Frequently Asked Questions
What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing – a technique that implants a pigment into the dermis layer of the skin. To do this, I use a device called the Nouveau Contour Intelligent machine. The Intelligent is a fully computerized, digital machine that provides excellent results with little trauma to the skin. The application of permanent makeup can range from very subtle to the more dramatic – depending on what results the client is looking for. Finding the “right look” is an important part of the consultation process.
Who Benefits from Permanent Makeup?
Anyone can benefit from permanent makeup – from the young to the mature, to any woman or man who’s looking for a softer more natural appearance. From the busy mom or professional who doesn’t have time for herself; to those limited by health issues (such as: Arthritis, Cancer, Alopecia, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s, Scleroderma, Stroke and Blindness); to women battling breast cancer; to burn patients who may have lost their eyebrows, eyelashes, and lips.
Is Permanent Makeup Painful?
Some people will experience discomfort from the vibration and pressure of the machine. Some say they don’t feel much of anything. This varies to each client’s individual pain threshold as well as the skill of the technician. I use topical anesthetic ointments on all procedures to help make the procedure as comfortable as possible. The client may ask his/her doctor for a prescription medication. (If prescription pain medication is used the client must bring someone with them to drive them home.) Most people do not need this but if, for example, you are difficult to anesthetize for dental procedures you may experience more discomfort than the average person.
How Long Does it Last?
This is a variable. Usually your permanent makeup will last from three to six years before you will need a touch up. Some people will need a touch up after a year or two. The major factors determining how long your permanent makeup will last is your collagen, if you are exposed to the sun without sunscreen, sunglasses, or a hat – and if you expose your permanent makeup to microderm abrasion/chemical peels.
What is the Healing Process?
Typically the healing process takes anywhere from four to seven days. The area will become dry and crusty and will then slough off naturally. There may be a small amount of swelling to the treated area – and appling ice will help. The brow area is usually fine within a few hours. The lip and eyeliner area may take up to 24 hours. Immediately after your procedure the area will look darker than the final result. You will be advised about after care and will be provided an after care package with instructions after each procedure.
Is There a Chance of Infection?
Safety and cleanliness are my top priorities. Everything I use is “one time” use, which means I only use it once and then it is safely disposed of. All of my needles are individually packaged to ensure the highest standard of safety. I follow the highest industry standards and practices:
- All needles should be new. You should be able to sign off that the needles were sterilized and individually packaged.
- All areas that will be touched should be covered with a “barrier” film. This includes the tattoo machine, machine cord, light fixtures, armrest, and bottles that may be used during procedure. All items on the procedure tray must be disposed of even if not used.
- The technician should be clean, wear a disposable apron, surgical disposable gloves – plus a disposable mask and protective eyewear, depending on the procedure.
- Client should wear a protective bib.
- Clean sheet or paper procedure cover replaced after each client.
- The procedure/office should be clean, neat, and professional.
I strictly adhere to the guidelines set for by SPCP (Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals) pertaining to procedures, set-up and environment. Given my emphasis on helping those with medical conditions, this is something I take very seriously indeed.