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Frequently Asked Questions about Permanent Maketup

Some Frequently Asked Questions about Permanent Makeup

We’re here to answer your frequently asked questions!

Question:

Why are permanent makeup touch ups necessary?

Answer:

Permanent make up touch ups are necessary, because…

Often the tattooed color (permanent makeup) is not perfect after the initial procedure heals. Permanent cosmetic process and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled. It is recommended that any required detail work to the original procedure be performed no sooner than four weeks after the original procedure. The minimum standard for follow-up detail work for lip procedures is six weeks. Lips have a different healing agenda than procedures performed on other parts of the face due to their delicate nature.

The cited time frames will vary depending on the health profile and age of the client, but these are good minimum standards for consideration.

Permanent make up color will fade, this is a fact that also applies to pigment inks used for tattooing. After your permanent make up has been applied and the follow up visits completed, the pristine appearance of your permanent cosmetics is very dependent upon daily maintenance of avoiding direct sunlight, intentional tanning. Avoiding strong chemicals applied to the procedure area and applying sun block daily. Color refreshers will be needed at some point in the future. The time frame for that need cannot be predicted as this is very client specific.

 

Question:

Is permanent makeup expensive?

Answer:

Just for fun, I decided to run the numbers. If a person spends just three minutes a day applying makeup, that equals 18.5 hours per year. Over a five year period, that’s 92.5 hours. How much is your time worth to you? If you add in the cost of traditional cosmetics, the cost is even higher. I have not applied lipstick or liner for two years!

The average cost per procedure varies but usually averages between $300-$800. Advanced work may be charged at $75- $250 per hour. Many of these procedures are commonly referred to as para-medical procedures. The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential permanent cosmetics professional. Most important is the training, certification, and skill of the person performing the procedure and the confidence of the client in the skill.

 

Question:

Should I wear makeup to my first appointment?

Answer:

If you choose to have the permanent makeup applied as you wear your makeup, this is a good idea. With my extensive art and design background, I can also help you with color and design to enhance your individual beauty.

 

Question:

How soon can I go out and reveal my new permanent makeup to the world?

Answer:

Right away. For the first few days, you may look like you are wearing your makeup a little heavier than usual. Some faint puffiness or redness may occur. Lips will take longer to appear “normal.”

 

Question:

How long does permanent makeup last?

Answer:

Permanent cosmetics will fade gradually and you may want a touch up after a year and perhaps every year at a greatly reduced price. Permanent makeup does not last as long as other tattoos because the pigment qualities are uniquely formulated for facial procedures and the face is more highly exposed to elements and procedures such as sun, cosmetics, washing, etc..

 

Question:

What does the permanent makeup process entail?

Answer:

I use a state of the art digital machine. The pigment is deposited between the epidermis and dermis into the thin melanin layer which determines the color of your skin. The process takes from about one to three hours, depending on the procedure.

 

Question:

Is permanent makeup safe?

Answer:

Pigments used are inert iron oxides, which have been used in traditional tattooing and makeup for many years. Strict OSHA requirements are followed and needle cartridges are individually packaged, sterile, and disposable. Please make sure that the practitioner that you choose is licensed and has ample experience. It is your face and mistakes can be very difficult to repair.

 

Question:

Is the process of getting permanent makeup painful?

Answer:

The actual sensation varies from person to person. Though topical anesthetics (lidocaine, tetracaine, and benzocaine) are used, some experience minor discomfort and/or minimal pain described as a stinging, burning, or tickling sensation. Only a physician can provide lidocaine injections.

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