WHAT EXACTLY IS
PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP?
HOW ARE PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES DONE?
WHO BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP?
WHAT TYPES OF PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES CAN BE
ARE PERMANENT COSMETICS REALLY PERMANENT?
HOW MUCH DOES PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP COST?
HOW LONG DOES EACH PROCEDURE TAKE?
IS IT PAINFUL?
IS IT SAFE?
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?
WHICH TECHNICIAN SHOULD I CHOOSE?
IS PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP A CAREER FOR ME?
ARE THERE ANY AFTER OR SIDE EFFECTS?
DO THE PIGMENTS POSE ALLERGY PROBLEMS?
IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY FOR MEDICAL PROBLEMS?
WHAT'S A TOUCH-UP AND WHEN DO I NEED ONE?
CAN I STILL HAVE AN MRI SCAN?
Q. WHAT EXACTLY
IS PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP?
A. Permanent cosmetic
makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for
permanent cosmetics are often referred to as "micropigmentation",
"micropigment implantation" or "dermagraphics".
The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into
the upper reticular layer of the dermis.
Q. HOW ARE PERMANENT
COSMETIC PROCEDURES DONE?
A. Permanent cosmetics
procedures are performed using various methods, including the traditional
tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine
or hand method. The process includes an initial consultation, then
application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits
for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.
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Q. WHO BENEFITS
FROM PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP?
A. EVERYONE, from
the young to the elderly, who desires a soft, natural enhancement
to their appearance. It is especially beneficial to people who can’t
wear other cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; Active
people who want to look their best for activities such as swimming,
hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and those who don't want to worry
about "sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics. Also the
vision impaired who have difficulty applying their cosmetics, and
others with motor impairments such as arthritis, Parkinson’s
disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady
hands who cannot apply their own makeup, and busy people who don’t
have time to spend on their makeup.
Q. WHAT TYPES
OF PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES CAN BE DONE?
A. Permanent Cosmetic
procedures can be very subtle or dramatic depending on what you
are looking for. Options include:
Eyeliner, Top and Bottom
Full Lip Color
Lipliner & Blend
NOTE: Some of these procedures use more advanced
techniques (para-medical techniques) and thus require an experienced
technician with advanced training.
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PERMANENT COSMETICS REALLY PERMANENT?
A. Technically, permanent
cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color
is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of
the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo,
fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance,
color re-enhancement or color re-freshing. Just like hair color,
furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint,
pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time. It is important
to consider this and all aspects of the procedure when selecting
a potential permanent cosmetic makeup technician.
MUCH DOES PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP COST?
A. 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
LONG DOES EACH PROCEDURE TAKE?
A. The initial procedure
will generally take approximately 1 to 2 ½ hours. Touch up
procedures usually do not require as much time.
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A. Most people
experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual's
pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service.
HOWEVER, there are different methods available to help with pain
management, including various topical anesthetic ointments, anesthetic
locals and nerve blocks (administered by a doctor or dentist). Your
technician should discuss these methods with you to determine which
one suits you best.
Q. IS IT SAFE?
A. If proper sterilization
and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely
safe. These guidelines include the following:
MOST IMPORTANT Things To Look For:
- All Needles should be new and sterile
for each client.
- Other machine parts should also be pre-sterilized
and disposed of in a sanitary manner.
- Other equipment and supplies should be
kept in a sanitary manner.
- Gloves should be new for each client and
changed during the procedure when needed.
- The technician should be clean and neat
and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements.
- Clean sheets should be used for each patient.
- The room or treatment area should be in
an area free from other contaminants.
Q. WHAT IF I
DON'T LIKE IT?
A. REMEMBER: Although
the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have
flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending
on the expertise of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately
following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing
process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure.
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Q. WHICH TECHNICIAN
SHOULD I CHOOSE?
A. Choose a technician
carefully by considering training, experience, and portfolio. It
is important to remember that the shape and proper placement of
the procedure is as important as the right color. The desired look
is obtained during the course of consultation, initial procedure
and follow up procedures. Interaction between the client and the
technician should be of utmost importance.
Q. IS PERMANENT
COSMETIC MAKEUP A CAREER FOR ME?
A. The opportunities
for skilled permanent cosmetics technicians are many and varied.
Career and business opportunities vary greatly depending on the
individual technician's training and desires. Many nurses and doctors,
as well as hair, skin, and nail care professionals are choosing
to train in permanent cosmetic procedures. The demand for advanced/para-medical
procedures increases with public knowledge of the benefits of permanent
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Q. ARE THERE
ANY AFTER OR SIDE EFFECTS?
there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows my show
little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the edema
may last may last from two to seventy two hours During the procedure
there may be some bleeding and or 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. Sometimes, people have reactions
to antibiotics. You may use any type of antibiotic that you prefer
for your individual system. There may be other side effects unforeseen
due to individuality.
Q. DO THE PIGMENTS
POSE ALLERGY PROBLEMS?
A. The application
is just deep enough to penetrate the minute capillaries in the dermal
layer of skin. There have been so few reactions to the pigments
that some doctors are suggesting that the patch test be eliminated.
You can develop an allergy to anything, anytime. Some doctors recommend
that people with allergies have permanent cosmetic procedures because
they can replace cosmetic products that they are sensitive to. There
have been very few reactions to pigments and only rarely in the
case of blue-based red pigments.
Q. IS THERE ANY
POSSIBILITY FOR MEDICAL PROBLEMS?
A. The possibility
that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures
is almost non-existent with today’s health standards. SPCP
member professionals are given continued opportunities for education
in practicing precise methods of sanitation and sterilization. Post
procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely
eliminate any risk.
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Q. WHAT'S A TOUCH-UP
AND WHEN DO I NEED ONE?
A. A touch-up is
a color re-enhancement. Almost always the implanted color is not
perfect after the first procedure. These procedures are processes
and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled...It
is recommended that you do not traumatize the skin again for a minimum
of four weeks. Six weeks is better but of course, your individual
needs take precedence. Eight weeks is recommended after a lip procedure.
Q. CAN I STILL
HAVE AN MRI SCAN?
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.