Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit from permanent cosmetic makeup procedures?
Men and women of all ages and life styles who desire a soft natural enhancement to their appearance, or procedures relating to improving the appearance of skin trauma, such as scar tissue. It is especially beneficial to people who cannot wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and/or skin sensitivities, active people who want to look their best at all times, during sports activities, and all those who don't want the worry of refreshing their cosmetics. People that have impaired vision, skin disorders resulting in hair loss, or are suffering from dexterity challenges making it difficult to apply makeup, find permanent cosmetic procedures a service that helps normalize their lives.
How is Permanent Makeup applied?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various methods, including the traditional tattoo machine (coil machine), the pen (rotary machine), and the non-machine (hand tool or manual method.) The procedure process includes an initial consultation, application of procedure, and at least one follow up appointment for adjustments to the shape and/or the density of the color.
An initial consultation is scheduled first to determine if you're a good candidate for permanent makeup. Medical history, age, general health, medications and risk factors must be considered prior to performing any procedure.
Is Permanent Makeup really permanent?
Permanent Makeup procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin. As a result, the iron oxides, or pigmenting components remain in the body. In many parts of the world it is called "semi-permanent" makeup because the color gradually fades over time and will need regular maintenance touch up to refresh the color.
However, cosmetic tattooing is more prone to fading than "body art" tattoos. This can cause some confusion. Facial skin is much thinner and more translucent then the rest of our body so pigment is more shallow in the skin and gets more exposure to sun. Other factors include your health, consumption of medications, and use of facial products containing exfoliation properties all contribute to how well it will age. Touch ups are recommended every 12-18 months.
How do I choose a technician/artist?
Choose a technician carefully by considering training, experience and photos of their work. YELP is a great place to check reviews . A consultation prior to scheduling an appointment provides the opportunity to determine if the technician will meet your expectations. More important is the client's confidence in their technician's training and skills and compliance with health and safety requirements. The cost of the procedure however should not be the most important factor when consulting a potential technician. Finding a bargain often means you could be choosing a technician with less experience or unlicensed, and you may pay more in the long run fixing a bad procedure. Always select a technician who is practicing under state regulations and is licensed if applicable in that state.
Although permanent makeup technicians cannot prescribe any medications taken prior to a procedure, many clients have had beneficial results when taking an antihistamine and a pain reliever (non aspirin or ibuprofen) taken prior to the procedure to help minimize swelling and discomfort and maximize the end result. Refraining from the use of alcohol, aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, ibuprofen, and other blood thinners for 5-7 days before any procedure with ensure the best color retention.. Blood thinners can include OTC supplements and even foods can contribute. Check with your physician if you are taking any prescription blood thinners. No medication should be discontinued without first consulting your physician.
Can I still have an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)?
Yes, numerous studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to no potential for irritation resulting from an MRI. In the rare instance where discomfort resulted, it was localized and very temporary. Inform your MRI technician that you have permanent makeup. Since the pigment contains iron oxide, this metallic substance can interfere with the electromagnetic fields used in MRI procedures. To avoid a potential problem, technologists use gel filled goggles, or a cream, to cover the area where iron oxide is implanted. However, since permanent make-up has such a low concentration of iron oxide in a small area of implantation, the possibility of a diagnostic problem is remote.
Can I resume normal activities after the procedure?
This is unique to each client. There may be some temporary redness or swelling of the treated area which is normal. While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lip procedures may produce more swelling and it may last anywhere from two to seventy two hours. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. Treat with ice or cold compresses this inflammation will subside quickly. The color is darker and more vibrant for the first week but as the skin is healing over the new tattoo the color will soften. It is recommend that you do not plan any special events for a day or two after your procedure.
How long will it take to heal?
All procedures must go thru a complete healing cycle which takes 4-6 weeks for the skin to completely heal over the implanted color. During that time you will see various stages where the skin is sloughing and peeling and at times blanched out. Dead skin cells will shed and increased collagen can even mask the color behind it, which can last several weeks. Color retention is determined after 4 weeks. As the skin is healing over the color, the pigment will become softer. This is ALL NORMAL
Is is safe?
If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met (Contact the governing agency in your state for specific information), and your technician is well trained for the procedure being performed, permanent cosmetic procedures should be completely safe. There have been so few reported reactions to pigments that many physicians suggest that a patch test is not be necessary, especially since most allergic reactions do not occur immediately. The possibility that you would have any serious medical problems as a result of a permanent cosmetic procedure is almost non-existent considering enforced health standards. Client compliance with post- procedural instructions is also an important element in reducing any associated risks.
What if I don't like it?
The biggest risk of cosmetic tattooing is dissatisfaction with the final outcome. Client participation in color selection and final design and placement approval helps assure your ultimate satisfaction with the service. Although the procedure is considered permanent, there is flexibility in changing color and/or shape to some extent. Again, do your homework when choosing a technician and make sure they are qualified and experienced. Look at their portfolio so you can see the quality of their work.