I get a lot of questions from clients regarding the use of pain
relievers prior to coming in for their procedure. In an effort to be
more comfortable, to avoid what many mistakenly believe is a painful
procedure, clients have been known to take Aspirin, Advil, Motrin or
some other NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) product prior to
This is not advisable. In fact, it
can complicate your procedure and your results and in fact, make the
procedure more uncomfortable and I will tell you why.
first, let me say that I use powerful topical anesthetics specifically
designed for the area that I will be working on. They are very
effective, fast acting, and do not interfere with the process of
implanting permanent makeup. On the contrary, these products are
specifically designed to enhance the process making the procedure more
comfortable and the outcome more consistent and reliable. Many of my
clients have stated how surprised they were at how easy and tolerable
the procedure was!
But getting back to the NSAID question: Unless your physician has recommended a treatment of NSAID Therapy, I
would recommend against taking these products prior to your procedure. In
fact, you should avoid all NSAIDS, such as; Aleve, Motrin and Advil and
any products containing aspirin, These medications are blood thinners,
and complicate the process of implanting pigment.
Additionally these products tend to lengthen the healing time as well since they contribute to bruising.
again unless you are on a regimen prescribed by your physician, I would
discourage you using any of these products for at least 7 days prior to your procedure.
If you are looking for a pre-pain relief
medication you can speak to your physician about taking Tylenol. It does
not have any of the bleeding/bruising effects of NSAID products and does not complicate
my efforts at implanting pigment.
encourage anyone contemplating any type of procedure to discuss the
situation with their physician or health care provider. But please know,
It is my ultimate goal for all my clients to enjoy every aspect of
their permanent makeup . . . from the initial procedure to the many
years of enjoying the maintenance free look permanent makeup can
provide! And, effective, gentle anesthetics specifically designed for
permanent makeup application is an important element of the permanent
makeup process :)
The most common question I am asked is, "What is Permanent Makeup?"
My generic response is: It is a procedure similar to tattooing whereby I implant pigment into the skin in areas where you would normally wear makeup. By implanting it into the skin, it never washes or perspires off and it is always there - allowing you to look great all the time!
A similar question I routinely hear is, "What is the difference between Permanent Makeup and Body Tattooing?"
There are several important differences:
First, I use anesthetics. I have actually had a number of women tell me they have had their Permanent Makeup applied by other technicians WITHOUT anesthetic. Apparently, the technician did not offer it and the client was unaware to ask for it. This is unacceptable. Anesthetics are widely available to a certified technician and should always be used. On the flip side, Body Tattooist's do not routinely use anesthetics.
Second, I use a different implanter than the Body Tattooist. I use an implanter specifically designed for the more delicate skin on the face - it has less psi (pounds per square inch) which is a term that describes the amount of force or pressure a tool or machine delivers. These specially designed implanters are much more gentle.
Third, I use different pigments. I use specially formulated pigments that are hypoallergenic and iron oxide free. Since many women turn to Permanent Makeup because they have allergies to topical cosmetics it is important that I be able to offer hypoallergenic products as a solution for these women.
The final difference is that I have had formal training in the art of applying makeup. This is most important. Permanent Makeup is more than lining the eyes and lips and drawing on eyebrows. It is selecting the right color/s that will enhance a woman's skin tones and eye color so the final result is natural and complimentary. It is also about knowing how to apply Permanent Makeup in a way that enhances a woman's features; small eyes can be made to appear larger, lips can be made to appear fuller, and eyebrows can 'open up a woman's eyes' allowing a more youthful look.
So, although the basic tenants of Permanent Makeup and Body Tattooing are quite similar in that both artists permanently implant or insert pigment into the dermal layer of the skin there are important differences. Should you decide to have Permanent Makeup, it is important that you have your procedure performed by a certified Permanent Makeup artist.
Welcome to my Blog!
I receive emails everyday from people that are curious about Permanent Makeup. It is a fast growing field becoming more and more popular. The questions I am asked are pertinent and I try my best to answer each one as thoroughly and succinctly as possible.
But I find I am repeating myself quite a bit! Many of you are asking the same great questions!
As my practice grows, it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to respond as thoroughly as I would like to each of the emails I receive.
So . . . I thought I would start a blog and begin posting some of these questions along with my opinions/answers to them. Please remember, I am not a physician. I am a Permanent Makeup artist. And although I have many years experience in the beauty industry, no one is a substitute for your own personal physician!
Thank you for visiting my blog at Permanent Beauty!