What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent Makeup is a term used to describe the cosmetic tattooing of facial features (eyebrows, eyes, or lips) to improve color, shape and/or symmetry. Colored pigments are implanted into the skin with either a needle or micro blade.
Is Permanent Makeup Safe?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), permanent cosmetics are safe when the technician is educated in the control of Blood Borne Pathogens and follows all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines. However, permanent cosmetics are not licensed or regulated in most states. In those states, the best assurance of safety is a permit issued by the county health department. A permit is issued only when the tattooist, business, and equipment are examined and approved by a health department inspector.
How are the procedures performed?
At Glow we use disposable microblading tools and/or needles. Every client receives a new needle or microblading tool at each visit that is completely disposed of after the procedure.
Are the pigments that are used safe?
For the procedure we use mineral pigments that are non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
Are people allergic to the colored pigments?
Most of the pigments used for cosmetic tattooing are made to be hypo-allergenic. Studies have shown that acute (“immediate”) allergic reactions to these products are extremely rare. Delayed-hypersensitivity reactions (“delayed onset”) allergic reactions are also uncommon.
What will the final color look like?
Permanent makeup colors should be selected to compliment a person’s skin tone, hair, and eye color. A conservative approach is best because it is easier to make an existing color darker versus lighter. Colors will always look darker and more intense immediately following a procedure, and then gradually lighten and soften upon healing.
Why is the color so dark right after the procedure?
When wet clothing is removed from a clothes washer, it looks darker than when it was dry. The same principle applies to permanent makeup. The pigments contain dry microscopic powder particles that are suspended in a clear liquid. As the body absorbs the liquid, the colored particles remain where they were implanted and gradually return to (“dry to”) their original powder color. In addition, the skin underneath the tattoo turns red and “flushed” from blood flow to the area during the process. The background redness contributes to the darker appearance and once the redness subsides, the color appears lighter.
How long does Permanent Makeup last?
The results are considered permanent because the tattooed color cannot be washed off. However, the color should be considered “semi-permanent” because some fading will occur over time. Color retention is affected by different factors including the shade of the original color, the person’s age and metabolism, skin type and condition, exposure to UV radiation (sun, tanning booths), smoking, certain drugs and medications, and skin peeling treatments such as Retin-A or microdermabrasion.
What is a Touch-up appointment?
During the initial procedure (first application), the tattooed area(s) will be saturated with as much color as possible. Some pigments will absorb better in some areas compared to others. This can be corrected at your touch-up appointment. First, the tattooed area must heal before a refinement procedure can be performed. It is best to wait 4 to 8 weeks for complete tissue healing and color stabilization. Once the desired results are achieved, the client can keep the color looking fresh with a maintenance visit.
Can I remove or change my Permanent Makeup?
The removal of permanent makeup is not an easy process, if at all possible. That is why it is important to select a qualified and experienced professional who has a conservative approach. During the initial application, a “less is more” philosophy works best. A lighter, more natural color can always be changed or supplemented later with conventional makeup. It can also be adjusted or darkened if necessary with another application at a second (touch-up) appointment.
What is the recovery period like?
Immediately following a procedure, there will be mild swelling, redness, or tenderness that lasts a few hours to a few days (eyebrows swell less than eyes and lips). There may also be slight bruising with lip procedures. The color looks much darker immediately afterward for any procedure. It will lighten up within a couple weeks and will continue to lighten over several weeks. During the first week ointments must be applied to the tattooed area for protection and to minimize scabbing. Most people can go about their daily routines.
How long does each procedure take?
Many important steps are followed when a procedure is done correctly. A well-trained and experienced permanent makeup specialist will take a minimum of 2 hours or more for an initial appointment. It should include a consultation (if not done before) and a review of the person’s medical history. Time is then used for determining the best design, color selection, numbing, the actual procedure, photos, after care instructions, and answering all questions. Follow-up visits usually require less time.
Will Permanent Makeup continue to look good as I age?
It is true that as we age, our skin and its elasticity changes. However, there are many older women who look good wearing conventional makeup as long as it is correctly applied. Those women would look just as good with correctly applied permanent makeup. The best looking permanent makeup can be altered, however, if any facial surgery is performed that changes the position of the tattooed area. For example, if a brow lift is performed after a permanent eyebrow procedure, the eyebrows could be raised and look different. Therefore, anyone planning to have facial plastic surgery should discuss this with their permanent makeup technician.
Can I have an MRI procedure after Cosmetic Tattooing?
Yes. Studies showed that only a few patients with an iron oxide tattoo reported a mild pulling or burning sensation during an MRI test. Most people with tattoos have had no problems. However, they recommend that a patient with a tattoo, informs the radiologist and technician where it is located because it may create a small artificial image (artifact).
Can someone donate blood after a procedure?
The Red Cross blood donation eligibility guidelines specify that each potential donor’s health history is discussed before any blood is collected. They consider any tattoo to be “acceptable if the tattoo was applied by a state-regulated entity using sterile needles and ink that is not reused.