Permanent Makeup


Frequently Asked Questions


What is permanent makeup?
How is it performed?
Who benefits from permanent makeup?
What type of permanent cosmetic procedures can be done?
Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
How much does permanent makeup cost?
How long does each procedure take?
Is it painful?
Is it safe?
What if I don’t like it?
Are there any side effects during or after the procedure?
What is a touch up and do I need one?

Pre Care Instructions


All Permanent cosmetic procedures are multi session processes. You may need to come back for at least one touch-up visit before it can be determined that your work is complete. It is recommended that Touch-up visits are scheduled within 4-6 weeks.

Be prepared for the colour intensity of your procedure to be larger, sharper, brighter and darker than what is expected for the final outcome. It will take time for this transition for the wet ink to dry to a soft powder form, approximately 7-10 days.

While these injected tones may initially simulate the exact colour and tone desired, it will not always remain a perfect match. Injected tones are constant, while your own skin tones will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sun and circulatory changes. For example, if you tan your skin and had a scar camouflaged, your surrounding skin will be darker in appearance than the treated area.


Recommendations For Your Appointment:

  • Aftercare products – Hydra Skin Renewal Gel sold at Altitude Spa. Tattoo must be kept moist.
  • For eyeliner procedures it also helps to bring an eye rinse (Visine) to cleanse your eyes thoroughly after your procedure.
  • Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may swell slightly or redden, some clients feel it best not to make any social plans for 3 days following any procedures.
  • Bring your lip, brow or eye pencils to the office on the day of the procedure.
  • Any waxing or tweezing should be done at least 48 hours prior to the procedure. Electrolysis no less than five days before.
  • Any eyelash or eyebrow tinting or curling should be done no sooner than 48 hours before or two weeks after the procedure.
  • Do not wear contact lenses during or immediately following the eyeliner procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contact lenses as soon as your eyes return to their pre-tattooed condition in 5 days.
  • To prevent swelling and watery eyes, take 2-4 Benadryl 30-45 minutes before your appointment (only if you’re not allergic to it).
  • If you are having lip procedures and have a history of cold sores/fever blisters/herpes simplex, you will be required to contact your physician to obtain the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks.
  • Refrain from the over use of alcohol, aspirin-containing medications, Ibuprofen or Coumadin for 7 days before and 2 days after any procedure. No medication should be discontinued without consulting your physician.


After Care Instructions


  •  Apply a light coat of Hydra Skin Renewal Gel. to the area
  • If you have an eyeliner procedure, rinse the eye thoroughly with saline solution, then apply your eye ointment. Do not rub, scratch or irritate your eyes as this could cause you to tear your cornea.
  • Do not touch the healing pigmented area with your fingers, they may have bacteria on them and may lead to infection.
  • Apply your healing ointment 3-5 times daily (using a Q-Tip) for 5-10 days until the procedure area has healed (5 days for eyeliner, 10 days for Eyebrows).
  • For Eyeliner: The first 72 hours you may use 800mg IB profen every 4-6 hours as needed and ice on and off every 15 minutes each hour.
  • Sleep elevated and on your back while healing for 5-10 days.
  • No Makeup, tinting of lashes or brows, sun, soap, sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming in chlorine pools or in the ocean for 7-10 days (until the area is completely healed).
  • Restrictions on physical activities including bathing, recreational water activity, gardening or contact with animals for 5-10 days after the procedure.
  • Before bathing, gently apply a light coat of ointment. Gently remove any excess water after bathing and re-apply the ointment.
  • Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing. You may use a warm compress to remove any crusting tissue.
  • Touch up visits should be scheduled between 4-6 weeks post procedure. Permanent Makeup procedures are a two-step process, results are not determined until a touch up application is completed.
  • If you experience any itching, swelling, blistering, red streaks going from the procedure site toward the heart, elevated temperature, or purulent drainage from the procedure or any other complications, post procedure, call your technician and your Doctor immediately. You may be allergic to the aftercare product you are using.

Failure to follow these instructions may result in pigment color loss!

All permanent makeup procedures are a two-step process. We suggest a yearly “colour refresher” to maintain you colour integrity.