PMU PRE & POST-PROCEDURE

When scheduling a permanent cosmetic procedure, keep in mind the healing time of each procedure; you will need a few days without social plans or strenuous activity post-procedure to ensure that the treatment heals properly.  Below are some general information, pre-procedure instructions and post-procedure instructions.  You will also be given detailed post-procedure instructions the day of your procedure.

 

General Information

The application of permanent cosmetics is often a two-step process, the initial permanent cosmetic application and a touchup, to ensure the health and longevity of your treatment.  While touchup appointments are essential for adjusting the healing factor of your procedure, your treatment will always appear sharper and/or darker for two weeks post-touchup.

You may continue to have both medical and cosmetic skin treatments no earlier than a month after your permanent cosmetic procedure.  However, you must always inform your technician/physician beforehand that you have permanent cosmetics.  This is especially important in the event you require an MRI, as the pigments used in your treatment are iron oxide-based.  Only a few people have reported minor problems around the eye area and no problems around the brow or lip area.  

It is important to use a good sunscreen often on your permanent cosmetics in the long-term.  Most people are unaware of the frequency of their sun exposure, and areas like the lips and brows are especially susceptible to fading without proper UV protection.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for a permanent cosmetic procedure, you must be at least 18 years of age. Women who are pregnant or nursing are not eligible for treatment.

 

Keep In Mind

  • Smokers are discouraged from permanent cosmetic procedures because the smoke accelerates the treatment’s fading and increases the risk of bacterial/fungal infection post-procedure.
  • Persons who are immunocompromised or with autoimmune conditions must obtain their physician’s consent prior to a permanent cosmetic procedure. Likewise, it is recommended that you consult with your physician before a permanent cosmetic procedure, especially if you are regularly taking any type of medication. 
  • The American Red Cross does not accept blood donations within six months to one year of an intensive skin treatment (i.e. permanent cosmetic and tattoo applications); this time period will reset with each subsequent touchup appointment for your permanent cosmetic(s).

 

Pre-Procedure Information

  • Do not tan or sunbathe for 30 days before or after your permanent cosmetic procedure.
  • Do not have any intensive skin treatments (i.e. chemical peels, facials, microdermabrasions, electrolysis, etc.) for 30 days before or after your procedure.
  • Do not drink coffee, alcohol, or energy drinks the day before/of your procedure.
  • You should eat before the procedure to be more comfortable as the process can take up to 2 hours.
  • A nonprescription pain reliever or an antihistamine (i.e. Benadryl) taken before your permanent cosmetic procedure will help abate the initial swelling post-procedure and will help you relax if you believe you have low pain tolerance and sensitive skin.
  • If your doctor does give you a prescription pain pill for this procedure, have a driver with you. Do not attempt to drive after taking the medication.

 

For Eyebrows

  • If brow tinting/dyeing is part of your normal beauty regiment, do so at least one week prior to the permanent cosmetic procedure.  Likewise, brow waxing, threading, and tweezing should be done at least three days prior to your procedure. 
  • Do not have Botox treatment for 60 days before or after your permanent cosmetic procedure.

 

For Eyeliner

  • Do not wear contact lenses during, or for the first 24 hours after, your procedure.  We recommend that you bring sunglasses the day of your treatment, as your eyes maybe sensitive to sunlight afterward. 
  • Do not dye, perm, or curl your eyelashes for three days prior to your procedure.  Lash extensions may be reapplied no sooner than two weeks after the procedure.
  • If you have had any type of eye surgery (i.e. cataract, lasik), consult your physician before having an eyeliner treatment; most physicians consent to this permanent cosmetic procedure no sooner than two months after the eye surgery.

 

For Lips

  • If you are prone to cold sores, consult your physician for an antiviral prescription.  Oral prostheses (i.e. dentures, partials, braces, and piercings) increase the risk of infection post-procedure.
  • If you have had any type of lip surgery consult your physician about how much time should pass between the lip filling/implant procedure, and the application of your permanent lip cosmetic.  Physicians typically recommend three weeks between a collagen/Restylane treatment and a permanent cosmetic lip treatment; however, our makeup artists have noticed poor color retention for those who have had a collagen treatment within six months prior to the lip tattooing.

 

Post-Procedure Instructions

Proper care of your permanent cosmetic after your initial treatment and each subsequent touchup is essential for achieving the best results. Below are listed general and specific instructions for care of your permanent cosmetic.

