Pre-care Instructions & Guidelines before Permanent Cosmetic Makeup Procedures

Please check the following with your doctor before having a permanent makeup procedure:

  • Have diabetes and under doctor’s care
  • Have been in remission from cancer for 1 year
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Using blood thinning prescriptions
  • Have seborrheic dermatitis

The following facial procedures must be avoided 4 weeks before the permanent makeup procedure:

  • No Botox or Chemical Peels of any kind.  These include Glycolic, Pumpkin, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Salicylic Acid, Microdermabrasion, Laser Facials. Both ablative and non-ablative.  Also included are Fraxel, Co2, and IPL laser treatments.

The following procedures must be avoided 1 week prior to a permanent makeup procedure:

  • All blood thinners including Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Aspirin, Excedrin, Warfarin, Coumadin, Oil supplements such as Fish Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Primrose Oil.
  • Antibiotics, Iron Supplements, and Magnesium all compromise the integrity of the skin and avoid Retin-A or any Strong skincare products.
  • Any mood-altering drugs

Pre-Procedure Instructions

  • Please eat something 20-30 minutes prior to your appointment.  This keeps your blood sugar steady and helps you to be more comfortable and less sensitive.
  • Avoid any form of caffeine 2-3 hours prior to your appointment.  Caffeine is a stimulant and will heighten your sensitivity.
  • If you bruise easily, we recommend taking Arnica before the procedure and after.  Arnica is available at most health food stores.
  • If you are required to take antibiotics before dental procedures, please follow the same instructions from your doctor before your permanent cosmetic makeup procedure.
  • No working out or alcohol within 24 hours of the procedure. 

EYEBROWS

  • Most people would agree that the eyebrows can make the most dramatic difference in complementing the face as a whole.  The eyebrows play a vital role in creating facial symmetry. Professionally enhanced eyebrows can give the face a lift.  Various concerns such as sparse, thin, or uneven eyebrows can be addressed without compromising a natural look.
  • Eyebrows that flow with the natural bone structure balance the face.  There are many celebrities whose beautifully shaped eyebrows frame their face perfectly and inspire women to take extra steps to enhance their own eyebrows.
  • Natural hidden beauty lies within the eyebrows.  We create beautiful eyebrows that flow with each person’s natural eyebrow bone structure.
  • We take into consideration each person’s unique eyebrows.
  • Why women want to enhance their eyebrows:
    • Improve the arch
    • Eyebrows are too thin
    • Sparse eyebrows
    • Alopecia
    • Uneven eyebrows
    • Over-tweezed
    • Patchy
    • Too short
    • No eyebrows
    • No shape
    • Lift the ends
  • One of the common mistakes made when enhancing the eyebrows is not taking into account both eyebrows.  Many people have one eyebrow naturally higher than the other.  We design and shape the eyebrow before the procedure and allow clients to look in the mirror to see if they are going to be able to adapt to the new look.  We want to make sure that our client is satisfied with the new look.

MEN EYEBROWS

  • Men are looking to enhance their eyebrows for many of the same reasons women do.  Naturally sparse eyebrows or uneven eyebrows.
  • Permanent makeup can look aesthetically pleasing on men when done correctly but different from women’s eyebrows.  A man’s eyebrows have a more natural look without the defined shape or higher arch that women’s eyebrows can have.

POPULAR EYEBROW STYLES

  • POWDER LOOK
    • A popular look for permanent makeup eyebrow is mimicking an eyebrow pencil or soft powders used for filling the eyebrows.
    • A powdery effect can be created by placing a soft color over the eyebrow to add shape and definition.
    • The powder look procedure can be used to fill in the eyebrows, add shape, thickness or make eyebrows for someone who has no eyebrow hair.
  • HAIR SIMULATION aka MICROBLADING aka
    • A natural effect can also be achieved through a permanent makeup application by creating individual ultra-fine hair strokes, simulating the eyebrow’s own natural hairs.

EYELINER

  • For as long as we can remember, eyeliner has been used to bring attention to the eyes.  There are different styles of eyeliner.  These include everything from the everyday traditional to dramatic, but elegant eyeliner.  Adding color around the eyes brightens and shows off the best feature on the face; the window to our soul.
  • Eyeliner will usually keep its color longer than any other procedure because of the darker colors used.
  • EYELINER STYLES:
    • Traditional Eyeliner
      • The most common style of eyeliner.
      • It gracefully enhances the eyes with just a moderate amount of color.
      • This gives the eye the more popular look of almond-shaped eyes.
    • Thicker Eyeliner
      • The thickness and placement of the eyeliner can give the illusion of eyes being bigger, smaller, or even a different shape.
    • Bottom Eyeliner
      • It is common for clients to have their eyeliner procedure done to request their bottom eyeliner applied as well.  Upon request, bottom eyeliner can be drawn on thicker.
    • Extended Eyeliner
      • You can elongate the eye by extending the eyeliner just shortly past the eye.

