Semi-Permanent Makeup Info
Contraindications + Preparation
There are many contraindications to having permanent makeup services done.. Not only to ensure the best result possible, but for both your safety and ours. Safety is our absolute top priority, closely followed by predictable, world-class healed results. Please review this page in full.
TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SERVICE:
Remove any piercings obstructing the area to be treated.
Do not exercise on the day of your service.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, vitamin E, advil, and ibuprofen for 24h prior.
Do not take fish oil or CBD oil for 1 week prior.
Do not have electrolysis, laser hair removal, or any waxing done in the area within 1 week prior in case of burning/irritation.
Minimize sun exposure and avoid tanning beds/booths for 2 weeks prior (we cannot work on sunburnt skin).
Do not have botox or fillers done within 2 weeks prior.
Do not use retinol or retina products on the face within 3 weeks prior.
Take extra precautions 2 weeks prior to ensure there will be no broken skin or lesions in the area to be treated.
If you are on an aspirin regimen, please speak with your doctor about possibly taking a break for the 2 weeks leading up to each service (initial and touchup). If possible, this will mean a much better healed result. If you’re unable to take a break, we can still perform the service, but may have to alter it and cannot guarantee optimal results.
Do not schedule any spa-grade peels within 6 weeks prior.
BROW CLIENTS ONLY: Brow growth serums: You must be “off” prescription serums for 4 weeks prior to your service, and off over-the-counter serums for 2 weeks prior. To protect your investment, do not continue using brow growth serums until 4 weeks after your touchup.
LIP CLIENTS ONLY: If you have ever had a cold sore, you must partner with your PCP to begin an oral antiviral regimen at least 1 week prior to your service, and plan to continue treatment until 1 week after. The trauma to the skin is likely to cause breakouts for those that have experienced them in the past, and can even trigger breakouts in those that have never experienced them.
LIP CLIENTS ONLY: If you’re concerned with deep wrinkles around the mouth or desire noticeably fuller-looking lips, we highly recommend having fillers done 3+ weeks prior to your service. Deep lines around the mouth can result in a jagged-looking lip line. And as we do not tattoo outside the natural lip line, permanent lip color will not make the lips look significantly fuller.
LIP CLIENTS ONLY: In the 3 days prior to your service, you may want to begin a regimen of Arnica tablets (found at Whole Foods) & pineapple. Both of these will help to prevent excess swelling, which means a better healed result. (We are not medical professionals; These suggestions are based on personal experiences and our advanced education. Always consult your doctor before using any new vitamins or supplements.)
LIP CLIENTS ONLY: Clients with medium-deep complexions should anticipate needing 3 sessions to achieve a desirable result. The first session will involve color-correcting only. At the second session we will begin laying down the target color, and at the third session we will perfect.
EYELINER CLIENTS ONLY: Lash growth serums: You must be “off” prescription serums for 4 weeks prior to your service, and off over-the-counter serums for 2 weeks prior. To protect your investment, do not continue using lash growth serums until 4 weeks after your liner touchup.
EYELINER CLIENTS ONLY: Do not wear contact lenses to your appointment.
EYELINER CLIENTS ONLY: In the 3 days prior to your service, you may want to begin a regimen of Arnica tablets (found at Whole Foods) & pineapple. Both of these will help to prevent excess swelling, which means a better healed result. (We are not medical professionals; These suggestions are based on personal experiences and our advanced education. Always consult your doctor before using any new vitamins or supplements.)
EYELINER CLIENTS ONLY: If you wear lash extensions, they must be removed. If you plan to have them chemically removed, please do so 3 weeks prior to your service. If you plan to have them removed manually, or remove them at home with oil, they can be fully removed no less than 1 week prior to your service. Note: oil removal at home can take quite a few nights of repeated soaking to remove all extensions. To protect your investment, keep extensions off until at least 3 weeks after your touchup.
EYELINER CLIENTS ONLY: If you are not certain that you can stay relaxed and in control of your eye movements throughout your service (no squinting, squeezing, fluttering, or opening unexpectedly), you may want to partner with your PCP to discuss an anxiety-reduction plan for the day of your service. The risks of permanent eyeliner services are magnified when clients cannot relax, and your safety is our number one priority.
MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS THAT WILL REQUIRE A DOCTOR’S NOTE:
current or completed chemotherapy treatments (within the last 2 years)
artificial heart valves
heart, blood, and/or liver disorders/diseases
MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS THAT WILL PREVENT US FROM PERFORMING YOUR SERVICE:
allergies to dyes and/or numbing agents: please make us aware of any allergies upon booking.
HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, lupus, any immune disease/disorder, active staph/mrsa infections, and uncontrolled blood pressure issues: we do not anticipate desirable healed results when any of these concerns are present, and we cannot ensure that this will be a safe procedure for those with compromised immune systems.
acutane usage within the last year: the skin will be too thin/delicate to achieve a desirable healed result.
current antibiotic use
active psoriasis/eczema breakouts within 1” of the area to be treated
current steroid use
history of keloid scarring after even minor injuries
over-filled lips (lip clients only): the risk of pigment migrating under the skin is too high.
pregnancy and/or breastfeeding: as tattoo inks/pigments are not regulated by the FDA, we cannot assume responsibility for the effects that they may have on non-consenting minors. additionally, anytime the skin is broken, there is a risk of infection. we cannot risk the transmission of an infection to an unborn or newborn baby. and finally, we cannot use numbing agents on pregnant/breastfeeding clients. numbing agents not only make these services comfortable, but are typically necessary for us to create the best work possible.
If any contraindications listed above prevent you from getting your service done on the day of, a cancellation fee must be processed, so please be sure to read this page thoroughly, and reach out with any questions right away. Additionally, if you choose not to follow through with your service after arriving for any reason, a cancellation fee must be processed.
Please note: The bed in our permanent makeup room has a 300lb weight capacity. If this is a concern, please reach out to us privately.