Permanent makeup offers convenience, freedom, and confidence. For many, it may simply mean saving time during your everyday routine. If you live an active lifestyle, it reassures you can look your best during sports activities without worry. If you have allergies, sensitivity, or physical constraints, it allows you to wear makeup again. If you have fought cancer or are dealing with Alopecia, permanent makeup can make you appear to have gorgeous eyebrows again.
WHAT ARE PERMANENT COSMETICS?
Permanent Makeup (PMU) has been used in both the medical and artistic fields for over 30 years. Pigments used for permanent cosmetics have an extensive record of safety and their safety is undisputed. As a PMU artist, I can perform procedures to apply permanent eyeliner, permanent lip liner with lip fill, and pigmentation to the eyebrow area with the advanced technique of microblading, or you may prefer a softer powdered brow.
WHO BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT COSMETICS?
• Busy women with little time to apply makeup
• People with allergies to conventional makeup and/or seasonal allergies
• Those physically or visually incapable of applying makeup or who have unsteady hands for application
• Athletic people and those with oily skin who tend to shed makeup easily.
• Women who wish to look more rested and beautiful in the morning and late evening
• Women who wear glasses and/or contact lenses
• Women who have sparse or light lashes: little or no brow hair
It is important to discuss your lifestyle and expectations with your technician prior to having permanent cosmetics.
ARE THE PROCEDURES SAFE?
The safety and comfort of each client are of the utmost priority. Each procedure is applied using the highest sanitation and sterilization standards available. Sterile, single use needles are properly disposed after each procedure, and I am gloved at all times.
ARE THE PROCEDURES PAINFUL?
Although everyone's pain sensitivity varies, the application of permanent makeup usually involves an initial minor discomfort. Topical anesthetics are used prior and during the procedures and are of the highest possible strength.
ARE PERMANENT MAKEUP APPLICATIONS REALLY A TATTOO?
Yes. A tattoo is defined as "a permanent picture, pattern, or word on the surface of the skin, created by using needles to put colors under the skin." (Dictionary.cambridge.org). Permanent makeup (PMU) technicians do not use traditional inks, but use mostly organic pigments instead, as they are better to use on the face. The pigment lines that I use are manufactured in the USA under stringent conditions and of highest quality.
WHAT IS THE HEALING PROCESS?
The healing varies depending on the procedure, plus it differs from person to person and is based on several factors, such as age, skin type, circulation, diet, estrogen levels, stress, diabetes, smoking, physical activities, exposure to sunlight and medications. During the consult we will discuss factors that might impact your healing and afterward you will be given specific aftercare instructions, including do's and don't's, that will ensure the best possible outcome, provided that these instructions are carefully followed.
IS THIS CONSIDERED PERMANENT OR SEMI-PERMANENT?
While often advertised as semi-permanent, it is a tattooing process that is applied into the dermal layer of the skin, thus a fair amount pigment will always remain under the skin. To be truly semi-permanent, one would have to apply it only the the epidermis (outer skin layer), which would then exfoliate under normal skin's shedding and sloughing off. Because it fades as would any tattoo, many advertise it as semi-permanent, but that is just not true. It is a permanent process. Because it does fade over time and with exposure to the sun, you will need touchups. How often depends on many factors, such as sun exposure and skin type. Experts generally say 12-18 months for lips (because you eat and drink with them and they exfoliate often), but brows and eyeliners tend to last much longer. Touchups are a shorter process than the initial application.
DO I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE THE COLOR AND WHERE THE PIGMENT IS PLANTED?
Absolutely! Color and placement are the most important decisions in permanent cosmetics. Selecting the right colors that enhance your natural beauty is vital to a successful outcome. We will work together to choose colors to achieve the best look for your skintone. For your consultation, you may want to wear your makeup as you normally do and bring in your favorite lip pencil, lipstick, eyeliner or brow pencil so it may be considered when deciding upon permanent makeup colors.
IS A "FOLLOW UP" OR "RETOUCH" NECESSARY?
At your initial procedure the pigments will be implanted sparingly because it's much better to add later rather than "take away" implanted pigment. During the healing process a large amount of your color will be lost as iyour skin exfoliates. In many cases, a follow up procedure in 4 to 8 weeks is necessary. Follow up procedures will fine tune your permanent cosmetic procedure. All follow up or retouches must be done within 60 days of initial procedure. After 60 days, retouches will be considered maintenance and charged accordingly.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
• You will have all of your questions answered to your complete and total satisfaction prior to your procedure.
• For improved comfort and relaxation, topical anesthetics are applied prior and during your procedure.
• A pleasant environment and professional staff.
WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE OR AFTER MY PMU PROCEDURE?
No working out the day of the procedure. No direct sun or tanning beds. No retinols on the forehead or around the eyes for 30 days. No sweating for 14 days after procedure (sweat is salty and salt is used in some tattoo removals). No saltwater (ocean) 30 days before or after procedure. All should be avoided during the healing process, so plan accordingly for the best PMU results.
ARE YOU LICENSED BY THE LAWS GOVERNING YOUR STATE?
Absolutely! I took the required 100 hours of PMU training by a certified permanent cosmetics trainer; but honestly, I think that number is over 200 with all the initial time that I put into learning these procedures, color theory, practicing techniques, and restudying content. I then did hands-on training, side-by-side with my instructor to complete six procedures. I am also required to keep updated Blood Borne Pathogens training and you will see a current certificate at my salon at all times. The Kentucky Department for Public Health, Division of Public Health Food Safety Branch develops plans, objectives, and procedures for PMU/tattoo businesses, and that Studio Certification is displayed at my business. Studios must be certified and artists must be registered by the Cabinet or local health department. Insurance of a licensed salon must also be maintained. I am very serious about being clean and professional as you will see when you meet me and enter my salon.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes, of course!
WHERE CAN I FIND ADDITIONAL RELIABLE INFO?
This is the link to the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) FAQs. I am a member of the SPCP and am currently working toward becoming Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional (CPCP).This requires taking a proficiently developed, non-biased competency examination that will be identifiable with the SPCP, the largest professional organization for the permanent cosmetic industry. These FAQ answers are generally agreed upon, unlike what you may find on random web pages. http://www.spcp.org/thinking-of-getting-a-cosmetic-tattoo/permanent-makeup-faq/