Permanent Makeup FAQ
What is permanent makeup?
Also know as micro-pigmentation and cosmetic tattooing, permanent makeup is an advanced form of tattooing in which medical-grade pigments are infused into the dermal layer of the skin in order to create a shadow of color that mimics perfectly applied make-up in soft natural tones of color.
Does permanent makeup hurt?
No, I use effective topical numbing products to ensure the treatment is as pain-free as possible with most clients experiencing very little discomfort.
How long does permanent makeup take?
Most eyebrow procedure take 3 hours and eyeliner procedures between 2-3 hours, depending if eyeliner is requested for upper and lower eyelids. I will advise you the exact time it will take during your initial consultation. It is very important to schedule your appointment on a day when you are not rushed. This will insure you a more relaxed during the procedure.
How long do permanent cosmetics last?
With the correct aftercare permanent cosmetics last an average of two to five years, depending on various factors such as your skin type, sun exposure and skincare products and services. Light or very natural hair strokes will only last one to two years.
What kind of pigment do you use?
I use high end, quality pigment especially formulated for permanent cosmetics to create one of a kind custom colors to match skin tone and style. By combining different colors I can achieve any color to match your skin tone, unique style, and specific needs.
Is permanent makeup safe?
As long as your technician is using quality inks and clean and sterile equipment are being used, permanent make up is safe. Thousands of women of all ages, all over the world are successfully using permanent makeup as an alternative to traditional makeup. Additionally, I follow state and industry standards and practices for safe micro pigmentation.
How do I know that your equipment is sterile?
All equipment (needles, tubes, ink, etc) are brand new, packaged and sterilized in single use pouches which will be opened in front of you at the time of your procedure and discarded afterwards.
Is there are reason why someone should not get permanent makeup?
If you have trouble healing, are prone to infection due to immune deficiency, or are on certain medication that impairs your ability to heal or have an acute illness, you may want to consult your doctor before having any kind of tattoo procedure. Your doctor may have special instructions for you or your technician. People who are not candidates for permanent makeup are:
Heart conditions that requires anti-coagulants treatment, people with pacemakers/defibrillator (No exceptions), hx of Hemophillia, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have hx of diabetes insulin depend or poorly controlled blood glucose level you must have a note from your doctor allowing this procedure.
Pre-Care Instructions for Permanent Makeup
- No alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before procedure.
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen or fish oil for 24 hours before procedure.
- Discontine Glycolics, Chemical peels and RetinA 2 weeks prior to procedure.
- Refrain from use of any alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products close to the eyebrow area for 2 weeks, do not use any moisturizers that contain any acid products near the eyebrow area.
- No brow waxing, or tinting one week before. This will ensure that there is no skin irritation. Also, any large open hair follicles can absorb pigment.
Avoid sun and tanning one week prior to procedure or use high SPF around eyebrow area
- If you use Botox, it should be performed either 4 weeks prior or 2 weeks after to your scheduled procedure.
- If you have oily skin, your results Will appear softer and may require hair stroke technique with machine vs microblading.
- Dark skin types please note that your permanent makeup will not appear as bold as lighter skin types.
- Come to your appointment with your eyebrows penciled the way you like them (optional) & bring your eyebrow pencil with you.
- If using eyelash growth serum (Latisse) or there like on your eyebrows or eyelashes, you must discontinue use 2 weeks prior and may restart 2 weeks after procedure.
- If you have moles, bumps, skin tags etc. in the direct area of the eyebrow or lash line, for health reasons I cannot color over these places. They will not hold color, and may need an assessment from a dermatologist.
- If you have any medical condition with yore’s that require a doctor’s monitoring, for example glaucoma that requires prescription eye drops you must have a written permission to have eyeliner procedure.
Post-Care Instructions for Permanent Makeup
- Immediately after your procedure you will see some swelling and possibly redness this will subside in 1-3 days. You will also notice that the color is extremely dark and “harsh” or bold– this is not the final color. Once you are fully healed the color will be softer, smoother, and lighter.
- Gently use a damp q-tip to pat away the excess lymph and blood that you may have in the first 24 hours.
- Apply a very thin layer of petroleum to the procedure area 2-3 times a day. Always use a clean cotton swab and not your fingertips.
- No makeup on area of procedure, tinting of lashes or brows, exposure to sun, soap, sauna, steam, exercise, hot yoga, jacuzzi, swimming in chlorine pools, the ocean, gardening, or exposure to animals near the area of procedure until completely healed.
- Before bathing, gently apply a light coating of petroleum on the procedure area using a clean cotton swab. continue this regime until the procedure are has completely healed. The steam may express the pigment color.
- Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing, pigment may be removed along with crusting tissue.
- Use a waterproof sun block after the procedure area has healed to prevent future fading of pigment color.
- Sleep on a clean pillowcase and clean sheets while the procedure area is healing.
- Touch up visit should be scheduled in 48 weeks. All permanent cosmetic procedures are a two step process. Results cannot be determined until the color refresher is completed.
- Aloe vera and Carmex can pull the color out of some clients procedure area, so I suggest that they do not use these products while they are healing. Sometimes “natural” products compromise the integrity of the pigment color.
- It’s very important to follow all aftercare instructions for maximum results of their procedure(s).
- Remember all procedure(s) must, heal, peel, and fade. This process may take up to 10 days.
- Do not use any products that contain AHA’s, Vitamin A, Retinol A, or similar lightening and peeling products on the procedure area (example: glycolic acid, lactic acid, etc.). Read the ingredients on the back of any bottle of product that you will be using.
- Do not wear contact lens during the procedure and 1 week after.