Here are some Frequently Asked Questions from our clients that may help you in your decision making. Just click on each question to reveal the answer.
What type of permanent cosmetic procedures are available?
Permanent cosmetic procedures can be very subtle or dramatic depending on what your preferences. Procedure options include:
- Lash Enhancement
- Eyeliner, Top and Bottom
- Lip Color
- Beauty Marks
- Hair Imitation
- Scar Camouflage *
- Areola Pigmentation *
- Blush and Eye Shadow *
* Advanced procedures requiring techniques acquired by experienced technicians completing continuing educational advanced training courses.
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.
How much does permanent cosmetic makeup cost?
The average cost per procedure varies but usually averages between $400-$800. Advanced work may be charged at $150 to $250 per hour. Many of these procedures are commonly referred to as para-medical procedures. Work performed from physician’s offices or specialized clinics may be charged at a higher rate. The cost of the procedures however should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician. More important is the client’s confidence in their technician’s training and skills and compliance with health and safety requirements.
Which technician should i choose?
Choose a technician carefully by considering training, experience, portfolio, and compliance with local and state laws. A consultation prior to scheduling an appointment provides the opportunity to determine if the technician will meet you expectations and that the facility and equipment to be used meets health standards requirements.
How long does each procedure take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 to 2½ hours. Touch up procedures usually require less time.
Are the procedures painful?
This answer to this varies, based on each individual’s tolerance to discomfort, and the skills of the technician performing the service. The permanent cosmetic industry now has the benefits of several methods available to assist with discomfort management. For instance, there are various non-prescription and prescription level topical anesthetic preparations. Also available, only when administered by a doctor or a dentist, are anesthetic local injections. Your technician will discuss these methods with you to determine which one(s) are offered and which method best applies to the procedure being conducted.
Is it safe?
If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met (Contact the governing agency in your state for specific information), and your technician is well trained for the procedure being performed, permanent cosmetic procedures should be completely safe. There have been so few reported reactions to pigments that many physicians suggest that a patch test is not necessary, especially since most allergic reactions do not occur immediately. The possibility that you would have any serious medical problems as a result of a permanent cosmetic procedure is almost non-existent considering enforced health standards. Clients compliance with post-procedural instructions is also an important element in reducing any associated risks.
Can I still have an MRI? (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Numerous studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to no potential for irritation resulting from an MRI. In the rare instance where discomfort resulted, it was localized and very temporary.
Although the procedure is considered permanent, there is flexibility in changing color and/or shape to some extent. Client participation in color selection and final design and placement approval helps assure your ultimate satisfaction with the service.
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.
Most technicians will include a touch up session with the the initial application. The color or shape may require an adjustment after the initial procedure has had sufficient time to fully heal. Cosmetic tattooing is a process. Follow up visits are scheduled anywhere from four to eight weeks after the initial procedure. As previously discussed, after your initial and follow up visit is complete, depending on many factors unique to you, the timing for the need for a future color refresher will depend on exposure to the sun and health factors.