Pre Appointment Instructions
What should I do before my procedure appointment?
Check your calendar before scheduling your appointment. You don’t want to be swollen or in the middle of healing when you’re going to be at an event or taking pictures! If you have pedicures or get your nails done, do this prior to coming in for your procedure. You will need to avoid going into a nail salon or pet grooming salon for two weeks after your procedure. Think about your vacation or weekend get a ways. You will need to avoid getting wet, sweating, sun, sand, dirt and dust for two weeks following your procedure.
One year before your appointment: It is necessary to be off Accutane for a year prior to all procedures.
6 weeks s before your appointment: Stop using lash growth serums and products – this includes Rx and over the counter products.
4 weeks before your appointment: 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. Do not use these products again until you are 8 weeks healed after your second visit, which is your follow up visit.
Stop tanning your face with either the sun or tanning equipment. If you show up with a dark face tan or a sun burn, your appointment will have to be rescheduled and you will forfeit your deposit and need to pay another deposit in order to reschedule.
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.
If you have been asked to get a letter of clearance from your physician you should request it early enough that the physician’s office has time to get it ready for you. Go ahead and put it in your purse or your car so you don’t forget to bring it. If you’ve had any surgeries or been hospitalized within the past year or have certain disorders, it is our policy to have you obtain this clearance. It must state that you are fine to get cosmetic eyeliner or eyebrows tattooed on or after the date of the letter! If you forget this letter, or it’s not worded correctly your appointment will have to be rescheduled and you will forfeit your deposit and need to pay another deposit in order to reschedule. If in doubt, take a photo of the letter and text or email it to me ahead of time allowing time for corrections if need be.
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 48 hours prior to your appointment.
The day of your appointment: Eyebrows: Come to your appointment with a clean face, free from eye shadow and foundation or powders on your eyebrows. Eyeliner: Come to your appointment with a clean face, free from eye shadow, mascara or eyeliner. Lips: Come to your appointment with a clean face, and do not wear lipstick or any other lip products including chap stick. You must be free of acne and blemishes in the areas that will be worked on.
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 or eye brow procedure done, do not wear contacts. Remember to bring your glasses. If you are having an eyeliner procedure done, is recommended that you have a driver available or “on call” to drive you home after your procedure although most people are fine to drive themselves home after the procedure.
You do not need to remove your eyebrow hairs, but if you want to groom your stray hairs, do it by the two weeks prior to your appointment date. Do not wax, tweeze, thread or shave your eyebrows in the two weeks prior to your eyebrow appointment. I will remove any stray hairs on the day of the procedure.
Please do not bring children or anyone with you. We can give your driver an estimated time of completion.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing so you can move freely as needed. The procedure room is kept very cool.
You will not be able to wear ear phones or ear buds during your procedure.
You will need to turn all sounds to the OFF position on your cell phone during your procedure.
Please turn phone OFF, not just to vibrate!
I do not answer my phone or check my messages while you are here, please return the courtesy by not answering your phone or checking your messages until you leave our office.
It is important that you arrive ON TIME. If you arrive even 5 minutes late, you may have to be rescheduled and forfeit part or all of your deposit. If you arrive early, the door may be locked and may not be opened until right at your appointment time.
We reserve the right to refuse treatment if you arrive at your appointment impaired or intoxicated or by not complying to the instructions above. If this is the case, you will forfeit your deposit as stated in the agreement you signed.
Most GPS navigation systems will take you through downtown via Church St. or Union St. which is not necessary.
Avoid the one way streets and traffic lights by looking at a map before you route your trip.
After Care Instructions
The end result of your procedure depends greatly on following this aftercare protocol. Immediately after the procedure your eyebrows will appear to be too dark, too thick and will have an unnatural appearance. Relax! This is normal. Do not try to scrub the color off!
Don’t worry, within one to two weeks the color will fade and they will become more natural looking. It is only after healing is complete that you will be able to fully appreciate your new eyebrows. At that time you may even think they are too light, if that is the case we will adjust it during your follow up session. On average you will lose 25% to 50% of the initial color. Your newly done brows will appear to disappear before they finish healing and color will change several times before it softens during the healing. Be patient! Brows may oxidize and actually get slightly darker before the color softens in the healing process. Don’t worry, this is normal, they will lighten!
Keep your brows completely dry for the first three days. Beginning on day four, if needed you can apply the supplied aftercare ointment minimally (less is best) once a day for 7-10 days. It is absolutely imperative that you not over moisten the area as this can result in the loss of color and shading. Less is best! Once a day gently remove previous ointment with a clean Q-tip, followed by reapplying more ointment.
