F.A.Q. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
– Eyebrows (hairstrokes, shading)
– Eyeliner (infralash, grafic eyeliner)
– Lip liner
– Full lips
– Beauty mark
– Camouflaging of light skin / scars, also for example with vitiligo
– Camouflaging a cleft lip (cleft palate)
– Reconstruction of a nipple and/or areola (after breast cancer)
– Areola adjustment in color or shape
– Simulating hairs for example on scar tissue after a hair transplant
The treatment is not completely pain free, yet each customer experiences the intensity of this pain differently. In order to diminish the intensity during each treatment, a cream is used that softens the sensitivity of the treatment. It is not necessary to bring your own cream. Besides this, you can also take two paracetamol tablets a half hour prior to each treatment session (Note: only paracetamol is allowed and no other painkillers).
The technique of tattooing and PMU seem very similar, however, tattooing goes deeper into the skin then PMU. This has the advantage that the PMU fades earlier and therefore is easier to adjust in color and shape.
The PMU treatment consists of two sessions. DFine Clinic finds it important that the specialist understands the wishes of the client well and therefore sufficient time is always scheduled for the first treatment (1 to 2 hours). At the first treatment we will discuss the shape and pigment choice and the treated area will be filled in with pigment so that you know and see what you can expect.
In addition, the ‘informed consent’ document is filled in at the first appointment. This questionnaire is necessary for the treatment to proceed safely and responsibly. PMU cannot be recommended in some cases of illness or in combination with a number of medicines. In case of doubt, ask your specialist for more information.
The subsequent treatment takes an average of 1 hour.
PMU lasts on average for 1 to 2 years and you can choose to have a touch-up / after treatment. The pigment will never disappear completely, but it will fade over time. This is mainly due to exposure to UVA-UVB rays (daylight and sunlight), tanning beds and peels. That is why it is important to use a factor daily and to apply a high factor in the summer months. This way you are better protecting the color against fading. For example, when you feel the need to use pencils or powders again, this is usually the time to do a ‘touch up’ treatment. This is on average after 1 to 2 years. A touch up treatment usually consists of 1 treatment. Naturally adjusted rates apply for this.
To ensure that every PMU treatment runs as smoothly as possible and generates optimal conditions for the best results, DFine Clinic provides the following advice that serves as precautionary instructions prior to each treatment session:
*Do not drink green tea a few days in advance and do not take any nutritional supplements (especially A and E), because of the antioxidants the PMU may be less effective.
*Do NOT drink any alcohol 24 hours prior to treatment and no coffee or other caffeinated beverages on the day itself, this may cause bleeding during treatment and may increase the potential swelling after treatment. Bleeding during treatment ensures that the PMU is more difficult to sit and becomes grayer.
*On the day of the PMU session: Do not drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages. This also increases the chance of bleeding during the session.
*Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen 24 hours in advance. Paracetamol is allowed.
*Do not take blood-thinning medicines 24 hours prior (consult your doctor).
*Do not use corticosteroid cream or ointment on site prior to pigmentation.
*Do not exercise on the day of the treatment, heat from the body causes the pores to open and sweat (=salt) can cause the color to fade more (salt is also used to remove PMU gone wrong).
*In addition, we advise not to schedule treatment during the menstrual week, as the pigments will be less effective and treatment is more sensitive during this period.
*If you bleach your eyebrow hairs it is not advisable to undergo this treatment; the chemicals will also bleach the pigment from the skin. However, the hairs may be colored with normal dye.
*With an eyeliner treatment the lenses have to be removed. You should bear in mind that the lenses may not be worn for several days (due to a possible swelling and for a better wound healing), so keep glasses at hand. For healing, it is better to wear the lenses again after 72 hours and then rinse the lenses with sterile water before placing them in the eyes. On the one hand -because putting lenses in and taking them out- bacteria can lead to possible infections and on the other hand because lens fluid consists of a salt solution and salt pulls the pigment out of the skin.
*With lip treatment it is better to stop using Labello, lip gloss and other lip balms 2 weeks prior to treatment (multiple use implies more than 2 lubrications per day). Lip balms can possibly delay cell division, which can affect the outcome of PMU.
