Q : What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which deposits pigment into the dermis layer of the skin. Unlike traditional tattoo artists We work very superficially in the skin and we use a pigment which is designed to break down over time which is why it will gradually fade in the skin. Cosmetic tattooing is a fantastic way to mimic the look of naturally applied makeup and can be very time saving for those who struggle to apply there own makeup on a daily basis.
Q: What should I do before my appointment?
Leading up to an appointment, you should avoid:
- Tweezing/waxing your brows
- Exfoliating the facial area 72 hours before the procedure as well as skincare products containing glycolic acid, Retin A, Renova, and alpha hydroxyl acids
- Lash serum or products on eyelid/lashline for about 4 weeks
- Caffeinated products (ex. Soda, energy drinks, coffee, etc)
- Ibuprofen/aspirin, blood thinners, blood pressure meds
- Vitamins that may thin out your blood, 72 hours prior
- Spicy foods and foods high in Vitamin K such as greens, salads, etc
- Face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks leading up to appointment.
A skin patch test can be requested and can be applied during a 30 minute consultation appointment. It is required at least 24 hours prior to procedure day for sensitivities or allergies.
Q: Are there any medical conditions that would interfere with consideration for a cosmetic tattoo treatment?
Yes, the following would interfere with consideration for a cosmetic tattoo treatment:
- Pregnancy (doctor's consent required)
• No aspirin or alcoholic beverages within seventy-two (72) hours of services
• Keloids or keloid tendency
• Birthmarks or moles in the treatment area
• Serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders (doctor's consent required)
• Circulatory disorders (doctor's consent required)
• Any bleeding disorders (doctor's consent required)
• Blood thinning medication within two (2) months prior to service • Currently on Accutane or other strong Retinoids (must wait until 6 months after treatment ends)
• If there are symptoms of skin disease, lesions, acne, or appearance of skin irritation in the service area • Botox or Disport treatment (must wait 2 months)
• Existing semi-permanent makeup (SPMU)
• Broken capillaries or raised bumps in the treatment area
• After waxing (must wait 3 days)
• After chemical peels (must wait two weeks)
Q: Which style is best for me?
Your brows, eyes, lip shape will be determined using key measurements based on your shape and structure. Though these points will be used as a guide, Mila will not start the procedure until you absolutely approve and love the outlined shape.
Q: Does it hurt?
Your comfort is very important; and because of this, she will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area during your procedure for brows and a prenumb for eyes and lips. On a scale from 1-10, most clients rated the procedure as a “3”. Also, it has been stated, “…if any pain was felt at all, it feels like eyebrow threading or tweezing” or " I fell asleep during my lip procedure." and "...my eyeliner wasn't as bad I expected it to be."
Q: How long is the permanent makeup procedure?
Generally, an appointment is scheduled for 2 - 3 hours; however, the procedure will take up to 45-60 minutes of that time. The remaining time is used for pre-numbing, paperwork, consultation, evaluation and any Q&As that are unanswered. Additional time may be used to ensure you are pleased with your procedure.
Q: Who would not be an ideal candidate or client?
Clients with excessively oily skin, larger pores, thicker skin and eyebrow keratosis can negatively affect the absorption of the pigment and therefore are not great candidates for microblading but may be a better candidate for ombre powder procedure. For eyeliner, use of lash serum can thin out the skin and may experience discomfort. For lips, antiviral such as Valtrax will help decrease chance of cold sore breakouts if you have a history of the virus.
Q: How long will the permanent makeup last?
Skin type, age and daily activity play a major role in the longevity of your permanent makeup application. Most applications will last 1-2 years, while others may last longer. Please note that since the pigment is not implanted as deep as a traditional tattoo, your pigment will fade gradually until it eventually fades away. For maintenance, you will need to schedule a color boost session/touchup session to maintain color. 12+ for annual touchup. over 24 months will be considered as new session.
· Retinol/Retin-A must be discontinued seven days prior to procedure. (it will cause the skin to bleed).
· Injections (Botox, Radiesse, JuvaDerm, Voluma, etc.) must be done four weeks before or four weeks after procedure.
· Chemical peels and laser treatments may not be done within 60 days before or after the procedure.
· The use of Latisse® must be discontinued at least three months prior to your eyeliner procedure (it creates an inflammatory response, causes excess bleeding, and prohibits the eyeliner from healing well).
