What is Permanent Cosmetics?

Permanent cosmetics or micropigmentation is the implantation of colored pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. The procedure is performed with the traditional tattoo method using needles to place pigment into the skin. The process includes an initial consultation to discuss and demonstrate the most flattering shape and color and then the actual procedure which includes the application of pigment.

After the initial procedure, the skin does not always retain the pigment in all areas. A follow up visit for retouch may be desired for adjusting the shape, color, density of the pigment or fix any imperfections.

When the procedure is completed, the color will appear darker than the final result. The color in the top layer of skin will flake off during the healing process and you will see a lighter color. The new color will not smear, smudge or wear off.

You will look like yourself only better!

Who Can Benefit From Permanent Cosmetics?

How long does Permanent Makeup Last?

The longevity of your Permanent Makeup depends primarily on your individual body chemistry. Other factors that affect how well you keep your pigment implantation include:

How long will the Procedure Take?

From start to finish you will need about 1 ½ to 2 hours. This includes the time needed for numbing, filling out forms and choosing colors. The actual tattooing takes 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the procedure. If you are getting permanent eyeliner, we recommend you have someone drive you home. If you wear contacts you must remove them for the procedure and cannot put them back on afterwards. Make sure to bring eyeglasses if you need them to see.

Are Permanent Makeup Procedures Painful?

Individual pain tolerance differs greatly. Effective topical anesthetics are used to numb the skin before and during the procedure to minimize any discomfort.

What Can I Expect after My Procedure?

You can expect some swelling and redness in the treated area. The swelling usually subsides within 48 hours. Your permanent makeup will appear darker, brighter and slightly thicker than how it will look after it heals. Be patient and wait about 3 weeks before making a final judgment. The color will lighten and blend with your skin after healing. The initial healing process takes about 3-7 days. During the first few days after the procedure your skin may develop a scab, become flaky or very dry. DO NOT pick at or peel the treated areas! It is crucial that you follow the aftercare instructions for optimal results.

Are Touch-Ups Necessary?

Touch-ups are likely necessary with eyebrow and lip procedures depending on your body chemistry, colors selected and so on. We recommend you schedule a follow up appointment 3-6 weeks after your procedure so that the technician can give you a professional assessment. For lip procedures you will need to take a prescription antiviral medication, such as Valtrex, before each procedure if you have a history of cold sores or fever blisters to avoid a possible outbreak.

What Should I do to Prepare for My Procedure?