Is getting permanent makeup painful?

  • Shana
  • 6 years ago

May get permanant eye liner and lip lines. My strongest hestiation is pain from getting the permanent makeup. Was your application really painful? How long does the pain last?

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I had my eyes started today and the pain was so unbearable I cried. She used a local anesthetic injectable. She finally had to stop and we rescheduled for next week to try to finish. This pain was the worst ever. Now my eyes are puffy and black and blue. I had been drinking before the procedure. She said this is why the local did nothing for me. Is that true? She said she has only ever had 1 patient in as much pain as me and she had also been drinking the day of. Any thoughts? There is no way I can go back and get the tops done if it's anything like the bottom.
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It can be if you aren't properly numbed.We numb our clients twice, once topically, and once under the skin, using our scratching technique. We want to make sure ALL of our clients are as comfortable as possible.
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hello everybody I had my brows and lips done on Thusday, the brows i would rate as a 2 out of 10 for pain and very bearable. However the lips i would say are a 6 out of ten, it is now 4 days later and my lips are still swollen and scabs are forming. My lips feel like they have been ironed as very hot and painful . Does anyone know how long this pain win my lips will last?
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Geraldine are you better now? How did your lips end up looking. I am having a bad time too and it has been 6 days now.... I think I got them wet after 3 days and It caused water blisters to form, which went away in a day but my lips still hurt.
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I had my lips and eyebrows retouched on Thursday March 7, 2014 and all went well. Less pain on the lips this time. The eyebrows hurt the most because she stated that the procedure has to start with nothing (something about the skin) then she cleaned me up applied the numbing cream (continued the procedure) and I felt nothing after that. The lips hurt a lot the first time. But since I did mention that to her for the touch up she applied more then enough. If I started to feel pain she applied a bit more. After that all went well. I just don't like the stinging burn I felt in my eyes when she applied the topical anesthetic inside the eye on the inner, upper and lower eyeliner area. That was very uncomfortable. I would hope they made something that would not sting so much when used in my eye.
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What over (or under) the counter meds/drugs can be taken to alleviate the pain during permanent lip lining or eye liner procedures? I had my eye liner done with topical anesthetic and took tylenol 3 s, and it still felt like my eyes were being gouged out of their sockets with a razor blade!! I have given birth 3 times, and this was intense! I need a touch up, and I want my lips done; however, I absolutely require pain blockers to do it - I would really appreciate some suggestions on what I could possibly take. Thanks
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Just purchased Artificial Tears Ointment and Sterile Eye wash from PermanentMakeupProducts.com. My touch up procedure will be next week on Friday and the only thing that bothered me most was the numbing cream that was rubbed into my inner upper and lower lids. WHY inside if the procedure is outside....I have no clue. On that website you will find an anesthetic that is formulated to use around the eye many of their other products clearly state DO NOT USE NEAR EYE or something like that and 2 of their products state that it is PH balanced and can be used prior to and during a Perm Eye Liner Procedure. The one product is MAGIC ? and the other NEW product is COMFORT ? They are the only two products with those names sorry I don't have the full name. But you can contact via email someone on their end and they can help you. They responded to my question pretty fast and recommended the COMFORT anesthetic. The ointment I purchased is to be placed in the eye prior to the procedure to alleviate some of the discomfort. The eye wash I bought because it can be used right after the procedure to wash out anything that may still be causing the stinging or burning without effecting the final results of your procedure. I am keeping my fingers crossed because they really did come out beautiful and I got lots of compliments but dam being beautiful is painful and expensive! Good Luck to you!!
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I had my eyebrows done, with pain rating of 1/10. The 'top up' was a bit more uncomfortable over the 'bone' of the brow with a smarting of 4/10. I had my lips done almost a week ago. It was uncomfortable while having it done, I'd say a 3/10 but afterwards they hurt like HELL. I had to take 2 lots of painkillers to shift the throbbing and burning. Since spending all week off work, having to drink through a straw, eat mashed potato for nearly every meal, show no facial expressions or I break the scabs, loosing 3 nights of sleep and having to dab the 'oozing and crusting' away, dread a sneeze or yawn and now I have just a few scabs left I can honestly say I wouldn't bother with the lips again. The itching has now set in, and I wont be bothering to go for my top up. They are slightly uneven and the colour is way too deep but I believe this will fade or I will tone it down with lipstick. Maybe the top up would even them out, but I cant face another week like I've just had.
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when did you get better? how many days?
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Hi, I am PMU artist. I am working with Xtract numbing cream and I am very pleased with the result for eyes and lips, almost no pain, really good anesthetic cream but it is not so effective for brows. For me the brows area is the most painful. I am using the emla cream for 40 min before the tattooing but some clients feel a lot of pain some clients just little discomfort. I am looking to find the best anesthetic cream for eyebrows for those clients who feel pain so I don't have this problem. Can you recommend any? Thank you.
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Dr Linda Dixon in Hawaii created along with pharmacists a line of topicals that take no longer then 12 minutes from application to numb. They are numb quick, numbpot gold (which I CANNOT) live without, comfort cream, Tag and a few more. Numbpot gold, Tag 45 and comfort cream are my mainstay. I use NOTHING else! No need to. You will never use anything else again. Btw I have nothing to do with Dr Dixon business wise, I have nothing to gain from telling you this other than knowing i helped a fellow PMU. Pain control to me is so important. For about $110 you can Tag, numbpot gold and comfort cream if you have the $ get Duration to mix with the tag. It is well worth it. You mix it with tag 45 for obviously time duration. Great for the lips and brows. Let me know if you can't find it, I'll send you a link. You will never have another customer say it hurts. Ever. Let me know!
