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How to Prepare for your Appointment

There are many factors to consider before proceeding with a permanent makeup treatment. Below, you will find basic guidelines recommended for ALL pmu styles with additional site specific considerations. These protocols are an important step to ensure optimal healing and colour retention. Please contact me with any questions you may have. 

Read the following to understand how to best prepare for the permanent make-up procedure.

  • Avoid caffeine the day of the procedure.

  • Do not tan the week before the procedure.

  • Do not consume alcohol 24 hours before the procedure.

  • Do not take aspirin, niacin, Naproxen, vitamin E, or ibuprofen 24 hours before the procedure.

  • Avoid Fish Oil, Prenatal Vitamins, Nutritional Shakes (Shakeology, etc.), “Hair, Skin, Nail” supplements two weeks before the procedure.

  • Avoid the following herbs and spices 48 hours before procedure: ginger, cinnamon, garlic, black and cayenne pepper.

  • No waxing for three days before the procedure.

  • No Botox one month prior to the procedure.

  • Stop using Retin-A or AHA products two weeks before the procedure.

  • No lasers or chemical peels for one month before the procedure.

  • No microdermabrasion or dermaplaning for two weeks prior.

  • It helps to do a light facial scrub three days before the procedure.

  • Dye eyebrows with chemical or henna hair dye one month before the micropigmentation procedure.

  • Permanent make-up can’t be performed after facial cleansing procedures or when the skin is otherwise damaged. Allow for one month after any facial procedures.


Hyaluronic lip injections are not recommended two months before the lip micropigmentation procedure. Vaseline, moisturizing lipstick, or ointment with vitamins A+D is recommended to be used for one week before the lip micropigmentation procedure. Also, begin lip exfoliation one week prior to appointment 

Micropigmentation can’t be performed on dry/chapped or cracked lips.

For the prevention of the Herpes virus, the anti-viral pills should be taken before and after the procedure. It is unlikely to have an outbreak of HSV if you never have before however, the virus lies dormant until triggered so unless you are 100% sure you've never had a cold sore, an anti-viral regimen would be a beneficial prevention measure.

Those with a history of cold sores (herpes) are likely to have an outbreak after this procedure if they do not take the medication before and after.

Recommended pills: Acyclovir, Valtrex

Eye Liner

No eye makeup of any kind on the day of procedure .

Eyeliner procedure cannot be performed if you are wearing false lashes. This includes extensions. All false lashes must be removed before the day of procedure. (Extensions can be replaced after 24 hours but retention may be affected due to lotion/ointment required to help eyeliner heal) It is best to wait 1 week before proceding with lash extensions and/or falsies


BOTOX-- It is OK to have Botox AS WELL AS PMU brows but there are a few things to consider. 

If you regularly get Botox treatments in the brow area, it is beneficial to have the brow procedure 3-4 weeks AFTER your last Botox treatment.

If you're interested in Botox but it's not a regular treatment for you, waiting 2 weeks after your Brow procedure is optimal.

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