Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ten Most Asked Permanent Makeup Questions

1. What exactly is Permanent Makeup ?

Permanent cosmetic makeup is the art and science of implanting color into your skin. It is putting the right color in the right place to look better naturally. The color is implanted between the epidermis and dermis.  Because the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding , when it is healed you will be looking at the color through a thin veil of skin . Immediately after the procedure, the color will appear darker than the final result. This is because the color is in BOTH the epidermis and dermis. The color in the top layer will flake off during the healing process. I am partial to using a tattoo machine for all my permanent makeup procedures and feel results are better.

2. Does Permanent Makeup hurt ?

Topical anesthetics assure the most comfortable experience possible. Some people describe the sensation as a " tingling " feeling and eyeliner as a " tickling " feeling. I use up to 3 types of topicals and layer them if needed. Since 1994, when I began tattooing, I have yet to experience a client not able to complete a procedure due to pain. In fact most of my clients comment that it was not as bad as they had expected. As the anesthesia wears off the area will feel like a mild sunburn, nothing a good martini won't solve.

3. How Long Will It Take to Recover ?

In my topicals is an ingredient called epinephrine which is a vasoconstrictor and therefore minimizes the swelling: less swelling less healing. Permanent makeup is not as invasive as one might think. For eyeliner you'll look like you've had a good cry from watching "Bridges of Madison County". Eyebrows have little to no swelling . Lip color is the most invasive of all procedures. The recommended protocol following permanent makeup is to ice very hour or so for 10 to 15 minutes to help curtail any downtime.

4. How Long Will My Permanent Makeup Last ?

The darker the color the longer it will last; lighter colors are more vulnerable to the effects of the sun, facial products ( i.e. retin-a, glycolic acids ) and the breakdown of the body. All colors soften and fade with time though via the natural breakdown. I use pigments that are produced by a dermatologist and have found them to be the highest quality pigments on the market in my 20 years of experience. Touch-ups depending on one's preference can be anywhere from 2-7 years.

5. Can I Remove My Permanent Makeup If I Change My Mind ?

Because it is easy to add color and difficult to take it away, I tend to be conservative in the initial application. I recommend my clients to take advantage of  the consultation to discuss wants and needs. Your input will completely determine the end result of your procedure. And yes pigment may be removed, I don't recommend it. Just another reason though to choose a competent and talented technician. This is a team effort.

6. What If I Need An MRI ?

Not an issue, the pigment I use is completely MRI safe. Just advise your physician that you have cosmetic tattooing. As a precaution he or she may wish to place a wet cotton round over your eyes during the MRI.

7. Why Have I Seen Pink or Gray Eyebrows and Blue Eyeliner and Brows ?

The pigment I use will maintain it's integrity , it will just become a lighter version. Gray eyebrows are a result of too much green in a pigment, pink eyebrows are a result of too much red in a pigment and blue liner or brows is a result of a blue based pigment. I never use a red or blue based color. Dr. Dixon the dermatologist who manufactures my pigment has perfected her mixture so that I am able to tattoo a warm or cool brow and " black " eyeliner ".

8. Why Do I See Eyebrows That Look Like They Were Drawn on With A Sharpie ?

Often that is a result of an inexperienced technician. The brows were probably tattooed on using ink instead of pigment, ink should never be used on the face. Not only do I use pigment, but my equipment allows me to implant tiny hair strokes, thus mimicking a natural brow. So back to my shtick ...." no one will know you are tattooed unless you choose to tell 'em ".

9. Why Do I See Uneven Brows and Liner ?

Easy to solve , make sure your technician has OCD in the symmetry department. I draw on a pattern for brows , lips and eyeliner. This is why brows can take me up to 2 1/2 hours, I will not let you leave until they are perfect.

10. What If I Have Plastic Surgery or Laser ?

Eyebrows should be placed on your occipital ridge or where your brows grow naturally. By all means if you  were to have a facelift your brows will not end up in the middle of your forehead. As far as eyeliner, the pigment should be placed in, at or slightly above your lash line, therefore any plastic surgery is a non-issue. Laser resurfacing could result in color loss or even darkening depending on the laser and colors in your skin. Advise your doctor that you have cosmetic tattooing and they will take precautions to avoid the result of color loss or darkening.

Hope this helps.
Dale Hall

Tattooing for Eyebrows, Eyeliner and Lips in San Diego

Loraine-Dale Hall has 20 years experience doing permanent makeup in San Diego.  If interested in cosmetic tattooing, she offers a free consultation to review your optimal results. Dale currently holds memberships in The American Association of Micropigmentation ( AAM ) , The Society of Permanent Makeup Professionals ( SPCP ) and The National Areola and Nipple Tattoo Registry ( NANTR ).
For more information please go to her Website.

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