Patch Testing – patch testing is a vital part of the consultation process. This must be carried out at least 48 hours print to the booked treatment on new clients. This is despite other they have had this treatment previously by a different technician, this is due to the fact that every technician will have a different range in materials they use. The result from the test will be either positive or negative. A positive result will
be recognised by irritation, swelling or inflammation of the skin. If this occurs, we
recommend not to proceed with the treatment.
Pigment skin testing is a process that involves injecting a small amount of pigment into the client’s skin to see if they are allergic to the pigment used in the treatment. In most cases, people do not react to the pigment, although it is always possible.
Possible allergies include:
- Bacitracin – a cyclic polypeptide antibiotic used to prevent wound infections.
- Novocaine – a brand of procaine, is a local anaesthetic drug.
- Lidocaine – Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic. Using the skin cream makes your skin numb.
- Latex protein – “latex” refers to the protein in the sap of the Brazilian rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). It also refers to “natural rubber products” made from that sap.
- Pigment – Eczematous hypersensitivity reactions.
- Needles – clients may have an allergy to the metal that the needle is made out of.
Patch testing MUST be carried out, or your insurance may be voided. During the consultation, touch upon ‘Aftercare Procedures’ (explained in a later chapter)
2 important things to remember during the consultation:
- Are the client’s expectations realistic? – you must be realistic with your client with what they should expect from their eyelash extensions
- Are there any contra-indications? – is there anything that may prevent the treatment from going ahead?