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Hi! I am considering to by some of these anesthetics, but I am only starting and I am trying to save in the beginning. Could you please recommend me which anesthetics I should buy definitely. and how do you mix them? link? Thank you and your comment is very helpful
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Hey guys, there are awesome topical anesthetics out now and there is no excuse or reason for anyone being in pain getting any permanent makeup these days. I have customers who literally go to sleep while I am working on them. When in doubt please, please, please ask for a referral list. If you ask enough people in their past client list you will get a true picture of whether it will hurt or not. If someone says, well but I look great, move to another tech. There are PMU s out there that do beautiful work, but are really not that concerned about the discomfort it can cause. These are generally the old school techs. Nothing wrong with that, BUT there are enough technicians that you can find one that will fit your needs. No pain for my clients is a huge priority! Good luck. Don't be scared just do your homework! It's your face for crying out loud!
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Thanks for your comment. She said that my skin was really thin and that I bled a lot. I'm not sure if that was a factor or not. I also use Latisse and she told me not to use it for a week or two before coming in for my touch up. Do you really think those things make a difference? I'm a pretty good judge and I think she is really good but just maybe not using the strongest numbing agent.... or maybe I'm just a wimp:)
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You are not a wimp! It hurts if there is not the correct amount of pain control. My rule of thumb on Latisse is discontinue at booking so as soon as possible. I prefer 30 days before and at least, no sooner than 30 days after. I have customers that I know continued it after a week or so, I do not recommend it but I err on the side if caution. I'm sure she knows what she is doing. Ask her before your touchup what kind of anesthetic she is using and let me know. I'll slip a recommendation. And by all means, TELL her it was uncomfortable BEFORE your touchup so she can be allowed the chance to correct this. Good luck and let me know. Ps make sure you take no aspirin before, on the day of (***unless your Dr has you on an aspirin reg) and let her now this info. Work with her, I'm sure you'll look beautiful.
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If you are using the lash enhancements, you will bleed and HURT! Doing permanent makeup for 15 years in plastic surgeons offices, this is the biggest factor that I have seen change in the last few years. My patients have very little to NO pain with all of my procedures (I use the products formulated from Dr Linda Dixon), with the exception of those using the lash growth products, both RX and OTC. I have instructed clients to discontinue 6 weeks prior to procedure, with a HUGE difference. I learned this from personal experience myself with my last eyeliner touch up.
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I am going for a touch up on my eyes, upper and lower lids. The actual burning of the numbing cream in my eye in my opinion hurt more then the eye lining procedure. I am sure everyone's eyes are sensitive. The burning slowly went away but then my eyes became more sensitive to light the day/afternoon I got it done and then a headache so I applied cold water pat dry and went to bed. The next morning I was fine (except for the expected slightly swollen lids and redness. Is there anything that can be used that will not burn and does it have to be applied in the eye (inner upper and lower eye liner area)?
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This comment is probably too late for the person who asked the question, but I thought it might help others that may read this group of comments. 2 days ago I had eye liner done on my upper and lower lids. She did use numbing cream and has been doing permanent makeup for 20 years. I know that everyone is different but it did hurt! They say it just tickles, not so in my case. The pain was pretty significant but bearable (border line). So far I love my results and feel like it was definitely worth the pain (luckily it doesn't take that long). My advice is to go for it!
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everyone is different in their pain tolerance. with topical numbing cream, generally speaking, the brows are not a problem at all. eyeliner is the most sensitive, you won't be able to fall asleep. i like to take breaks, and move to the other eye. i'm not in a rush when i'm working. lips bother some people, some people not at all. for me, it wasn't painful at all, though i was rather puffy though it was fine after half a day or so. about face by nancy
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She used a numbing gel that sat on my lids for 30 min prior to procedure as well as using epinephrine throughout the procedure but it still hurt. I am fair skinned cool tones. On a scale of 1-10 a 4. As the procedure went on it hurt less. My eyebrows did not hurt at all, tickled if anything.
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There is no set standard different people will feel a different sensation I cannot comment on the technician work as we all do out best ! It sounds perfectly normal to me - the healing process is horrific you will swell you will form a crust this is standard information you should have been made aware of prior to treatment
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I had mine done, about a year ago, very happy with results. I don't think it was painful at all, she applied an anaesthetic on my eyebrows and lips, so that way I had a pain free treatment.
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i look horrible in my 2 days having eyebrows and eyelids permanent make up...my eyes are still swelling and my eye lines are so crusty and wow i never expect this what will happen...when started i felt terrible pain already i think it was the anesthesia she injected.base on the story i read here i feel like am the only one who suffer....is there anyone had a bad jobbed like i had?????
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I experienced the exact same thing! This is now what I do for a living. I tryed to send you a pic! I looked like an alien for a week! A full week. But it turned out pretty. It doesn't have to be that painful though. I guess we're special.
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