Permanent Makeup Frequently Asked Questions
What is permanent makeup?
It is a process where a sterile, hypoallergenic cosmetic pigment is placed in the dermal layer of skin using single use, disposable, sterile needles.
Who should have permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup is perfect for almost anyone. Anyone who wishes to eliminate daily makeup application and makeup smudging and those who want to wake up every morning with a fresh, natural look with no effort will love permanent makeup. Clients with medical conditions like alopecia, loss of areola due to surgery, or conditions that limit eyesight or cause shaky hands enjoy the many benefits of this treatment.
Is it really permanent?
Yes and no......Unless you are sure you want permanent makeup, you shouldn't have it. I use only the highest quality products and pigments, but they naturally fade over time. Sun exposure, some skin care products, chemical peels, and other elements can increase fading. You should plan on receiving a color boost occasionally. Most clients prefer a boost of color every year or two. Microblade brows need a color boost every year.
Is it painful?
I use several very effective topical anesthetic agents to keep you comfortable during your treatment. You should avoid caffeine, alcohol, and exercise before your treatment to maximize your comfort level.
What is the healing time?
Healing time varies from person to person. Your adherence to pre-treatment and post care instructions will optimize the outcome. Most people have very little swelling, and this can be minimized by icing. Using colloidal silver (which can be purchased at Skin Spa) can also speed healing. Touchups cannot be done until at least one month after the initial treatment.
What is the Hair Stroke/3D Brow/Brow Embroidery technique?
This technique is done by implanting the pigment gently into the skin with hair-like strokes giving the appearance of hair. This technique is absolutely beautiful, but may require more frequent touch ups to maintain the soft, natural appearance.
Does the color change over time?
Color will naturally fade over time and this can hastened by lifestyle choices, your skin and how your body metabolizes pigment, and products used. The aging of your skin will affect the appearance of your permanent makeup, and this is universal to all permanent makeup,especially as the pigment ages. I use the highest quality pigments that are intended to heal true to color. As pigments change over time, a color boost can be done to refresh your look.
Will I need a touch up?
A complimentary touch up is included with all new treatments. This touch up must be completed after 30 days, but within 90 days. This touch up allows us to perfect your makeup. Some people (those with certain skin types, required color correction, experienced excessive bleeding) require additional touch ups and those are offered at a nominal fee. Once your makeup is completed, you'll need to have occasional touchups to maintain it, Microblade brows require more frequent touchups.
Is it safe?
Your procedure will be done by a licensed master aesthetician who has received advanced training in permanent makeup procedures and has over 14 years of permanent makeup experience, including 9 years working in a plastic surgeon and medical spa office. All needles are sterile and single use. Utmost care is taken to ensure a safe procedure, and you will be given aftercare instructions to mitigate any risk of infection or adverse outcome.
How can I make my permanent makeup last longer?
Proper aftercare immediately after your treatment is critical to the final outcome. After the initial healing period, sunscreen should be worn daily on brows and lips. Facial scrubs and products containing chemical exfoliates should be avoided on the treated areas.
When may I resume normal activity?
Some areas (lips, eyeliner) may be swollen after treatment. Returning to work and social activities will vary based on your comfort level. Some people allow a couple of days after eyeliner treatments. Those receiving microblading and brow treatments usually experience little swelling and return to social activities right away. It is advice that strenuous exercise be avoided for 2-3 days following treatments.