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SPMU Pre Procedure Advice:
Semi Permanent cosmetic procedures normally require multiple treatment sessions. For best results, clients will be required to return for at least one touch up procedure between 6 to 8 weeks after the initial procedure.
Advice for all Semi Permanent Cosmetic Procedures:
Be prepared for the colour intensity to be significantly sharper and darker immediately after the procedure. This will subside and become lighter as the tissue heals. This process can take up to 14 days. Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may be swollen or red, it is advised not to make social plans for the same day.
A patch is available at the reception unless waived upon request.
You will be required to fill in Consent and Treatment forms and will have your photograph taken. These will be stored securely by your technician.
Please refrain from taking all blood thinning medications and supplements for at least one week prior to receiving permanent makeup. If you take a prescription blood thinner, please consult with your physician before discontinuing it. Over the counter blood thinners of most concern include:
- Anything containing ibuprofen
- Aspirin or anything containing aspirin
- Fish Oil
- Gingko Biloba
- Vitamin E
To minimize bleeding, potential bruising, and discomfort, please refrain from using caffeine, alcohol and exercising during the 24 hours before your treatment.
- Any waxing should be performed at least 2 days before the procedure,
- Electrolysis no less than 1 week before the procedure,
- Eyebrow tinting should not be undertaken for two weeks prior to the procedure,
- Avoid sunbathing or sunbeds 4 weeks prior to the procedure.
You should not wear eyelash extensions, please remove them before arriving at the clinic. If you wear contact lenses you will need to bring glasses to wear immediately after your treatment.
If you have a history of cold sores (herpes simplex), we advise you to contact your doctor to obtain the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks. Alternatively, obtain herpes medication for example Zovirax from your local chemist and use one week before and one week after your procedure. This can help minimise an outbreak.
Permanent cosmetic procedures do not cause cold sores, however if you carry the virus, it lays dormant in the body and can be aroused by the procedure.
Lip wax or bleaching treatments should not be undertaken for at least a two-week period preceding your permanent cosmetic procedure.
If you have had any type of lip surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent makeup procedure on the lips. Most physicians are giving a 4-6 week ok after lip filler injections like collagen or Restylane. Permanent makeup artists have noticed poor color retention in lips that have received collagen injections within the previous 6 months, in some cases longer.
Patients on prescription medications
Should check with their doctor regarding interactions, especially those on heart meds, blood thinners or with autoimmune disease. Written consent by your GP might be required. Some medications and herbs can increase swelling and bleeding. Never discontinue a medication your doctor has recommended for you without consulting him or her.
Arnica taken before and after the procedure may reduce risk of bruising.
If cosmetic surgery has been carried out within the last five years in the area the procedure is to be carried out a letter from your surgeon must be produced before the procedure can take place.
Initial darker appearance of the procedural area:
All permanent cosmetic procedures will initially appear somewhat darker than the subsequently healed version. The following explanation will provide the reason why this is so:
To apply pigment in the upper dermis location of the skin, it is necessary to implant through the top layers of the skin, the epidermis. The epidermis layers of the skin collects and then exfoliates dead skin cells as new cells are produced. As the dead skin cells in the epidermis layer of the skin are exfoliated, tiny particles of pigment that are trapped in the epidermis are also discarded with the dead skin cells. When the total process is complete only the pigment in the dermis will remain. As a result, the density of the pigment is less and the appearance of the healed procedure naturally appears lighter. Also, these new skin cells cover the procedural area veiling the procedure and causing it to be less visible than when initially implanted.