Frequently Asked Questions about Permanent Makeup

1Is Cosmetic Permanent Makeup Permanent?
The word "Permanent" by definition means anything you cannot wash off. Technically, permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin. Color Refreshers can range from 1 - 10 years. Some clients will never need a color refresher, while others who have light golden blonde eyebrow pigment may need a retouch every year or every couple of years. The longevity of a cosmetic tattoo depends on so many factors that it is impossible to guarantee it will last forever. The simple truth is facial skin can and will have a much higher exfoliation rate. The skin is the body's largest and most unpredictable organ that is exposed to many elements. The reality is color maintenance will be required at some point.
2How do I choose a Permanent Makeup Artist?
It is crucial you find someone with the proper level of skill, aesthetic value, and knowledge of infection control. I would start at this website: www.spcp.org. Click on your state for a list of professional members. Then, I would make an appointment to view their portfolio and check out their studio. You don't want to go somewhere where there is nail file dust all over, blow driers going, etc. Tattooing should be in its own separate environment. Make sure what they show in their portfolio is similar to what you are looking for. You must feel comfortable and confident with this person - if not, keep moving. It is not like body art that can be hidden under clothing - we are talking about your face! It is a highly rewarding procedure or badly damaging one. Be sure your artist respects and understands that!
3Is Permanent Makeup Safe?
Yes. The Softap Hand Method and Machine Method techniques are very safe! With each procedure, fresh pigments are used containing safe inorganic ingredients. Only single use disposable needles, brushes and spatulas are used. All non-disposable equipment is thoroughly sterilized via OSHA strict sterilization procedures, such as an autoclave.
4What is the healing period like?
In the beginning, the pigmented area will look a little darker than the final color. In a few days, a light crust will form. This will fall off in four to six days. After the crust falls off, it should lighten to the desired color.
5How soon afterward can I go out?
Immediately. For the first few days, you will look like you are wearing your make-up heavier than usual. Sometimes the crusting is visible but usually not enough to be obvious. Complete healing takes 1 to six weeks while the pigmentation matures and reaches its final color.
6Should I have a consultation before the procedure?
Absolutely! This will allow me to see what your needs, preference and expectations are. We will work together to help you perfect your look before the procedure is performed. This will include a review of your medical history.
7Is it painful?
Although everyone's tolerance level is different, clients agree that permanent makeup procedures are more comfortable than anticipated. Your comfort and safety are of the utmost importance.
8Can I donate blood after receiving Permanent Makeup?
Yes. It has now been determined that if you have your "tattoo" done by a licensed facility, there is no waiting to donate blood. This also applies to cosmetic tattooing.
9Can I Still Have an MRI Scan?
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. Most people have more metal in their fillings than they would ever have in tattoo work.