Important Pre-Procedure Information

Your safety is and always will be our top priority.

Safety first

Every precaution is taken to ensure you will achieve the best possible Permanent Makeup result, safely.

Please take the time to read through this pre-procedure information document a week prior to having your desired procedure performed.

  • Preferably no Aspirin, Ibuprofen or any blood-thinning medications for 2 to 3 days prior to the procedure. (please check with your doctor before ceasing any medication/s).
  • No Alcohol for 24 hours prior to procedure.
  • No regular coffee (caffeine) that morning – decaf and tea is OK.
  • Please inform us in advance of any health-related issue that you are currently being treated for prior to your appointment.
  • Call immediately to reschedule your treatment if you have the flu, a cold, an upset stomach or any any viral infection.
  • Pregnant or nursing clients will regretfully need to wait until after delivery and nursing has ceased.
  • Permanent makeup is not recommended for persons who suffer from epilepsy, organ transplant, pacemaker or major heart problems.
  • Diabetic and on Insulin – the treating doctor’s written clearance is required.  Please ensure that you have had a small meal and are well hydrated prior to arriving for your appointment.
  • Chemotherapy Patients – the treating doctor’s written clearance is required.
  • If you have recently been diagnosed or treated for Glaucoma or undergone any eye surgery, your doctor’s written clearance is required for eyeliner procedures.
  • Should you regularly use Retin-A, Glycol Acid, Accutane products or recently had a medical skin peel, your skin may be too sensitive. Procedure/s may however be performed at our sole discretion.
  • If you have undergone Plastic Surgery on or near the procedure area, the scars should be a minimum of 8 – 9 months – alternatively your doctor’s written clearance for the procedure is required.
  • For obvious reasons, Botox and fillers need to have been done at least 6 months prior to doing permanent makeup procedures.
  • Should you be scheduled for eyeliner and wear contact lenses, please bring your lens case and spectacles to wear afterward. The eyes may be sensitive to light post-procedure, so do bring sunglasses.
  • Should you be having any of the lip procedures offered and have ever had a cold sore or fever blister, we require you to be on an anti-viral medication in order to prevent a breakout. Ask your GP for an anti-viral prescription, (usually either Valtrex or Zovirax is prescribed) to be commenced at least 1 day prior, the day of, and for at least 3 to 4 days following the lip procedure.
  • Full lip procedures are two-part, done 6 weeks apart, the medication will need to be repeated for the second procedure. While I cannot insist you take the anti-viral medication, I will not work on a client with a history of cold sores or fever blisters who is not taking preventative medication, as the colour will not hold in the breakout areas – thereby delivering a poor result.
  • Please bring your desired lip pencil and/or lipstick for colour matching.
  • Most permanent procedures, especially microblade eyebrows are a 2-part procedure – it is important to attend the refinement visit 6 weeks later, as all minor adjustments are made at this appointment to ensure the best possible result.
  • After your initial procedure, if you choose to have an alternative artist attend to your permanent makeup, you be immediately relinquishing us – know that any future work requested is at our sole discretion.
  • You may prefer to arrive for eyebrow or lip procedure appointments with your makeup on, so we can see exactly how you wish to wear it.

Very gently exfoliate your lips with a granular skin exfoliant or a toothbrush, beginning 3 days before your procedure, as this helps prepare the lips for the procedure.

To speed up healing of lips, I recommend purchasing Traumeel homeopathic tablets from your local pharmacy or health store.  Dissolve 1 tablet under your tongue 3 to 4 times a day for 5 days.

Please have a small meal prior to your appointment and come rested and VERY well hydrated, expecting beautiful results!

Please be on time – be considerate of other clients who are scheduled after you.  Should you arrive more than 5 minutes late for your appointment, you will regretfully need to be rescheduled.

Should life get in the way (and every now and again, emergencies are inevitable) and you are unable to keep your appointment, please be so kind to inform us immediately (call 011 704-3086).

A non-refundable booking fee of R1 500.00 (or 50%) is required at the time of making appointments. This will be offset against your procedure cost.  Regretfully the booking fee will be forfeited for ‘no-shows’ or for less than 24 hour reschedule notice.

About the author: 

Gwendoline Jonston

Gwendoline Johnston owns Permanent Makeup by Gwendoline and practices as a Permanent Make-up Specialist at her studios in Johannesburg.  Gwendoline attained her Master Certification – American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics in October 2013.  She has kept fully up to date with ongoing study in the latest techniques and trends by obtaining over eighteen certificates  and diplomas both locally in South Africa and internationally – attending Advanced Permanent Makeup training seminars, master classes, conferences and workshops.

Gwendoline’s vast experience attained over the past eighteen years, together with a thorough understanding of skin and colour, has placed her in the confident position to teach, advise and perform in all areas of advanced permanent make-up, including para-medical applications.  Permanent Makeup by Gwendoline is affiliated with local and international Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Specialists and Medical Spa’s.

Throughout my career, I have remained committed to delivering excellence.  I have a deep passion for my craft and genuine care for my clients, which when teamed with the highest level of professionalism, my aim is to deliver unparalleled performance within the vibrant and ever-evolving world of permanent makeup.”


We are excited to be of service to you and look forward to giving you beautiful permanent makeup to be proud of!

Please familiarise yourself with the After Care Information document.

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