Here are some very important things to be aware of, following your procedure.
Possible risks, hazards or complications
• Pain: There could be some mild pain or discomfort, even after the topical anesthetic has been used. Anesthetics work better on some people than others. Typically, lip procedures are more likely to involve some pain. You should avoid any unnecessary touching of or contact with treated areas. Do NOT rub or scratch!
• Infection: The risk of infection is very small. The areas treated must be kept clean and only freshly cleaned hands should touch the areas. See the “After Care” sheet you will receive following your procedure, for specific instructions on care.
• Cleaning/Washing & Exposure: THERE IS A 10-DAY DRY-HEALING PHASE!!! During this time, do not engage in strenuous physical activity or spend prolonged time out in the sun. (this includes visits to the pool or beach, etc.) Keep the area clean by washing with freshly washed hands and a mild soap. Do not use a washcloth or sponge to remove soap. Simply splash with water. Do not use cleansing creams, acne cleansers or astringents. Use a mild, natural soap. Always use a sun-block or sun-screen, after the procedure area is healed to protect from fading.
- Clients who insist on engaging in strenuous physical activity (like working out at a gym), or remaining outside more than necessary (sun-exposure, water-exposure) will experience significantly diminished pigment-retention, and the longevity of your procedure could be significantly reduced or impaired.
• Make-Up: Please refrain from wearing any make-up products on treated areas for 72 hours / 3 full days, following the procedure.
• Uneven Pigmentation: This can result from poor healing, infection, bleeding, or a number of other causes. Your follow-up appointment will likely correct any uneven appearance. As the skin heals, there may be areas which will require some “touch-up” work during subsequent visit(s).
• Asymmetry: Every effort will be made to avoid asymmetry, however, please keep in mind that human faces are not symmetrical, and consequently adjustments may be necessary, during the follow-up session for any corrective “touch-ups”. (Never Forget: “eyebrows are sisters, not twins!”)
• Excessive Swelling or Bruising: Some clients may experience some bruising and/or swelling. I highly recommend taking ARNICA, a natural herb widely available at drug stores and organic food stores, for at least 7 days before and after the procedure.
• Eye Exposure: There is a small risk of eye injury when an eyeliner procedure is performed. I administer CELLUVISC, by Allergan, a thick gel-like eye drop, used to protect the eye(s) prior to the procedure. After the procedure is complete, regular saline eye drops are used to rinse out the eye(s).
• Anesthesia: Topical anesthetic creams are used to numb the area to be treated, containing a mixture of Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocaine, Tetracaine and Epinephrine. If you are allergic to any of these, please let me know.
• MRI: Because some pigments used in permanent cosmetic procedures can contain inert oxides, a low-level magnet may be required if you need to be scanned by an MRI machine. You must inform your technician of any tattoos or permanent cosmetic procedures you have had.
• Fever Blisters / Cold Sores / Herpes Simplex: If you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters, (herpes simplex), there is a high probability that you will get them. Before any procedure can be performed, you must call your doctor for a prescription anti-viral to help prevent this from occurring. I will need to see proof that you are taking or have recently completed taking the anti-viral.
• Allergic Reaction: There is a small possibility of an allergic reaction. I may give you a prick-test, in-office, to determine this.