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Permanent Makeup – What is it?

Permanent makeup is a WATERPROOF, SWEATPROOF cosmetic tattoo. It is great for people with poor eyesight, unsteady hands, allergies, sparse eyebrows or just short on time. Most common, are enhancements to eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, scar camouflage, scalp micropigmentation & areola reconstruction. 


Your beautiful, natural-looking permanent makeup lasts for years and will shave hours of frustration off your daily routine. Longevity varies depending on lifestyle, sun exposure, etc. It is recommended to have the color refreshed every 3-5 years. cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing.


How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Performed?

Your permanent cosmetics procedure visit will begin with a thorough consultation, during which we will discuss your goals, challenges and concerns. A powerful numbing medicine will be applied, during which time consent forms and post-procedure instructions are reviewed. Meticulous drawing of the procedure design is applied to ensure desired outcome and the procedure begins! Most visits are 2 hours from start to finish, including pre-numbing. 


ALL PERMANENT MAKEUP PROCEDURES REQUIRE 2 VISITS, 

SPACED 6 WEEKS APART, FOR FINISHED RESULTS.

Who Benefits from Permanent Makeup?

People who meet minimum age requirements and have the ability to heal properly from minor wounds can benefit from the liberating benefits of permanent cosmetics. Interest in this service spans the young to the more mature; those who desire a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially valuable to people who can’t wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; active people who want to look their best for sports activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics; and those who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics. Permanent Cosmetics also benefits the vision challenged who have difficulty applying their cosmetics; and others with dexterity related conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and busy people who don’t have time to spend applying and refreshing makeup throughout the day and evening.

What Type of Permanent Cosmetic Procedures can be Done?

Permanent Cosmetic procedures can be very subtle or dramatic depending on what you are looking for. Options include:


NOTE: Some of these procedures use more advanced techniques (para-medical techniques) and thus require an experienced technician with advanced training.

Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?

Permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because pigment is tattooed into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo or colorant (pigment) in general, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance referred to as color re-enhancement or color refreshing. The scientific structure of pigments and the requirement for periodic refreshing is identical to that of tinted hair color; faded material on furniture that may be located near a window and subject to sun exposure; house paint that is exposed to the sun and other environmental elements; pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time. This colorant periodic maintenance requirement is a good opportunity to reevaluate one’s color and design preferences. While the concept of permanent, without any change, may seem like a perfectly good idea, think about how your tastes have changed over the years. From time to time likely you have made subtle or dramatic changes in your clothing preferences, your hair color and style, and if you wear topical makeup, those colors have changed as well.The fact that most people will require periodic color refreshing of their permanent cosmetics is the opportune time to work with your technician to reevaluate your overall appearance profile and determine if any changes are appropriate. Longevity varies from person to person depending on their life style (sun exposure), the color(s) used for the permanent cosmetic procedure, and are also thought to be affected by topical products applied to the skin.

How Long Does Each Procedure Take?

The initial procedure will generally take approximately two to three hours; there are records to establish; photographs to take; desired design and color to discuss; the procedure to perform; and the aftercare requirements to discuss.Follow up or color refresher procedures usually do not require the same amount of time.

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How Much does Permanent Makeup Cost?

The average cost per procedure varies but usually averages between $400-$800. Advanced para-medical work may be charged at $150 to $250 per hour. The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential permanent cosmetic professional. Most important is the training and skill of the person performing the procedure and the confidence of the client in that skill

Is It Painful?

POWERFUL topical anesthetics are applied throughout the procedure to minimize discomfort. Most people's experiences vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. 

Is It Safe?

If proper sterilization and disinfection guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. Professionals in the permanent cosmetic industry routinely attend Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classes to become well versed on safety principals. These guidelines include, but are not limited to the following: 


IMPORTANT Things To Look For:

  1. All Needles should be new and sterile for each client. Unopened new and sterile needles should be opened in your presence.
  2. Disposable sterilized one-time use machine parts should be purchased by the artist, and disposed of in a sharps container immediately after the procedure has been completed.
  3. Personal protection equipment such as disposable one-time use aprons and gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
  4. The technician should be clean and neat.
  5. Disposable one-time use chair/bed covering should be new for each client.
  6. The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants. 

Are There Any Side Effects During or After the Procedure?

While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show slight to moderate swelling.  This is very dependent upon the amount of work performed.As examples; an eyelash enhancement will show very little response to the tattooing procedure compared to a more moderate response when wide eyeliner is performed.  The same philosophy applies to lip color procedures.  A lip liner or blended lip liner will show less effects of the procedure than that of a full lip color.  Also, some people swell more from minor skin infractions than others.During the procedure there may be some minor bleeding.  This again, is client specific.  Many people take blood thinners on a daily basis so some slight bleeding would be expected.  Others show little or no signs of bleeding.  Bruising is rare but again, if a person is on blood thinners, bruising could occur.  What is seen more often is that eyebrows rarely if ever produce any bruising; minor bruising during eyeliner procedures is possible if the skin being tattooed is very thin and close to the vascular system.  This also applies to lip procedures in the event the client is more mature.   If bruising does occur, typically it is minor and subsides in a few days.There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days.

Other less often reported side effects are difficult to determine due to the individuality of each person’s biological system.  This is why professional permanent cosmetic technicians require a client history profile be filled out to assess different factors that may contribute to your experience after the tattooing procedure has been completed.

Is There a Risk of Allergic Reaction?

People can develop an allergy to anything, anytime; however, pigment allergies are considered rare. Some doctors recommend that people with environmental allergies or allergies to conventional makeup have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that people are sensitive to. While allergic reactions to any type of tattooing pigments on the body or on the face through permanent cosmetics may occur at any point in time, they are extremely rare.  If this is a concern to you, REQUEST AN ALLERGY PATCH TEST prior to your procedure.

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Is There Any Possibility for Medical Problems?

The possibility that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today’s health standards. Post-procedure instructions, if followed carefully, will greatly reduce any risk. Medical problems associated with permanent cosmetics are often linked to poor attention to the required aftercare instructions. Choose a time for procedures when you feel confident you can follow the simple, but very important after care instructions.

Why is a Touch-Up Necessary?

Permanent Makeup is a process requiring at least 2 visits to achieve the final result.  This is a benefit to the client because it allows the technician to tiptoe up to the final result, rather than overshoot leaving the client with work that is too bold. Gorgeous permanent makeup requires being conservative, patient and having a well-executed plan with impeccable after-care.


There are always minor inconsistencies and imperfections that occur during the healing process of the initial visit. The touch-up visit is essential to address the fine details that make the difference between good results and GREAT results. Typically, clients are seen 4-6 weeks following the initial procedure. Once completed, your permanent cosmetics should last you for a few years. 

IT IS THE CLIENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO COMPLETE TOUCH UP VISIT WITHIN  90 DAYS OF INITIAL PROCEDURE. Touch-ups after 90 days will be charged. 

Can I Still Have an MRI Scan?

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. However it is always good to advise your MRI technician that you have permanent cosmetics.