Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS PERMANENT MAKEUP?

Permanent makeup is the art and application of custom color blended pigments inserted into the dermal layer of skin to create a tri-dimensional eyebrow, soft subtle eyeliner or a sparking lip color. 

WHAT IS PARAMEDICAL PERMANENT MAKEUP?

Paramedical Permanent Makeup is a term that we use when we are performing procedures such as Areola Repigmentation for cancer survivors after surgery, Scar Relaxation for burn survivors to release the fibrous bands of scar tissue giving the client maneuverability to the affected area, Melanocyte Restoration which restores the melanin to hypo-pigmented tissue making the affected area blend with the natural skin tones, Skin Needling to plump up wrinkles, acne scars, any indented area and stretch marks, or Corrective Pigment Camouflage where custom blended skin tone pigments are inserted into scars to camouflage them. All of these procedures will produce a more aesthetically pleasing appearance for the client.

IS PERMANENT MAKEUP SAFE?

Yes, it is totally safe if:

  • You have a technician that is licensed and well educated (Certified)
  • The technician is licensed by the Health Department (if applicable)
  • The technician has a business license
  • The technician is current with their Blood Borne Pathogen (BBP) education which in most states is required to be taken yearly.
  • The technician follows all of OSHA and CDC guidelines for cross contamination
  • The technician uses only single, sterile, one time use needles and machine parts as well as all products and they are properly disposed of after your procedure.
  • The technician uses products that are made in the USA and have been used by professionals for years with no complications.

DOES IT LOOK NATURAL?

If the permanent makeup is applied by a licensed, well-educated technician who knows how to design your makeup and uses the correct pigment colors the results should appear very natural.

HOW LONG DOES PERMANENT MAKEUP LAST?

If the Permanent Makeup is applied correctly (inserted into the dermal layer of skin), the pigments used are of high quality and the client follows their aftercare exactly as prescribed by their technician, the procedure can last up to 5, 10, or even 15+ years. Mitigating circumstances however will dictate how long the procedure application will last. Influences such as your general health, chlorine, sun, tanning beds, medications, skin care products containing exfoliating agents, the use of a total sun block on the procedure area, and smoking can affect the longevity of the pigment color. However, Microblading can last 1-2 years dependent of all the above mentioned.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS OF PERMANENT MAKEUP?

Your technician will schedule an initial consultation with you. During this consultation you will discuss the procedure you are interested in, sign Consent and Release Forms, a Medical History Form, discuss your Pre and Post Care Instructions and discuss any contraindications to your having a permanent makeup procedure.

If you are having an eyebrow procedure you and your technician will discuss shape, color, and the style of brow you’re wanting. You will also be advised if needed to wax, tweeze or thread your brows up to 5 days prior to your appointment.

On your procedure day, your technician along with your guidance will draw on your eyebrows or lip liner. You will both critique the procedure to double check for symmetry. Once you are completely satisfied with the design you will sign a consent form stating that you are happy with the design and are ready for your application. The technician will follow the exact lines you both have drawn on so you will see exactly how the procedure will look when the application is completed. For an eyeliner procedure your technician will follow your lash line so you do not need to draw the lines on. Approximately 4-8 weeks later a color refresher appointment will be scheduled. During this appointment the technician will fine tune the design shape and if necessary add more color.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Plan to schedule at least 2 1/2 – 3+ hours for your procedure. Procedures may take longer depending on the condition and hydration of your skin, your pain threshold, your anxiety level and if you are on any medication or homeopathics that would make you bleed. We take time to talk and go over paperwork, take pictures, allow the anesthesia to work, and apply the pigment into the skin. It is a process that Aj likes to take time with and not be rushed. 

Your color refresher will not take as long as most of the work has already been done, yet can still take up to 3 hours. 

ARE THE PROCEDURES PAINFUL?

Pain is relative. We use the most effective topical anesthesia’s available. We use a pre-anesthesia, a drop of liquid Numit in our pigment and once the skin is open, we use ‘Magic’ anesthesia. Using these 3 anesthesia’s together most people are very comfortable during the procedure application.

If you are anxious or tense when you are having any type of procedure you will feel more discomfort. In this instance we suggest contacting your health care provider for an anti-anxiety medication. If you take any medication you should not drive to or from the procedure, have someone drive you. There are also several homeopathic remedies that will calm you that can be found in any health food stores.

There are several things to consider prior to your appointment. No caffeine, no alcohol, and no exercise day of. Also, do not schedule your appointment around your menstrual cycle as all of these make you more sensitive.

If you have had a traditional artistic tattoo or have piercings you will find that permanent makeup is easier to tolerate than these procedure.

Some say tweezing their eyebrows is more painful that have permanent makeup.

*Aj personally goes above and beyond to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. If needed, she will take more time to allow the anesthesia to work. She will play relaxing music and talk you through the entire procedure. She is known for and prides herself in clients who actually fall asleep without any form of medications during procedure.

ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP?

Yes, if you are under a physician’s care we want you to obtain a release written on their prescription note pad stating that it is safe for you to have a procedure performed. Your health care provider will know if you will heal without any complications or if you are prone to infections or have a compromised immune system.

