FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP?

Contraindications means a condition that serves as a reason to not complete a treatment due to the harm or risk it would cause.
 

Absolute contraindications include the following list:
 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
     

  • Pregnant or Nursing: We have not researched the effects of pigment or numbing agents as they can enter the bloodstream. In addition, there is a risk of infection and blood borne pathogens.
     

  • Sick (cold, flu, etc.): If your body is in a compromised state of health, the inflammatory response from even our small injuries to these areas will be elevated.
     

  • Cancer: With cancer and cancer treatments like chemotherapy, the body and immune system is in a compromising position and we would want to limit any additional risk.
     

  • Hemophilia or any blood clotting diseases.
     

  • Severe heart conditions: People who have heart diseases often are on medications that thin the blood which will cause excessive bleeding.
     

  • Tanned/sunburned skin: From experience pigments implanted in tan skin will heal darker, and appear ashy and can be extremely problematic if this is not the desired result.
     

  • Moles, skin tags, piercings, scars, old permanent makeup and generally raised skin will also not be able to retain color and therefore I try to set this expectation with clients during the consultation
     

  • Non-prescribed drugs: If a client is knowingly under the influence of drugs or any mood altering medications that are not prescribed.
     

  • Accutane & Retin-A: Clients that have been taking Accutane can not have permanent makeup for 6-12 months. Isotretinoin aka Accutane shrinks the oil glands in the skin that produce sebum. 
    Sebum attracts bacteria that create acne. This causes dryness, flaking and turnover of the skin. Retin-A and retinol OTC products should be discontinued 30-60 days prior. Retinoids work by increasing the turnover rate of skin cells. It does this by causing mild irritation to the skin, causing the cells to divide and die more rapidly.

Relative contraindications include the following list (case by case basis):
 

  • Skin Complications: If you have skin which is prone to complications with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis. The skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated chances are the skin is in a is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and therefore won’t hold the pigment well.
     

  • Chronic Conditions: The same goes for conditions like chronic acne grades III and IV. The inherent nature of this type of skin causes easy bleeding, which once again means your skin will not retain the color very well. Additionally, excessively oily skin can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together and give off an unwanted solid effect instead of a naturally feathered look.
     

  • Compromised State of Skin and Body: If the skin is sensitive, it is likely to be easily aggravated. A good way to know if your skin is sensitive is if turns pink very easily from a little scratch. For recent trauma, a negative life event, abnormal circadian rhythm, night worker, or recent catastrophic event, a higher inflammatory response will be triggered causing less retention.
     

  • Hair Transplant: A commonly unknown fact is that scar tissue forms within the eyebrow transplant site. With these irregular harder connective fibers, implantation of pigment is harder.
     

  • Irregular State, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease: If the body has a bleeding disorder, an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, or frontal fibrosing alopecia (scars as hair is lost),this will result in excess bleeding and prevent adequate color retention.
     

  • Super thin, vascular and sun damaged skin: This skin type and condition can result in the color turning cool or an ashy/gray tone for eyebrows.
     

  • Diabetes Type 1 & 2: Diabetic clients can experience a slower healing process. It will depend on if the condition is controlled if we can move forward with the treatment.
     

  • Upcoming vacation or special occasion planned: There is a healing process that can be an emotional rollercoaster. Schedule in advance to account for a touchup or schedule after the event.
     

  • Excessively Oily Skin: Machine Hairstrokes would not be suitable for this skin type.
     

  • Chemical Peel in the past 30-60 days: The skin will be in a state of unrest and exfoliation.
     

  • Trichotillomania: an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, or frontal fibrosing alopecia (scars as hair is lost)
     

  • For EYEBROWS, Botox: Wait 2-3 weeks to settle before the treatment and after
     

  • For EYELINER- Latisseor other Eyelash and eyebrow growth serums: These serums bring extra circulation (blood flow) to the area resulting in more growth of hairs.. The skin in that area is in a hypersensitive state and will bleed easily. Be mindful to discontinue using these at least 1-6 months before going in for a session otherwise you will instantly bleed and have a high risk of migration.
     

  • For EYELINER-Glaucoma: The use of glaucoma eye drops makes eyelash follicles and eyelids hypersensitive, causing excessive bleeding and poor color retention.
     

  • For LIPS- Filler/injectables: 1 to 3 months prior to the treatment and after the treatment
     

  • For LIPS- History of Cold Sores: It is imperative to have an antiviral medication prescribed by a doctor prior to the scheduled appointment.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR MY PERMANENT MAKEUP APPOINTMENT?

  • Please wear glasses to your appointment instead of contact lenses.
     

  • For permanent eyeliner, discontinue the use of eyelash serums (Latisse, Babe Lash, Maxilash, etc.) a month before the procedure. These serums enlarge the blood vessels in this area and make pigment retention more difficult.
     

  • For a history of cold sores- begin taking prescribed antiviral medication 2 days prior to the lip treatment.
     

  • Do not exercise 24 hours before procedure.
     

  • NO alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before procedure (Yes, there is caffeine in decaf coffee and tea).
     

  • Avoid sun and tanning 30 days prior to procedure.
     

  • Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen 24 hours before procedure.
     

  • Avoid Fish Oil, Prenatal Vitamins, and "Hair, Skin, Nail" supplements 24 hours prior to procedure.
     

  • Discontinue Retin-A and retinol products 4 weeks prior to the appointment.
     

  • Refrain from use of any Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products close to the eyebrow area 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after your procedure.
     

  • Refrain from mood-altering drugs for at least 24 hours prior to any procedure.
     

  • If you are not allergic to Benadryl, you make take one the night before and the morning of the procedure, which may help control swelling.
     

  • Please Note: You will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
     

  • No doctor prescribed medication should ever be discontinued without first consulting your physician.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE HEALING PROCESS FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP?

Healed results will vary with each individual client. NO guarantees can be made, additional sessions may be required to obtain optimal results. This will result in additional charges. Although we give our best efforts to provide you with quality service, many factors can result in a less than desired outcome as each client will heal differently.
 

There are three stages of healing:
 

Days 1-4 of healing:
Initially, the new tattooed pigment will appear more intense than expected. Oxidation and blood rushing to the skin's surface darkens the appearance of the tattooed pigment.
 

Days 2-7 of healing:
The pigment color of your procedure will be significantly softer and lighter during the healing process. The "disappearing act" is due to the immaturity of the epidermal cells. These cells have been exposed to pigment and the sloughing process disrupted.

Your tattooed area will have a milky cast, diffusing the original chosen color. The pigment doesn't go anywhere. It's just not as visible through the "veil" of tissue during the wound-rebuilding stage, resulting from tattoo actuation.
 

Days 5-30 of healing:
Translucency is slowly restored and you will see the pigment color deposited in the dermis. While these injected pigment tones may initially simulate the exact color chosen, it will not always be a perfect match. The tones of the injected pigment remain constant, while your own skin tones change depending upon exposure to cold, heat, sun, circulatory changes and medications.

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