It is best to apply the ointment no more than one time a day for 7-10 days, and only if needed. Remember, less is best. Always use a clean Q-tip to apply ointment to the lip area, not your fingers – this will reduce the risk of a secondary infection. Itching is also common but do not rub your eyebrow area or pick at it if it starts to peel and flake, if you notice a little lifting of color, apply ointment again and let it fall off naturally.
Some swelling, redness, tenderness and itching is normal and is to be expected. Keep area clean at all times, avoid touching the area with your hands. Avoid sweating, pools, hot tubs, any bodies of water, direct water pressure, sun, tanning beds and all creams around the for brow two weeks. Avoid dirty and dusty areas, such as construction areas, dry ball fields and nail salons for two weeks. Do not get area wet while showering. Do not pick or rub the area!
Do not get your brows wet at all during week one and two. Starting on week three you can get them wet but do not let them stay wet or soak. Do not let the force of the shower hit your brows until after four weeks healed.
Do not wear any makeup or moisturizers for at least 14 days on or around your brow area.
Do not do any type of hair removal (waxing, threading, tweezing) around your brows until 4 weeks healed.
Do not use Retin A, Retinol A, Renova or products that contain AHA’s, or similar lightening products on the procedure area (Glycolic, Lactic Acids etc). These products will fade your pigment color prematurely and unevenly.
Maintaining your brows once healed: Although it is permanent, your color will fade over time. You must do your part to ensure long lasting results by proper follow up and care. Always wear a powerful sunscreen when in the sun, use a SPF30 or higher, on your brows. Hair strokes and lighter colors will fade faster than a solid brow fill. Fading is also dependent on your aftercare, your skin’s age and its ability to retain color.
Do not let your eyebrows dry out, but do not over saturate with ointment.
When using ointment always apply with a clean Q-tip each time.
Do not pick or scratch! Do not touch brows with your hands or fingers!
Do not attempt to lighten your brows. They will lighten!
Avoid sun, pools, ocean, dirty areas and sweating for two weeks.
Wear sunscreen once healed from now on to keep color at its best.
After Care Instructions
The end result of your procedure depends greatly on following this aftercare protocol.
If you allow your eyeliner to dry out during the first few days you stand the chance of losing all or much of your eyeliner color. If you over saturate with ointment you stand the chance of losing all or much of your eyeliner color.
The color looks extremely dark right after the application, this is normal. The final result will be much lighter than it first appears. During the first two weeks you will lose about 25% to 50% of your color. After that point your permanent make-up will look perfectly natural.
Do not wear contact lenses for at least 48 hours (longer is better) following the procedure.
Eyes may be swollen and tender for a few days. They will be the most swollen the morning after the procedure. Don’t worry about the swelling, your eyes will become much less swollen within a couple of hours, with normal activity. You may want to place a cold compress on your eyes for a few minutes when you first wake up in the morning or any other time you feel discomfort or swelling.
During the first 48 hours apply supplied aftercare ointment on eyeliner area right before you shower or wash your face to help protect the area from soap and water. Then put ointment on again after you dry your face. Do not use soap or cleansing products around your eyes for the first 72 hours. After the first 72 hours you may wash your eyes with a mild soap, but do so very gently with your clean finger tips, not a wash cloth.
It’s very important to keep your eyes lightly moistened with the aftercare ointment. It is absolutely imperative that you do not let the eyeliner area dry out as this will create dryness and scabbing, resulting in the loss of color and shading. Do not over saturate your eyeliner with the ointment. Less is best. It is best to apply the ointment one time a day for 7-10 days. Always use a clean Q-tip to apply ointment to the eye area, not your fingers – this will reduce the risk of a secondary infection. Itching is also common but do not rub your eyes or pick at the eyeliner, if you notice a little lifting of color, let it fall off naturally!
Do wear sunglasses when in the sun in order to protect the fresh color for the first two weeks. Avoid tanning beds, the sun, pools, hot tubs, and any bodies of water, direct water pressure and all creams around the eye for two weeks. Avoid dirty and dusty areas, such as construction areas, dry ball fields and nail salons for two weeks. Do not use any eye makeup for seven days. When resuming with your makeup replace old eye makeup with new product to reduce the chance of infection. Do not dye, perm, or use an eyelash curler for 4 weeks.
Do not let your eye procedure are dry out. Do not over saturate the area with ointment.
Always apply ointment with a clean Q-tip each time for 10 days.
Do not pick or scratch!
Avoid sun, pools, ocean, dirty areas and sweating for two weeks.
Wear sunglasses while in the sun!