What is the difference between hair-stroke eyebrows and solid brows?
Sue prefers the natural look of the hair-stroke eyebrows. This is what it sounds like -- short little strokes of pigment that resemble hairs. The alternative can create a heavy, unnatural brow line. Good eyebrows can "frame" the face, and a good arch can lift the look of the face.
Is permanent makeup really permanent?
It depends very much on the individual since color retention varies by skin type. The enhancement will gradually fade somewhat over a period of time. The full color may last a year or ten years. Most people opt to have a touch-up to refresh the color a year or two after the initial procedure. Many lifestyle factors can influence the longevity of the permanent makeup, such as sun exposure, hormones, skincare products, pool chlorine, medications and hydration of the skin.
Is there down time after having a procedure?
There are no limits to your activities following the procedure. It is okay to drive yourself home right afterwards. You may look like you've been crying. Typically the pigment in the area where the color has been applied will be darker and heavier for the first day or two. The color will then adjust to the intended shade. There are care instructions to follow afterwards, and it is recommended that you not apply any commercial cosmetics to the affected area for a period of four days to allow for healing. Any time missed from work or activities would be an elective decision for aesthetic reasons.
What type of care is needed after the procedure?
To avoid any scabbing or infection, the instructions for the day of the procedure include cleansing and applying an ointment to the area every two hours, and for the next three days that process only needs to be done twice a day.
What do I need to do before having permanent makeup done?
Medical history forms need to be completed as well as a consent form. Any blood-thinning medications or supplements, such as aspirin or alcohol, need to be discontinued prior to the procedure. The permanent makeup needs to be applied to clean skin so makeup should not be worn to your appointment. You can bring your makeup to show your color choices, or photos are a good communication tool.
Is permanent makeup a safe procedure?
Yes. All procedures are performed using disposable supplies and follow strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines as required by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA regulations.
Why do you use the hand method?
There is mechanical equipment available, but Sue prefers the hand method because of the control it offers. Working on the face is a delicate procedure so you want the most control possible.
What is the most popular procedure?
Upper eyeliner is traditionally the most popular procedure, followed closely by hair-stroke eyebrows. (Sue gets more requests for brows.) Lower eyeliner combined with the upper liner is the next most popular choice, and lip liner with blended color completes the list. Occasionally people elect to have their full face done -- liners, brows and lips.
Can more than one procedure be done at the same appointment?
Yes. Having upper and lower liners done in one appointment is very common. In fact, a full face, including brows, liners and lips, can all be done the same day. There are discounts for multiple procedures.
What should I expect at the appointment?
The medical history and consent information will be reviewed. The consultation will include a review of your expectations and discussion about how permanent makeup can enhance your appearance. Eyeliner, for example, can be very fine to enhance your lashes, or it can be heavier and more dramatic. Using special pencils on your eyebrows, she can create your own unique look visually so that you can approve the enhancement before the pigment inks are infused into your skin. This ensures the finished result is what you want. Sue will identify the micro-pigmentation shades that work with your hair, skin, and eye color. The available inks include, warm, cool and neutral tones. A follow-up session is included in the initial fee and generally takes place four weeks after the initial procedure. This is the opportunity to refine the enhancement.
Will you touch up permanent makeup that was done elsewhere?
There is a schedule of fees for maintenance touch-ups for Sue's clients, and there is a separate schedule for
touch-up work that is initially done by someone else. This can be evaluated on an individual basis, but
generally runs 60% of the fee for an initial process.
How long does a procedure take?
Including the time for consultation, evaluation and time for the numbing cream to take effect, you should allow 1 1/2 to two hours for upper eyeliner, 2 1/2 to 3 hours for eyebrows, an hour or so for lower liner, and 2 to 3 hours for lip color.
Is permanent makeup like a tattoo that a person might have elsewhere on their body?
The skin on the face is more delicate than other areas of the body, so the pigments can't go as deep. This is why a refreshing touch-up is commonly needed after a period of time.
Who should get permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup enhances your natural beauty. It is a great convenience for everyday living and, because it is waterproof, it is great for athletes and sports enthusiasts -- no smearing or smudging. It can be invaluable for people with mobility or eyesight issues, for individuals who experience allergies to conventional makeup, and it is wonderful for people experiencing hair loss. Permanent makeup can give you a lovely, natural look or you can add conventional cosmetics whenever you wish. You can save time, enjoy the convenience, and look good all day!
Questions and Answers Regarding Permanent Makeup
The answers are brief responses and not intended to cover all possible facets.
What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup is a cosmetic tattooing process. Colored pigments, specially formulated for the face, are implanted through the epidermis into the layer of the skin known as the dermis to enhance the eyebrows, eyelids and lip areas.
Does it hurt to have permanent makeup done?
A topical numbing cream is used before and during the procedure so for most people any discomfort is non-existent to minimal. Everyone has a different threshold of pain, but most people are pleasantly surprised to find it a very tolerable experience. Cold packs can be used to soothe any discomfort after the numbing cream wears off or to control any swelling. Tattooing of the lips can be a more sensitive process and generally takes longer to heal.
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