Frequently Asked Questions
About Permanent Makeup
What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup is a form of tattooing that deposits tiny individual implants of pigments into the dermal layer of the skin.
How are permanent makeup procedures performed?
Permanent makeup procedures are performed using the hand method. All instruments are pre-sterilized and 100% disposable. The procedures are usually a process which includes the initial consultation, initial application of pigment, and usually one or two follow-up visits to adjust the shape and color or density of the pigment
Is permanent makeup really permanent?
Permanent makeup procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off.
Who benefits from permanent makeup?
- Alopecia areata or universalis sufferers who have lost some of all of their facial hair, including eyebrows and/or eyelashes.
- Chemotherapy patients with full or partial hair loss.
- Vitiligo sufferers who may have areas of skin which may have lost their pigment.
- Physically active people who want to look their best whether swimming, hiking, biking, or playing tennis, and don't want to worry about "sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics.
- Individuals with allergies and sensitive skin who cannot wear cosmetics.
- Vision impaired individuals who have difficulty applying their makeup.
- Those who suffer with motor impairment disorders including arthritis, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and others who unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup.
- Women who want to look their best all the time, even when they wake up.
- Mothers and other busy people who don't have time to apply makeup.
What type of permanent makeup procedures can be done?
- Eyeliner, top and bottom
- Eyelash enhancement
- Full lip color
- Scar camouflage
- Beauty marks
- Hair imitation
- Feature reconstruction
How long does each procedure take?
The initial procedure will generally take 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Follow up procedures usually do not require as much time.
Is it painful?
Permanent makeup is a skin invasive procedure (as they are a form of cosmetic tattoo) and therefore you may experience some discomfort. However, keep in mind that there are different methods available to help with pain management including topical anesthetic ointments and topical desensitizing products.
Is it safe?
As previously noted, permanent makeup is a skin invasive procedure, therefore a strict sanitary working environment is necessary. All needles are new and sterile for each patient and disposed of properly following each procedure. Other equipment and supplies are kept in sanitary manner.
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