What will my permanent makeup look like?
Initially any pigment will look darker and harsher than it will be once healing is complete. Eyebrows will be darker than the target color and may appear too heavy or bold. Eyeliner will look almost black and lip color will be exaggerated. As your body goes through the healing process tiny scabs will form along the areas where pigment was applied. This is what makes the pigment appear dark. As the layers of skin that were worked on during the application process start to heal they will dry out and then slough off. This drying tissue covers the pigment so that it appears that the color is faded or gone. After those layers completely slough off, the underlying pigment surfaces and then can be seen.
Are there any precautions that should be taken before a procedure?
For lips, if you have ever had cold sore/fever blisters we suggest that you obtain a prescription for Zovirax or Valtrex capsules from your physician and begin taking them as prescribed by your physician prior to your procedure. Also, to lessen inflammation, Benadryl is known as an antihistamine to lessen swelling and can be used at your discretion. Refrain from caffeine and sodas prior to your appointment. If having your eyes done, don’t wear contacts. Bring eyeglasses if needed. Also, come to your appointment with a clean face, free from foundation, shadow and mascara. Please do not bring your children or anyone else with you to your appointment.
What should I do before my procedure appointment? (Pre procedure instructions)
- 30 days before your appointment:
- It is necessary to be off Accutane for one year prior to all procedures.
- It is necessary to be off all Retin A or Renova products for at least 30 days prior to your procedure. Check with your physician before doing so.
- 1-2 weeks before your appointment: For all procedures, stop using any and all supplements that can cause your blood to thin, but check with your physician before doing so.
- If you are having your lips done and you have ever had a cold sore or fever blister, even if only once in your life, you will need to obtain a Rx from your physician for Zovirax or Valtrex to prevent outbreak. This is a must! Take as prescribed by your physician, beginning 2-3 days before your appointment. If you are required to take antibiotic medication prior to having dental procedures done, you will need to do the same before having your lip procedure done. Contact your physician or dentist to obtain the Rx and take as directed by them.
- You will be given a complete list of instructions at your consultation.
- 2-3 days before your appointment: Try to avoid taking aspirin or non aspirin products such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc. unless necessary. Limit alcohol consumption. No alcohol 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- The day of your appointment: Come to your appointment with a clean face, free from foundation, shadow, mascara for eyes and brows procedures and lipstick for lip procedures.
Do not drink alcohol or take aspirin. You can take Benadryl 30 minutes before your appointment to help reduce the watering of your eyes. It is an antihistamine that will help minimize tears during eyeliner procedures, and keep swelling to a minimum for all procedures. In some cases it may even help to relax you a bit! As always, please check with your physician if you are under medical care or have questions and before taking any medications.
If you are having an eyeliner procedure done, do not wear contacts. Remember to bring your glasses. It is recommended that you have a driver available or “on call” to drive you home after your procedure.
Please do not bring children or anyone with you. We can give your driver an estimated time of completion.
Arrive to your appointment on time!
How long does the procedure take to complete?
We recommend that you allow 3 hours for your procedure. It may not take this full amount of time, but we also don’t want you pressed for time.
What is the recovery time?
Total recovery time is 5-7 days. You may experience puffiness or swelling for the first 1-3 days. Flaking and peeling can last as long as two weeks. Although you may choose not to, some clients return to work the same day after their procedure.
Is any care required after the procedure?
Some swelling and redness can be expected for 24 hours following the procedure. A cold compress helps to reduce any swelling around the eye area. The treated area must be kept clean. No makeup should be applied to the treated area for two weeks. Some skin peeling and lightening of the applied color is normal. If any additional adjustments are desired, these will be made during your second appointment.
Regular routines usually can be resumed immediately after the procedure. However, swimming or vigorous exercise should be avoided for two weeks. Initial healing time is between 5 to 7 days and complete around 21 days. Do not touch the area with your bare hands. Don’t pick any peeling or flaking skin! Keep the area dry! Use only the aftercare products we have given you. Do not use products recommended to you by anyone else! You will be given a complete list of after care instructions with your procedure.
What should I do to prepare?
Look at your calendar before scheduling your treatment to ensure you have healing time before any major event. Wait 4-5 days for eyeliner and brows and 5-6 days for any lip procedures. Remove contact lenses prior to any eyeliner treatments. Follow your pre procedure instructions.
Call for your appointment today!
Your first appointment will be your consultation where all your questions and concerns will be thoroughly discussed and completion of all required forms. If you decide to not have a procedure, then your only charge for this appointment is the $30 consultation fee. A deposit / 50% payment will be required prior to scheduling the procedure date.
What can I do to prolong the life of my permanent make-up?
Sunscreen is the best kept beauty secret! Not only will sunscreen prolong the life of your permanent makeup, but it does wonders for the skin! Sunscreen helps prevent premature aging, wrinkles, and most importantly skin cancer. Be sure to wear a sunscreen with a minimum of an SPF 15 for best results and reapply often, especially after swimming or extended hours outdoors. Hats and sunglasses also help minimize harmful UV rays. You can still have fun in the sun…just do it wisely.