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BEFORE: Wear your makeup as you would like to have it applied when you come to our office. Your skin must be healthy and no infections or sunburn can be present at the time of your procedure. Bring sunglasses if you're having eyeliner done and remove hard contact lenses. Eat a full meal and take any medications that you normally take. Do not take any pain pills or drink alcohol prior to your procedure. If you are having a lipcolor procedure, you must advise us if you have fever blisters or if you take antibiotics when you go to the dentist. We will not perform permanent makeup on clients who are pregnant or on prescription blood thinners. Notify us if you have problems with excessive scar formation (keloids or hypertrophic scars) as a test will need to be completed. Also let us know if you have any allergies to medication, jewelry or makeup. Let us know if you've had any skin cancer or persistent skin conditions, including your lips, that would prevent you from having a procedure.

1. The Day AFTER: When your new makeup is completed it will appear too dark. This is temporary. You are seeing pigment in both layers of your skin (epidermis and dermis). The top layer of your skin sheds and renews itself every few days and with this natural process the pigment in the top layer will flake off. This initial DARK look will soften. If you are happy with your new permanent cosmetic color and darkness when you leave your first session, then you will be unhappy within one to three weeks. For this reason, it is important for you to be patient and let your skin heal.

2. Rome Wasn't Built in a Day: Permanent makeup is a "layering" process of carefully inserting microscopic colorants into the dermis. We do NOT use INK like body tattoo artists. In cases of camouflaging scars and corrective makeup the goal can only be achieved through repeated applications and refinements of color and/or shape. The goal of the first application is to "saturate" the desired area to be pigmented. This takes about one to two hours which include time for the topical anesthetic cream to take effect. Pain control is an important part of your procedure as we know you want to be as comfortable as possible while you're getting beautiful. Further visits may be needed to shape, smooth irregularities and enhance the color of your permanent makeup. Many people want MORE makeup rather than LESS after their makeup has healed. This is common because it is better to apply LESS makeup during the first session than TOO MUCH.

A rule of thumb is: Eyebrows lost 10-20% of their original color. Eyeliner doesn't lose color but usually needs color added where the delicate skin has new collagen and will take more color on the second visit. The skin actually gets healthier from the stimulation of the procedure. Lipcolor is the most challenging and we tend to be conservative on your first visit. In your second visit, color is layered into the "base" color applied in the first session. Irregularities, color and "holes" are corrected and filled. You will be pleased with your makeup only after the needed follow-up sessions.

3. Healing: For the first 2-3 days following eyebrows and eyeliner application, and for the first 3-7 days following lipliner or lipcolor, you will have swelling, redness and tenderness in the area of your newly applied makeup. It is important to keep your skin and hands clean. You will be given after-care ointment, Retain or Healquick or Liprotek 7, to apply to your healing makeup. This is a protective veil of ointment and prevents scab formation and drying which can "lift out" the newly implanted color. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen when outside. If you have any concerns, call Dr. Dixon right away at 263-7747. Be prepared to text a photo to Dr. Dixon on her cellphone if requested. If you have a history of fever blisters and you have a lip procedure, it's highly likely you will experience a breakout if you do not take Valtrex 1500mg on the day before your procedure. Dr. Dixon can phone in a prescription for you so be prepared to provide the name and number of your pharmacy.

4. Refresh: This is exactly what the name implies. Your permanent makeup will more than likely need to be refreshed every 1-3 years following your initial procedures. The goal of this visit is to fill in any areas or boost the color as needed. You are unique so you cannot predict in advance how often you will need to schedule a procedure to refresh your makeup.

It is important to understand that the process is permanent and it is difficult or impossible to remove completely. Colors change with time and may fade to a different color on occasion. Give us a call the minute you reach for your regular makeup. We are here for you. Questions? Give us a call or email us at: dixon@dixonmd.com.

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