What is PMU Eyeliner?

Permanent Eyeliner eliminates the need to apply eyeliner with makeup, and can be done on the upper and lower lash line. Permanent Eyeliner can also frame the eyes and can make eyelashes appear thicker, darker and fuller.

All permanent cosmetic procedures are a multi-session process. You are required to come back for at least one touch-up visit before it can be determined that your work is complete. Be prepared for the initial color intensity of your procedure to be significantly sharper, brighter, or darker than what is expected for the final outcome. It will take time for this transition based upon how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.

While these PMU treatment colors may initially simulate the exact color and tone desired, they will not always remain a perfect match. Tattooed colors are constant, while your own skin color will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sun, and circulatory changes.

What are the benefits of permanent eyeliner?

• Define your eyes
• No more smudges, smears, or worn-off eyeliner
• Great for people with allergies to cosmetic products
• Enhances the lash line
• Saves time and money
• Great for people with unsteady hands or vision problems
• Swim, shower or excessive without the eyeliners running
• Fills in thin or light colored eyelashes
• Ideal for total eyelash loss due to trichotillomania or Alopecia

What if I'm not sure how much eyeliner I'd like to have applied?

The procedure is done in two appointments. During the first session it is always best to be modest with thickness, line length and color as we can always add more at the second session. The artist will work with you to determine the perfect shape and placement for your specific features.

How long does the procedure take?

The first procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours, the 6-8 week touch up is about 1.5-2 hours.

Does it hurt?

The eyeliner or lash line procedure is more psychologically scary to most clients than anything else. The discomfort is relative as everyone has a different level of sensitivity. A topical lidocaine is applied to the eyelids for numbing prior, and anesthetic is applied during the procedure. Every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the duration of the procedure.

What will I look like immediately after?

There will be swelling typically for the first 24-48 hours. The swelling starts going down right away and most people are back to normal by the following morning, plan on 48 hours of staying low key to be safe! The color will appear darker the first week, but will gradually lighten and may possibly scab.

Is there anyone who is not a candidate?

YES. Clients who are:

• Pregnant or nursing
• Under the age of 18
• Diabetic
• Have viral infections/diseases
• Epileptic
• Have a pacemaker or major heart problems
• Have had an organ transplant
• Tendency towards keloids or scarring
• Have skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
• Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
• Have used Accutane or Doxycycline in the past year
• Allergic to anesthetic (Lidocaine)

PMU: Eyeliner PreCare

It is highly recommended that you follow Pre & Post Care instructions to ensure the best possible results and longevity of your treatment. This information acts as a guideline only. We cannot guarantee results. Each client’s skin responds differently both in how long it takes to heal and the number of sessions needed for color retention and desired results. It is important that you take good care of your eyes while healing and beyond.

 

Antihistamines like benadryl taken before the procedure may reduce swelling and help you relax. Benadryl also helps eyes not be so watery during eyeliner procedures.

  • Do not wear any eye makeup especially mascara to your appointment.

  • Have the eyes free of makeup and moisturizer.

  • Do bring sunglasses to wear home. Eyes may be light sensitive.

  • If you wear eyeglasses, please bring those to your appointment

  • Contacts should be removed prior to procedure and refrain from wearing them for a minimum of 48 hours after procedure is finished.

  • It is not a bad idea to have a ride home after an eyeliner procedure if you are sensitive to light. Have sunglasses available. Eyes may be dilated afterward.

  • Avoid lash tinting 2 weeks before. Do not dye or perm lashes for 2 days prior.

  • If you have had Lasik or Cataract Surgery you must get medical clearance from your physician.

  • Eyelash extensions must be removed 1 week prior to your eyeliner procedure.

  • Must stop using eyelash growth serums 4 weeks prior to the procedure.

  • If you are using Latisse or any other eyelash serums you will need to discontinue use 3 months prior to the procedure. The reason is that those types of serums are very harsh on the eyelids and make your lids quite fragile for cosmetic tattooing. As a result, your eyelids will bleed and bruise. You may resume using lash serum 2-4 weeks after the touch up appointment.

  • No botox injections 2 weeks prior to procedure in eye area only. 

  • The skin must be free of all irritations including blemishes, eczema, and psoriasis.

  • Must not be on Accutane medication for 1-year prior to getting a Cosmetic PMU Treatment.

  • Stop taking Fish Oil, Vitamin C, Glucosamine, Evening Primrose Oil, Ginger, Ginko one week prior to your appointment as they thin the blood and prevent the pigment from implanting correctly. If you continue to use these the healed result may be patchy.

