How Can Permanent Makeup Benefit You?
How can permanent makeup benefit you or someone else? What is involved in the process? What steps do I need to take to get started? Let’s get started.
Micropigmentation is a modern, state of the art method of placing natural, mineral-based pigments into the dermal layer of skin. Micropigmentation, or permanent cosmetics, are used to enhance the eyebrows, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and lip color. Other permanent cosmetic procedures include scar camouflaging and areola restoration.
Is It Really Permanent?
Due to the mineral pigment being made of all natural minerals, does fade over time – especially with prolonged sun exposure and improper skin care. Certain products and medications may effect longevity such as glycolic or Retin-A, although, it is best to avoid these products around your cosmetic area. Always wear SPF to protect your skin and your investment in yourself, even in the winter.
Color boosting your makeup is a way to keep you looking fresh and bright in color. Boosting is recommended every one to seven years. Every person’s skin is unique, as will be your make up. You don’t have to keep up with the maintenance if you feel you no longer care for the enhanced look. It will not turn blue or black. It will simply fade over time, eventually leaving no trace
Your consultation will give you an expectation of the final result. This includes picking colors and discussing shapes and lines. The consultation is always free and depending on where you are in your decision-making process, can be done along with the first procedure. There are no surprises, only possibilities.
Before You Schedule
When considering permanent cosmetics, keep in mind that both visits are crucial to achieving the desired results. Each visit must be 4-8 weeks apart (6-10 for lips). We are meticulous in providing you with the best work and committed to perfection. The second session allows us to take you from good to great! So if you’re planning to be finished for a special event, please plan ahead. You must heal in between sessions.
Clients are advised to refrain from alcohol consumption, products containing aspirin (including ibuprofen) and vasodilators for at least 3 days prior to your procedure to prevent excessive bruising or bleeding. This is extremely important in order to avoid increased sensitivity. Do not shave, tweeze or wax hair in the procedure area 24 hours before the appointment.
Clients who anticipate having a lip procedure and are prone to cold sores are advised to take a 10-day anti-viral medication to prevent flare-ups. Remember: All procedures include two crucial visits with all cosmetic procedures.
Don’t wax brows prior to appointment.
Eyeliner is an individual and unique as those who wear it. Results vary with each visit. Contact lens wearers must bring glasses for post-procedure use.
Two full passes included and are 6-10 weeks apart. Clients who are prone to blisters (even once in your life) must pre-medicate up to 3 days prior and up to 7 days post procedure. The herpes virus will likely be activated by the lip enhancement procedure and it is highly advisable that pre-medication be used. Contact your physician for medication; Zovirax, Valtrex, Famvir.
You decide how you want your makeup to look. Colors will be chosen before any pigment is placed into the skin during the pre-procedure consultation. We will need to know if you are using Retin-A, Renova or Accutane at this time. A topical numbing agent is applied prior to and throughout the procedure to reduce discomfort. Extreme care is taken for your sanitation and safety; all instruments used in our procedures are new, sterile, and disposed of after each use. On average, brows and eyeliners take about 2 hours whereas a full lip takes about 3 hours.
Procedure areas will appear very vibrant in color for the first few days after the procedure. This appearance will last for 2-5 days while the pigment naturally flakes off. Do not pick or peel at the dried ink; it may remove the pigment. Eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips will appear crusty after the first week. The pigment will be much lighter during the 4 weeks of healing. Have a cold pack in the freezer to apply to the procedure site when you get home. It is advised not to make social plans for the same day and day after. You must heal for 4 weeks (6 weeks for lips) between visits.
The First 24 Hours
Don’t dust, vacuum, or exercise. We recommend using a cold pack over your procedure area following the procedure. Use a freshly cleaned pillowcase. Use the provided cotton-tipped applicators and A&D ointment AM and PM until gone. Lips will be very dry for 2 weeks post procedure. Refrain from swimming for one week post-procedure.
The First Week
Eyebrow, eyeliner, and lip pigment will be very vibrant in color! Don’t be alarmed, you will lose between 20%-50% of the color. Your enhancement will be subtle, youthful and natural looking after 4 weeks of healing.
After The First Week
Excess sloughing of healed skin and excess pigment is expected and the procedure area will appear much lighter. Use SPF 15 or 30 daily and consistently, even in winter. Color boosts for lips are recommended every 1-7 years. Healing takes about 4 weeks before full color can be ascertained and lip procedures require 6 weeks.