What is permanent make-up?
Permanent make-up is a technique which an individual implants pigments, formulated for the face, through the epidermal into the dermal layer of the facial skin. This process inputs permanent colored pigments into eyebrows, eyes, lips, and cheek areas.
Is permanent make-up permanent?
Some fading does occur and a touch-up may be needed every couple of years to maintain the natural looking colors and less often to maintain the darker or more vibrant colors. The pigment will always be in the dermal layer of the skin unless laser treatments are used to break the pigments so the body can carry the pigment particles away. It is essential that sun block be applied to the pigmented areas to keep the color from fading when in the sun or using a tanning bed. Some skin care products contain the Alpha and Beta hydroxyl acid to even out skin tone. These products will have a bleaching effect on the pigmented areas too. So will chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
What about sterilization, sanitation and infection?
Your permanent make-up procedure will be performed in a safe and sanitary surrounding. Sterile, disposable needles are used in all make-up procedures, those products that are reusable are sterilized in a high pressure/high heat autoclave. All guidelines are strictly followed in accordance with CDC (Center for Disease Control) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards.
Is there discomfort involved?
Oral sedation is available upon request. The use of topical anesthetic and injections are used to help lessen any discomfort. Everyone has a different threshold of pain and some may experience some discomfort.
What do I do before the procedure?
Clients will be given precare instructions at their consultation. These instructions will educate each client to the pre-procedure process. Clients that have experienced cold sores or fever blisters will need to take an oral medication a week prior to the lip procedure. The over seeing physician will prescribe Famvir as the recommended antiviral medication. A Medrol Dose Pack can also be prescribed before or after the procedure for swelling and discomfort.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Most clients will experience some swelling and discomfort after the procedure. Swelling and tenderness will subside in a couple of days. Lips, eyes and brows tend to take 3 to 4 days to peel, flake or slough off the top layer of skin. Colors immediately after the procedure will tend to be darker until the top layer has peeled. Then the pigmented areas will have a soft muted color to them.
What colors should I choose?
There is a right color for everyone. We take into consideration your natural skin color, hair color and eye color. Bring in the colors you have been using or the colors you prefer.
I have very sparse eyebrows. Will this look natural?
Permanent make-up may look more natural than eyebrow pencil. Fill your eyebrows in with eyebrow pencil so we can see how much pigment needs to be applied.
Will I need to take off work after the procedure?
If doing brows, probably not. Eyes, usually 1 day off is sufficient. If doing lips, probably 2 days off. Each person heals differently, therefore, the time you need off may differ. Some clients elect to return to work the next day.
When do I start the ice packs and how long do I use them?
Keep the ice pack around the procedure area. You may begin immediately after the procedure is completed to apply the ice packs.