"Permanent cosmetic professionals should refrain from conducting procedures two weeks before or after a COVID-19 vaccination"
*All persons, vaccinated or not must wear a mask in salon/store
Pre and Post Care For Micropigmentation
1. Please do not take any aspirin 5 days before your micropigmentation procedure. Tylenol may be taken 1 hour prior. Never stop any medications before speaking with your doctor! For best pigment retention, remember to avoid alcohol or coffee 24-48 hours before. Stay hydrated. You will want to drink plenty of water in the days prior to your procedure for best pigment retention. Bring your glasses if you use them to the appointment, as you will be signing some documents in-office. You may not wear your contact lenses during an eyeliner procedure. Please wait 3 days before putting contacts back in. Lash extensions must be removed one week prior to eyeliner treatment to ensure area is clean and free of bacteria. Do not reapply lash extensions before your follow-up appointment. Discontinue use of lash growth products 3 weeks before.
2. Consult your doctor for any specific medical conditions and concerns such as recent surgery or current medications, particularly blood thinners.
Some medical conditions may require a doctor’s release. You must first complete a health history to see if you are a good candidate for permanent make-up or any other of my micropigmentation procedures. I will review it to determine if you need your doctor’s clearance before scheduling you.
A health history page will be emailed to you via Docusign. Or mailed through US Post.
3. Botox and other injectables or fillers must be stopped 4 weeks before I work on you. Please discontinue Botox and other treatments until you are completely finished with your micropigmentation appointments. Recent surgeries, cosmetic or otherwise, (under a year) will require a doctor’s note.
4. Do not allow your face to become sunburned before your appointment.
Discontinue use of any exfoliants such as Renova, Retin A, glycolic acid, Celex-C, Alpha Hydroxy, or any other major exfoliants on or around the procedure area 4 weeks prior to your having your permanent make-up procedure, and thereafter. You can still use them, but not on procedure area. This ensures the best pigment retention! Also, for the future, be sure to check that your skincare products do not contain exfoliating ingredients, if they do, you will need to keep these products off the permanent cosmetics when your skin has healed, and thereafter. Choose a basic soap or cleanser such as Cetaphil, for cleaning procedure area prior to your appointment at least 3 weeks before, and also for cleansing procedure area while it is healing thereafter for great retention.
Exfoliants prevent color retention, pull color out of permanent make-up, and may cause you to need more treatments with me. I charge for additional sessions beyond your follow-up.
COVID information: You must wait 2 weeks before and after receiving a COVID vaccination for your procedure.
Post Treatment Instructions for all Procedures:
1. It is recommended that ice packs be applied for 10-15 minutes each hour for the first three hours following the procedure to minimize swelling and provide comfort. After the first 24 hours ice is no longer beneficial. It is important to place clean tissue paper between the ice bag and the skin to prevent frostbite and contamination. Do not take aspirin, as this promotes bleeding at the micropigmentation sites, bleeding prevents color retention, resulting in more sessions. Tylenol is recommended for temporary pain relief.
PLEASE HAVE NEW AND UNOPENED: BOTTLE OF DISTILLED WATER, Q-TIPS, AND COMPRESSED COTTON PADS AT HOME FOR YOUR AFTERCARE. I will provide ointment.
2. Cleaning Your Procedure Area. Clean gently morning and evening, for all procedure areas: a) Clean your procedure area with compressed cotton dipped in distilled water and use just a small amount of a gentle basic soap such as Cetaphil. Pat area, do not scrub! b) Pat with compressed cotton pad and clear water to remove traces of cleanser c) Pat dry with tissue. Do not saturate or soak your face in water. Do not hold your face in steam of water while showering. Do not use a cleanser with any exfoliant in it, as this will prevent color retention as mentioned above in pre-care. Apply the aftercare ointment which I have provided for you in the morning and at night with a clean q-tip. This should be only a light layer of ointment! Avoid sleeping on your face and be sure to use clean pillow cases.
3. Normal activity can be resumed immediately. NO heavy exercise such as aerobic dancing, weight lifting, for 2-3 days following the procedure in case there is excess sweating, which prevents color retention. Do not swim with face down in water, no saunas ,hot tubs, or jacuzzis for 7 days!
Remember that your procedure area will begin to oxidize immediately and during the next 3-4 days. This causes the pigment to become darker. Do not be alarmed, this color will either flake off or fade back to the color that was first implanted during the first five minutes of the procedure.
5. Other fading or loss of pigment may occur. Some flaking off of the pigment is normal on some skin types, as mentioned above. There should be pigment under the skin where the pigment has flaked off, however if there is no pigment present, additional session(s) will be required to achieve lasting color. Please apply sunblock to brows and lips after 8 days, and wear sunglasses in the sun to protect your new make-up! Do not pick or scrub off lifting pigment! It will pull out color.
6. Judgement of your final results should be deferred until one month following your procedure. The skin is healing during this time and goes through many changes. It will go darker, peel, lighten. and look like it has gone completely away. In most cases it will go 30-45% lighter than when you walked out of my studio. It will then return if you have been diligent with your aftercare. Your follow up can be scheduled 4-6 weeks after. The follow up is included in the cost. This is the time for us to “fine tune” the application. I can adjust the shape and color. Avoid getting traditional make-up on procedure area until it has flaked off and healed in the skin.
Eyes: Keep lash extensions off until you are completely finished with your eyeliner appointments. No mascara or eyeshadow may be used for one week following your eyeliner procedure, and when you do resume using mascara, use a new tube.
NOTE: Avoid crying in the days before and after your eyeliner procedure. No kidding, it will prevent color retention before, and pull color out after.
You should expect a certain amount of mattering around lashes in the morning, swelling and possible bruising around the eyelid margins. Do not pick, scratch or rub as it will remove pigment. After two weeks, or after the pigment scabs over, whichever come first, you may resume all normal methods of swimming and bathing.
Lips: If you have ever broken out with a cold sore at any time of your life, you carry the herpes virus, which can sometimes manifest as a fever blister. Fever blister occur in individuals prone to this problem. In order to prevent this you must obtain a preventative prescription and take as prescribed by your doctor. No kissing, whitening toothpaste, hot spicy foods in the next 8-10 days while procedure is healing. Sip beverages through a straw, and use a new straw each time. Your lips may feel tender, tight and begin to peel around day 3-4. It feels like a case of chapped lips. You may use a bit more aftercare ointment during this time. Permanent make-up is a process and may require 2-3 sessions, the results are amazing and so worth it!