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Permanent Eyeliner is here!

Permanent eyeliner frames the eyes and can make eyelashes appear thicker, darker and fuller.  It can enhance the shape or balance the symmetry of your eyes, create the illusion of larger eyes, or affect how the spacing of the eyes is perceived. Permanent eyeliner can also enhance or intensify eye color and make eyes appear brighter and may eliminate the need to apply eyeliner with makeup. 

The benefits of Permanent Eyeliner include: 

  • Enhance natural eye shape
  • Improve the appearance of missing,  thin, or light-colored lashes
  • Ideal for those who experience allergies from cosmetic products 
  • Resistant to smudging from swimming, showering, and exercising 
  • No downtime 
  • Long lasting

Permanent Eyeliner

Am I a candidate for Permanent Eyeliner?

While permanent eyeliner is suitable for most, we reserve the right to deny services
based on pre-existing medical conditions or require written authorization from your
doctor before we can proceed. We are always happy to answer any questions you have
regarding permanent cosmetics and pre-existing medical conditions. Please contact
tsayre@signaturesurgical.com.

A list of contraindications for permanent eyeliner include:

  • Pregnant or nursing
  • History of keloid scarring (thickened scarring)
  • Blepharitis (inflammation of eyelids)
  • Glaucoma
  • RX eye drops (please consult with your Ophthalmologist)
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis, hyperpigmentation, birthmarks and eczema near or
    on the treatment area 
  • Allergies to topical anesthetic
  • Epilepsy
  • Bleeding disorders (Hemophilia)
  • Blood pressure and heart conditions (please consult with doctor)
  • Use of blood thinners (please consult with doctor)
  • Diabetes (please consult with doctor)
  • Recent eye and eyelid surgery (within the last 6 months)
  • Compromised immune system (please consult with doctor)
  • Active or recent cancer or chemotherapy and radiation 

How much does it hurt?

For the comfort of our patients, a topical anesthetic is applied to the eyelids for numbing
prior to and during the procedure. Please note: having this service performed during
your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure.
How should I prepare for my eyeliner procedure?

Pre appointment instructions include:

  • Arrive WITHOUT any eye makeup or artificial eyelashes (including eyelash
    extensions)
  • Discontinue Latisse and any other lash growth serum for a minimum of 4 weeks
    prior to treatment
  • No lash tinting, lifting, perming or curling for a minimum of one week prior to your
    appointment
  • If you wear contacts, please do not wear them to your appointment, and refrain
    from wearing them for a minimum of 24 hours after the procedure is complete
  • Avoid sun and tanning on your face two weeks prior to procedure

What can I expect immediately after?

Swelling can be expected and may last up to 48 hours. Pigment will likely appear darker
the first week and will gradually lighten during the healing process.

Eyelash growth or enhancement serums (ex. Latisse) with permanent eyeliner:

We do ask all patients to discontinue lash serums for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to
permanent eyeliner procedures. Growth and enhancement serums and products
stimulate your eyelids making them more fragile and vascular, which may lead to
bleeding or bruising. 4-8 weeks after your eyeliner procedure is complete, you may
resume lash enhancement serums.

What to expect during the healing process?

The first week following your treatment, the pigment will appear much darker than how it will appear once it has healed. Around the 1st or 2nd week post-procedure, the skin
naturally exfoliates and sheds. Please note: an eyeliner enhancement appointment
approximately 6-8 weeks after your first initial appointment is necessary in order to
achieve full richness of pigment with yearly, or every other year touch-up as desired, to
maintain pigment richness.

How long does Permanent Eyeliner last?

Permanent eyeliner is a cosmetic tattoo. The pigment will fade over time and we
recommend touch ups to keep them looking their best. There is no guarantee in how
long it lasts, as each individual has different skin cell turnover rates, skin types, and
lifestyles that will play a role in pigment retention. Please note: final results cannot be guaranteed, as each unique skin type will hold pigment differently and break down pigment at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your eyeliner enhancement appointment and make changes and recommendations according to your unique needs.

What factors will affect Permanent Eyeliner?

Bleeding during the procedure: while unlikely, excessive bleeding during the tattoo
procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol, certain medications
and vitamins, as well as any blood-thinners may increase your risk of bleeding during
treatments and should be avoided 48 hours prior to your appointment, if possible.

Sun exposure: the sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, cause premature
fading and may also change the color appearance of the pigment. Whenever possible,
we strongly encourage the use of sunglasses and hats to protect skin, eyes, and
treatment areas.

Skincare: Retinol products are a highly popular topical treatment for anti-aging skincare.
These products are designed to accelerate skin cell turnover rate for anti-aging benefits
and can mean shorter pigment retention for permanent eyeliner if applied on or near the
treatment area.

Removable cosmetics, aftercare and sunless tanning best practices: 

We do ask that you refrain from wearing eye makeup, getting spray tans and sweating
from excessive workouts for 14 days after your procedure. New and unopened/ unused
cosmetics should be used when reintroducing makeup after 14 days to prevent potential
infection.

How often do I need eyeliner touch ups?

While touch ups are optional, the length of time between touch ups varies based on skin
types and skin cell turnover rates. To maintain the richness of your eyeliner pigment, we
do recommend touch ups on a yearly or every other year basis.

How do I book an appointment?

Eyeliner appointments must be booked over the phone by calling our clerical team at
616-396-1433.

About the Artist

Tawwney Sayre is our Permanent Makeup Artist and Licensed Esthetician who is
trained in bloodborne pathogens, sanitation, and certified in semi-permanent makeup.
Tawwney has been with our team at Signature Surgical Arts & Medspa since July of
2020 and is excited to offer permanent cosmetic to our patients.

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