Q: What is permanent makeup? A: Permanent makeup is pigment placed under the skin (dermis). Together, the client and Specialist will create the desired shape, size and color. After the treament is done, the technician likely will provide you with an ointment to use for a week after the procedure. Please make sure to apply with a clean Q-tip, not your fingers. Use only what the technician gives you, or instructs you to do. Leave the tattooed area exposed to the air so that it can begin to heal but keep the area moist with the ointment given to you until the healing is complete. It takes about a week (around 7-10 days) for a tattoo to heal on the surface. Healing is still occurring an additional 2-3 weeks beneath the skin. For at least 7-10 days, you should not apply cosmetics over the area and NO PEROXIDE or other creams or saline solutions!!!The lips will get chapped and the brows may develop a little scab, but be sure that you do not peel off that area! If it flakes, let it flake off by itself. If you peel it off, the pigment comes off with it. It is also advised not to “look” in the mirror for at least a week (two is better). You will find something to “pick” or “criticize”, and the complete finished look should not be judged during this healing time. First, you will worry that the color is too dark. Then, you will get used to the darker look. The third truth, is that you will have lost 30-50% of the color. A good procedure is knowledge and proper aftercare, not luck!
Q: What if eyebrow styles change? A: Your eyebrow shape will be based on your own preferences in combination with the technician's suggestions for a classic shape that will remain in style and will not be affected by fads, trends or cosmetic surgery.
Q: I'm nervous about letting anyone else design my makeup, especially if it is permanent. What if I don't like the design or color after the procedure? A: Your technician will assist you in determining design-work, it will look as you wish. She will take your facial shape into consideration, design a brow, eyeliner or lip liner that suits your facial features best. You approve design work before she proceeds with the procedure. This is YOUR face, YOUR procedure and it must meet YOUR expectations.
Q: What if eyeliner goes out of style? A: It is exceptionally difficult to find a stage in history where the appearance of darker, thicker lashes was not fashionable. With the eyeliner or eyelash enhancement procedure your natural lash-line is enhanced for a fuller, beautiful, natural result. This procedure is also very popular for men with light colors or sparse eyelashes. It provides wonderful eye definition. Thin, medium and wide top and bottom eyeliners are also very popular. However, when i do procedures, I performed a more conservative, natural look.
Q: What about people that have allergies? A: Many people love Permanent makeup because it replaces the topical cosmetics they may be sensitive
Q: I have heard that these procedures require multiple sessions. Why is that necessary? A: It is necessary for several reasons. One is due to the condition of the skin. Each skin type is different. Some skin types are thicker and healthier and more pigment will be retained in one session. Also, fine details, additional color depth, or design adjustments are easily made after the initial healing is complete. A follow-up visit is usually scheduled, if only to meet and discuss the healed outcome of the procedure, and agree that no further work is necessary. However discuss all these concerns with your technician. Typically it takes a total of at least 2, possibly 3 applications, 4 weeks apart to achieve the desired outcome.
Q: If this is permanent, why are future touch-ups necessary? A: The major issues affecting the pristine appearance of your procedure is exposure to the sun, changing health conditions, medications, anti-aging products and hormonal changes. At some point in time, usually several years after your initial procedure, you will want to refresh the color. If you return to your original technician she should offer a good discount, otherwise starting over with a new, different technician, you can expect to pay regular price.
Q: Is there anything different with the way it takes on the lips versus the eyes? A: There is DEFINITELY a difference! You might be a little swollen. Your lips will appear very red for about 4 to 5 days due to wounded skin. You may eat as usual, but you will not want to let the food touch your lips. You may brush your teeth, but try not to get any paste on your lips. it may affect the outcome of your color (fading it). Teeth WHITENING is not recommended at all during the healing time. It is TRUE that Lasers can turn your lips black. You would have to let your technician KNOW you have permanent makeup there, and to stay away from the borders of your lip. Is the down time longer?
Q: Is the down time longer? What special precautions do I need to take? A: You will NEED to take any cold sore medicine a few days in advance and a few days after your treatment to avoid an outbreak.
Q: I'm worried about the word "permanent" A: Don't be. Permanent makeup is a multi session process. During the healing process the first application can fade up to 40%-70%. If at that point you are dissatisfied with your permanent makeup (extremely rare), then no harm is done because much of the pigment (usually) will have flaked off - this is the way the body heals itself. If anything, most clients return requesting more color, a thicker line, etc. After each subsequent application 4 weeks apart, the area retains more color, giving you the beautiful final outcome.
Q: Is this considered a safe process? A: Yes, it is a safe process conducted by a trained technician that follows the proper sanitation and sterilization requirements. The technician opens a sterilized tool and a manufactured sealed, sterilized needle at the beginning of the procedure. The used needle is placed in a disposable (Sharps) container after the procedure has been completed. In addition, all areas the client will come in contact with while at the office are sterilized. By conducting procedures in this manner, clients are assured that their health has been safeguarded to the highest standards. After leaving the office, it is then the client's responsibility to care for the procedure in a manner that encourages normal healing.
Q: Will I be uncomfortable during the procedure? A: Some people experience some discomfort during the procedure. This is described as a stinging or plucking sensation, which subsides as soon as the procedure is over. We have excellent topical anesthetics, which normally reduces discomfort to a minimum.