Contraindications include but are not limited to:

Blood thinners, heart medications, aspirin or products containing aspirin, medications for any disease like diabetes, lupus or any autoimmune disease. Also any vitamins or supplements that thin the blood would need to be stopped prior to your procedure but only with the consent of your health care provider. 

Skin conditions can be prone to complications such as those with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, rosacea, and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a is in a constant state of unrest and is not suitable for tattooing.

If you have had any type of beauty enhancements such as Botox,  Accutane or Retin-A, Fillers, or Lash growth serums you must wait 1-12 months depending on treatment.

You and your technician can discuss any concerns of contradictions and decide if permanent makeup is in your best interest.

Also, if you are pregnant or nursing permanent makeup will not be performed and is in the best interest of both you and baby.

WHY DO SOME PEOPLE TAKE A BENADRYL OR ANTIHISTAMINE PRIOR TO THEIR PROCEDURE?

Any type of antihistamine will slow down the release of histamine in the procedure area. This serves a three-fold purpose:

  1. The antihistamine will dry up your tears making your eyeliner procedure easier for the technician.
  2. The antihistamine will lessen the swelling effect on the procedure area making the insertion of pigment easier for the technician.
  3. The antihistamine helps many people to relax and fall asleep during the procedure.

*Always consult with your health care provider before taking any medication. If you take any medication do not drive to or from your procedure. Have someone drive you and pick you up.

WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE AFTER MY PROCEDURE?

Depending on how many times we had to go over an area to implant the pigment, your skin may show very little signs of trauma or may be swollen and red. If you have taken an antihistamine, your swelling will be less than if you have not taken any medication. You may notice swelling for 24-48 hours. You can ice the area for 10 minutes and then follow with heat for 10 minutes several times a day. This will bring the swelling down faster.

The area will appear darker at first because of the blood and lymph that has been brought to the surface during the permanent makeup application. The procedure area tissue will crust a bit and this tissue will slough off usually within 5-7 days leaving you with a softer color. The healing process depends on how healthy you are and how hydrated your skin is. The younger you are the faster you will heal and if you are older your skin will take longer to regenerate. All of this is explained in your paperwork at your consultation. This will be repeated at your color refresher appointment.

Do not have your permanent makeup applied prior to attending functions that you must look your best. Have your makeup applied at least 8 weeks prior to your function or wait until after your function is over.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE FEE FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP?

The average fee for a lip, eyebrow or eyeliner procedure can range from approximately $400.00 to $1500.00+.

The technician must study the clients face and determine how much work is involved in the requested procedure before the fees can be calculated.

Eyeliner and lipliner are usually the least expensive of the permanent makeup procedures. If the technician must create a complete eyebrow, taking into consideration the unevenness of the face and drawing the eyebrows as symmetrical as possible, this process may take up to 45 minutes to complete. The amount of work involved that the technician must perform on the client for the procedure will dictate the final fee.

Clients should be aware of the technician’s expertise and their credentials. Is the technician following all Bloodborne Pathogen Laws, their Health Department Regulations, using sterile single packaged needles, and products?

Laws dictate that the technician performing a procedure must wear an apron or disposable covering, wear a clean, new mask, gloves, arm coverings and eye protection for each client. Does the technician follow these guidelines? You should interview them just as you would a new physician or dentist.

When a person is just concerned about the dollar amount to be spent, remember the old adage…’You Get What You Pay For’! Are these fees realistic? Yes. You must take into consideration that you look at more than the total fee for any procedure. This is YOUR face. What is it worth to you?

DO TECHNICIANS EVER REUSE THEIR NEEDLES?

Many unethical technicians reuse their needles and products left on the tray after the client’s procedure with little to no regard for cross contamination. The person that was just worked on could have a cold, a herpetic outbreak or infectious disease. If these products or needles are reused on the next client that person has now been exposed to those germs. This does happen so you need to research your technician carefully. Ask for references! Call your local health department to make sure the technician has not had any complaints lodged against them.

Needles should be used once and disposed of in a sharps container. The technician should open the needle being used for your procedure in front of you and disposed of at the end of the procedure while you are watching them.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY PROCEDURE AFTER?

You will also receive an ‘After Care ‘pack consisting of paperwork with explicit instructions on how to care for your procedure area for the next week, a packet of petroleum and several cotton swabs.

We prefer that you use only use what is given to you by Aj. Using Neosporin, bacitracin or other products may cause an allergic reaction on open skin. If you experience any type of redness, irritation or pain stop using the product and phone your technician who will advise you what to do. If you have received an eyeliner procedure, do not rub or touch your eyes with your fingers as they are laden with bacteria. You will also create a corneal abrasion (scratches on the cornea) Use a cotton swab to apply your petroleum.

We do our 50% to give you a beautiful procedure, while you are responsible for the other 50% with your aftercare. Follow your aftercare instructions exactly and you will have a beautiful procedure...

Together we can create a long lasting, beautiful, natural permanent makeup results!

 

*FAQs provided courtesy of Ms Susan Church from International Institute of Permanent Cosmetics along with additions and some changes by Aj Bendtsen with Butterfly Kisses by Aj*