  • After the initial procedure and each subsequent touchup, the color of your permanent cosmetic will always appear sharper and/or darker than anticipated – this is normal. The color will be soften around 2 weeks after the initial procedure. Moderate swelling, blotchiness or intensity of color, and some localized discomfort is normal within the first two or three days of your initial treatment.
  • In the first two weeks after your initial treatment, it is important to avoid both unsanitary and overly moist conditions. Use a fresh pillowcase after your treatment and do not sleep on your face or brows.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for at least the first week, as the sweat will increase your risk of infection. Do not use any makeup during the initial two-week healing period.
  • Skin creams, ointments, or lotions not provided or recommended by your technician should be avoided. Petroleum-based ointments combined with UV exposure carry a risk of allergic reactions; aloe vera products will cause discoloration of your permanent cosmetic treatment’s pigment.
  • Allow any scabbing, dry skin, or flaking to naturally exfoliate away; picking, rubbing, or touching with an unwashed hand can cause scarring, prevent the treatment from taking hold, and increase your risk of infection. Smoking can cause your permanent cosmetic to prematurely fade.
  • Avoid hot tubs, saunas, salt water, chlorinated pools, direct shower spray, and hot water on your permanent cosmetic during these first two weeks. Limiting the time you spend in the shower is especially relevant, to avoid both direct how water contact and the creation of excess steam. Using a shower cap to cover your forehead and eyebrow area while showering is recommended.
  • For the first 30 days after your initial permanent cosmetic procedure, avoid direct sun exposure and tanning. Most people are unaware of how much sun exposure we receive during our normal day-to-day routines. Wear a hat and/or sunglasses when outdoors.

 

For Eyebrows

Day 1           Allow the treated area to dry; swelling and discomfort is normal.

Day 2 – 5     Twice a day, dab the treated area with cotton dipped in clean, cool water and blot dry; apply the healing product in the aftercare package with a cotton-tipped applicator. The pigmented eyebrow area will become obviously darker than your original eyebrow shade and/or the targeted color, this is normal. Swelling and discomfort is normal.

Day 5 – 10   Continue cleaning and applying the recommended healing product twice a day, morning and night. Swelling and discomfort should subside, and scabbing should by now have almost or completely exfoliated naturally.

Day 14         Your targeted eyebrow color should settle in, but continue to avoid applying any makeup.

Day 30 – 60 You may resume using makeup and touchup is highly recommended to achieve the best and longest lasting look.

 

For Eyeliner

Day 1           Allow the treated area to dry; swelling and discomfort is normal. Do not touch the pigmented area with your bare hands.

Day 2 – 4     In the morning and before going to bed, dab with cotton dipped in clean, cool water and blot dry; apply the healing product in the aftercare package with a cotton-tipped applicator (q-tip). Swelling and discomfort is normal.

Day 4 – 7     Continue cleaning and applying the recommended healing product. Swelling and discomfort should subside, and scabbing should by now have almost or completely exfoliated naturally.

Day 15         You may resume using an eyelash curler.

Day 30 – 60 Touchup is recommended to achieve the best and longest lasting look.

 

For Lips

Day 1           Your lips may feel dry and taut; treat them with the healing product in the aftercare package for moisturizing. Frequently dab the treated area with cotton dipped in clean, cool water and blot dry, and apply the recommended healing product with a cotton-tipped applicator. We recommend drinking through a straw, avoiding hot and/or spicy food, and keeping food and toothpaste from touching your lips for the first two days. Movement of your lips is encouraged to decrease numbness; oozing, discomfort, and swelling is normal.

Day 2 – 5     Continue cleaning and applying the recommended healing product. Swelling and discomfort should subside; allow your lips to peel and exfoliate naturally.

Day 7 – 15   Your lips’ color will become darker and bruised-looking; this is normal.

Day 30 – 60 Your lips’ color will become bright and shiny. Scabs should now be completely exfoliated naturally and your lips will be smooth

Day 45 – 60 Your lips’ targeted color should settle in and touchup is recommended to achieve the best and longest lasting look. Make an appointment with us for checkup or touchup to ensure the best and longest lasting result.

 

Touchups are essential for monitoring and adjusting the healing of your permanent cosmetic, as well as assuring their longevity, and the color will soften within two weeks of each treatment. While touchups are recommended every one to three months, this will vary depending on your targeted color, type of skin, type of skin care products used, and your amount of sun exposure.

 

Long Term Care Recommendations

Once healed, you should always protect your permanent cosmetic with a good sunscreen; prolonged UV exposure will cause fading. Indefinitely avoid using Retin A or Alpha Hydroxy solutions or creams. All permanent cosmetics appear more vibrant with moistened with emollient products.

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When should I make my reservations?

To ensure you receive all the spa treatments you want and when you want them, we highly recommend booking in advance. Guests may book up to one month in advance of their arrival

When should I arrive for my appointment?

Being on time for your appointment is important so that you may receive your full service and our other guests are not inconvenienced. We ask that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your first treatment to check-in, fill out forms, and unwind in our sanctuary. Sip herbal tea in our relaxation lounge before starting your treatment at ease and on time.

What if I need to change or cancel my appointment?

The treatment times are reserved especially for you. We kindly request that cancellations or changes to appointments be made at least 24 hours in advance. A full-service charge will be incurred for any late cancellations or no-show appointments.

What should I tell my treatment providers?

Please let us know if you have any special expectations, personal preferences and/or possible concerns about how a treatment is progressing. All our guests are encouraged to address directly with the Specialists who are providing the treatment during the treatment.

Are gratuities included?

Gratuities are not included with our treatments and they are retained in full by the provider(s) performing or staff contributing to the service(s). For your convenience, we prepare white envelopes for gratuities at the reception area.

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