· Sunburned or suntanned skin is damaged skin and therefore will cause excessive bleeding. We CANNOT work or sunburned or suntanned skin.
· You cannot expose the area to the sun for 30 days before or after the procedure.
· Do not schedule this procedure within one week prior to a water vacation.
· Stay out of steam rooms, saunas, hot yoga, swimming pool, etc. for one week following the procedure.
· Avoid working out or sweating for one week post procedure. (sweat will prevent pigment from healing into the skin).
· Avoid alcohol and caffeine at least two days before the procedure to minimize any oozing, bleeding, or swelling.
· Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, niacin, fish oil, or vitamin E three days prior to procedure unless medically necessary.
· BROWS - Avoid tweezing or waxing 3 days prior
· EYES - Avoid lash serums and any injections around eye area. Remove contacts prior to starting of session
· LIPS - Avoid injections and start on antiviral week prior if you have history of cold sores or of the virus
ALL PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES ARE MULTI-SESSION PROCESSES.
An initial application is INCOMPLETE until after a follow-up appointment, sometimes a 3rd session may be required depending on skin type and desired intensity, which must be scheduled approximately 6-8 weeks after your initial appointment. There is a charge of $150 for the follow-up appointment.
It is essential that you follow these instructions after your permanent makeup session:
DAY 1 (Day of treatment): 2-3 hours after treatment, gently clean the area with a very small amount of sterile water on a cotton pad, just barely damp, NOT wet. Do this 2 to 4 times today to avoid build-up of blood/lymph on the area.
DAY 2 & 3: When you wake up, gently wipe the area with a small amount of sterile water on a cotton pad. Be extra careful not to rub the brows hard, tug or scrub the brows. Do this 2 to 4 more times today to avoid any build-up of blood/lymph. Using a cotton swab, you may apply a very small amount of tattoo healing balm provides to brows (very small amount-like half the size of a grain of rice for both brows). This is just to add a small amount of moisture – brows should not appear greasy, glossy or shiny, if they do, you used too much. Do not use aggressive movement/manipulation of the skin- be gentle. Make sure your hands are clean before touching your brows.
DAY 4-14: Gently clean the brow area with a damp cotton pad, you may use a drop or 2 of alcohol free witch hazel (added to the damp pad) to clean the brows 2-4 times a day. If your brows feel tight or dry, you may apply an extremely thin layer of tattoo healing balm that was provided for you after cleansing (brows should not be greasy, glossy, or shiny – if so, you used too much).
WHAT TO AVOID DURING HEALING PHASE:
• Allowing any water to touch the brows! No shower stream over brows. Wash face CAREFULLY with a washcloth or cleansing wipes, avoid brow area.
• Practicing sports
• Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
• Sun tanning or salon tanning
• Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic Acid on the face or neck
• Picking, peeling, or scratching of the treatment area. You will cause scarring of the area or removal of the pigment if you pick or peel scabs prematurely.
• Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris – now is not the time!
• Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds
• Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles
• Touching of the area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care with a cotton swab
• Do not use any cleansers or facial products of any kind, over the brow area for at least 10 days.
• Absolutely do not use any ointments, antibiotic creams or gels, or vitamin creams over the brow area – it will draw out the pigment.
*Before showering, you may apply a layer of Aquaphor or A&D ointment to protect your eyebrows from moisture. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead and remove the ointment gently and completely after the shower.
Please NOTE: Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-micropigmentation procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear. Touch-ups and/or correction of the shape-design is recommended only after 4-6 weeks. If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin, please text Mila Le immediately, 205-476-2757.
WHAT TO EXPECT :
Your eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.
DAYS 1-4: The pigment will appear very sharp and dark. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab, as this is excess pigment and/or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin. Your brows may swell and appear larger also.
DAYS 5-7: Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the pigment is fading too quickly, however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows.
DAYS 8-12: Your brows may look as though the pigment has completely faded – do not panic – take a deep breath and trust the process.
DAYS 14-28: Your brows may still look a little patchy or uneven, but the pigment will start to “reappear” as the pigment settles and the healing continues.
You may get your touch-up/perfecting procedure done at the 6-8 week point. NOT ANY SOONER. Must allow for complete healing of the brows.
Pro-Tip: Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade much quicker.
Protect, protect, protect!