EYELINER AFTERCARE:

  • Keep moist 3 times a day for the first 5 days with your aftercare ointment.  Between applying ointment keep dry for approximately 5 days.  Once the darkness starts to flake off (in about 5 days) you can brush off the flakiness.  Do not force the flakiness off.

LIPS AFTERCARE:

  • Keep moist around every 3 hours for the first 3 days with your aftercare ointment.  Between applying ointment keep dry for approximately 3 days.  Once the darkness starts to flake off (in about 3 days) you can brush off the flakiness.  Do not force the flakiness off.

What to expect during the healing process and protocol to follow:

  • The area of the procedure will begin to feel dry and chapped.  DO NOT touch the area with anything other than the recommended ointment or cotton swabs.
  • DO NOT pick at ant flaking skin.  You may notice some flaking as the dead skin cells begin to slough off.  This is normal and is to be expected.  Many clients lose 20-50% of the initial implanted color.  The color goes through phases and may initially appear lighter, but within three to four weeks more color usually appears.

Long term care:

  • After the procedure has healed, begin an AM/PM regimen.  For at least a month, use a hydrating moisturizer that is free of any anti-aging or anti-acne ingredients.  Apply a 30-50 SPF sunscreen to the treated area to protect against premature fading.

Touch-ups:

  • We recommend a touch-up appointment a month after the procedure.  Touch-ups is necessary to make any adjustments, such as darken the color that may have healed too light= or adding additional color where it may be needed.

SANITATION AT iContour

It is necessary to take all precautions against any risk of bloodborne pathogens that could occur.

  • Before working on each client and/or interrupted during a procedure, we thoroughly washed and dried our hands.
  • We used disposable gloves during the permanent makeup process.  We disposed of gloves into a touch-free trash container.  We changed gloves if we come into contact with an object or surface other than the client’s prepared skin or the material being used for the procedure.
  • We wear a disposable apron over our clothing
  • We only used the US commercially manufactured inks/pigments.
  • We used a single-use disposable blade for microblading.
  • We used a single-used disposable niddle for micro pigmentation.
  • We discard our needles and blades into our sharp container immediately upon completion of the procedure.
  • We disinfected our work areas (work tables, chairs, lights) with a germicidal solution after each procedure.
  • No animals permitted in the procedure area.

Post Procedure Instructions: 

Printed post-procedures with specific instructions on the care of the procedure will be given to each client.  Instructions include restrictions on physical activities such as bathing, recreational water activities, gardening or contact with animals as well as the duration of the restrictions.  Signs and symptoms of infection indicate the need to seek medical care.

LIPS

  • Beautiful, sensual lips can be created by shaping and adding color, achieving instant fullness with definition.  You can add color to the lips with permanent makeup that can last for years.
  • With time, lips start to lose their volume, natural color and definition begin to fade.
  • Now, you can replace lost color and restore and enhance the lips, helping regain their youthful appearances.

LIP STYLE:

  • DEFINED LIP LINER
    • This is for those wishing to accent and define their lips with the color that stands out from the rest of the lips
  • BLENDED LIP LINER
    • For clients seeking a more natural look.
  • FILLING IN THE LIPS WITH DEFINED LINE
    • This look is for a person who wants to accentuate their full lip color by framing the lips with a defined lip line.
    • The lips are filled in with color and a darker lip liner is applied to complement the border of the lips.
  • FILLING IN THE LIPS WITH THE LIP LINER BLENDED IN
    • This look is the most popular.
    • It is for a person who doesn’t want to have a dramatic difference between the lip and the lip liner.

Aftercare Instructions for a Permanent Cosmetic Makeup Procedures

It is important to take the time to read and implement the aftercare instructions for safety and great healing results.

  • Important to keep hands washed:  Keep hands away from the treated area.  When applying any ointment or cleaning the treated area hands should be washed for 30 seconds.
  • Do not let the treated area get wet:  Avoid hot tubs, pools, recreational water activities, or washing the treated areas.  When in the shower, do not get water directly on the face.
  • Do not expose treated area:  It is important for the area of the procedure not to come in contact with sweat, animals, direct shower spray, or hot water.
  • During the healing process: Wear a hat or visor when in the sun.  It is important to keep the sun away from the treated area.
  • Ice packs:  You may use ice packs protected with a cloth.
  • Makeup and lotions: During the healing process, keep all makeup, lotions, and exfoliating products away from the treated area.
  • Sleeping: Avoid having your treated area touch the pillow.  This will help ensure the procedure will not be disturbed while you’re sleeping.
  • Tanning: Avoid any tanning beds or direct sun.

