Who applies the permanent cosmetics?
All procedures should be performed by a technician who is certified in permanent makeup and preferably an Artist with advanced training and years of experience in this field.

Is Permanent Makeup like tattooing?
Because we are putting pigment in the second layer of the skin it is a form of tattooing; but it is very different. Your permanent makeup technician uses pigments which are hypoallergenic cosmetic colors that have been specially created for delicate tissue enhancement. The machine and needles which are used are also quite different. The sterile disposable needles which are used are of a fine gauge that is designed for delicate facial tissue. These machines are very sophisticated and made for a soft and detailed artistic procedure.

Is permanent makeup safe?
Yes. The permanent makeup pigments that are used today have undergone extensive research. These cosmetic pigments have been created to be as safe as possible. The needles which are used are of the finest gauge, sterile and disposable. They are used only once. The permanent makeup machine has a “closed loop” system with no chance of cross contamination.

I am under 18 years old, can I have permanent makeup and if so what steps do I need to take?
Absolutely. You will need to have your parent or legal guardian sign a surgical release form in order to proceed.

What is the average cost for permanent makeup?
The average cost of permanent makeup is $350 to $850. This cost varies greatly on the technicians experience, training and skill. The cost should not be the determining factor when interviewing a potential technician.

I have occasional Herpes breakouts on my lips, can I still have permanent makeup applied?
Yes. Your Doctor can prescribe a prophylactic dose of an antiviral medication such as Valtrex prior to the procedure.

How do you numb the area before the permanent makeup procedure?
The permanent makeup artist initially applies a mixture of 5% topical lidocaine to the area/s ten minutes prior to beginning the procedures. After the area is partially numbed, the skin is gently abraded with a sterile needle. Then another numbing cream is applied which contains a small amount of epinephrine. This cream has a dual effect of numbing the area completely and constricting the small blood vessels. This will prevent bleeding to allow the precise placement of pigment under the top layer of the skin.

Will my face appear swollen after the permanent makeup procedure?
Yes. The delicate tissues of the face will become red and swollen shortly after the procedure. It is recommended that you apply a cool compress to the areas that have been pigmented and remember to stay out of the sun.

How soon can I go back to work after permanent makeup?
You can go back to work any time you wish. You will have some swelling but it will just appear that you applied your makeup a little darker than usual.

I want to have Lasik eye surgery, can I still have permanent eyeliner?
Permanent makeup compliments lasik eye surgery beautifully. You must consult with your Lasik eye Doctor and obtain written permission prior to the permanent eyeliner procedure (if lasik is to be done prior to permanent makeup).

Approximately how long does each permanent makeup procedure take? (eyebrows, eyeliner & lips)
This depends on the amount of time needed to mix the colors to your liking and perfecting the shape of your brows, eyeliner and lips – Anywhere from 45minutes to 1 1/2 hour per procedure. The Permanent Makeup technician should allow a minimum of 2 hours per procedure to insure quality time with their clients.

What if I am nursing and want permanent cosmetics?
There is no risk in getting a procedure done while breast feeding. The only risk like with getting any procedure is the risk of possible infection. This does not apply to our offices where we use new equipment on each client – we do not sterilize and reuse any of our needles or equipment!

What if I am pregnant and would like permanent cosmetics?
The main concern with getting a tattoo during pregnancy is the risk of contracting an infection, such as Hepatitis B and HIV. Although the risk is small, it is recommended that you wait to get a tattoo until after your baby is born. Just to reassure you we do not sterilize any equipment for re-use all of our equipment is new and gloves are worn at all times. You will be very interested to know that little information is available about the safety of skin dyes used for tattooing during pregnancy. We do not have any problem tattooing a pregnant women with her doctors consent.

Is there any risk of infection or contamination?
No, as long as:

  • The needles are sterile and used only once
  • The facility is clean
  • The technician is wearing gloves
  • The skin is disinfected prior to treatment

Are there any clients who should not have an eyeliner tattooed on the eyelid rim or a kohl-line tattooed to the flat edge of the eyelid?
Only people who suffer from acute or chronic – inflammation of the ciliary rim (blepheritis).

