Frequently Asked Questions : Permanent Makeup
Q: What does it feel like?
A: This is the most commonly asked question. Permanent makeup involves inserting pigment into the skin with needles, and there may be some discomfort involved. This may vary according to the individual. Topical anesthetics are liberally used before and during the procedure to decrease sensation to the area being treated. The goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible. You will feel gentle pressure as the skin is being stretched. The majority of clients describe the sensation during the procedure as a "tickling" feeling.
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Q: Will it look natural?
A: Yes, definitely. The goal of every procedure is to create a very natural look. Once the area has healed, no one will suspect that you have permanent makeup. Pigment selection is based on your skin type, color and undertones. Color will be chosen specifically for you. Several colors are usually be combined for eyebrows and lips to create a very pleasing natural look.
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Q: Is the procedure safe?
A: Yes. We follow strict sterilization guidelines and keep current with the bloodborne pathogen class that is required by the SPCP.

When proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are followed, permanent cosmetic treatments are completely safe. These guidelines include the following:

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MOST IMPORTANT Things To Look For:

  1. All Needles should be new and sterile for each client. Other machine parts should also be pre-sterilized and disposed of in a sanitary manner.
  2. Other equipment and supplies should be kept in a sanitary manner.
  3. Disposable gloves should be worn for each client and changed during the procedure when necessary.
  4. The technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements.
  5. Clean sheets should be used for each patient.
  6. The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants.

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Q: Is it really permanent?
A: Permanent makeup procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. As with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance or a color boost.

The life of your pigment is greatly affected by exposure to the sun and tanning booths. You must protect your investment with a good sunblock for eyebrows and eyeliner and an SPF product for lips on a daily basis. Products containing
Retin-A, glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids will also affect your pigment. The use of microdermabrasion and lasers should be kept away from your procedure areas. Smoking, and oily skin will also decrease the life of your procedure.

Q: How long is the procedure?
A: Each procedure will take from 1 ½ to two hours. This will include numbing time and eyebrow shaping and planning. Touchups are scheduled within six to eight weeks after the initial procedure.
Q: Can I go back to work the next day?
A: The procedure involves minimal swelling and most clients return to work the next day. It is recommended to wait until after an important occasion such as a wedding or a vacation to have the procedure done.
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Permanent Makeup