Q: How soon before I can resume normal activities? A: For most people, usually the same day. Procedures normally produce a little swelling or trauma to the surrounding skin. As a result, you may resume normal activities, as long as they do not have an adverse affect on the healing process. For example you wouldn't want to introduce bacteria into the treated area by sweating while jogging. It is recommended you do not plan a special function the day of and up to 3 days after having your permanent makeup, only because it's a new look and will be darker than the final outcome. Avoiding public pools, oceans or open bodies of water should also be avoided.
Q: Can I whiten my teeth at the same time? I heard that if I ever have laser treatment done on my face that it would turn any permanent cosmetics to a black color. Is that still true? Anything else I should know? A: We advise our clients NOT to get your teeth whitened during the healing phase. Laser treatment over permanent makeup CAN turn the treated area black either temporarily or permanently. Finally, You may need 3 treatments to achieve the desired results for lip color, it's Possible to need only 2. Q: I have another set of questions about the upper eyeliner. Is the upper harder to apply than the lower? A: The upper liner is not "harder" to do, but poses a longer duration of treatment time the thicker you want it. *NOTE; the thicker you want the line, the more you are apt to swell MORE. it is NOT advised to do 2 different colored eyeliners at the same treatment day on the same eyelid. the colors will mix and blend together under the surface of your skin. For example, if you wanted a French eyeliner (black along the lashes and white above it, BOTH lines would heal a muttled gray.
Q: Does it take longer? Do you have to pull down on my eyelid? A: You abolutely have to stretch the eyelid to achieve a straight line, to assure that the color is implanted properly, and for your protection!!!
Q: Do people find the upper more uncomfortable? A: Most people find the upper eyeliner more uncomfortable INITIALLY because they usually want a thicker line. Once we get started with the procedure, the topical numbing solution helps, and it becomes much more tolerable! p
Q: Anything else? A: It is NOT recommended to get any work done on the INNER corner part of the eye well. the color will migrate and will look like a pool of blotchy color there rather than a nice, neat line. Q: Do I have to wait awhile before eating or be careful when I brush my teeth? A: Your mouth carries a lot of bacteria and germs in it. You will want to make sure that you dont lick your lips during the healing time.
Q: Can medications really conflict with my permanent makeup procedure outcome? A: Yes! This is a common question clients often ask and the one word answer is Yes, medications can affect even the most simple skin care services. Many medications have effects on the body aside from the reason they are being taken. This is easily demonstrated – just listen to one of the many television commercials for prescription medications. The list of possible side effects is rather staggering. Of course not every person has these side effects but they can happen. Be sure to let your esthetician or permanent makeup artist know about all prescription and non-prescription drugs, supplements, topically applied products, eye drops, etcetera. The more they know about what you use, the better an outcome they can help you achieve. Do NOT stop taking your medications. Depending on the problem there are often workarounds. If your medication is a contraindication to doing the desired service your technician will probably recommend you talk to your doctor. Or they may request you confirm with your physician that having this procedure is safe for you. Your health and safety is our number one concern.Cholesterol and blood pressure medications while not blood thinners, work to make the blood platelets not stick together. In permanent cosmetics this often means there may be more chance of a blood droplet coming to the surface. The down side is this molecule is bigger than the tattoo pigment molecule and can wash some of them away. This leads to more color loss than would experienced on a client not on these medications. Clients on thyroid medications often need permanent cosmetic procedures re-enhanced a little more frequently. We have noticed that for whatever reason their color fades a little more quickly. Blood thinning medications can also cause issues with permanent cosmetic procedures. You may be referred to get clearance from your physician. Diabetic clients who are insulin dependent often do not heal as well and may be at a heightened risk for infection. They may need clearance from their physician for permanent cosmetic services, waxing or other more aggressive skin care treatments. Use of retinoids (Vitamin A) or acids like Glycolic, Lactic or blends work to thin the dead skin of the epidermis. This means that a service like waxing, microdermabrasion or other exfoliating therapy increases the risk of skin irritation or even creating a wound. Be sure to discuss use of any of these products, prescription or over the counter with your technician. Restasis is a new concern as it has been observed that those who use it have increased sensitivity of the eyelid to the point that a permanent cosmetic eyeliner procedure is not well tolerated. Your technician may want you to discontinue use for 30 days before doing the tattoo procedure. Do not restart use of the restasis for at least two weeks after your technician has determined it is completed. (Wait until all follow up work is finalized.) Patients on chemotherapy drugs have a compromised immune system and may not heal well. All of these drugs need your doctor’s written permission that this procedure is safe for you. Botox and injectables are extremely popular today. Any skin care or permanent cosmetic procedure is fine before having botox or injectables. If you have had either a neurotoxin or filler injectable wait at least 2 weeks before having a facial massage, other skin care treatment, waxing, or permanent cosmetic. The manipulation of the skin has a small potential for affecting the outcome and lasting of your injection site. For a lip coloration procedure the best timing is before any fillers are injected. This has been clinically observed to produce the best most predictable outcome. Herbs and supplements can also have an impact on the skin. Some can cause blood thinning or skin thinning. Be sure to provide your technician with a complete list of everything that you take so that we can avoid unexpected complications and make sure you have the safest procedure with the most positive.