  • Discontinue the use of any anti-aging, skin brightening or anti-acne skincare products. Particularly those that contain Alpha Hydroxy (AHA), Vitamin A, Retinol. Ideally, do not use these products for 30 days prior to your appointment, and yes, even if you do not use it near the area to be treated it does spread under your skin and your cosmetic PMU treatment will heal patchy. Once your PMU treatment has healed under the skin surface (approximately 6 weeks following your final session) you may resume your usual skin care routine.

  • Do not schedule any facials, microdermabrasion, microneedling, peels or laser treatments for at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment.

  • Please avoid any type of blood thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to your procedure unless is unsafe to do so for your health. Please ask your doctor before stopping these types of medications. Such as: Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Advil, Niacin, Voltaren, Indocid. As well as Prenatal Vitamins, Vitamin E or Nutritional Shakes. Tylenol is recommended if you have a low pain tolerance.

  • Do not work out or exercise on the day of the procedure.

  • Avoid sun tanning or tanning beds for 2 weeks prior to procedure. If you show up to your appointment with a sunburn you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your deposit. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn it will take the pigment.

  • Scars from surgery or injury must be healed for at least one year prior to service.

  • Do not drink alcohol 24 hours prior to your procedure

  • Do not consume coffee or other caffeine products 24 hours prior.

  • Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.

** NOT FOLLOWING PRE-CARE WILL RESULT IN FORFEITING YOUR APPOINTMENT AND DEPOSIT **


PMU Eyeliner - Post-Care

WHAT TO EXPECT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

Swelling and redness is to be expected immediately after the procedure as the skin is very thin in this area  (it will give off the appearance of as you have been crying). Itching is also normal. The length of time it takes to heal varies from person to person.  The swelling shall subside in a few hours, placing spoons in your fridge then placing it on the eyelid will help speed up the process. It takes an average about 4-5 days for the scabs to naturally fall off.  Your true color will not be apparent until the 4-6 week mark.

 

Appointment  (Day 1)

After the procedure, with freshly washed hands, gently blot the area with clean tissue or paper towel to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every hour for the full day until the oozing has stopped.  Removing this fluid prevents hardening of any blood/lymphatic fluids and lessens the chance of scabbing. DO NOT APPLY OINTMENT!

Eyes may vary from slightly puffy to swollen, heavy lids; light sensitive and possibly bloodshot eyes. Sleeping in a slightly elevated position can also reduce any residual swelling of the eyes.

After you leave, ice packs can be applied for 10 to 15 minutes each hour for the first 4-8 hours following the procedure. The ice is used to reduce swelling and provide comfort. If you experience any residual swelling the following day, you may ice them again. After the first 24 hours the use of ice is no longer beneficial.​

(Days 1 - 7)

The treated area may experience the following symptoms for 1 to 10 days after the treatment, which are all common and will dissipate in a short period of time.

  • Redness

  • Minimal Swelling

  • Tenderness

  • Flaking

  • Dryness and Itching

 

(Day 2-7)

Clean: Clean your eyes every morning and evening. All cleansing should be done by compresses with the aftercare provided for the first 72 hours to clean the eye area in a padding motion. Apply the provided ointment on the treated area with a clean cotton swab.

 

Dry the area: Allow to air dry before applying ointment.

Apply Ointment: Apply ointment sparingly 2 to 3 times a day. Use a cotton swab in a gentle dabbing motion as not to disrupt the pigmentation bonding process. This will keep the area moist and accelerate the healing. If scabs form, keep ointment on them at all times. Do not rub the area in any way.

 

Day 1-2: Eyes will be swollen and perhaps a bit ‘crusty’ upon waking. The swelling will reduce after being in an upright position and from blinking and increased circulation to the area. Avoid heavy lifting, physical exertion, and crying.

Day 2: Eyes will be less swollen, but will feel tight. The lash area will feel sore if touched.

Day 3-4: The top layer of skin will begin to flake off in little stitch looking lines, although some people do not notice the exfoliation. DO NOT PICK AT THEM – you will pull pigment out and end up with uneven color. Blinking helps eliminate the small pieces of pigment that have detached. It is important not to pick at it or rub your eyes!

Day 7-9: All shedding should be complete. You are safe to shower facing the shower head. During this time, the pigment may appear to have vanished, this is a normal part of the healing process, the pigment will re-emerge.

Day 10: If the pigment, it should have returned by now. What you see now is very close to the healed result. If it is not as you like, please wait the final 4 weeks and this will be addressed when you return for your touch-up procedure.

NOTE:

  • Healing usually takes 5 to 7 days to heal.

