What to expect

  • You should expect to feel sore for at least two to three hours after the procedure, somewhat like a sunburn or chapped skin.
  • If you had your lips or eyes done, you could expect some puffiness, or light burning, this can last for several days.  Lip color can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to develop as it is a mucousal tissue, the healing can be a bit opaque.  If you are prone to herpetic/cold sore break outs, please consider taking medications or supplements to reduce your risks.
  • Remember the color is going to be very dark for the first few days until it starts healing. "Don’t worry it  can fade up to 60%", this should be planned.  Color will soften, it is hard to predict how much so.
  • Expect to have some flaking. (keep applying the A&D or vaseline, any other product can pull out color or fade results).
  • Expect your skin to be white around the area where the numbing cream was applied. It will disappear when the numbing wears off, this is called blanching.
  • If you experience itching, this just means it is in the process of healing and might be dry. Please do not scratch it or pull at it! Applying ointment will help relieve the discomfort of tightness.
  • Do not touch area with your fingers, as it could cause a infection.
  • Do not double dip into ointment product as it could contaminate.
  • Apply ointment 3 to five times a day, keep slightly moist, more is not better.
  • No makeup in general area, as it could cause a infection.  
  • Avoid direct contact with animals, sun, soap, steam, jacuzzi, swimming, exercising or excessive heat.
  • Do not rub, as it could take color out.
  • Use sunblock only after totally healed.
  • Touch up visits may need to be scheduled, please see artist's touch up polices, we charge extra for touch ups.
  • Touch ups are 4 to 6 weeks after application, any sooner can cause scarring.
  • Color has to cure and heal in skin for 4 to 6 weeks to determine outcome.
  • All procedures must Heal, Peel, and Fade, this can take up to ten days.

What not to expect

  • You should not expect to having only one service applied for a lifetime or after a initial application, as we cannot fully predict how it may heal.  However one procedure can be enough if the results are desirable.  Permanent makeup can be a process. The foundation is applied and then we build up to the color desired!
  • A common misconception after having a lip procedure performed is that you will always have a wet, glossy look. This procedure is only for adding color to the lips and a tint.  The darker the request, the possibility of the need of more services to build the color volume. This goes for full lip and lip liner procedures.  

Treatment & Precautions

  • You must keep the area moist at all times until completely healed. Use the A&D ointment provided. This will help keep peeling down to a minimum and maintain your color.
  • Use a Q-tip apply the ointment.
  • Do not use any harsh cleansers or over the counter healing creams, ointments. This may cause irritation and burning and could possibly lead to infection/scarring/color loss.
  • Remember that this is an open wound and should be treated as one, cleaned and cared for.
  • Lips are prone to herpetic outbreaks.  It is very important to take precaution to avoid this scenario.  One can speak to at physician to have something prescribed, or they can take another route by taking L-Lysine for several weeks prior and after.  All these are precautions, it may or may not help.  However we do know a healthy and well rested body contributes to better outcomes.   


  • Do not go swimming until completely healed. The bacteria in the water may cause infection or pull color out.
  • Stay out of the sun and tanning booths, this will not only irritate the wound but fade your color tremendously.  UVB, UVA LIGHT reeks havoc on all tattoo's.  To maintain color, please apply sunscreen.
  • If you had a lip procedure done, stay away from spicy/acidic foods and things with salt.  
  • Do not use Mascara/ eye makeup or any other product on freshly tattooed eyes due to the bacteria living in your brush or in your products. This also applies to lips. No lipstick or liner until healed.
  • Keep your hands away from the area. Don’t scratch, rub, pick, or touch. Your hands and fingernails carry many germs.
  • If you see the area starting to peel, do not help it along. Doing so will pull color out completely.

Things You Need to Know About Permanent Makeup 

Permanent makeup is not always a one application process, but It can be. However, plan for color loss, and lightening of the area.  This is considered normal for the face and body tattoo applications. "Color loss is standard for the industry.  Loss can be 20 to 60 percent on a application, give or take.  Clients must understand the nature of the procedure and have realistic expectations in the healing process.  Clients must elect to come back for the service, if there has been pigment loss and they prefer a richer pigment placement (this is called building color volume).", says Susan Church, world's expert in permanent makeup.


It is important to note again: Typical pigment loss can be up to 20-60 percent, that does not mean it will happen, but it is a possibility, therefore no one can actually guarantee anything in the healing process.


   This COLOR loss may be perfect for you, as the procedure has cured into the skin and looks soft/diffused, as extra ink has been rejected by the top layer of skin, at this are happy.  You do not need a touch up.


Also note, a tail could be lighter or missing all together, as this could be the side of the face you sleep on.  No one can truly predict a outcome in facial tattooing, guaranteeing the work would be unwise


A touch up maybe coming if you, the client feels it is necessary, but this is done by personal election to complete your personal service, doing so is a choice and not mandatory.  Touch up's do not mean the artist did not complete their service, or do a good job, it just means your body needs more ink to finish your look or what you are personally requesting for.  A artist can not determine the final result until it is actually fully healed, all work at that time should be discussed and agreed on how to proceed, It is important to realize a touch up is usually 4 to 6 weeks after the initial application, this will help complete the final process if there has been color loss in a particular area.  Remember, touch up's before the standard time can cause scarring.


OUR TOUCH UP FEE'S are $99-$300 depending on how much work is needed. We will let you know the cost before proceeding with the touch up. 



We have a NO refund policy here at Timeless, Artistry in Permanent Makeup.  



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