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 their procedure.
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.
But 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.
So, 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.
Again, I 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 :)