What is permanent make-up?
It is a procedure by which pigment is implanted into the dermis layer to enhance, contour and outline facial features. It also camouflages irregularities, such as scars or to create an areola for one undergoing reconstruction due to the removal of the breast.
Is permanent make-up really permanent?
You should consider it permanent, although fading does occur over the years. A touch up is recommended when fading occurs enough that you are adding to it on a daily basis. Or you may be one that doesn't need it for many years. This varies with each individual. So a touch up is recommended to maintain or refresh ones color.
Is everything sterile?
Contamination and cross contamination is of utmost importance. New, sterile needles are always a must. Used needles are disposed of as well as tubes, color and color caps after each visit and not saved for future visits. Gloves and mask, and barrier films are always used during all procedures. Anything else is unacceptable. After years of requesting licensing, for permanent make up, we now have it, along with a regular inspections. To be smart about sanitation whether it’s in a medical or a non-medical business is the only way to be for everyone's safety.
What do I look for in a permanent make up establishment?
Consider these four points:
Does it hurt?
You may experience some discomfort, but with the topical creams, most clients feel it is more irritating than anything. But everybody has a different threshold for pain. Taking 2 or 3 -25 mg. of Benadryl for allergy (in the pink box) an hour or two before your appointment, helps for the comfort and swelling. But keeping in mind any discomfort is worth the end results. A prescription from your doctor for discomfort or anxiety is your choice if you think you might need it. But, please have a driver to drop you off and pick you up, or they may stay until you are completed. An extra set of ears is welcome for the post care instructions.
Do I have to go to the dentist for a nerve block for lips if I am having lip liner or full lip color?
The dental block is a must! It allows me to go deep enough into the lip so that the color will be retained and you receive the best results. I will arrange the dental block. But if you prefer to use your own dentist, as long as they’re close enough, you’re welcome to. The dentists I use, along with their staff know exactly how to prepare you for your procedure. There is a separate charge for this.
Is there anything I should prepare for before my lip procedure?
Yes. If you’ve ever had a cold sore or fever blister (even once) you will need a prescription from your physician or dentist for cold sore medication. You will need it for your first appointment and for the follow-up appointment a month later. My favorite is Valtrex or it’s generic. Also, if you have any heart conditions or joint replacements, that you have to take an antibiotic for before dental appointments, you must also take it before your lip procedure.
Will I have any swelling after my procedure?
Swelling usually occurs for about 48 hours after the eye and lip procedure. Some bruising may occur with a few clients. Ice compresses help a great deal for the first 24 hours, as well as propping your head and shoulders with an extra pillows at night.
How long does each procedure take and can I have more than one procedure in one day?
One procedure usually takes 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours to complete. Some people have more than one procedure in a day to bring the cost down. Also, one can heal the affected areas at the same time without worrying about taking extra time off of work.
If you create an areola for my reconstructed breast, can you match it to my natural breast?
I’ve been an artist on canvas all my life. I understand blending of color to achieve what you want for an end result. And the follow up appointment is necessary to make sure of a good outcome.
Do I have to have breast reconstruction in order to have color put into my areolas?
No, I have men and women that just need color or shape and size correction to their natural areolas.
Is permanent make-up the same as tattooing?
Yes it is the same as tattooing. The techniques are different along with the pigments. The pigments are refined for the delicate tissues of the face.
How do I get started?
First call for a consultation appointment. Please be patient. I work by myself and your call is very important to me. I try to get to the phone, but if I'm working on a client, I do try to give her or him my full attention. So, please leave a message and a phone number with a time that would be best to call you back. Also, I can be reached at my e-mail address: email@example.com
Do you do regular tattoos and piercing?
Sorry, no. There are people that do that for a living and are good at it. BUT, please check out the places you are considering. And don't hesitate to ask questions about sanitation practices. And if you’re not comfortable with the answers, follow your instincts. Find another establishment that makes you feel safe and secure.
What is included in the price for my procedure?
Your price includes a consultation, your 1st session there is an additional charge for the 6-8 week follow up if we have to do more work.