All appointments include a full consultation where every aspect of the procedures will be discussed. Also, during this consultation, we will spend at least 30 minutes to determine and draw the perfect brow shape, eyeliner and/or lip design and choose a color that suits your facial features, skin tone, etc. Once we have agreed on the shape and color, we will begin the process of numbing the treatment area and then the tattooing begins.
If you are considering permanent makeup, the final result and what to expect during the healing process is very important. So please take the time to read this before making your final decision.
Permanent makeup is an art, not a science. Results vary depending on many factors such as skin type and skin undertones, just to name a couple. Also it is also important to follow the aftercare instructions completely.
When performing a permanent makeup procedure, colors will appear brighter and more sharply defined immediately following the procedure. That is because we are implanting color on top of the skin and underneath the skin. All the color on top of the skin will actually flake off, leaving you with a soft natural appearance. This flaking of color typically begins 3 to 10 days after your procedure and could continue for up to 20 days. Once the color begins to flake off, quite often the client will think that they have lost most if not all of their color. Don't be frightened as this is part of the healing process. Within 4 to 6 weeks the color will move closer to the surface of the skin and will look soft but more pronounced. It is for this reason that we have the client wait 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the age of the client, to come in for the touch-up appointment.
The following are "approximate healing scheduled. Please read carefully!
Day 1: The eyebrows are approximately 25% darker and slightly thicker than they will be when completely healed. Your skin is red under the pigment which causes the color of the pigment to appear darker. There is some mild swelling. This will subside. Exfoliation, which begins in a few days, will cause the excess pigment surrounding the eyebrow procedure to flake away and a more narrow appearance will result. New skin will heal over the pigmented area and result in a softer appearance of your eyebrows. Do not get the treated area wet. In other words, if you must shower, do not allow the water to touch the treated area. Never rub or pull the skin around the area. No soap or cleansers on the treated area. No makeup on the treated area. You can wear makeup around the treated area but not directly on it. No sweating. Absolutely NO picking. You should not have any significant discomfort after the procedure, just perhaps mild tenderness.
Day 2 - 4: Conditions remain the same. For the next 24 to 48 hours gently wipe the area with a clean, wet Q-tip or a wet tissue several times day and pat dry. The treated area will weep a clear fluid, which is normal and part of the healing process. Wiping the area several times a day will remove built up fluid, which can cause scabbing. Scabbing can lead to removal of color. This is extremely important if you were advised that you had bleeding issues during the procedure. Bloody fluid could cause scabs, which in turn could cause loss of color.
Day 3 - 4: Eyebrows start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture. Exfoliation begins, peeling from the edges first. Continue to gently clean the area several times a day. If excessive flaking and itchiness are an issue, you can apply a VERY THIN layer of Vaseline or approved product. This should only be done on the third day following your procedure. If you decide to apply Vaseline, please purchase a new container. Do not use Vaseline that has been sitting in your cabinet for months or years and definitely do not use if the container has been previously dipped into.
Days 5 - 10: Color finishes flaking off and appears softer and grayer for a few days until the color clarifies.
People with excessively oily skin might notice some color loss, especially if the color chosen is very light and if they want a conservative brow. Hair strokes for these individuals can definitely work, it will take just a little more finessing than normal! A slightly darker color will last longer for most individuals. As referenced above, if a light color is insisted upon then a touch-up fee will be charged for each subsequent visit.
There is minimal swelling with the brow procedure. Although minimal, it is suggested that you apply a cold compress periodically throughout the day (5 to 10 minutes every hour). When a permanent makeup procedure is performed, a wound is created and the skin becomes heated. The body sends fluids to the heated area to cool it down. Cold water cools the skin down which in turn slows the fluids.
Apply a good sun block over your permanent makeup every day! Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and color change. Cover the area with Vaseline when swimming in salt or chlorinated water to avoid bleaching effect. Any chemicals of any kind could interfere with the bonding process. This includes tinting and bleaching your brows.
Remember, no two sides of the face are the same. Perfection is our goal but note that nothing is perfect. We do not use the "P" word when doing permanent makeup. Sisters, not twins, is used universally in this field.
IMPORTANT: At the initial appointment, if it is your desire and decision to "take it slowly" by being extremely conservative in choosing an eyebrow shape or density, and thereby implanting only a few select hair strokes at each subsequent appointment, then it is deemed understood that this is your choice and that you will be charged a "touch-up" fee for each subsequent appointment until your brows are complete.
Day 1: Eyes may be slightly swollen, like you've been crying, with a heavier makeup look.
Day 2: Slightly swollen, usually for a few hours after waking up, with the heavier makeup look continuing.
Day 4: There is a "pinching" feeling. Some itching is normal as the skin begins to flake. Do not pick at it!
Day 5: Color is somewhat grayish and will take a few more days to clarify to full color.
Eyes should not be overworked. The eye tissue is very thin so if your eyes start to bleed or become excessively swollen, we prefer to complete the work in multiple sessions.
As the eyes begin to heal, some flaking will occur which is normal and to be expected. Do not pick at the flakes. When the flaking completes, you view the color from under the skin. Most clients will see about 30% less color after healing is completed. Because the eye tissue is thin and tends to swell easily and fill with fluid, a touch up application may be necessary. If so, you will need to wait 6 to 8 weeks following the initial application for any fine detailed work and finishing touches to be performed.
