You will achieve much better results if you prepare your skin for your Permanent Makeup procedure. The area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive and non-irritated.
Anticoagulants lengthen the time it takes your blood to clot. Anti-platelet drugs, such as aspirin and Ibuprofen prevent your blood from clotting, causing the treatment area to bleed more, the pigment will be pushed out of the skin, causing a risk of over working the skin and will be less comfortable.
- Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before your tattoo
- Do not consume coffee before your procedure
- Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood)
- Please, no makeup on the day of treatment. Extra time spent removing makeup means less time for the treatment.
- Do not wear contact lenses during or immediately following the eyeliner procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes return to their pre-tattooed condition in 1-2 days.
Here’s how to get your skin ready your procedure:
- Do not Perm or Tint your lashes for up to 3 days before your eyeliner procedure.
- Ensure lash extensions have been removed completely.
- Do not work out the day of the procedure (excessive oils in the skin can prevent the pigment from retaining).
To Minimise Discomfort:
- Try to get a good night sleep before your treatment this will help you relax and make the treatment more comfortable.
- Drink lots of water- before and during the session – this allows the skin to accept the ink more easily, without thinning the blood.
On the day:
Have a good breakfast on the day of your treatment, this increases your stamina as treatments like Permanent Makeup burn a lot of calories.
Paracetamol reduces pain and helps reduce inflammation so if you’re worried take two before or after your treatment.
A variety of products will come into contact with the skin during the treatment including , wax pencil, baby wipes, cling film, nitrile gloves, numbing cream, pigment. I have never seen an allergic reaction to any of these but please be prepared to declare all allergies before your treatment as I can then use an alternative product where possible.
I use Pre-numb creams and numbing products throughout your treatment to ease any discomfort, this only lasts around 20-40 minutes. Soon after your treatment the area may feel sensitive or bruised. I recommend applying a dry ice pack or ice wrapped in paper towels or a tea towel to reduce any swelling and soothe the area. Paracetamol will ease any discomfort but avoid Ibuprofen for around 6 hours as this could cause the area to swell
Other things to consider:
Pigment stains – I recommend wearing dark tops where possible.
I don’t have much space in my treatment room so please limit to 1 friend or family member joining you where possible.
My treatment room is cleaned before and after every procedure I consider it a sterile environment so do not allow pets (other than Assistant Dogs for disabled).
After Your Procedure
The day of the treatment:
- Your eyes may feel puffy and bruised, I compare the feeling to that of a Stye or puffy Hay fever symptoms.
- To reduce the swelling apply a dry cold compress.
- Try not to touch the area or get it wet for 24hours.
- No make-up on eyes area for 2 weeks.
- Do not apply any medication or balms to your lash treatment, dry healing works best. The area should be superficially healed and settled within 3-4 days.
Additional Tips To Aid Fast Healing:
- Take Zinc supplements to aid healing or eat foods high in zinc such as red meat and Chicken.
- Use a fresh pillowcase.
- Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of pigment and patchy healed results.
- Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for two weeks.
- Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for two weeks after procedure.
- Wear a hat/sunglasses when outdoors where possible.
- Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the first seven days.
- Avoid sleeping on your face for the first seven days
- Avoid swimming and chlorinated hot tubs for the first four weeks.
- Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area until fully healed.
- DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area.
Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Keep your face out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face should only be getting wet at the very last end of the shower. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.
What to expect:
A day or 2 following the treatment the area will look a lot darker than anticipated, this is the initial healing stage and should only last 1-3 days, once the skin begins to heal the colour will fade sometimes it may even disappear, don’t panic as often by week 4 the pigment reappears.
But remember everyone heals differently!
REMEMBER: You are unable to donate blood for up to 12 months following Micropigmentation Procedure