Can cosmetic surgery to the upper or under eyelids in any way degrade tattooed eyeliner?
In the case of lower blepharoplasty, if the eyeliner is just below the eyelashes it might be removed because we cut away a few millimeters of surplus (and therefore tattooed) skin. There are two possible solutions to this: 1. To make the incision just below the eyeliner, leaving it untouched. However, the scar, 1 or 2 mm below the ciliary rum, might form a “ridge” as a result of skin adhesions. 2. The best solution would be to go for transconjunctival blepharoplasty by CO2 laser (this cuts into the conjunctiva inside the lid and leaves no visible scarring) in conjunction with laser treatment to re-tighten the skin of the eyelid, thereby leaving the eyeliner untouched. In the case of upper blepharoplasty, the eyeliner is in no danger, for the incision is made in the palpebral fold. We should simply point out that if the eyeliner tail is long it could end up slightly raised.

If I have my eyelids tattooed, do I run the risk of permanently losing my eyelashes?
You can only lose your eyelashes permanently when the follicle of the eyelash is destroyed. This does not happen in permanent cosmetics therefore you cannot permanently lose your lashes following an eyeliner procedure.

Why does permanent makeup fade over time?
The exposure to sunlight or UV light will fade permanent makeup. Your own body breaks down foreign substances over time when possible. The use of glycolic, Retin-A and other wrinkle treatment products will also have adverse effects on permanent makeup.

Is permanent makeup really permanent?
How long it lasts will vary enormously depending on a variety of factors. These are: The color selected How much time the individual spends in the sun (the more time you spend in the sun or tanning bed, the faster the color fades) The speed of cellular regeneration (the longer it takes cells to regenerate, the longer the color lasts) The phagocytes capacity, in other words, the “absorption” of the pigment by the organism Depth of implantation of pigment (approximately one to two millimeters depending on the area) Permanent makeup fades more rapidly on the face than on the body as it is permanently exposed to daylight. Ideally, the color should be touched-up every 3 to 7 years depending on how well the ink holds. There are many clients that love how the pigment fades as the age or there is no change after eight or more years, so it is completely up to the client to decide if they want it touched up or not.

How many colors are there to choose from?
There are endless possibilities! The permanent makeup technician will create a neutral or dramatic color depending on your preference. It is best to bring in your favorite colors to match.

Will I be presentable on the actual day I have permanent makeup?
For between four to six hours, the area treated will be slightly reddened and swollen. However, due to water retention, the eyelids can remain puffy for twenty-four to forty-eight hours in around fifty percent of cases. The effect is similar to how you might look if tyou had been crying. By the following day, application and removal of your everyday cosmetics is allowed. However for around four to six days, the pigmentation will appear somewhat obvious, dark, and intense. By the day seven, the epidermis (or top layer) flakes and peels, sloughing off the remaining pigment to leave the color softer.

Who decides on shape and color?
More often than not, the client is in control here. They usually know what they want and what best suits their face and personality. We definitely respect the clients wishes as long as these are within the bound of what is considered aesthetic. (Each client, after all, a walking testimonial for some time to come.) Quite often, however clients do ask for advice or put themselves entirely in the hands of technician. How do you select the color? The goal in color selection is to match the desired shade of pencil or makeup. In order to determine a match, liquid pigment is dabbed onto the skin, close to the area to be pigmented (on the forehead for the eyebrows, for example) so that the effect will be as life-like as possible.

Will it look natural?
In theory, permanent makeup is designed for daytime wear. To add a touch of glamour for the evening, add a little pencil. How many of us would like to take our children to school dressed as though we going to go the nightclub? So moderation is always recommended at all times. It’s like seasoning your food: once its there you can’t take it out. But if, after a month, the permanent makeup is really too light, it can always be intensified. And it is a widely held belief that permanent makeup – well-applied — looks more natural than pencil makeup.

What exactly is permanent cosmetic makeup?
Permanent cosmetic makeup is a state of the art form of cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micro pigmentation”, “micro pigment implantation” or “Dermagraphics”. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits tiny individual implants of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin.

Can I tint my lashes after doing Perm?
Yes, but we recommend waiting 1 week before tinting your lashes after doing the Perm eyelash perming.

Will Perming damage my lashes, cause breakage or loss?
No.

Can I wear mascara?
Yes, any type of mascara or eye makeup may be used.

How do I take care of my permed lashes after the service?
Avoid water contact for 24 hours after the service.

How do I prepare for my Perming Service?
Make sure your eyelashes are clean and mascara-free when you come in for your service.

Are you able to create beauty marks?
Your permanent makeup artist will create a natural looking beauty mark anywhere you desire. You have complete control over the color, shape and size. There are numerous permanent makeup colors to choose from!

Is it true that I could not have an MRI if I have permanent cosmetics?
No. Some of the colored pigments which are used may contain synthetic iron oxides which have a slight magnetic property. When undergoing an MRI you may or may not experience a slight warm sensation over the pigmented areas.