Permanent Cosmetics Pre- Procedure
All permanent cosmetic procedures are multi-session processes. You are required to come back for at least one visit before it can be determined that your work is complete. Touch-up visits are scheduled at 4-6 week intervals or longer.
Be prepared for the color intensity of your procedure to be significantly sharper, brighter, or darker than what is expected for the final outcome. It will take time for this transition, based upon how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
While these tattooed colors may initially simulate the exact color and tone desired, they will not always remain a perfect match. Tattooed colors are constant, while your own skin color will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sun and circulatory changes.
- Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell slightly or redden, some clients feel it best not to make social plans for a day or two following any procedure. It is always best to avoid these procedures within months prior to important life events such as weddings.
- Wear your normal makeup and bring your lip/brow pencils to the office on the day of your consultation.
- Any tweezing or waxing should be done at least 72 hours prior to the procedure; electrolysis is no less than 7 days before. Do NOT resume any method of hair removal for at least 2 weeks.
- Any eyelash or brow tinting should be done no sooner than 72 hours before or 2 weeks after the procedure.
- Do NOT wear contact lenses before, during or immediately following and eyeliner procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contacts once your eyes return to their pre-tattooed condition.
- Following the eyeliner procedure, as a safety precaution, it is recommended that you have someone accompany you or drive you home.
- If you are having a lip procedure done and have a history of cold sores/fever blisters/herpes simplex, you will be required to contact your physician to obtain the proper prescription to prevent such outbreaks.
- Refrain from the use of alcohol, aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, ibuprofen, or other blood thinning medications for 7 days before and 2 days after any procedure. Refrain from judgement altering drugs for at least 24 hours prior to any procedure. NO MEDICATION SHOULD EVER BE STOPPED WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING YOUR PHYSICIAN.
- Avoid sunning prior to procedure as well as after. Skin that is over sunned or freshly exposed will not take pigment well, heal well and may cause excessive irritation and or burns.
- A skin test if offered upon request.
Permanent Cosmetics After Care
Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness of color is to be expected. This is the purpose for the touch-up visit. Please review the following directions and refer to them as necessary. If during the healing process you have any questions or concerns, contact your technician and your physician.
- Ice packs protected with a clean cloth may be applied as necessary to reduce swelling. Sleeping slightly elevated helps to alleviate swelling sometime seen in the morning following a procedure.
- Wash your hands before touching any treated area. Gently cleanse the procedure area with lukewarm water and anti-bacterial soap ( Dial, Safeguard, Cetaphil, Neutrogena) 1-2 TIMES DAILY for 10 days . Use gentle, circular motions when cleansing. Rinse well and BLOT with a clean paper towel until all water is absorbed.
- Use cotton tipped applicators to apply recommended healing agent to procedure area. Apply sparingly 2-3 times daily, for 2 weeks. Keep areas out of unsanitary conditions.
- Some itching is normal. DO NOT PICK, PEEL OR SCRATCH the treated area. This will cause your color to heal unevenly, scar or become infected.
- No makeup is to be applied for 72 hours after the procedure. For eyeliner procedures, use a new mascara. Do not use an eyelash curler for 2 weeks.
- Do not expose your healing skin to direct sunlight, tanning beds, hot tubs, saunas, salt water, chlorinated pools, direct shower spray, hot water, skin creams, ointments, or lotions other than what you have been instructed to use for 2 weeks after your procedure.
- After a lip procedure, keep your lips moist at all times. Avoid spicy foods and heat. Be careful around ovens and stoves. Use a straw to drink ANY fluids including tea and coffee. Be sure to cut food into small piece so you are not stretching the lips. Do not bleach teeth and avoid toothpaste or mouth was coming in direct contact with procedure area. Continue use of prescribed herpes medications as directed by physician.
LONG TERM CARE
- Use good sunscreens daily, even on the lips. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetic procedure and may cause irritation even years later.
- If you are planning chemical exfoliation, MRI, or other medical procedures, please inform your physician of your cosmetic procedure.
- If you donate blood, it is a Red Cross policy that you must wait one year after any tattooing procedure in unregulated states(check if restrictions apply to you).