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Permanent Makeup Facts & What to Expect

Pre-Treatment Advice and Procedures

Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell slightly, or redden, it is advised not to make social plans for the same day. Lip liner may appear “crusty” for up to one week.

Please wear your normal make-up to the procedure. If you are having lips or brows done, please bring your favorite pencils.

If unwanted hair is normally removed in the area to be treated, i.e.; tweezing or waxing, the hair removal should be done at least 24 hours prior to your procedure. Electrolysis should not be done within five days of the procedure.  Do not resume any method of hair removal for a week after the procedure.

If eyelashes or eyebrows are normally dyed, do not have that procedure done within 48 hours of this procedure. Wait one week after the eyebrow or eyeliner procedure before dying lashes or brows.

If you wear contact lenses and are having the eyeliner done, do not wear your lenses to your appointment and do not replace them until the day after the procedure.

If you are having the eyeliner procedure done, as a safety precaution, in case of watering or swelling, we recommend that you have someone available, or accompany you, who could drive you home if you so decide, or if it is necessary.

If you are having lip liner done and have had previous problems with cold sores, fever blisters, or mouth ulcers, the procedure is likely to re-activate the problem. Your Intradermal Cosmetic Technician can make recommendations to help prevent or minimize the outbreak.

We recommend allergy testing of the red pigment (lip liner or skin tone pigments) one week before the planned procedure.

Do not use aspirin or ibuprofen for 7 days prior to your procedure.

You will be given a consent form to fill out. 

Please DO NOT take any of your normal medicines/ vitamins etc. before your treatment on the day. They can be taken afterwards. This also includes the use of anti-inflammatory & pain relief tablets as they may interfere with the numbing agents or thin the blood. You will be given a barrier cream to apply.

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Post-Treatment Advice

1. The Day After
When your new makeup is completed it will initially appear very dark. This is temporary. You are seeing pigment in both layers of your skin (epidermis and dermis). The top layer of your skin sheds and renews itself every few days and with this natural process the pigment in the top layer will peel off. This initial dark look will not last. Only the color in the dermis (second layer of skin) will be long-lasting. It is important for you to be patient and let your skin heal.

2. Be patient and allow nature to work for you.
Permanent makeup is a layering process of carefully implanting microscopic colors into the dermis. In cases of camouflaging scars and corrective makeup, the goal can only be achieved through repeated applications and refinements to the previous applications after healing. Some clients want MORE makeup rather than LESS. But it is better to apply LESS makeup than TOO MUCH. It's always easier to add than to remove afterwards. A rule of thumb is: eyebrows generally lose 30 percent of their original color application, eyeliner lose 10 percent of the original color, and lip liner/lip color lose 20 percent of the original color. Most of Anita's clients are very happy with their eyebrows and eyeliner after the first application, very few clients require minor touchups.

3. Healing
For the first 2-3 days following eyebrows and eyeliner applications; and for the first 3-7 days following lip liner or lip color, you will have swelling, redness and tenderness in the area of your newly applied makeup. It is important to pamper your new makeup and keep a protective veil of anti-biotic gel over the affected area. This prevents scab-formation and drying, which can lift out the newly implanted color. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen when outside.

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