Everything You Need to Know
Permanent Makeup, Semi-permanent Makeup
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TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE, START TAKING ARNICA MONTANA! (pills not cream)
These pills will help promote healing. Please follow the instructions on the bottle. You are not to touch the pills with your bare hands. These pills are not to be swallowed, but to be dissolved under the tongue. This is not required but recommended, especially if you have Type 2 Diabetes.
WHERE TO BUY:
GNC or any nutritional store
Some Fiesta stores
What to AVOID 2 Days Prior to procedures:
Blood thinners (fish oil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, alcohol, blood thinning herbs.ie Melatonin..Chamomile, etc)
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP?
In my opinion, if you wear makeup for any reason, you should consider having this done. Does it mean that you will never have to wear traditional makeup again? The answer is Yes AND NO. The truth is, to some it will provide enough coverage, while others want more. But many do not want to wake up to Saturday Night brows, every single morning. So, we take it to the level where it’s most comfortable to you. Just understand that it is better for permanent makeup to fade OFF, than to fade UGLY! The darker and deeper the procedure, the longer it will last… but that’s not always the best plan.
Great Candidates include:
Those who are allergic to traditional cosmetics.
Those who have lost motor skills and can no longer apply their own makeup.
Busy people, who have limited time.
Anyone who struggles to keep her makeup in place.
Athletes, gardeners, swimmers… who want to look good, but not totally made up.
Men and women who suffer from scarring, especially on the face.
Women who have had mastectomies or breast augmentation surgeries.
You are NOT a candidate if you present any of the following conditions, disorders or diseases. Please, don’t ignore these risks.
Every scenario plays out differently from person to person… just because it didn’t happen to YOU does not mean it won’t happen to your friend, mother, or sister. And just because it didn’t happen before, does not guarantee that it won’t happen NEXT time. Better safe than sorry, and Less is More… are two of my favorite sayings!
Type 1 Diabetes….. Slower healing creates a higher risk of infection. If under control, a letter from your doctor stating so is required. If you have Type 2 Diabetes please inform artist so that we may discuss your options.
Glaucoma…. Pressure placed on the eye during an eyeliner procedure could create further damage to the eye.
Hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, platelet or other blood disorders.
Pregnancy. Procedure should be postponed until after the baby has been born and you are no longer nursing.
Keloid or Hypertrophic Scarring. Those with tendencies toward this type of scarring may also have that risk with tattooing.
Heart conditions, Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure, Poor general health.
Any treatment, medication, or illness that compromises the immune system / healing would make you NOT a good candidate for micropigmentation procedures.
The following need special attention prior to any cosmetic tattooing services:
Mitral Valve Prolapse, Artificial Heart Valves, Artificial Joints or any condition that requires prophylactic antibiotics before dental or other procedures. You will also need to take the same antibiotics prior to micropigmentation as well.
Use of certain Medications. Accutane / Retin-A, topical steroids can make skin fragile. You must be off Accutane for one year and off Retin-A for at least a month or two prior to a procedure.
Any medications or treatments that affect the dermal layer of the skin, CAN affect permanent make-up. Doesn’t mean it will, you just must be willing to understand the risks involved.
OTC medications or treatments that only affect the epidermis and are not of much concern.
Anticoagulants (blood thinners), use of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and even some herbs reduce clotting time, which may result in increased bleeding and bruising. Avoid blood thinners for at least a few days prior to your procedure. IF PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR – YOU MUST GET CLEARANCE TO STOP TAKING MEDICATIONS.
Please understand that my approach is on the conservative side… which means most people will heal TOO LIGHT after the first session.
MOST people will need follow-ups. Each person retains color differently. In most cases, follow up visits are needed to layer in more perfection!
If you want it to look great, we need to work together, to achieve ULTIMATE SATISFACTION!
To TEST or NOT to test?
Testing has not been scientifically proven to be an absolute indicator that you will, or will not, develop a reaction at a later point during your lifetime. But I feel that those who are skin sensitive to products or anyone who has had an allergic reaction to metals, jewelry, skin care products, etc… should schedule a test, to TRY to catch a potential reaction. You should also know that a negative reaction now, does not mean you won’t develop a reaction to pigment at a later point in time. But this too, is also extremely rare.
You may reserve your consult/allergy testing in the booking calendar.
If you want testing, you will need to take it upon yourself to schedule the test! TESTING MUST BE SCHEDULED at least 1 WEEK (7 days) PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT.
If you get cold sores you will need an antiviral prescription. Physician usually instructs to begin taking it 3 days before procedure, for a 7-10-day course.
If you have had any type of lip surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent makeup procedure on the lips. Most physicians are giving a 3-week ok after lip filler injections like collagen or Restylane. Permanent makeup artists have noticed poor color retention in lips that have received collagen injections within the previous 6 months, longer for restylane. There has even been a little pigment migration along lip edges with Restylane. It may be best not to have lip filler injections and permanent lip color within the same year. If the lip surgery involves an incision (like a lip implant), the incision needs to mature about 6 months before tattooing on top of it.
Oral prosthesis dentures/ partials/ braces and tongue piercing bars may increase risk of getting bacterial and/or fungal infection from the mouth to the lips. Frequent or recent sinus infection puts lips at risk of infection. Denture wearers generally carry a higher candida/ yeast count. Cutaneous candidiasis/ candidiasis is more common in older women (angular stomatitis – perlèche, angular cheilitis). Recent antibiotic therapy can be responsible for a high candida count. Steroid medications and antacid drugs can allow candida to overpopulate. Smokers tend to have a high count also. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. The bacteria-yeast balance in the mouth can get out of whack, and the oral saliva will get in the holes made by tattooing lips. Lips can get infected easily. Bacterial infections clear up more quickly than Candida Albicans infections. It is possible to have a co-infection when both bacteria and fungus are involved. It is possible to get a candida infection right after clearing up a bacterial infection. If you feel you are at a greater risk to develop an infection, we strongly encourage you to consult with your physician about getting semi-permanent lip color.
Do not wear contact lens during the procedure or for 24 hrs after.
Bring sunglasses to wear home. Eyes may be light sensitive.
Do not dye or perm lashes for 2 days prior.
Do not use eyelash curler the day of the procedure.
If you have had any type of eye surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent eyeliner procedure. Most physicians are giving a 2-month ok after cataract, Lasik, and blepharoplasty.