FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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?
- Women who want to wake up beautiful every day
- Women with allergies to conventional cosmetics
- Individuals with poor hand/eye control
- Individuals with impaired vision who wear contact lenses or have watery eyes
- Active individuals who sweat a lot... permanent makeup will not run!
- Individuals with busy schedules and don't have the time to spend on makeup
- Individual with Alopecia Areata and those who experience hair loss
- Individuals in the various entertainment industries
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 well you follow pre-procedure instructions such as avoiding alcohol and aspirin 5 days before the procedure as these will thin the blood and push out the implanted color.
- How well you follow post-procedure instructions such as avoiding chlorine pools and hot tubs, tanning, certain skin care treatments such as Retin-A and glycolic acid during the first 2 weeks after the procedure, as they may significantly fade your permanent makeup.
- How well you moisturize the treated area as cracking of scabs may remover the newly implanted pigments. Picking at a flaking epidermis and scabs is a huge no-no! This will result in the loss of pigment and cause the need for more touch-up procedures.
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?
- Alpha-Hydroxyl Acids (AHA's), steroid creams and any other skin peels should be avoided for 2 weeks prior to your procedure.
- If you are using Retin-A or Acutane for acne treatment we recommend waiting to schedule a permanent makeup procedure after you have discontinued use for six months.
- Any waxing or tweezing should be done at least a week prior to procedure to minimize any irritation.
- Avoid alcohol, aspirin, or anything else that may thin blood for at least 3 days prior to your appointment, with your physicians consent. If you are on blood thinners talk to your physician about your permanent cosmetic plans before your consultation.
- If you have ANY history of cold sores (herpes) or fever blisters you need to obtain a prescription medication from your physician such as Zorivax, Famvir, or Valtrex prior to any lip procedure. This medication should be taken at least 2 days prior, the day of, and 2 days after your lip procedure so you can avoid any outbreaks. If you insist you have no history of cold sores, you will be required to sign a Cold Sore Release form before your lip procedure.
- If you have diabetes, a heart condition, or other such serious medical condition you MUST obtain a signed note of approval from your physician written on the physician's prescription pad which states that your doctor consents to your chosen permanent makeup procedure(s).
- Clients getting eyeliner/ eyelash enhancement procedures are advised to bring someone along who will be able to drive them home.