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Frequently Asked Questions About Permanent Cosmetics

What exactly is Permanent Cosmetics?

Permanent Cosmetics is a state of the art form of cosmetic tattooing. The techniques used for Permanent Cosmetics is called Micro pigmentation, Micro pigment Implantation, or Derma graphics. Tiny individual implants of pigment are implanted into the dermal layer of the skin.
How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures performed?
Permanent Cosmetic procedures are performed using various machines and methods including the traditional (or specialized) tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the hand method.
These procedures  are a process which includes the initial consultation, initial application of pigment, and usually one or two follow up visits  for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.
Who benefits from Permanent Cosmetics?
Everyone from the young to the elderly, who desires a soft and natural enhancement to their appearance.
Woman who want to enhance their features and look their best all the time even when they wake up.
Men who want to enhance their natural features and still look natural.
Mothers and busy professionals and don't have a lot of time to apply makeup.
Physically Active people who want to look their best throughout activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and don't want to worry about sweating off or reapplying cosmetics.
Alopecia Areata or Universalis sufferers who have lost some or all of their facial hair, including eyebrows and /or eyelashes.
Chemotherapy recipients with full or partial hair loss.
Vitiligo sufferers who may have areas of skin which have lost pigment.
Allergies and Sensitive skin these people often can't wear cosmetics.
Vision Impaired people who have difficulty applying makeup.
Motor Impaired including people suffering from Arthritis, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke Survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup.
Post Surgical/Injury those seeking reconstruction of Areolas after surgery. Camouflage of scars from burns, surgery accidents or injuries.
What types of Permanent Cosmetic Procedures can be done?
Eyeliner top and bottom
Eyelash Enhancement
Lip liner and Full lip color
Scar Camouflage
Areola Restoration or re pigmentation
Hair Imitation
Beauty Marks
Note: Some of these procedures are more advanced techniques (sometimes referred to as Para medical techniques) and require an experienced technician with advanced training.
How long will my permanent makeup last? 
Results always varies between each individual as well as the implantation skills of the technician performing the procedure. Permanent Cosmetic Pigment is designed to be safely broken down by the body after time. Each persons skin holds and breaks down pigment differently. Most procedures should last any where from 2 to 6 years (some may last shorter or longer). To keep your Permanent Makeup looking is best touch ups are recommended every one to two years to freshen up the color and to prevent fading. Some people may need touch up more often and some may be able to stretch it longer without a touch up. Just remember, if you wait too long and your makeup is mostly faded, the technician will most likely charge to redo the procedure again and it will cost you more than a standard touch up fee. 
How much does permanent cosmetics cost?
The average cost per procedure cost around $400 to $600. Please be aware that each technician and clinic sets their own prices and rules as far as how many touch ups are included in the price. You should never base your decision on where you have your permanent makeup done on price. Always use careful consideration when choosing a technician to do your permanent makeup. Corrective Makeup and Advanced Permanent Cosmetic Procedures may be charged at $150 to $250 per hour. Advanced procedures also know as Para Medical procedures take a specialty trained advance technician and may cost even more when preformed at a Physicians Office or Special Clinic. 
Are the procedures painful?
Permanent Cosmetics Procedures are mostly always done with very good topical anesthetics and in some cases anesthetic blocks (administered by a doctor, dentist or qualified medical professional). You should not feel discomfort but, rather a tickle like feeling. If at any time you feel discomfort speak up and let the technician know so they can  re numb the area with more topical.  
Is there any down time after the procedure?
No, there is no down time! Slight swelling may occur and the makeup will appear darker for a few days up to a week.  But, this will not affect normal activities.
Are Permanent Cosmetics Safe?
Permanent Cosmetics are very safe when a technician follows all the procedures and guidelines correctly. Most permanent cosmetic pigments are FDA approved and especially design for use with permanent makeup procedures. Your technician should always do a small patch test with the pigment prior to the procedure.  Remember Micro pigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. It is important to observe the physical location where the procedure will be performed. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set standards for a clean and sanitary working environment and sterile equipment. Things to look for:
Most Important Needle used should be clean and sterile for each patient and disposed of properly after each patient. All other things in the procedure area should be sterilized after each patient.
Disposable gloves should always be used for each client and change during the procedure if needed.
Your technician should be clean neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements.
The procedure chair should be sterilized after each use or clean sheets used after each use.
The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants as well.  
How long does it take to do a procedure?
The initial procedure will take around 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Please be aware that each technician works at their own pace. Speed does not mean one technician is better than another. A good technician will always take their time to make you look perfect! Follow up procedures usually take about 30 minutes each area.
What if I don't like it?
Remember Although the procedure is considered permanent these procedures do have the flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent depending on the experience of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure, which can take up to a week or longer. The healing time differs between each individual. 
How do I choose a technician to do my Permanent Makeup Procedure?
 One of the most important decisions you make is who will perform your permanent cosmetics. You must never base your decision on price. Use careful consideration when choosing a technician.  Make sure you technician informs you of every aspect of the procedure in the consultation and that you feel very comfortable with the person. The technician should be clean and professional looking as well as the area where they perform the procedure.  Make sure you also receive references from past clients or that you see before and after photos of their work. Be cautious, if the photos look like they were pulled off the Internet & make sure the photos are theIr actual clients.  An experienced technician leaves nothing up to the imagination. In the consultation they will apply regular makeup on you to show you how you will look. They will listen to your likes as well as give you their professional opinion. The day of the procedure they should apply makeup again when you approve the look and shape & color they will carefully out line the area with surgical  marker. This insures the technician has a clear line to follow.  If a technician does not follow these steps above or  make you feel 100% comfortable that should be your first red flag to choose another technician.  One of the best ways to choose a technician is through refferal of a personal friend, neighbor, co-worker whom you have seen and liked what they had done.
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