Frequently asked questions regarding permanent makeup
What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup is the art and application of custom colour blended pigments inserted into the dermal layer of skin to create a tri-dimensional eyebrow, soft subtle eyeliner or a sparkling lip colour.
Is Permanent Makeup Safe?
Yes, it is totally safe if:
You have a technician that is licensed and well educated (certified)
The technician has a business license
The technician is current with their Blood Borne Pathogen (BBP) education which in most states is required to be taken yearly.
The technician follows all of OSHA and CDC guidelines for cross contamination.
The technician uses only single, sterile, one time use needles and machine parts as well as all products and they are properly disposed of after your procedure.
Does it look natural?
If the permanent makeup is applied by a licensed, well-educated technician who knows how to design your makeup and uses the correct pigment colours the results should appear very natural.
How long does Permanent Makeup last?
If the Permanent Makeup is applied correctly (inserted into the dermal layer of skin), the pigments used are of high quality and the client follows their aftercare exactly as prescribed by their technician, the procedure will last a long time. Mitigating circumstances however will dictate how long the procedure application will last. Influences such as your general health, chlorine, sun, tanning beds, medications, skin care products containing exfoliating agents, the use of a total sun block on the procedure area, and smoking can affect the longevity of the pigment colour.
How long does the procedure take?
Plan to schedule at least 1 to 3 hours for your procedure. Procedures may take longer depending on the condition and hydration of your skin, your pain threshold, your anxiety level and if you are on any medication or homeopathics that would make you bleed. Anesthesia will be placed on the procedure area for approximately 15-20 minutes. The procedure area will be drawn on and the implantation of pigment should take approximately 30-45 minutes.
Are the procedures painful?
Pain is relative. I use the most effective topical anesthetic's available. Using these anesthetic's together make most people very comfortable during the procedure application.
There are several things to consider prior to your procedure - no caffeine, alcohol or additional blood thinners if possible.
If you have had a traditional artistic tattoo or have had piercings you will find that permanent makeup is easier to tolerate than these procedures! Considering you will be numb unlike when you get a traditional tattoo or piercing!
Are there any contraindications for Permanent Makeup?
Yes, if you are under a physician’s care we will want you to obtain a release written on their prescription note pad stating that it is safe for you to have a procedure performed. Your health care provider will know if you will heal without any complications, if you are prone to infections or have a compromised immune system.
Contraindications include but are not limited to: Blood thinners, heart medications, aspirin or products containing aspirin, medications for any disease like diabetes, lupus or any autoimmune disease. Also any vitamins or supplements that thin the blood would need to be stopped prior to your procedure but only with the consent of your health care provider.
Why do some people take a antihistamine prior to their procedure?
Any type of antihistamine will slow down the release of histamine in the procedure area. This serves a three-fold purpose:
For eyeliner - the antihistamine will dry up your tears making your eyeliner procedure easier for the technician.
Other areas - the antihistamine will lessen the swelling effect on the procedure area making the insertion of pigment easier for the technician.
Always consult with your health care provider before taking any medication. If you take any medication known to cause impairment or sleepiness please do not drive to or from your procedure. Have someone drive you and pick you up.
What will I look like after my procedure?
Depending on how many times I had to go over an area to implant the pigment, your skin may be slightly swollen and red. If you have taken an antihistamine, your swelling will be less than if you have not taken any medication. You may notice swelling for 24-48 hours. This is mainly for eyeliner and lip procedures. Eyebrow swelling is barely noticeable (if any).
The area will appear darker at first because of the blood and lymph that has been brought to the surface during the permanent makeup application. The procedure area tissue will crust a bit and this tissue will slough off usually within 5-7 days leaving you with a softer colour. The healing process depends on how healthy you are and how hydrated your skin is. The younger you are the faster you will heal and if you are older your skin will take longer to regenerate. All of this is explained in your paperwork at your consultation.
It is suggested that you have your makeup applied at least 6-8 weeks prior to a special function or wait until after your function is over (such as your wedding! You don't want to be swollen or still in the healing process on your wedding day. Plan well ahead!).
What is the average fee for Permanent Makeup?
The average fee for a lip, eyebrow or eyeliner procedure can range from approximately $400.00 to $1500.00+.
The technician must study the clients face and determine how much work is involved in the requested procedure before the fees can be calculated.
Clients should be aware of the technician’s expertise and their credentials. Is the technician following all Bloodborne Pathogen Laws, their Health Department Regulations, using sterile single packaged needles, and products?
When a person is just concerned about the dollar amount to be spent, remember the old adage…’You Get What You Pay For’! Are these fees realistic? Yes. You must take into consideration that you look at more than the total fee for any procedure. This is YOUR face. What is it worth to you?
How do I care for my procedure after?
During your appointment, you will be provided with an ‘After Care ‘sheet as well as verbal instructions consisting of explicit information on how to care for your procedure area for the next week.
Follow your aftercare instructions exactly and you will have a beautiful procedure.
I do my 50% to give you a beautiful procedure. You are responsible for the other 50% with your aftercare.
Together we can create a long lasting, beautiful, natural permanent makeup procedure!