From Karine, one of the Cosmetic Tattoo patients of Thao Duong, Dr. Macdonald’s Permanent Cosmetic Artist.
Karine is on Day 3 of her procedure today and hanging in there, detailing out her entire procedure (before, during and after) from start to finish… Read on for all the details…
***From Karine (before, during, and immediately after procedure)***
Oct 20 before treatment
Oct 20 after treatment
Now that my procedure with Cosmetic Artist, Thao Duong is done, I wanted to back track and provide some more explanations…
First, I want to elaborate on my first post announcing my semi-permanent cosmetics procedure by telling you about about the details of the process for the consultation, prepping for the procedure, and the procedure itself.
It has really been a great experience all-around so far! She provides her treatments through the offices of Dr. Macdonald, who I know is a well known plastic surgeon for 15 or so years now in San Francisco’s Union Square area. It is always fun to combine your trip to the city with a little shopping!
Thao told me that she’s been working with Dr. Macdonald for 7 or 8 years, and they both really respect each other’s craft and expertise. Thao also loves that Dr. Macdonald’s front office staff (Lidian & Erin) are so warm and wonderful in their treatment of her clients which she believes adds to each client’s comfort and overall satisfaction with their experience. You know, having been exposed to Dr. Macdonald’s cosmetic practice, I’d have to say I definitely agree with her.
My initial appointment with Thao was a 45-60 minute consultation. During that appointment, she was very informative about what she does, how she does it, and why.
She shared dozens of before & after pictures of her clients which really helps because I’m a very “visual learner” as I think many people are. It was amazing to see how her work on permanent eyeliner and eyebrow tattooing can really frame a person’s face, drawing out the beauty of their eyes and often their cheek bones, while also amazingly diminishing less attractive features such as a large nose, forehead or chin.
Then she went on to take a “before” picture of me without any makeup. After that, I relaxed in her chair while she tweezed and shaped my eyebrows and then applied makeup to my eyes (eyeliner & eyebrow pencil) to show me a “mock up” of what I would look like post-treatment if I chose to do both eyeliner and eyebrow with the blend of colors she chose to draw out the green in my hazel eyes. [As I mentioned in my first post, I opted to do just eyeliner at first and see how that goes].
I don’t often wear lower eyeliner but I got that done anyway. Here is why. At first I told Thao I only wanted to do the uppers. From Thao I learned, however, that it’s actually the contrast of the subtle blend of 2-3 different colors that she uses on top vs. bottom that best draws out the colors of your eyes. She was able to show me the magnitude of difference this makes when she did her “mock up” for me. She started with upper eyeliner pencil, gave me the mirror to examine the result. Then she added the lower eye pencil and had me look again.
When I saw the difference, I was convinced!
When she was done applying “mock up” makeup, she took a set of “after” pictures which I showed in my first post. She then answered all my questions and talked about the healing process so I could plan for any adjustment to work/family life before my treatment appointment.
Four patient references were also provided so I could call and directly ask about their experience and results. Thao charges $65 for this consultation appointment, and I felt it was well worth it, especially considering that many spas/salons charge $40 just to tweeze and shape your brows! I don’t think I’d have had the nerve to go forward with treatment without first having this thorough consultation and visualization of the outcomes.
Now on to the procedure itself. It was comforting to receive this treatment in a medical office with a seasoned cosmetic & reconstructive surgeon an exam room away. I mean seriously, she is using 42 little needles right around my eyes which can be unnerving to say the least!
I definitely was nervous at first but everyone was focused on my comfort and easing my nerves, explaining the typical medical releases a patient signs, answering questions, etc. so this made me feel at ease…
For the upper and lower eyeliner procedure, Thao had me plan for 3-3.5 hours of time. This includes:
- filling out any sort of patient registration and medical release forms
- sipping on a cup of decaffeinated tea kindly provided by Lidian to calm my nerves
- having the topical anesthetic applied to my upper and lower eyelids (along the lash lines)
- while resting under a cozy blanket in her treatment chair approximately 30 minutes to allow the anesthetic to take full effect
- listening to some zen-like mellow music playing and inhaling a lovely scent in the room (incense / candle) to calm all my senses
The hardest part was keeping my eyes closed for 3 hours, but Thao has a tender touch and gentle nature, always checking in to see how I was doing and if Ineeded a break.
Post-treatment is in 12-14 days. If any touch-up or adjustment is required, she asks that you schedule it within 3 months of your initial treatment and that you come in for those 1 or 2 appointments within 6 months of your initial treatment.
Included in her treatment price are:
- the procedure itself (along with all the perks listed above)
- the healing follow-up appointment
- 1-2 touch-up appointments
- Both the upper and lower eyeliner cosmetics tattooing: $785.
- Upper eyeliner only: $550
- Lower eyeliner only: $385
Stay tuned for my next updates on recovery, along with some research I’ve done on the subject.