Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT IS PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP?
Tattooing or Micropigmentation is a state of the art form of cosmetic "tattooing". The cosmetic implantation technique deposits tiny individual implants of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin enhancing current features or even adding the effect of facial hair such as eyebrows. Liner can be applied to give the look of fuller eyelashes and lips can be tinted to add color and even a more definite shape.
FOR MICROBLADING TECHNIQUE to do the hairstroke brows.....The pigment is applied to a more shallow layer of the skin. Not as deep as regular brows are applied. Therefore, it is considered semi-permanent. This is discussed in detail at consultation.
The colors used are liquefied pigment particles of various forms such as Iron Oxides, or titanium oxide and or aluminum lake colors and in some cases, natural color from carmine (beetle or butterfly color). The pigments are suspended in vegetable glycerin, alcohol and or distilled water in most cases. We use the most simple basic and non allergenic but tried and true pigments for our work.
Ingredient lists are provided upon request.
What You Should Know About Cosmetic Tattooing
Most of the cosmetic tattooing pigments used today are Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which are safe, non-reactive substances. However there are some pigments being used that are made up of other substances and claim to not have Iron Oxide in them.
Immediately after your procedure, the color of your cosmetic tattoo will appear stronger and deeper than your desired color as in most cases a loss of color intensity of up to 40% may occur and in lip color up to 60%. Some people can hold more color than others and many factors contribute to this. That is why it is so important to listen carefully during the consultation and follow the pre/post care instructions exactly as directed. Color retention is individual and the end result is visible only after the skin has healed completely taking approximately 6-8 weeks.
While I try to match your color as closely as possible to your request, please understand that this is difficult as many things alter the final outcome because the pigments are under your skin, not sitting on top of it. Factors such as acids and oil in your skin, neglecting to follow home care instructions, sun exposure or sun burn, etc are factors that contribute to color changes.
If you have a history of cold sores or fever or sun blisters, a cosmetic tattooing on the lip will activate the virus that is lying dormant in the skin, as will any trauma or stress.
Clients have used L-Lysine two weeks prior to any lip treatment which may help, but always consult with your doctor before using any type of medication as we can only recommend what others have done. Also try to avoid cocoa, nuts, chocolate, peanut butter, brown rice, oats or grains as these contain the amino acid arginine which has been shown to activate the herpes virus. We ask all our lip clients to consult with their doctor and ask for a prescription of Zovirax or other antiviral medications and follow their directions which usually is to take the medication 3 or 4 days prior to the treatment of permanent makeup and also 3 or 4 days after. Zovirax cream can also be purchased to help prevent breakouts.
If you are using Retin A, please discontinue using it at least 4 weeks prior to your treatment. It is important to inform me at the time of booking or during the consultation if you are on any medication or have any medical problems that may interfere with the treatment e.g. pregnancy or suffer from keloid scarring on the face.
If you are on or have been on Accutane in the past year, you are not a candidate for permanent makeup. You must be off of it for one year.
Sun exposure, Retin A, glycolic peels, acid peels and laser treatments will fade out color from Cosmetic tattooing. Sunblocks are highly recommended at all times when exposed to the sun.
You must discontinue Latisse eyelash growth product for 3 weeks prior to eyeliner procedure and wait until 4 weeks after to use again.
NO BOTOX IN THE FOREHEAD AREA 4 WEEKS PRIOR TO BROW PROCEDURE AND WAIT 2 WEEKS AFTER.
The healing time is minimal for the cosmetic tattoo application. It normally takes an average of 7 days for the cosmetic tattoo to heal visibly, but the skin is continuing to heal internally for up to 2 months. You may experience swelling, itchiness or tenderness, but this will not interfere with work or other activities. People have usually gone to work or out for the night the same day as the procedure.
Some Scars from burns can be re-pigmented. The white scar can achieve a natural skin tone but will always be visible. Multiple treatments are necessary to even out the skin tone.
