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 ProcedureSlight 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.
- Come to your appointment with your eyebrows penciled the way you like them (optional), and bring your eyebrow pencil. If you get your eyebrows tinted, please have this done at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled procedure. It is recommended to wait at least two weeks to have them tinted after the procedure.
- Your eyebrows WILL appear bolder immediately after the procedure. This is common in all permanent cosmetic applications. It will begin to soften after a few days. Hair strokes appear crisp and bold at first, but will soften as the tissue heals.
- Clients with darker skin (Indian, African American, Filipino, etc.), please know that due to your skin color that is naturally darker pigment, the Hair Stroke Eyebrows and Eye Liners will NOT appear as defined or as dark as on lighter skin types.
- In order to determine if you are a good candidate for an eyeliner procedure, it is your responsibility to inform your technician of any eye surgeries you have had or eye conditions you currently have. If you have had any eye surgery, i.e.; Lasik, Cornea surgery, Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty, Lens repair, etc. you will need to wait at least 6 months before getting permanent eyeliner. A doctor’s note may be requested.
- You must discontinue use of any eyelash growth serum (Latisse, Revitalash, etc.) 2 weeks prior to a permanent cosmetic procedure and you cannot use it again until three weeks after a procedure.
- Absolutely no mascara for 5 days after the eyeliner procedure. To reduce the risk of infection, you must buy and use a new tube of mascara after the permanent cosmetic procedure. If you prefer to create a more dramatic look occasionally you must also buy new eyeliner to be used on the third week after the eyeliner procedure area has healed.
- If you have a history of “cold sores” or fever blisters, you must take prescribed medication (such as Valtrex) four days prior to your permanent cosmetic LIP procedure and three days after to minimize the possibility of an outbreak following your lip procedure. No exceptions! Ask your doctor for the medicine.
- Smoking will increase your risks of poor color retention for lip procedures. It is imperative that you refrain from smoking one week prior to your permanent cosmetic procedure and one month after the procedure for successful color.
- Lip procedure clients should avoid salty foods, hot beverages, and drink through a straw when possible for the first week after a permanent cosmetic procedure. Avoid biting and licking your lips.
- Lips can take up to 3 treatments for desired depth of color. Keeping lips moist daily will lengthen the time the pigment will last. Remember everyone heals differently.
Your Procedure Day:
- Eat a light meal before your permanent cosmetic appointment. Do not eat a heavy meal.
- Do NOT wear eye make-up/mascara or lip color to the office (exception is for eyebrow pencil). Removing your make-up prior to your permanent cosmetic procedure causes excess inflammation to the procedure area. Although most patients don’t, you may re-apply your make-up after your treatment to areas other than the procedure area. Do not wear heavy make-up to the office.
- If you are having an eyeliner procedure, do NOT wear contact lenses to your appointment. Wear your eyeglasses. Clean contacts can be worn 48 hours after the procedure. You should not use Saline to wet the eyes. You should only use Sterile Water. Check that the wash is NOT SALINE, because it may fade the eyeliner.
- If you were prescribed oral “relaxing” medication, take it upon arrival at the office, to allow time for it to take effect.
- Your permanent cosmetic procedure will be performed with topical anesthesia. The topical anesthetic will be applied and allowed to work for up to 25 minutes.
- Before you go home make sure to review your written post treatment instructions. Please ask any questions that you may have.
- It is best to schedule your touch up procedure 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure.
- After your treatment you will experience some slight redness and mild swelling. Apply a cold pack to the treatment area for ten minutes at a time for up to one hour after treatment. This is most important in the first hour after your procedure.
- Most clients can return to work the same day, depending on your comfort level.
Post Instructions for Permanent Cosmetics:
- You will leave the office with a general healing schedule and permanent cosmetic after care information.
- Some clients benefit from Benadryl or any brand anti-histamine, for eyeliner procedures (non-drowsy formula) just prior to starting. Pain medication after any procedure is rarely needed.
- Active tanning must be discontinued; both sun tanning and tanning booths must be avoided for one week after your permanent cosmetic procedure. Limit sun exposure on the area for 2 weeks after and no sun bathing for several weeks afterward. Wear a hat, and use sunscreen!
- Do not wet the permanent cosmetic procedure area as it will dry it out and more scabbing will result. You may wash your face with a soft cloth and gentle cleanser, around the procedure area.
- Try to avoid sweating for several days after treatment, as the salt in your sweat may fade the pigment prematurely (salt is sometimes used in the permanent cosmetic removal process). This includes no exercise.
- You may wash your hair on the 5th day after your permanent cosmetic procedure. If you must wash it on 3rd day, (no sooner) apply a coat of Vaseline over the area first and gently pat off after. This may cause fading.
- Eyeliner and lip clients may notice swelling is worse on the morning after your permanent cosmetic procedure. Swelling will typically last 1-3 days, depending on the sensitivity of your eyes or lips.
- Do not apply makeup to the treatment area until it is healed.
- Regular exercise can be resumed in 5 days after a permanent cosmetic procedure. Exercise causing sweating and faster heart rate which opens up pores and can release pigment with the perspiration before the skin has healed over securely in first 3 days.
- Do not swim until the treatment area is healed, as chlorine and salt water can fade or alter your pigment. Lakes can have bacteria. It is best to avoid lake swimming during the healing process. Even after the treatment area has healed, it is wise to apply a barrier ointment (such as Aquaphor or Vaseline) to the area before a swim.
- DO NOT RUB, SCRATCH, OR PICK the permanent cosmetic procedure area. This is a must, because you do not want an infection. Let the sloughing skin exfoliate naturally to avoid scarring or premature loss of pigment. To avoid infections, use clean hands or Q-tips to touch the treatment area during the healing process.
- You can resume the Retin-A or Retinols after 30 days, but please know that continued use on or very near to the treated area, will fade your permanent cosmetics and require more frequent touch ups.
- Some clients may have pigment fade unevenly. Faded areas will be filled during the follow-up to create a more even appearance. Follow up appointments must be scheduled 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment.
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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