Although this is considered permanent, the color will fade over time. Fading is dependent on your skin's age and its ability to retain color. Darker colors will last longer than lighter ones.
Day 1: Your lips will be swollen, tender, heavy lipstick look with a reddish brick color effect.
Day 2: Slight swelling, reddish and tender, slight metallic flavor.
Day 3: Less swelling, thicker texture, sore, hot feeling before exfoliation with an orange color effect.
Day 4: Exfoliation begins, very chapped lips, Do not pick!
Day 5: Very chapped - almost finished with first chapping stage.
Day 6: A soft, rich color begins to appear. Lips seem to lose 50% of the color implanted (depending on the color chosen) and now they will look too light. Don't panic! This is normal and to be expected. You now view the color from underneath the skin. Lips change color more than any other procedure. The color slowly returns during the month of healing.
Day 7 - 13: Lip color disappears and the "frosty" (second chapping) stage begins as a whitish/grayish haze appears on the lips.
Day 14: Color begins to bloom from within more and more each day.
Day 21 - 30: Healing is complete. The color you see is the color you have. However, lips remain a bit dry for a month or two. Use a good lip balm and they will return to normal but with color!
Because of the natural blue undertone, lip color can change daily depending if you are cold, dehydrated, or on certain medications. Although I do my best to implant your lips with as much color as possible, it is a probability that you will need a second appointment. The first session is just a start to the lip color process. All fine, detailed work and color modifications are done at the second session. Redness, swelling, and bruising are all common and temporary side effects.
Avoid the sun during the healing process. After healing, when outdoors, always wear a SPF 30 or higher. Never use lotions or soaps containing Glycolic, Hydroxy, or Fruit Acids on your lips.
Although the color is permanent, it will fade over time. Lighter colors will fade faster than darker colors. Fading is also dependent on your skin's age and its ability to retain color.
Fever Blisters: If you have ever had a fever blister or cold sore in your life, you will almost certainly break out with fever blisters on your lips after any lip procedure. In order to help prevent this from occurring, it is absolutely essential that you obtain a prescription for ZOVIRAX and take as prescribed at least 3 to 4 days prior to the procedure. Failure to follow these recommendations may result in a break out of fever blisters, which may last up to six weeks.
Pigment Retention: It is our goal to deposit, at your initial appointment, as much color into the lips as possible without causing unnecessary trauma to the lips. It is sometimes difficult to deposit permanent pigment into the tissue of the lips since lips do not have pores. Often times, a lip procedure must be repeated an additional time, approximately 30 to 60 days after initial application. This is considered a touch up. If you need any additional applications of pigment after this first touch up there will be a charge of $75. Under no circumstances can an application be repeated within a time frame of less than 4 weeks. The lips need to be completely healed prior to reapplication.
It is quite possible and not uncommon that a few days after your initial pigment application, your lips will appear to have lost most, if not all, of the color. In addition, the color may look blotchy due to the fact that pigment may take in some places and not in others. If pigment was dispersed by the skin due to bleeding or fluid, this can easily be taken care of with a touch up procedure.
You might feel that you just paid several hundred dollars to have your lips colored and you received absolutely noting in return. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! The tissue beneath your lips has been saturated with pigment and with a subsequent application, you will notice a much greater retention of color.
Since each person has a different chemical and genetic makeup, it is impossible to estimate how much pigment retention you can expect with each application and how many applications you will ultimately need. We promise to give you 100% pigment saturation with each application but the amount you retain is unpredictable.
Please remember the amount of pigment you retain or lose after each application is not a reflection of the quality of our work. Pigment retention depends entirely on your chemical and genetic makeup, over which we have no control.
When choosing a lip pigment color, if the color is too light, it will not last very long. In other words, you will need to come in sooner rather than later for a color boost. A color boost within six months of the original procedure is considered a "touch up". The cost of the "touch up" is typically $75. A color boost after six months to a year is considered a "refresher". The cost of the "refresher" is typically $250. A color boost after one year is subject to a higher fee that will be determined by the amount of remaining color.
There is some swelling with lip procedures. It is suggested that you apply a cold compress periodically throughout the day (5 to 10 minutes every hour or so). When a permanent makeup procedure is performed, a wound is created and the skin becomes heated. The body sends fluids to the heated area to cool it down. Cold water cools the skin down which in turns slows the fluids.
Even clean looking hands can be harboring all sorts of bacteria and the last thing you want to do is introduce them to a wound. Remember, a tattoo is one colorful wound so for the first 5 to 7 days, if you do need to touch the area make sure you wash your hands with warm soapy water for 30 seconds prior to touching the area.
If a very specific aftercare cream has been recommended, use it according to instructions. Do not use any other aftercare products except what was recommended.
For the next 30 days avoid the sun as much as possible! Wear a hat if you need to. UV rays can cause your beautiful new color to fade significantly. This means no tanning!
For the next 30 days avoid chlorinated water and saltwater (e.g., ocean/sea water). If you think you may get some droplets of chlorinated/saltwater on your lips, apply a thin layer of aftercare product prior to your activities.
Finally, you cannot donate blood for six months following any permanent makeup procedure!