Q & A
What Is Micropigmentation?
Permanent makeup is the art and science of implanting color into your skin. It is putting the right color in the right place so you can look better naturally. Specialized instruments allow your Micropigmentation professional to place color into the layer of skin known as the dermis. Because the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing itself, you are looking at the color through a thin veil of skin. When a procedure is completed, the color will appear darker than the final result. This is because the color is in BOTH the epidermis and the dermis. The color in the top layer will flake off during the healing process lightening the overall effect. It is a cosmetic invasive procedure that requires skill and experience from your permanent makeup professional.
Will I Really Look Like Myself… Only Better?
Absolutely! Permanent makeup (cosmetic tattoo) helps give back what time has taken away and saves you precious time you normally spend “putting on your face”. You can save countless hours in a single year that were formerly spent struggling to draw eyebrows evenly or eyeliner half-way straight… that’s a lot of extra free time! Plus, imagine the money you’ll save not buying expensive cosmetics that rub off, smear, smudge and disappear during the day.
Permanent makeup is not necessarily intended to replace cosmetics completely. Because the color is placed “in” you skin and not “on” your skin a more natural, softer look results. When you’re ready to kick up your heels and go out for a night-on-the-town or want a different look, you can apply as much additional makeup as you wish.
What If I Have Special Needs?
You may have special needs for permanent makeup such as scars, vitiligo, alopecia or health problems. Your Micropigmentation professional will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your special needs. Micropigmentation practitioners are true professionals, so don’t ever be embarrassed to ask.
Is This A Smart Investment?
Your investment in permanent makeup saves you time and money in the long run. Retouches are required every couple of years to keep your makeup looking fresh. Your investment in permanent makeup can completely eliminate the daily time consuming ritual of applying your makeup. And you’ll save the embarrassment of smeared, smudged eyeliner and brows so common with mascara and brow pencils or powders. Work closely with your Micropigmentation professional to get exactly what you want. Together you’ll create an even more beautiful you.
Does It Hurt?
Although everyone’s pain sensitivity varies, the application of permanent makeup involves minor discomfort when topical anesthetics are used during the application.
Is The Procedure Safe?
Your safety and comfort are our highest concern. Permanent cosmetics are applied using the highest sanitation and sterilization standards available. Sterile, single use needles are used with every client. Your artist is gloved at all times.
Are The Pigments Safe?
Pigments used in permanent cosmetics have an extensive record of safety. Used in both medical and artistic fields for over 20 years, their safety is undisputed.
How Long Does A Procedure Take?
Although the length of the procedures may vary, as well as the number of visits required, most procedures generally take less than 1-½ hours.
Can I Change It?
Although shape variations and color adjustments can be made, think of your makeup as permanent. If you desire to change your “look” from time to time, the use of topical makeup is more appropriate. Permanent cosmetics are truly from “here to eternity”. This is their appeal.
Is It Easy To Remove?
No. Although lasers have aided greatly in the removal of brows and eyeliner, lips require a different approach, as lasers tend to darken pigment in those areas rather than remove it.
Can I Get My Permanent Makeup Cheaper?
Remember the saying, “You get what you pay for…”. It Saves you money and embarrassment to do it right the first time! If you already have permanent makeup and wish to make changes, please call for a consult.
What If I Have Plastic Or Laser Surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is desirable for many reasons. It’s best to complete your surgery before having your makeup applied. Laser surgery or resurfacing may result in color loss or darkening of your makeup depending on the laser and the colors in your skin. Advise your laser surgeon that you have permanent cosmetics so that he or she can perform a “spot test” before they proceed. If either cosmetic surgery or laser causes color loss, your technician can replace the color. Your technician can discuss complications of cosmetic tattoos.
Are Permanent Cosmetics Right For You?
Ask your permanent cosmetics professional if you are an appropriate candidate. If you have sparse eyebrows, uneven and pale lips, or wear eyeliner everyday, this may be for you.
Permanent cosmetics may not be appropriate for the person who desires to change their look occasionally, is contemplating facial reconstructive surgery, is a sun worshiper or tanning booth advocate, or has a chronic medical challenge.
As with any procedure which invades the skin, there are risks and benefits. Discuss these with your professional, and review your medical history with them prior to making the decision to have permanent cosmetics applied.
Can I Remove My Permanent Makeup If I Change My Mind?
Because it’s easy to add color and difficult to take away, your technician will be conservative in the initial application of your new color. Take advantage of the consultation to discuss your wants and needs. It’s also time where you and your technician choose the right colors and discuss any special requests you may have. Your cooperation will largely determine the end result of your procedure. Remember it is a team effort.
I’m Afraid Of Pain… Does Permanent Makeup Have To Hurt A Lot?
New topical anesthetics have been developed especially for permanent makeup. These creams and gels are applied to the desired area before and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible. Some people describe the sensation as a “tingling” feeling. Most people experience some discomfort, especially for lip color procedures. It is common to hear that there was not as much pain as was expected. As the anesthetic wears off after the procedure, cool packs are very soothing to the area.
What To Expect
It is important to discuss your lifestyle and expectations with your technician prior to having permanent cosmetics.
Immediately Following Application
The procedures result in visible redness, some swelling and occasional bruising. The application of ice to the area can help reduce these symptoms.
Up To One Week After Application
Most swelling and tenderness will be gone. There will be peeling of the skin, and sloughing off of the pigment trapped in the epidermis. As the skin heals, color will continue to change for the next few weeks.
Two Months Following Application
Healing is complete. You may add to or adjust your procedure to suit your lifestyle. The application of sunscreen and good sun sense will help preserve your makeup for years to come.
Options For Permanent Cosmetics
This procedure can add fullness and definition to thin or sparse eyebrows. Permanent eyebrows frame your eyes and lend expression to your face. Those with Alopecia are grateful for this “face defining” procedure.
Permanent eyeliner can be anything from a soft haze to a darker, more defined effect. With this procedure, you always wake up looking your best. This is the perfect answer for those with allergies, contacts, movement, eye problems, or simply to save time.
Permanent lips can give more fullness and definition to the mouth, as well as correct an uneven lipline. It can even minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Pigment can create a natural tone or more visible color.
In addition to the most commonly requested facial cosmetics, permanent cosmetics can be used for skin repigmentation and nipple/areola re-creation.
10 Good Reasons For Permanent Makeup
you just need more time
to ordinary makeup, or you may have sensitive skin
wear glasses or contact lenses or had Lasik surgery
or painful hands
applying makeup, or you don’t like the way is smears and disappears
changes in brows, lips, eyes
if you like a “no makeup” look
you’ve lost hair from alopecia, chemotherapy, accidents, burns or cosmetic surgery
of skin colors where cosmetic tattooing can help