for 3 days prior to your permanent cosmetic procedure appointment.

Herbal supplements such as flax seed oil are to be avoided for 3 days pre-procedure. No fish oils. Do NOT take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, and/or Ibuprofen unless medically necessary for 48-72 hours prior to your permanent cosmetic procedure. Tylenol is fine.

Do not drink any alcoholic beverage 2 days prior to your appointment.

No swimming until the permanent cosmetic area is completely healed. Salt water/chlorine can cause the pigments to fade or change in color. Even after healing, it is recommended that you apply Vaseline to the treated area/s prior to swimming to prevent the chlorine water/salt water from fading the area. Please schedule accordingly.

You should avoid sweating for one week after your permanent cosmetic procedure, which means avoid all exercise. Sweat is salty and can pre-maturely fade the treated area!

You should wash your hair the morning of your permanent cosmetic procedure, since it is recommended to keep your face dry/out of the water for at least 5 days after your permanent cosmetic procedure. No water, no makeup, no lotions, no pencil etc. Absolutely NOTHING should be put on the treated area for 7 days. After 7 days, use a gentle cleanser or plain (not deodorant) soap and water in a gentle circular motion to clean the area, and rinse lightly, pat dry and apply a thin film of Crisco or Vaseline at this time. Avoid scrubbing the treated area for 4 weeks.

For most people, permanent cosmetics are well tolerated procedures. Topical anesthetic (numbing cream) is used before every procedure. If you feel that you will require “relaxing” medication for extra comfort, discuss this with your doctor and obtain a prescription for medication prior to procedure. Let the permanent cosmetics professional know of any and all medications the day of the procedure.

You may drive to and from your appointment. If you require oral “relaxing” medications, please arrange for someone to drive you home.

Getting a permanent cosmetic procedure just prior to or doing your period, can make you extra sensitive to the procedure. Schedule accordingly.

Additional Information




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The Day of Your Procedure

On the day of your permanent cosmetic appointment arrive with a clean face, except if you are coming in for an eyebrow procedure. This is especially important for an eyeliner procedure. Rubbing your eyes to remove eye makeup causes too much irritation prior to the procedure. Eyebrow clients should come in with their eyebrow makeup penciled/powdered as they normally wear it.

Bring some of your favorite makeup colors so that your permanent cosmetic technician can match the color. You can also bring some photos that you have seen online, to indicate what you DO and DON’T like. Since the consultation includes looking at actual client photos, to determine your design preference, it is not necessary to search for photos.

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