What To Expect

Permanent makeup procedures are affected by the canvas (your skin)  that they are performed on. Lifestyle, tanning, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery, and age of skin all contribute to end results and fading.  For this reason we will discuss various options to ensure your results are top notch!  All new procedures include a follow up visit in our office 6 -8 weeks after your initial appointment.  

Right after the procedure

Initially any new procedure area will look darker and bolder 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 heavier than when healed. Lip color will be exaggerated for about a week then soften to the final color. As your body goes through the healing process the skin drys and flakes before the final result can be seen. It sounds worse than it actually is. With all that being said, it looks beautiful right after it’s done and it still looks good during the healing time!

Scheduling your appointment

Look at your calendar before scheduling your treatment. Your treated area will need to stay dry for 2 weeks. Botox and fillers in the surrounding area should be at least 8 weeks old before having any of our procedures done.   Read the detailed pre appointment instructions that will be sent to your email.

General pre procedure instructions

This is not a complete list of instructions.  Please refer to the detailed list sent to you after scheduling your appointment.

  • It is necessary to be off Isotretinoin for one year prior to all procedures.

30 days 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.

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.
  • Read any pre appointment instructions that are sent to your email prior to your appointment!
  • Arrive to your appointment on time!

Time for full procedure

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.

Recovery time

Recovery time is minimal. 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.  The area will appear to be healed in about two weeks.  It will be fully healed in 4 weeks.

After procedure care

Some swelling and redness can be expected for 24 hours following the procedure. If you’ve had eyeliner, a cold compress helps to reduce any swelling around the eye area. Any 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. We will instruct you how to care for your treated area on the day of your procedure.

Regular routines usually can be resumed immediately after the procedure, with the above exceptions.