Pre-Procedure Info and FAQ’s
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PRE-PROCEDURE INFORMATION – PLEASE READ!
FOR ALL PERMANENT MAKEUP PROCEDURES
- If you are pregnant or nursing – although there is no medical evidence that tattooing would have any affect on an unborn child, we don’t know for sure. We suggest you err on the side of caution and come back after the baby is born and you are no longer nursing.
- You must be 18 years of age to be legally tattooed in Missouri.
- Regarding anticoagulants blood thinners – long-term use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and some herbs reduce clotting time. This results in increased bleeding and bruising which will affect the implantation of pigment. Additionally, this increases healing time – please refrain from all of these products at least three days prior to appointment.
- Alcohol can also thin the blood, please seriously limit consumption three days prior to appointment.
- Blood disorders that affect clotting, such as hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, and platelet disorders, could interfere with the implantation of pigment. However, it is possible to receive successful implantation of permanent cosmetics.
- Mitral valve prolapse artificial heart valves or artificial joints or any person that requires prophylactic antibiotics before dental or other procedures will need to consult their physician for treatment prior to permanent make up.
- Scars from surgery or injury must be healed for at least one year prior to service (if you are prone to keloid scarring a patch test may be necessary).
- Skin should not be sunburned or heavily tan for any tattooing procedure.
- You must be off Retina A or Retinol products seven days prior to appointment and avoid around the area for 30 days after procedure, if used before 30 days it can cause the pigments to fade prematurely. Accutane is a dangerous drug and skin can not be tattooed while on this medication.
PRE-CARE FOR EYELINER PROCEDURES
- You must discontinue the use of eyelash enhancement growth serum such as Latisse if you’re getting eyeliner at least one month prior to appointment.
- If you have had Lasix cornea repair you will need to wait six months before permanent make up procedures are done.
- Glaucoma patients may wish to consult with doctor prior to appointment, however it is not typically a problem.
- Contacts will need to be removed for eyeliner procedure bring glasses if necessary.
- All false eyelashes must be removed prior to procedure you may reapply two weeks after your eyeliner procedure.
- If you have a tendency to swell and are having eyeliner or lip procedures you may take a Benadryl before appointment but please bring driver as may cause drowsiness.
- Feel free to wear your eye makeup to the appointment to show me how you like it, but know we will need to remove before procedure.
PRE-CARE FOR EYEBROW PROCEDURES
- Do not bother to shave wax or shape brows prior to appointment it will be done during your procedure.
- Feel free to bring your pencil so we can match colors. We will draw your brows to your specifications and consult before any procedure begins.
PRE-CARE FOR LIP PROCEDURES
- If you get fever blisters and or cold sores you will need to call your dentist or doctor before the procedure to get a prescription for Valtrex or Zovirax to take prior to and after procedure.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Permanent Makeup?-
Permanent makeup is the placement of pigment just beneath the epidermis of the skin, and it is also referred to as permanent cosmetics or cosmetic tattooing. Permanent makeup can consist of eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, and full lip color. Over time, and with the effects of aging and sun exposure, the pigment may alter — however, it is permanent. If you pay attention to your sun exposure, your permanent makeup can last between 6 - 15 years! You may also refresh your permanent makeup every few years in order to keep yourself looking your absolute best!
Does it hurt?+
While we understand that everyone’s pain sensitivity is different, the permanent makeup application process typically only invokes minor discomfort. We use topical anesthetics during the application process in order to make our clients as comfortable as possible. Once the anesthetics take into effect, you mostly feel a light pressure.
What can I expect?+
Immediately following the procedure there may be some redness or swelling on the upper eyelid or lips. However, it is very rare for eyebrows to swell. This swelling and redness can last anywhere from 2 to 4 days.
After one week of application, the swelling and tenderness should be gone. Your skin will peel as it is sloughing off of the pigment in the epidermis. But as your skin continues to heal, you can expect the color to lighten over the course of a couple weeks.
About 30 days after the procedure, the healing will be complete. If needed, you may come in for a touch up and to add the finishing touches on your new look!
How long does each procedure take?+
There are many factors that go into the time of a procedure, such as: sensitivity, hydration, density, elasticity, and general condition of the skin. Once the anesthetics take effect, the pigment is applied, and we add some final finishing touches, the average time for your first visit is roughly one hour.
Is Permanent Makeup truly permanent?-
A variety of factors influence the longevity of Permanent Makeup. Ultra-violet exposure from sun or tanning booths, various drugs, excessively dry skin, and smoking are all factors that may affect this. Alpha-hydroxy, Retin-A, and glycolic acid must be kept away from treated areas. These kinds of substances slough away top layers of the skin and eventually the layer that the pigment has been implanted into.
Use of these kinds of substances will require additional maintenance in years to come. Sunblock on eyebrows, sunglasses for eyeliner, will greatly prolong the effective life of these procedures.
*Colors will appear darker and somewhat unnatural for the first few days, but then lighten to a more natural look during the following few weeks. Pigment colors can be soft and natural looking, or a bit more dramatic. If desired, your end result may be deepened with additional applications.