Answers to your Questions

What is permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup is a cosmetic procedure similar to tattooing.  The cosmetic implementation technique used in permanent makeup deposits colored pigment into the upper layer of the dermis. Terms such as “micropigmentation” or “micropigment implantation” are commonly used to refer to permanent makeup techniques.

What is involved in performing permanent cosmetic procedures?

Permanent cosmetics procedures involve the use of a hand-held digital device that punctures the skin with a very thin needle and deposits the pigment into the desired area. The process starts with a consultation, followed by the application of pigment, and a follow up visits to assess the results after the skin has healed. Before and after photos are usually taken.

Who can benefit from permanent cosmetic procedures?

Permanent cosmetics procedures are an ideal solution for men and women of all ages who want to enhance their natural features. People who have busy lifestyles or enjoy sports activates and want to look their best at all times, will appreciate the convenience of not having to refresh their makeup thought the day.    It can be especially beneficial for people with certain medical conditions such as allergy to traditional cosmetics, unsteady hands as a result of arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or difficulty applying make-up due to vision impairment; People with alopecia, scars, vitiligo or in need of areola pigmentation after breast reconstruction.

What types of permanent cosmetic procedures are performed?

Permanent cosmetic procedures include: top and bottom eyeliner, eyebrows, lash enhancement, lip liner, full lip color and blend, scar camouflage, hair imitation, and areola pigmentation.
The procedures range from very natural looking, subtly enhancing natural features to dramatic. It all depends on the desired result.

Are permanent cosmetic procedures really permanent?

The technique used in permanent cosmetics procedures deposits pigment into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and it is considered permanent because it cannot be washed off.  Nonetheless, with time fading can and in most cases will occur.  Periodic maintenance or color refreshing will be necessary to keep the look. The longevity of permanent cosmetics depends on many factors such as sun exposure, thickness of skin, skin care products used, and age.  This is actually great because it allows you to change your look/colors as your taste changes.

What is the cost of permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup typically cost $ 400 to $800 per procedure.  Some of the advanced work such as para-medical procedures may cost anywhere from $150 to $250 per hour.  When considering having permanent makeup done, consider the skills and experience of the permanent makeup professional and do not make the price your determining factor. You want to make sure you can trust your technician to give you results you are looking for.

How much time do the procedures take?

Expect to spend 2 to 3 hours at your technician’s office. The will be paperwork to take care of in addition to the initial color and design consultation, and the actual procedure.  The follow up appointment will not require as much time.

Will the procedure be painful?

Normally, you would experience discomfort or pain depending on your individual tolerance.  No worries, there are many topical anesthetics specifically developed for the permanent cosmetics procedures.  Your technician will make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during your session.

Is it Safe?

Assuming that the guidelines for sterilization and disinfection are followed, permanent cosmetics are completely safe.

Professionals in the permanent cosmetic industry regularly attend Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training on safety principals.  Make sure you do your research and choose a permanent cosmetics professional who has been properly trained and is experienced in permanent cosmetics procedures. Someone you can trust and will feel comfortable with.

What if I am not happy with the results?

To some degree the permanent cosmetics procedures allow for change in color and shape.  It is important to keep in mind that immediately following the procedure and during the healing process the colors will appear darker and will lighten overtime. It also takes time to become accustomed to the new look. The best approach is to have patience until your skin has fully healed. If you are still not satisfied with your result at that point, speak with your technician about available solutions. Communication between you and your technician is important in preventing you being dissatisfied with your results. Be clear about your desired look and listen to your technician’s advice.

Is a career in permanent cosmetics a good choice me?

The career in permanent cosmetics industry offers many exciting opportunities.  The demand for well-trained micro pigmentation professionals’ services range from beauty salons and spas to plastic surgeons’ and dermatologists offices. The profession also offers great flexibility with work hours and affords an opportunity to be your own boss. With a rapid growth of cosmetology and beauty industry there is no better time to embark on this exciting and rewarding career.

What to expect during and after the procedure?

Depending on the procedure performed you can expect various degree of swelling or tenderness. For example eyebrows or lash enhancement usually show very little effect after procedure. However, lips or eyeliner may show minor to moderate swelling.  Full lip color will show more effects then blended lip liner and so on. The degree of effects also differs from individual to individual.  People who take blood thinner can also experience some minor bruising or slight bleeding during the procedure. It is rare, but it can occur. These post procedure effects will subside in a day or two. Also, expect the color to appear much darker in the first week to two weeks after application.

Can the pigments cause an allergic reaction?

Allergies to pigments are very rare. Even people who are allergic to traditional make up are often times advised by their doctors to consider permanent make up. However, people can develop an allergy to anything. Purebeau pigments are certified as non-allergenic, bio-compatible, and sterile. The highest quality ingredients comply with all aspects of safety standards. Check with your technician if the pigments used meet required safety standards.

Would I need a touch-up?

Sometimes the permanent color is not perfect after the skin heals from the initial application.  For that reason a follow-up visit should be scheduled to touch-up the details. The touch-up work should not be performed sooner than four weeks after the original procedure. For lips six weeks wait for the touch-up visit is advised.

Can I have an MRI scan?

There is little to no potential risk of irritation during an MRI as confirmed by many studies.
http://www.imrser.org/pdf/shellock.tattoo.jmri.pdf
http://www.bscenemag.com/medical-blog/permanent-cosmetics-tattoos-and-mri

Nonetheless, you should inform your MRI technician that you have permanent cosmetics.

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