Permanent Makeup FAQ's

What is permanent makeup?

Permanent Makeup is the term used to describe the cosmetic tattooing of facial features to improve color and shape. Colored pigments are implanted into the Dermis (middle layer) of the skin through microscopic injections with an extremely fine needle or cluster of needles. This process is also called Micropigmentation, Microdermal Pigmentation, Dermagraphics, Intradermal Cosmetics, Dermal Implantation, or Micropigment Implantation.

Is permanent makeup safe?

Yes, permanent makeup is the application of applying an organic colored pigment into the dermal layer of your skin.  Our permanent cosmetics technicians are experienced licensed professionals who apply the color  in compliance with all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) rules and guidelines, making all of our procedures completely safe. Innovative Permanent Cosmetics adheres to all sterilization and disinfection rules.

Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?

Permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin. As a result, the iron oxides, or pigmenting components remain in the body regardless of the external visual appearance of the procedure. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur due to many factors. The predominant reason for the fading of the color of a permanent cosmetic procedure is decomposition of pigments due to exposure to the sun, however, your health, consumption of medications, and use of facial products containing exfoliating properties all contribute to the need for maintenance. At some time in the future, the color in your procedure will in all likelihood require refreshing.

Do permanent makeup treatments hurt?

Our technicians take every precaution possible to ensure that permanent makeup application is as pain-free and comfortable for our clients. Everyone has a different threshold for pain, we work with you personally with a wide range of physician-grade topical anesthetics for your desired comfort during the procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

Usually, each procedure appointment is about one to two hours. The majority of the time is spent in selecting the appropriate color and measuring and mapping your skin before starting. Adequate time is allowed for topical anesthetic to make you completely comfortable. You will also be given thorough aftercare instructions for optimal healing and outcome.

Can I resume normal activities after the procedure?

This is unique to each client. Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lip procedures may produce more swelling and it may last anywhere from two to seventy two hours. During the procedure there may be some bleeding and although rare, some bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. It is recommend that you do not plan any special events for several days after your procedure.

Please note: Individual results may vary. You must allow up at least 4 to 6 weeks for healing, and you cannot determine full results until area is healed. At your follow up appointment, it will be determined if a touch up is necessary to add more pigments to the area, for some people the pigment may not "hold' as well due to the skin (some people have tough thick skin). Remember, you cannot not determine end result of procedure immediately after appointment. Please adhere to the after care instructions that are given to you at the end of your appointment, by failing to follow the aftercare instructions may result is poor color retention and a longer healing process.

 

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 procedure. It's very important to realize that often the new procedure represents something somewhat different; at times color where there was no color at all or very little.  It takes time to become acclimated to a new look (very often this applies to eyebrows which were sparse and unnoticeable before the permanent cosmetic brow procedure.) Eyeliner color is more evident due to the contrast to the skin color.  Lip color can take up to six weeks to reflect the final color. Be patient. After the procedure has healed, and you are able to make an informed decision about the healed version of the procedure, the only reason you should not like your permanent cosmetics is if you chose a technician who did not work with you on design and color. How could this happen?

  1. If you cannot communicate with your technician, it is possible your desires will not be realized.
  2. If your technician recognizes your requests, but does not take your desires for color or design into account, you should not proceed with the procedure.
  3. Don't request eyebrow color based on your tinted scalp hair color.  That is subject to change and it may affect how you then feel about the color of your permanent cosmetic eyebrows.  Eyebrow color should be selected based on your skin undertone and the color of your eyebrow hair (if any.)
  4. Conversely, most well-trained technicians will not perform a procedure if the design and/or color requested by the client is not reasonable.  If your requests are turned down by one or more technicians, re-think what you are asking for.
  5. Permanent cosmetics are not easily removed.  Make good decisions up front. You can enjoy the liberation permanent cosmetics provides when you do your research and choose a qualified professional that you work well with.

What is a touch-up, and do I need one?

Often the tattooed color is not perfect after the initial procedure heals. Permanent cosmetic procedures are a 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.

Do the pigments pose allergy problems?

People can develop an allergy to anything, anytime; however, pigment allergies are considered rare. Some doctors recommend that people with environmental allergies or allergies to conventional makeup have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that people are sensitive to.  While allergic reactions to any type of tattooing pigments on the body or on the face through permanent cosmetics may occur at any point in time, they are extremely rare.  Ask your technician if their pigments meet their local jurisdictional requirements.  Also, SPCP pigment suppliers are required to list the ingredients on their pigment labels.

 

 

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