frequently asked questions
Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?
Permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent. The reason being is because pigment is tattooed into the upper reticular portion of the dermal layer, and it can never be washed away. However, as with any pigment, in general, fading will and often occurs. This will require periodic maintenance referred to as “touch up”. The scientific structure of pigments and the requirement for periodic touchups is completely normal. Factors such as skin conditions, skin care regiment, earthly elements (sun exposure), certain medications and select beauty procedures can and will effect the longevity of permanent cosmetics.The periodic maintenance requirement is a good opportunity to reevaluate an individuals color and design preferences. While the concept of permanent, without any change, may seem like a perfectly good idea, think about how your tastes have changed over the years. The fact that most people will require touch ups it presents an opportune time to work with your artist to reevaluate your overall appearance profile and determine if any changes are appropriate.
What are permanent cosmetics?
Permanent cosmetics is a form of cosmetic tattooing. Permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micropigmentation”, “micropigment implantation”, “permanent makeup”, “semi-permanent makeup”, “dermagraphics”, “microblading”, “microstroking”, and sometimes “eyebrow embroidery” . In essence it consists of the cosmetic implantation or deposits of colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.
How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Performed?
Permanent cosmetic procedures are performed using various methods, which can include the traditional tattoo coil, a rotary machine, a digital pen hand piece and the manual “microstroking”, “soft-tap” methods. The process includes a consultation, the application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for evaluating the healed design work and color of the pigment.
Who Benefits from Permanent Makeup?
Individuals who meet minimum age requirements and have the ability to heal properly can benefit from permanent cosmetics. Interest in such procedures, range from young to a more mature audience. It is an excellent option for those who desire a soft and natural enhancement. It is especially valuable to people who cannot wear traditional makeup due to allergies and skin sensitivities, people who want to look their best for sports activities such as swimming and working out without the worry of “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics. Permanent Cosmetics also benefits individuals who have difficulty applying their makeup due to visual challenges, dexterity related conditions (arthritis), many other balance inhibiting conditions, and busy people who don’t have time to spend applying and refreshing makeup throughout the day and evening.
How much does Permanent Makeup Cost?
Costs will vary depending on your location. Please visit the "Services" link of the site to view current pricing for your desired procedure.
Typically the average cost per procedure averages between $400-$1800. Advanced work may be additional charges. Procedures that require correction will be additional visits, thus incurring more costs. The most important task to do before booking an appointment with a permanent makeup artist is checking their credentials. DO NOT hesitate in asking questions; it is within your rights to do so. Also remember the cost of any procedure should not be the most important and influential factor when electing an artist Remember the phrase: "Cheap Work Isn’t Good, and Good Work Isn’t Cheap”
How Long Does Each Procedure Take?
On average the initial procedure will generally take approximately to 2 ½ - 3 hours. There is paperwork to be completed and discussed, photographs to take; desired design and color to discuss; the procedure to perform; and the aftercare requirements to discuss. Follow up or color refresher procedures usually do not require the same amount of time.
Is It Painful?
A topical anesthetic specifically developed for permanent cosmetics is applied; which takes approximately 20-25 to anesthetize the area. It lasts for the duration of the procedure with additional anesthetic applied during the procedure. Most people experience little to no discomfort. This will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. To put this in perspective, thousands of body art tattoos are performed annually and traditional tattoo professionals do not use any anesthetics.
Is It Safe?
If you are a viable candidate and if proper sterilization and disinfection guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. Professionals in the permanent cosmetic industry routinely attend Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classes to become well versed on safety principals, and are required to attend Bloodborne Pathogens training. At the Brow Clinique the health and safety of our clients and employees are key. We take it very, very seriously.The guidelines include, but are not limited to the following:
1. All needles/blades are new and sterile for each client and are opened in their presence.
2. Disposable sterilized one-time use machine parts are disposed of in a sharps container immediately after the procedure has been completed.
3. Personal protection equipment such as disposable one-time use aprons and gloves are new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
4. The technician and work area is clean and neat; with the procedure area free from other contaminants.
5. Disposable one-time use chair/bed coverings are new for each client.
6. Barrier film is applied to each item, which has the possibility of being handled by the artist during the procedure.
What If I Don’t Like It?
Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual, and it may take time to become acclimated to the new look. Be patient and understand that only once the area is fully healed can we evaluate and make adjustments if necessary. Permanent cosmetics are not easily removed, so do your research and before committing ask for a consultation. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Communication- There needs to be clear and concise communication with your artist. It is key!! In addition you must maintain realistic goals at all times. It is possible your wishes are not attainable.
Color- Selection of color cannot be made based on your color treated scalp hair. Some individuals go thru stages in life; one year they have red hair, the next year black hair, then brown or blonde. Permanent cosmetics cannot and will not undergo color changes as such. Therefore we cannot choose a color that does not compliment your genetics. If you were naturally born with ginger red hair, and you want black brows; It’s not happening (at least not in my clinic). In the world of permanent makeup there is a very important equation that every permanent makeup artist must follow:
Pigment + Skin Color= Healed Result
The permanent makeup artist must do their due diligence and determine what pigment is best for your skin. At the consultation stage many topics will be discussed such as your ethnic background, skin undertone and overtone, natural hair color, and the condition of your skin. Keep in mind that you are a living canvas and there are many factors that play into proper color selection. Tattooed colors are constant, while your own skin color will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sun, lifestyle, beauty regimen, and certain medications; thus causing color shifts.
Design- Let us acknowledge and admit that brows are an important facial feature. They are what shape and frame the face. There are plenty of women who walk around with questionable looking brows (whether they realize it or not). I’m sure you have seen a few, however that’s where a permanent makeup artist or professional brow groomer can show the client a better way in brow design. I will only work on clients who are realistic, reasonable, and seek a natural looking brow enhancement.
Are There Any Side Effects During or After the Procedure?
Clients may experience little-moderate swelling, redness, slight bruising, and bleeding. While eyebrows may show little to no swelling or redness afterwards, eyeliner and eyelash line enhancements may show slight to moderate swelling. This is very dependent upon the amount of work performed, and also varies client to client. Some people swell more from minor skin irritations than others. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first seven to ten days.Other less often reported side effects are difficult to determine due to the individuality of each person’s biological system. This is why professional permanent cosmetic technicians require a client history profile be filled out to assess different factors that may contribute to your experience after the tattooing procedure has been completed.
What’s a Touch-Up and Do I Need One?
Most times tattooed color is not perfect after the initial procedure heals, some areas may heal lighter, and need to be tweaked. Permanent cosmetic procedures are a process and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure is scheduled. There is a minimum of 4-8 weeks of healing before the second visit. There are absolutely NO exceptions. Please understand that the body needs to fully heal. The cited time frames will vary depending on the health profile and age of the client.
I Want To Book an Appointment/Consultation:
If you want to book an appointment or a free consultation, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Consults are typically an hour long and we discuss your health/skin profile, your desired shape, and color choices. If you have a quick question, I may also be reached via text message at 201-898-BROW.
Ladies, if you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to get pregnant, you are not eligible for any kind of permanent cosmetic procedure. No Exceptions!! Once you've given birth and nursed your baby; you must wait at least 3-4 months to allow your body to heal to its normal state. The excess of hormones, and changes your body endures can/will affect the outcome of any cosmetic procedure.