EYEBROWS AFTERCARE:

  • Keep moist 3 times a day for the first 7 days with your aftercare ointment.  Between applying ointment keep dry for approximately 7 days.  Once the darkness starts to flake off (in about 7 days) you can brush off the flakiness.  Do not force the flakiness off.

Q & A

  • Is a non-surgical technique in which a tiny quantity of color (pigment) is placed in the skin and settles under the top layer of the skin.
  • This procedure is carefree, waterproof, and will not smudge or run.
  • It can also be referred to as cosmetic tattooing, micro-pigmentation, derma pigmentation, and permanent cosmetics.
  • Permanent cosmetics include eyeliner, eyebrow hair simulation, lip liner, and blush or full lip shading.
  • Those with a busy lifestyle do not have time to apply makeup every day, or do not enjoy doing so.
  • People with poor vision or vision loss due to eye conditions such as cataracts or Macular Degeneration.
  • Have thin or sparse eyelashes or eyebrows
  • People with eyebrow hair loss from prolonged waxing, tweezing, or medical conditions.
  • Anyone struggling with sensitive skin, seasonal allergies, or allergic reactions to conventional makeup.
  • Eyes that tear frequently
  • Have oily skin
  • People with asymmetrical eyebrows, and/or lips want to make uneven areas appear balanced.
  • People participating in sports activities do not want to look washed out while working out, swimming, camping, dancing, exercising, etc.
  • Anyone with unsteady hands due to muscle weakness, joint pain, or motor skill impairment which makes applying makeup challenging, e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke survivors, and many other conditions that could cause muscle weakness or unsteadiness.
  • Men may want the permanent color to give the look of fuller eyebrows the effects of hair loss.
  • Is currently pregnant
  • Has cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
  • Taking steroid Medication and Prednisone (off for at least 2 months to qualify)
  • Has an open wound present
  • Has aged skin that is extremely thin or severely wrinkled
  • Has a bacterial or viral infection
  • Many people say that ‘permanent’ cosmetic makeup is not permanent. That is true to an extent.  Your permanency depends on many mitigating circumstances.  The technician, the iron oxides used for the application, how deep the tattoo was placed into the skin, how the client take care of the tattoo while it is healing and if the client takes care of the tattoo while it is healing and if the client uses a total sun-block after the procedure area has completely healed.
  • Each application may differ between the technician and the client. The application should not take more than 45-60 minutes once the actual guidelines have been drawn on.  The exception to this would be full lip color.
  • The touch-up appointment is between 4-8 weeks post-procedure.  If you get a touch-up prior to this, the skin may not be healed in the dermal plane causing unnecessary discomfort and potential scarring.
  • Yes, over a period of time the sun will oxidize/fade any traditional tattoo or permanent cosmetic make-up procedure if it is not properly taken care of.  All clients should use a waterproof sun-block daily for maximum color retention.
  • Each technician is familiar with certain tools and may feel more comfortable using the manual method over a machine.  I personally know both methods of application. However, using machines will cause less trauma and discomfort to the client.
  • Most clients can receive all three procedures at the same appointment time.  However, if the skin starts to exhibit excess swelling after the second procedure we recommend postponing the lip procedure for a few days or the next touch-up appointment.
  • We choose pigment color based on undertones, not skin tone.   Undertones refer to the distinctive color that lies beneath a person’s skin that cast color (almost like a shadow) onto the upper layer of the skin tone.  Skin tone is the color of the outer layer of the skin.
  • It is important to note that skin tones, as well as undertones, do influence the appearance of a person’s skin but they do not influence each other.  This means that both a light-skinned (less melanin) and a dark-skinned (more melanin) person could have either a warm or cool undertone.  Therefore, the color of a person’s skin (skin tone) or how well a person tans may not be a good indicator of a person’s undertone.  For example, an African American person whose skin tone is darker could have a (cool) blue, or a (warm) golden red/yellow undertone.  Similarly, an Asian person whose skin tone is lighter could have a (warm) yellow undertone or a (cool) blue undertone.

