What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup, micro pigmentation, cosmetic tattooing are all terms used to describe the process of placing particles of color in the upper layer of the skin to enhance beauty or replace features lost by trauma, illness or surgery.
The treatment is permanent. It will not wash off. However, it will soften with age and may need to be retouched in 2 to 5 years.
How much does it cost?
At our clinic prices range from $200 to $800. Additional visits for fine tuning and tweaks are $150 within a year. Cost varies and greatly depends on the look you want to achieve. Natural looking procedures may take only one or two visit to complete. While more dramatic ones may require a series of future touch up visits. But cost should be the least of your worries. Your face deserves to be in the hands of only the best!
What colors are available?
We have a selection of more than 30 pigment colors, but Jennifer will most likely custom blend the best colors for your unique skin tone and facial features.
Does the procedure hurt?
Jennifer uses a state of the art anti-pain protocol for pain management. Most people say it "tickles". Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the benefits far outweigh any discomfort you may experience.
Is it safe?
Yes, the procedure is done under strict sterilization, in disposable, individual packaging and disposed of properly.
How long does each procedure take?
The initial procedure usually takes 2 hours. Touch up procedures usually take 1 1/2 hours. The first 30 minutes are always used to prepare you, apply anesthetic and allow time for the skin area to become numb.
Most micro pigments are made from a dry, powdery and insoluble substance that is usually pulverized. When suspended in a liquid vehicle, the substance becomes a paint, or type of ink. Pigments come in a variety of colors specially formulated with iron oxide, an ingredient safe for the skin. Because the color is implanted just underneath the dermis layer of the skin, the resulting shade is soft and muted.
How permanent is it?
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 will occur over time, requiring periodic maintenance and color refreshers. The duration of permanent makeup is individual per person. While pigment remains in the dermis, its beauty span may be influenced by several factors. Sun exposure and skin care regimens. Very natural looking applications are likely to require a touch up before more dramatic ones. Any process involving the skin such as facials, peels, or certain medications such as acutane can adversely effect color integrity. Skin type and after-care are determining factors in achieving lasting results. Clients need to follow all instructions carefully to lock in the pigment. Touch-ups are recommended every few years as necessary.
How safe is it?
The art of tattooing has been practiced for centuries. Pigments used on the face are made of iron oxide and carbon based ingredients. These compounds are naturally present in the human body. Strict sanitation and sterilization procedures are enforced to reduce the possibility of infection or contamination, but you also have the responsibility of keeping the treated area clean while it’s healing.
Are there any risks?
As with any procedure where topical ointments or anesthetics are used, risks may occur if the patient is allergic to certain ingredients containing 'caine', such as lidocaine. Most clients would know however, if there's been any previous reaction during routine dental work. Other risks may have to do with the technician's level of expertise or experience. A fanning or bleeding of color may occur if the technician does not know how to hold the machine or needle properly. A client consultation and medical history form is obtained first, to discuss any known allergies or questions ahead of time. A signed release form is required prior to the procedure.
Do The Pigments Pose Allergy Problems?
The application is just deep enough to penetrate the minute capillaries in the dermal layer of skin. 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.
Is there pain or side effects?
Some clients may experience swelling of the treated area. Jennifer uses a state-of-the-art anti-pain protocol and a highly effective analgesic ointment. During and after the procedure some bleeding and bruising may occur. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. Sometimes, people have reactions to antibiotics. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.
Does it fade?
Some fading will occur during the healing process. Diligent after-care is necessary for best color retention. Body chemistry, the elements and an individual's lifestyle will soften the color over time. Refresh touch up procedures will restore the colors. Yearly touch up sessions are only $150 for our website members.
Right after the procedure, clients must avoid direct sunlight and steamy areas, such as spas or hot tubs, as well as contact with chlorine. Do not touch, rub, pick, or apply additional cosmetics to the treated area until it is completely healed. The normal recovery time is 5 to 10 days.
Can permanent makeup cause infections easily?
Infections sometimes occur in skin that has a tendency to break out easily, or in the treated skin of a client who did not follow the after-care instructions. If your skin is sensitive or blisters easily, you must receive preparatory treatment well ahead of time. Start prescribed medication or preventative care a few days before the procedure. If an infection or outbreak occurs afterward, contact your doctor for a prescription, or for information on available over-the-counter products.
Always inform your doctor if you have or plan to get cosmetic tattoos. With your doctor’s advice, you can determine what kind of precautions to take or what protection you may need. Sometimes laser treatments turn pigment to a dark or black color. Collagen and pigments do not mix well either. Make sure and ask your dermatologist or physician to explain the possibility of reactions to Botox or collagen. It is recommended that you undergo those types of procedures prior to getting any permanent makeup done.
Can 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. As reported on The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals website, Dr. Frank Shellock of Towering Images claimed that no permanent damages has resulted in clients who had MRI's with permanent makeup on, because "the iron particles in the pigment are too microscopic to react as true metal pieces." Inform your doctor of any permanent makeup you have, prior to taking an MRI.