*If you have ever had a cold sore and would like to undergo lip treatment, follow the advice below; take 1000mg to 2000mg L-Lysine and vitamin C-ester tablets 1 week in advance (The brands Solgar and Orthica are good). Lubricate with Zovirax cream, as soon as there is an irritation, this is available at the regular drugstore. You can stop taking the nutritional supplements 7 days after the treatment.
After treatment, the pigmented skin may feel a little irritated and / or tight, and a slight swelling may occur. This is not something to worry about and is part of curing the treatment. To get the PMU treatment healed as optimally as possible and to get the best results, DFine Clinic recommends the following advice as aftercare instructions:
*The treated skin must be kept dry for 5 to 10 days. Make sure that you do not apply water, body milk, lotion and makeup to the treatment site. During the first 5-10 days in the evening and in the morning, it is strongly recommended that you apply a thin layer of grape seed oil to the treated skin (we hand this out to the customer). For the lips during brushing you can apply a little bit of vaseline to the lips. The skin will heal faster and nicer in this way. After 5-10 days the skin will be closed and it can be made wet and made up again.
*The first days very small grains will appear on the skin; these are tiny scabs. Let your skin repel it by itself and do not scratch it to prevent scarring. The first week after the treatment you should also not go under the sunbed and also avoid the natural sun as much as possible. The shedding of pigment will take place during the 3rd and 4th day and make the color less intense. If the aftercare instructions are followed carefully, you will hardly be bothered by this and the skin will recover without any problems.
*Touch the permanent makeup as little as possible with your hands to prevent infections. Pat the treated area clean with a clean tissue and try to keep it as dry as possible.
*Do not drip wound disinfectants such as Sterilon or Betadine onto the wound and do not stick any patches or pads on the treatment site.
*For the best healing and to prevent the pigments from fading, it is better not to exercise for 5-10 days, to go to the sauna and / or the swimming pool. Sweat (=salt) pulls out the pigments.
*Avoid as much as possible the first seven days of direct sunlight or tanning bed light. In the future, if you go out in the sun, try to protect the PMU by covering it with a factor of 30 or higher.
*It is also better not to use a chemical peel for six months after the pigmentation. In addition, it is also not recommended to use retinol-containing (vitamin A) products or peels on the PMU for 30 days after the treatment.
*For the lips: do not use whitening toothpaste and lubricate the lips with vaseline the first 5 days before brushing your teeth. It is also better to avoid spicy food and not to drink hot drinks. Drink through a straw for the first hours after the treatment.
*If you are under 16 years old.
*For eyeliners: if you suffer from eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts.
*If you suffer from haemophilia (blood clotting disease).
*If you suffer from keloid formation (impaired wound healing)
*If you have a fever on the treatment day.
*If you use Roacutane (medication and ointment). You can then be treated again 3 months after the use of this medication.
The first five days after treatment you should not apply makeup on the treated area. The area needs to be kept dry! After five days, the skin is closed which means that infections can no longer occur and makeup can be applied again.
The following advice helps prevent a cold sore, but also to cure it!
Take L-Lysine and vitamin C-Ester 3 days before treatment. The Solgar and Orthica brands work well. Depending on the severity and frequency of cold sores, you can vary between 1000mg and 2000mg per day per food supplement. Take the supplements together on an empty stomach. You may stop the supplements 7 days after the treatment.
PMU can be used before starting therapy to diminish the effects of hair loss due to chemo. Either a shadow or hair strokes between the existing brows are applied by means of PMU. Next to this, eye lashes can be imitated by generating a powdery line in between and above the lashes. When the eyebrows and/or the lashes fall out, you will still have eyebrows and definition around the eyes. When you are interested in one of these treatments, please note that between the PMU session and the chemotherapy treatment has to be at least five days. These five days are needed to cure the treatment site before the chemotherapy takes place.
It has been proven that PMU does not harm health. However, in some cases, PMU is not recommended. Therefore an ‘informed consent’ form must always be completed, to identify the medical background and to perform the PMU in a safe and responsible manner.
DFine Clinic works according to the hygiene and safety guidelines of the LCHV, is approved under the strict supervision of the Public Health Service (GGD) and is affiliated with the NSGP. The pigments that are used during each treatment comply with the predetermined legal standards. For more information, visit www.veiligpmu.nl.