Multitrepannic Collagen Actuation: A big worded discription that simply means a process of stimulating new collagen growth in scar tissue or in normal skin to attempt to make the scar tissue cover with new cells of your natural skin color. Clean steril needles of special sizes are used to simply abraid, and open up the top surfice of the skin over the scar tissue and as this causes trauma to the skin, it forces the skin to produce new cells that will eventually smooth over the old scar tissue. It is most frequently used on dark age spots to eliminate or reduce them. It is experimental but has been successful in many cases.
Nipple/Areola Re-Pigmentation: Following post-mastectomy breast reconstruction a Nipple and Areola can be created. Excellent results can be achieved giving a more balanced look. Multiple treatments are necessary for successful results. This service is referred to a physian's office.
HOW ARE PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES DONE?
Permanent cosmetic procedures are performed using various machines, methods and techniques, including the traditional (or specialized) tattoo (coil machine), the pen or rotary style machine, or the non-machine or hand method.
WHO CAN BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP?
Here are just a few examples:
- POST SURGICAL/INJURY, those seeking reconstruction of areolas after surgery; camouflage of scars from burns, surgery, accidents or injuries; redefinition of facial features.
- ALOPECIA areata or universalis sufferers who have lost some or all of their facial hair, including eyebrows and/or eyelashes.
- VITILIGO sufferers who may have areas of skin which have lost their pigment.
- PHYSICALLY ACTIVE people who want to look their best throughout activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and don't want to worry about "sweating off" cosmetics.
- ALLERGIES and SENSITIVE SKIN- these people often can't wear other cosmetics.
- VISION IMPAIRED people who have difficulty applying their cosmetics.
- MOTOR IMPAIRED, including arthritics, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands. who cannot apply their own makeup.
- WOMEN who want to look their best all the time, even when they wake up. Also to save time in applying makeup each day
HOW MUCH DOES PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP COST?
The average cost per procedure varies somewhat but usually averages between $200-$800 depending on the procedure and the artist doing the work and the area of the country.
In our salon for Permanent Makeup, the cost ranges from $150 to $475 for most procedures. Full lip color is higher. Specialty work like scar treatment or lightening procedures is $150 per hour. See our Services page for further detail.
Many of these procedures (scar relaxation, scar camo and repigmentation) are commonly referred to as para-medical procedures. Work performed from physician's offices or specialized clinics may be charged at higher rates.
The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician. The most important thing is how experienced they are. They should have lots of photos of their work. Then consider their natural artistic talents. For instance, a plastic surgeon may be wonderful in his field but may know nothing about proper placement of flattering eyebrows or eyeliner. Also nurses may be very trained in good sanitation and anesthetics but have no artistic ability in using or "doing makeup". Some specialist in permanent makeup may have lots of training but no artistic eye or experience for proper placement of brows or eyeliner, etc.
HOW LONG DOES EACH PROCEDURE TAKE?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2 1/2 hours. With numbing up time, photos, after care, etc. If you are very particular about, say your eyebrow shape and spend a lot of time drawing them on until you are satisfied or if you are very difficult to anesthetize in some area of treatment, then the treatment time will be longer. Follow up sessions do not require as much time as the initial procedure.
HOW LONG WILL PERMANENT MAKEUP LAST?
Once your procedure is initially finished, after 2 or 3 perfecting sessions, your makeup should last for several years with minor touchups every 3 years on the average. Some eyeliners last for 10 years, with no touchups. This is determined by your skin type and the color you choose. Blackish eyeliner will fade to a soft charcoal gray after many years. For some clients there is more fading for various reasons which are discussed at the consultation.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are of a skin invasive nature (as they are a form of cosmetic tattoo) and therefore you may experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual's pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. HOWEVER, keep in mind that there are different methods available to help with pain management, including various topical anesthetic ointments applied by your technician at no additional cost and anesthetic blocks administered by a doctor or dentist but not recommended as they are an additional cost to you and cause more swelling in the area to be treated.
We use a topical anesthetic formulated by an anesthesiologist specifically with permanent makeup in mind.
IS IT SAFE?
Micropigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. It is important to observe the physical location where the procedure will be performed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set standards for a clean and sanitary working environment and sterile equipment. Everything we use is pre- sterilized and/or disposable, so you can be self assured that we use new needles, tubes, etc. for every procedure. I do not reuse the same needles even if it is only used on the same person. For each visit, you get a fresh needle, tube, etc.
