ARE THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN BEFORE THE PROCEDURE?
Only with the lip procedures. If you have ever had a fever blister or carry the Herpes virus, then it is advisable to consult your physician prior to the procedure for a prescription of an anti-viral medication, such as Famvir, Valtrex or Zovirax. This will greatly reduce the risk of a breakout. It’s advisable to use a lip balm so that your lips are in good condition to achieve the best results prior to the treatment.
IS INFECTION POSSIBLE?
Even with a minor scratch, infection is possible. Although there is always a risk of infection, it is relatively low compared to other procedures. As long as you keep the area clean, and follow the aftercare instructions, there should be no major complications.
DOES THE PROCEDURE HURT?
Comfort levels vary from person to person but the benefits far outweigh any sensation you may experience. Some clients feel no sensation at all, some say it tickles or vibrates, and others feel only mild discomfort. Most people report feeling nervous or anxious at first, but once the procedure is started, they soon realize that it’s not nearly what they were afraid of. Lips can be the most sensitive area, and most people report a bit more discomfort. With the use of extremely effective topical anesthetics, almost total numbing of the area is possible.
WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE AFTER MY PROCEDURE?
Mild redness and swelling may be apparent for the first couple of days; however, normal activity can be resumed immediately following the procedure. Immediately after and for the first few days the color intensity will appear significantly darker and more intense but will subsequently lighten within four to five days.
WILL I NEED TO TAKE OFF WORK?
No. There is only minimum swelling and redness. A cool damp washcloth can be used to reduce swelling, and an ointment should be used for several days during the healing process.
WHAT IS THE HEALING PERIOD LIKE?
On the second day after a procedure is performed, a light dryness or tightening and some itching will begin to form. You will be given an ointment to keep the area moist during the healing period. You may have some slight itching but keeping the ointment on during this time will keep it to a minimum. The pigmented area will look darker than your desired shade for a few days. However, within three days to two weeks the color will soften.
CAN I HAVE LASER WORK DONE AFTER PERMANENT COSMETICS?
If proper precautions aren’t taken, lasers can alter the pigmented area to a black color. Be especially careful if laser is done around the lips.
THINKING ABOUT PERMANENT MAKEUP?
Keep this in mind if you are: The application of permanent makeup (micropigmentation) is a unique combination of artistic ability and technical skill. To create the most natural results; technique, placement, color, artistry and good judgment are paramount. Permanent makeup is “permanent” so please choose your technician very carefully by considering their training, experience and by seeing examples of previous work.
WHAT EXACTLY IS PERMANENT MAKEUP?
Permanent make-up is a non-surgical, cosmetic tattooing process, performed to enhance the natural features of your face. Specially formulated colored pigments are deposited into the dermal layer of the skin using single use individual sterile needles. This then creates variations of color giving the appearance of perfectly applied makeup 24/7. The result can be as subtle or dramatic as you wish, to create a look that enhances your natural beauty or to boost confidence where certain facial features need a little helping hand.
The process begins with an initial consultation, followed by the actual procedure and then a follow up visit if necessary for adjusting the shape, color or density of the pigment. With no smearing or smudging, permanent make-up can be more natural and realistic in appearance than conventional cosmetics. Permanent makeup is also referred to in the industry as:
- Permanent Cosmetics
- Intradermal cosmetics
- Cosmetic tattooing
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM PERMANENT MAKEUP?
Anyone who wants to look their best anytime or anywhere should consider permanent enhancements. You will look younger, fresher, more attractive and will save valuable hours every week by not having to apply and reapply your makeup. This is the way to wake up with makeup every morning!
Clients are turning to permanent cosmetics for both cosmetic and medical reasons. For example:
- Those with sparse or non-existent eyebrows as a result of over tweezing, alopecia, or receiving chemotherapy treatments
- Have sparse lashes.
- Have unsteady or arthritic hands.
- Have visual impairment.
- Have a pigment disorder
- Want the convenience or makeup that won’t smudge or smear
- Those with an unsteady hand who have difficulty in applying Make-up effectively
- Active people & sports enthusiasts who want to look great but don't want to wear conventional makeup
- People who have skin sensitivities, oily skin or are allergic to conventional cosmetics
- Busy clients who just don't have enough hours in the day, and desire the freedom from daily makeup application.
- Contact lens users
- Those seeking to correct asymmetrical facial features.
- Those who want to look good all day, every day with minimal effort
WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED FROM PERMANENT MAKEUP?
- Small eyes can be made to look bigger
- Lashes appear thicker
- Eye color can be emphasized.
- Perfect brows can be created using special techniques ensuring the use of an eyebrow pencil is made a thing of the past!
- Lips that have lost definition through the aging process can be re-defined.
- Lips can be made fuller and shape can be corrected.
ARE PERMANENT COSMETICS SAFE?
Absolutely. All the permanent makeup pigments are made of natural minerals that are specifically selected for their safe, non-toxic and hypo allergenic properties. They are trusted by permanent makeup technicians and cosmetic surgeons throughout the world.
IS THE PROCEDURE SAFE?
Yes, the procedure is done under strict sterilization rules. All procedures are applied with high quality, sterile single-use needles and needle covers, and I follow strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines as required by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention as well as OSHA regulations. Sterilization and hygiene is of the utmost importance before, during and after the treatment. Reactions to permanent cosmetics are extremely rare.
IS THERE A CHANCE OF ALLERGIC REACTION?
As with any treatment an allergic reaction is always a possibility; however, this is extremely rare and almost unheard of. Some doctors recommend that people with allergies have permanent cosmetic procedures so they can avoid cosmetic products they are sensitive to. A consultation will be carried out prior to any procedure and a medical form will be filled out and gone over. A patch test is offered, upon request, with the chosen pigment to reduce the chance of an unexpected allergic reaction, but please keep in mind that you can develop an allergy to anything at anytime. If you are concerned about an allergic reaction, or have had odd allergies in the past, a patch test is highly recommended. The patch test must be done at least 24 hours prior to the procedure.
Also, to lessen inflammation, you may want to take an antihistamine like Benadryl an hour or two before and the evening following the procedure. Please only take an antihistamine if you have taken one before and know you don’t have a reaction to it. This is recommended more for eyeliner and lip applications.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
You should consider it permanent, as the pigment will always remain in the upper section of the dermis, however over time the color can eventually soften as the skin rejuvenates. Exposure to the sun, changing health conditions, medications, anti-aging products, and hormonal changes all can affect the color and premature fading.
HOW SOON BEFORE I CAN RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES?
For most people, usually the same day. Procedures normally produce little swelling or long-lasting trauma to the surrounding skin. You may resume normal activities, as long as they do not have an adverse affect on the healing process. You wouldn't want to introduce bacteria into the treated area by, for example, swimming or by sweating while jogging or working out. It is recommended you try not to plan a special function the day of and up to five days after having your permanent makeup, only because it's a new look and will be darker than the final outcome. You also won’t be able to wear any other makeup around the procedure area during this time.