Permanent Cosmetics After Care Instructions

Take the best care after your permanent cosmetics procedures to keep your cosmetics fresh and new-looking. There may be some unevenness in color after the procedure, and touch-up appointments may be necessary. We have listed care instructions for you to follow:

  1. Apply ice packs as needed to reduce any swelling. Sleep with your head elevated to help control swelling. Swelling often happens in the morning after your procedure.
  2. Wash your hand before handing the treated areas. Use extremely mild soaps to clean the treatment area and gently dry with clean paper toweling.
  3. Avoid being in areas when the environment is unsanitary.
  4. Wear glasses outside to protect your new eyeliner from contaminants, dust, and other irritants.
  5. Apply recommended healing agents sparingly.
  6. Itching is normal. Avoid picking, peeling, or scratched treated areas. If you do so, colors may heal erratically, and you might experience scarring or infection.
  7. Do not apply makeup for at least 72 hours after the application. Always use new mascara after eyeliner treatments. Avoid eyelash curlers, lash growth products, or lash tints.
  8. Stay away from direct sun, hot tubs, tanning beds, saltwater, saunas, chlorinated pools, hot water, skin areas, direct shower sprays, skin ointments, lotions, or other products unless you have been instructed to use a particular product. You need to let the tattooed areas heal!
  9. Lip procedures are great, but you need to make sure your lisps are moist. Avoid spicy foods or hot drinks and food. If you have a herpes prescription, continue using as prescribed. Avoid teeth whitening products until your lips are healed.

Also, read basic aftercare steps in permanent cosmetics

Use sunscreen every day. Sun exposure can fade your tattoo and may cause problems years later.

It is in your best interest to use lip production that does not contain petroleum. Choose lip balms that have sunscreen. Do not use products containing Retinol or similar ingredients.

Let your physician know if you are having chemical exfoliation, an MRI, or other medical procedure. Let your provider know about your permanent cosmetic tattoos.

If you plan on donating blood, the Red Cross wants you to wait one year after any tattooing procedures.

Remember that all tattoos may fade over time, and re-coloring is necessary from time to time.

  • Once the pigment is applied to the dermis correctly, it is intended to last for a good while. The cosmetic tattoo enhancement is considered permanent and will require maintenance in the form of touchups. Every few years and must be protected from exposure to UV rays.
  • Some skin care treatments will shorten the lifespan of the cosmetic tattoo such as medium to deep chemical peels, some laser treatments, retinoic use (Retin-A), and isotretinoin (Accutane).
  • The time required for the tattoo to heal will vary depending on the person’s chronological age, health, photodamage, immune system, and lifestyle.
  • Lips typically take longer for tattoo color to ‘heal in’ than do eyebrows and eyeliners.
  • Typically the accepted healing standard is 4-6 weeks for eyebrows and eyeliners and 5-8 weeks for lips.
  • A fresh tattoo must be protected from the sun and bacterial invasions such as dirty hands, dust, and airborne contaminants.
  • A very light application of an ointment may be administered throughout the following few days.
  • The tattoo will seep body serum, lymph, and even blood as it is healing and especially for the first thirty-six hours. This should be gently removed before it dries and forms a crust.
  • The least amount of crusting or scabbing during the healing process will result in better color retention.

Are you tired of refreshing your lip liner and/or lipstick several times during the day? Do the current all-day lipstick brands make your lips dry or chapped? Would you like a professional opinion regarding the appearance of your lips and what can be accomplished with permanent cosmetics toward a more symmetric and fuller appearance? Do you wish you had some of the natural colorings you had when you were younger?

If so, Permanent Cosmetic Lip Liner is for you!

A natural appearing permanent cosmetics lip liner can be applied to give more definition and correct uneven lips, resulting in a fuller appearance. The procedure also helps prevent lipstick from bleeding and can minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Full lip color can be applied in either a natural hue or a more vivid one. Wear your permanent lip color alone in a natural tone or apply different shades of lipstick over your permanent lip color for those occasions when you prefer a more dramatic look–you will find that the color lasts much longer when applied over permanent cosmetic lip color than it did to a bare lip.

Because the coloring and shape of the natural lip are unpredictable, it is common for a technician to request you attend a consultation before an appointment for the actual procedure is scheduled. Your color and shape objectives and probability of success with permanent cosmetic pigments and techniques will be discussed at the consultation.

Permanent cosmetics professionals typically ask if you have ever had a cold sore or fever blister on the lips and, if so, what seems to be the trigger to this condition. If your answer to this question is “yes,” you will in all likelihood be requested to speak to your medical provider regarding a medication formulated specifically for a breakout, an antiviral medication.

If you and the consulting technician have agreed to go forward and schedule an appointment, the technician may suggest the timing does not coincide with any important events. Lips appear very vibrant for a few days after the initial procedure, and dryness associated with the healing process requires the application of a moisturizing product. As with any artistic appearance enhancement service, techniques will vary from technician to technician.

The work table will be assembled with one-time-use accessories. If a pre-procedure anesthetic was applied, it is removed on time according to manufacturer instructions. A sterilized needle will be opened, the needle assembled into the device, and the procedure begins.

A follow-up appointment is normally scheduled in four to eight weeks, depending on the client’s age, to determine how the lip tattoo procedure healed and if any further work is needed.

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