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Frequently Asked Questions About Permanent Makeup

What is “Permanent Cosmetics”?

Permanent Cosmetics, also referred to as micro-pigmentation, cosmetic tattooing or dermal-pigmentation, is a process whereby completely natural pigments are implanted beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin), into the dermal layer (second layer of skin), by micro insertion. This technique has been medically developed and specifically designed for a safe permanent application. 

The pigments used have been specially formulated for cosmetic application.

Does the procedure hurt?

This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold, however, 
topical anesthetics are used to numb the area and minimize discomfort. 
Most people describe a mild pricking sensation.

Who would benefit from Permanent Cosmetics?

Those who:

Want to save time each day.
Have sparse, or very light eyebrows.
Are allergic to cosmetics.
Have ultra-sensitive eyes.
Have sparse lashes.
Have visual limitations.
Have unsteady or arthritic hands.
Often engage in strenuous activity.
Want the convenience of make-up that won’t smudge, smear or wear off.

Is it safe?

Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare. 
The cosmetic pigments are made from safe ingredients. Disposable sterile needles, cases and surgical gloves are used for each 
procedure. However, micro-pigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. 
It is extremely important to consult an experienced professional technician who is licensed, qualified and conscientious.

How long does each procedure take?

Times vary according to the individual’s sensitivity, hydration, density, elasticity, and overall condition of the skin. 

Allowing time for anesthetics to take effect, implanting of the pigment, 
and some final fine tuning of the procedure, average time for the initial 
visit is as follows:

1 + hours for eyeliner
 2 hours for eyebrows

How many appointments will be necessary?

Four to six weeks after the initial application, a follow-up visit may be 
required to perfect the lines or color.

There is no additional charge for this visit.

Are Permanent Cosmetics truly permanent?

A variety of factors influence the longevity of Permanent Cosmetics. 

Ultra-violet exposure from sun or tanning booths, various drugs, 
excessively dry skin, and smoking are all factors that may affect this. 

Alpha- hydroxy, Retin-A, and glycolic acid must be kept away from treated areas. These kinds of substances slough away top layers of the skin and eventually the layer that the pigment has been implanted into.

Use of these kinds of substances will require additional maintenance in years to come. Sunblock on eyebrows, sunglasses for eyeliner, will greatly prolong the effective life of these procedures.

*Colors will appear darker and somewhat unnatural for the first few days, 
but then lighten to a more natural look during the following few weeks. 

Pigment colors can be soft and natural looking, or a bit more dramatic. 
If desired, your end result may be deepened with additional applications.

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