Pre - Procedure Instructions
When scheduling an appointment date for a permanent makeup procedure, keep in mind the healing time of the procedure. You will need a few days afterward without social plans or strenuous activity. You will not look your best (swelling, oozing, & looks like wet paint) so plan activities around the house. Plan a shopping trip ahead of time for items you will need: ointments, straws, gauze for blotting, Q-tips(some of these items will be given to you in a take home kit), OTC pain reliever, prescriptions, a good book or movies. Get ahead on your dirty work - no gardening or chores that will get dirt/ bacteria on the healing area. Do not have a procedure a couple of days before going on vacation, getting married or a special event because...
1) you need healing time - this could take from 3 to 10 days
2) you may not be able to avoid sun, wind, or other items listed in post-care instructions
Do not wear your good clothes for the procedure because pigment might splatter on them. Pigment washes out of most clothes but not your favorite ones. Wear something comftorable.
It is best to be in a relaxed state of mind when having these procedures done. Do not drink any Caffeine products the day of the procedure. Alternative herbal products you can use include Valerian, Kava, Hops, Melatonin, St John's Wort, Passion Flower, Chamomile, Willow Bark, and Theanine. If I were to pick one supplement from the list it would be Melatonin. In addition to the drowsy effect, it is good for skin healing and rejuvenation. The anti-oxidant properties of Melatonin contribute to its anti-aging effect. Some herbs may increase or decrease the actions of other herbs or prescription medications. Always consult your Physician first. Patients on prescription medications should check with their doctor regarding interactions, especially those on heart meds or blood thinners. Some medications and herbs can increase swelling and bleeding. Never discontinue a medication your doctor has recommended for you without consulting your doctor.
It is also good not too eat or drink anything (aspirin, alchohol, garlic etc.) for approximately 48 hours prior to your Permanent Make Up procedure that may thin your blood and cause more bleeding.
Permanent eyebrow swelling is mild and barely noticeable. Permanent eyeliner swelling is moderate. Permanent lip color swelling is severe. It is very important to follow post-procedures to ensure maximum results. You should also return for a follow up 5-8 weeks after a procedure(s). These appts. must be scheduled, any touch ups needed can be done at that time also.

**PLEASE DO NOT WEAR ANY MAKEUP AT ALL on procedure day regardless of which procedure/procedures you are having done but bring your makeup with you if you'd like. If you are getting your lips done and have a favorite lip stick; bring it with you to show me.





Post - Procedure Instructions

Cold (Not Frozen) packs have not shown to make a noticeable difference in reducing permanent makeup swelling, but they feel good on the skin and are a comfort measure. Cooling a skin wound is beneficial; freezing it is not. Using refrigerator temperature cold packs is safer for damaged dermis than freezer temperature cold packs. The traumatized tissue is already in a delicate condition and can get frost damage. Slight cooling of the skin a few times after a permanent makeup procedure can be done by applying cubies or gel compresses that were placed in the refrigerator (not freezer) in a zip lock bag.
Clients that leave it alone and let nature take its course heal better than the ones that frantically try to help the process. Cold packs are not recommended for anyone with poor skin circulation, Raynaud's, cold allergy / cold urticaria and other skin / vascular / blood disorders that react to cold temperatures.

Inappropriate/overuse of ice packs on fragile facial skin may cause cryotherapy complications. The freezing can cause ice crystals to form in the skin cells and damage them. Additional swelling can rush in after removal of the ice pack as skin warms. In short, your efforts to reduce swelling with repeat freeze-warm cycles can have the opposite effect and increase swelling. The ice pack initiates primary constriction of blood vessels, then in response, vessels dilate and the area swells (reactive hyperemia of skin microcirculation). Oxygen is needed to heal wounds. Prolonged application of extreme cold reduces the blood flow that brings oxygen to the skin cells and may cause wound hypoxia and acidosis. A certain amount of skin perfusion pressure (SPP) is needed to maintain transcutaneous oxygen tension (TcPO2) for healing. Hypothermia increases risk of infection by reducing tissue oxygenation in hypoperfused tissues. Oxidative killing by neutrophils is a defense against pathogens and rate of bacterial killing depends on sufficient tissue oxygenation.

*When showering or bathing, apply a small amount of vasoline to the procedure area to protect. Always use a clean Cotton Swab.

Specifics For EYELINER

Specifics For EYEBROWS

Specifics For LIPS

Healing Time

Permanent makeup will appear extremely intense and thick immediately after the procedure. The color will not even look right the first few days. Other factors are added to the permanent makeup pigment bottles to counteract the undertones of facial skin. Browns can look orangish-brown, blonde brows may look too yellow, lip colors are shocking! Some colors initially look too bright and others look too dark. But don't worry - it changes. Excess pigment sheds off over the next 2-3 days and then the skin starts healing over. A layer of healed skin on top of the pigment masks and tones it down considerably. As swelling goes down the lines will be thinner. On about the fourth day you are close to looking normal and no one notices anything. Colors will continue to soften over the next few weeks. It will look very natural in 2-3 months. You see another difference around the 6th month time period. It looks even softer and lighter. Brows and lips that looked fine at 2-3 months may have faint areas or be too light after 6 months. I want your makeup to look great and you to feel great about it. A touch up is FREE so please come back with in 6 months for a touch up. OUTER HEALING completes in about 3-6 days for eyes & eyebrows, 7-10 days for lips. INNER HEALING completes in 1-2 months.

Swelling migrates as it resolves. Dispersion into a larger area aids dissipation of swelling. In addition to on-the-spot absorption of swelling by the lymphatic system, excess fluid travels down with gravity through the fatty tissue. Anyone who has had breast implant surgery may remember having edema in the lower abdominal skin a few weeks later. Or, if you have watched someone heal from a bruised eye, you noticed that by the time it is almost healed the last little bit of swelling and discoloration is an inch or two lower at the cheekbone. Swelling from eyebrows can drain to the top eyelids. Swelling in top eyelids have a little movement out and down from the sides over the outer half but fluid over the inner half is mostly trapped there until absorbed. Swelling in the bottom eyelid drains down to the cheekbone. Swelling drains out of the bottom lip faster than in the top lip. Fluid from the bottom lip can drain down the chin and neck to speed removal. Since the top lip doesn't have anywhere to drain below it other than a little movement out to the sides, fluid is stuck there until the lymph system can suck it all out.

How easily a person swells and bruises may be affected by age, food and meds consumed and hormonal cycles. I have seen everything from no noticeable swelling to bruising. Brows have minimal swelling but the wet paint look is difficult to hide unless you have long bangs or big rim sunglasses. Eyes have moderate swelling but can be easily hidden with sunglasses. Generally speaking, younger women's eyes swell less and the swelling goes down faster after eyeliner procedures. Older women have loose skin that provides a greater water holding pocket. Additionally, circulation and cellular turnover slows with aging. Lips can swell four times their normal size and there is no hiding them. After three or four days when the area is healed enough that you don't have to worry about infection, you can mask the area with other makeup/ powder/ lipstick while waiting for healing to complete.

How quickly a client returns to work depends on which permanent makeup procedure they had performed and what type of occupation she has (greets the public or works more privately in office). Eyes and brows are a breeze. Example of time planning: Clients who work a M-F work week have eyes and brows done on Friday or Saturday and return to work Monday. For Lips, clients who work a M-F work week usually have lips done on Thursday or Friday and return to work on Monday or Tuesday.
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