  • When showering make sure you wash your hair with your head tilted backwards to avoid shampoo and conditioner from getting into the treated areas. You may apply the ointment provided or aquaphor to cover your eyeliner. Do not face the shower head because of water pressure purposes. You will be dry healing the area. This means no water on the area for a minimum of 10 days. This includes sweating. When showering or washing your face, please make sure water is not running into the eyes. You can use oil free wipes clean your face, just make sure you are avoiding the eye area.

Pre-care instructions MUST BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED to limit bleeding and skin sensitivities during the service. Excessing bleeding and sensitivity during the procedure will dilute and expel the pigment color and lead to poor results.

The following must be AVOIDED:

  • Direct water on the eyeliner and the use of cleaners, soaps and heavy creams. (makeup wipes will be your go to this week.)

  • Do not use contact lenses for 48 hours.

  • Do not use mascara until outer healing is complete. Do not use old tubes of mascara.  Replace old with new.

  • Do not apply any makeup for 10 days.

  • Do not use an eyelash curler.

  • Do not use saline eye drops/wash or mascara until healed.

  • Do not rub, pick or scratch, as the color may heal unevenly and you could risk infection, which in turn could lead to scarring. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away.

  • Avoid direct sun exposure/tanning or tanning beds for 4 weeks after procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors and/or big sunglasses.  

  • Eyes are sensitive to pet dander, gardening, dust and dirty hands. Sunglasses add wonderful protection to sun.

  • Avoid heavy sweating, exercise, sports, sauna, swimming, steam rooms, jacuzzi, and long hot showers for 10 days.  Eyes heal very well. However, they are exposed to the possibility of a secondary infection like conjunctivitis. Seek medical attention if needed.

  • Avoid use of skincare or cosmetics on the treated area.

  • Avoid using exfoliants, acids such as glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids lactic acid, salicylic acid, and Vitamin A on or around the PMU treatment area for 30 days. (Causes premature fading)

  • Use a fresh pillowcase. Avoid sleeping on your face or disturbing your PMU treatment area for the first 10 days.

  • Do not schedule any facials, microdermabrasion, microneedling, peels or laser treatments for at least 4 weeks. They can darken/lighten or distort the pigment.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds.

  • Avoid driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles.

  • Do not performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or storage cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris–now is not the time!. Care must be taken to keep the eyes clean and free of bacteria.

  • You must not donate blood for 1 year following your makeup service (per Red Cross.)

Please Note:

  • If needed, over-the-counter Tylenol is recommended for temporary relief of pain.

  • After the healing process your eyeliner will appear lighter in color because of natural skin regeneration. Often, even with proper care, some areas may look uneven or patchy. It is normal because your natural skin regeneration is not a process that your artist can control. That’s why a touch up is scheduled at 6-8 weeks from the initial session -- to assure that the desired effect was achieved.

  • Healed results vary per individual client. We have no control over what occurs during the healing process. After the second session (touch-up) additional sessions may be required to obtain optimal results. If further touch-up sessions are needed, additional charges will apply.

Following the proper post-care is necessary to achieve the best results. When scheduling an appointment for a cosmetic PMU treatment keep in mind the healing time of the procedure will depend on your body’s regeneration, age, immune system and lifestyle.


Long Term Care

You’ll find that your cosmetic PMU treatment will last between 1 - 3 years after your touch up session.

  • Future touch-up appointments are required to maintain their shape and depth of color. If you do not maintain, the color will lighten over time. Fading greatly depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment color used, broken capillaries, and iron deficiency. We suggest that if you want to maintain your PMU eyeliner, plan on scheduling a touch up once a year for best results.

  • The regular use of eye drops or other preparations instilled in the eyes will cause premature fading of PMU eyeliner.

  • Exposure to the sun and tanning beds can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment.

  • Avoid using chemical exfoliants or heavy creams on the eyes, as it will cause fading.

  • Do not laser near your eye are (IPL). Some lasers distort the color causing it to darken or lighten.

  • Additional eye makeup application may still be required post PMU treatment to achieve your desired look.

  • If you are planning a laser procedure or MRI scan, inform the technician of your cosmetic PMU treatment.

  • The use of Retin-A/Tretinoin, hydroquinone, or any other rapid skin exfoliation used regularly on any area surrounding the eye area will cause your cosmetic PMU treatment to fade prematurely.

  • The use of chemical peels, acid peels, lightening or any brightening product that targets hyper-pigmentation used regularly near the eye area can cause permanent eyebrows to fade prematurely.

  • The use of exfoliating cleansers, scrubs, cleansers with acne fighting ingredients or “acid” in the name will cause rapid exfoliation of the skin containing the pigment and will increase odds of premature fading.

If during the healing process you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact OOLAN Studio.