The Pigment that is implanted in the skin is not regulated by the FDA as of this writing. Tattooing has been around for centuries and has a proven track record of not many incidents in regards to problems. There are, however reactions that could occur. The reactions may not occur immediately after the procedure, but may happen years after the procedure. Everyone's body chemistry changes as we get older and allergies can occur. Please keep in mind that reactions are not common but the possibility exists. Certain colors also trigger more reactions than others as well as oxide, non-oxides and titanium based pigments.
REMOVAL OR LIGHTENING TREATMENTS
Whether it is an allergic reaction to the pigment implanted or you just don't want the tattoo or permanent makeup any more for whatever reason, PLEASE REMEMBER...........
This is why it is so important that you make your final decision about getting a procedure done, because removal of the pigments from your skin (especially in the face area) is not an easy one and you may have to undergo several sessions of removal by which ever method is chosen for the removal. The removal or lightening process may also cause scarring or even permanent discoloration. Laser treatments are costly, not covered by insurance and many treatments are needed. These treatments can be painful and there is also the possibility of scarring and usually not 100% success.
Many people also question about MRI's or other medical scanning devices. I have asked doctors and people that have undergone MRIs and they assure me that there is virtually no discomfort. Some say that there may be a little tingle or warmth sensation, but nothing to even flinch at. Think about how many older retired military men have had tattoos as long as 50 years ago and some of them have surely had medical conditions that have required having an MRI session and no adverse effects have been noted. Some people are virtually covered with tattoos and have MRIs and no reactions have occurred.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?
PLEASE REMEMBER: Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician.
Medications, Herbs, and Foods That Affect Success of Permanent Makeup
The following are SOME medications that may cause possible complications if you are considering Permanent Cosmetics. Please refer to your physician if you are considering permanent cosmetics and are taking medications.
- Blood Thinners: Coumadin, Heparin, Aspirin, NSAID's such as IBUPROFEN
- Anti-histamines: Benadryl, OTC Hay fever remedies, etc Have an effect on the eyes (dry eyes)
- Blood Pressure Medications and Diuretics: Beta Blockers (dry eyes, anesthetic effect on eyes)
- Diabetes Medications: Insulin, Oral Hypo-glycemics - Delayed healing, increased risk or infection and potential for hypoglycemic attack during procedure
- Pain-Killers: Narcotics, (can't drive; decreased awareness of symptoms of complications from permanent makeup such as corneal abrasions, etc.)
- Tranquilizers: Valium, Librium, etc. (can't drive)
- Sleeping Pills: Halcion, etc. (Exposure keratitis if eyes don't close completely)
- Dermatological: Accutane or Retin-A can cause skin to not accept pigment color evenly or at all
- Hormone replacements: some side effects on skin pigmentation can occur with hormones
- Antibiotics: Tetracycline and sunlight. ALL ANTIBIOTICS (Must be over antibiotics for minimum of 4 wks before the procedure)
- Arthritis: Gold- chrysiasis, Plaquenil. May cause off colors to appear in the pigmented area eventually
HERBS AND FOODS THAT WILL THIN THE BLOOD AND MAY CAUSE PIGMENT TO BLEED OUT AS IS BEING APPLIED AND THEREFORE WILL CAUSE MORE HEALING TIME AND EXCESS SCABBING AND COLOR LOSE, WHICH WILL BE REINSERTED AT TOUCHUP, BUT MAY MAKE IT NECESSARY FOR 3RD APP.
(FOODS LIKE GARLIC AND ONIONS, MEAN IF EATEN IN HEAVY AMOUNT THE DAY BEFORE)
HERBS AND SPICES TAKEN ON A REGULAR BASIS AS LISTED BELOW WILL HAVE A PROFOUND EFFECT ON BLEEDING, AND OF COURCE ALCOHOL IS THE WORST OFFENDER.
- ALCOHOL (wine, beer, hard liquor)
- GINKGO BILOBA
- ALOE VERA
- ST. JOHN'S WORT
- CAYENNE PEPPER
- FISH OIL SUPPLEMENTS
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