Permanent Makeup FAQ’s

Permanent Makeup FAQ’s

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What is  permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup is also known as “Permanent Cosmetics, Cosmetic Tattooing, Micro pigmentation and Dermagraphics” The coloured pigment is implanted into the upper dermal layer of the skin using individual disposable needles and/or blade.

Is it really permanent?

The pigment will soften/fade in colour over time and becomes less visible, there will always be particles in the skin forever. Sun exposure, anti aging creams, tanning beds, natural elements and just aging of the permanent makeup without question, will fade in time. It’s highly recommended to get colour boosts to freshen up the permanent makeup annually. This fading will allow to make adjustments in the colour and shape of the permanent make as your face changes with time.

What are the different eyebrow techniques that Eye The Brows offers?

  • MICROBLADING TECHNIQUE: Microblading technique is performed using a manual hand tool (no machine) to create ultra-fine, delicate hair strokes that blend nicely with your natural brow hair. Each hair stroke is individually implanted to give a hair like look in a beautiful natural brow pattern. This technique looks the best when you don’t have previous brow tattoo that has aged poorly. Have some natural brow hair, but not coarse hair. Skin that is not oily or any other skin problems. Please see the next question on this page for a more complete list.
  • COMBO (MICROBLADING +SOFT SHADING ) TECHNIQUE: By blending microblading and soft shading techniques to achieve a natural, fuller and more defined look. This technique is accomplished by placing  hair strokes first, and then adding soft shading that will cover the skin between the hair strokes. Once healed, you will see the hair strokes on top of a softly shaded background. 
  • POWDER (OMBRÉ )TECHNIQUE: Powder (ombré) brows are becoming very popular, as it resembles more of the look of a soft eyebrow makeup. Powder technique is very gentle on the skin and therefore suitable for any skin type and age. This technique uses pixelation (little dots) to create soft edges around the brows verses solid block brows. The brows will heal soft and powdery, unlike traditional cosmetic pencils. Once healed, your brows will look like they have been perfectly applied. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This method really delivers even coverage and ages beautifully.

What are the contra indications for microblading?

To achieve the best results from microblading technique, your skin must be healthly and not irritated. Unfortunately not all clients are a candidate for microblading, due to medical and/or skin conditions. If you have any of the conditions below, your colour retention can be affected and your hair strokes will burr or blend together or not  retain any colour at all. However, Powder ( Ombré ) technique is a viable alternative if you have any of the listed conditions.

  • Severe Rosacea, Psoriasis, Eczema, large pores with oily skin, deep wrinkles, very coarse hair and hair transplant in the treatment area. 
  • Very thin and/or fair skin, skin types such as African American, Italian and Mediterranean.
  • Previous brow tattoo that has strong colour, or that needs colour correction. In these cases, laser tattoo removal is strongly recommended before getting any permanent cosmetics treatment.
  • If you take any medications that thin the blood.
  • If you take or use Accutane or Retin-A, you must discontinue use for 1 FULL year before treatment.
  • If you take or use Retinol or vitamin A, you must discontinue use for 1 MONTH before treatment.     

I have previous brow tattoo. Can I still get microblading ?

It all depends on what shape and density of the colour of the previous brow tattoo. So if you have previous brow tattoo, a consultation appointment is required to determine if you are a candidate for microblading . As not all previous brow tattoo can have hair strokes added. In these cases, FULL POWDER (ombré) brow technique is recommended as this technique works best for covering over previous faded brow tattoo. The price will be quoted at the time of the consultation if you are a candidate.

How should I prepare my skin for my permanent make up appointment?

You should keep your skin clean using your normal skin care regiment. You should let me know if you have any break outs, cold sores, blemishes, and any allergies (itchy or red eyes) on the area where you are having your procedure done. Any of these skin conditions will affect the permanent make up procedure and your procedure will have to be rescheduled to when your skin is clear.

***Note for eyeliner procedures: If you are using any eyelash growth serums, you must discontinue use for TWO MONTHS prior to procedure in order to reduce sensitivity.***

***Note for lips procedure: If you have any history of cold sores/fever blisters/herpes simplex, you will be required to contact your physician to obtain the proper prescription (such as valtrex) to prevent such outbreaks.***

Please visit my Pre Care Page for more information.

Do you shave my existing eyebrows?

During the consultation, I will work with your existing eyebrows by trimming and shaping them so that we both are happy with how your eyebrows look before, going ahead with the procedure. The permanent make up eyebrows are there to enhance your existing eyebrows.

What happens during the procedure?

It begins with a very thorough consultation to discuss shape, design and colour. I will create the shape using a makeup pencil. Once we have achieved the look you are seeking, I will then carefully implant the pigment into the skin. Each procedure takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. I will review aftercare instruction and schedule your follow up visit 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment.

Can I expect to have perfect hair strokes?

All PERMANENT MAKEUP RESULTS VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON.

Skin types, such as African American, Indian, Philippine, Italian, Mediterranean, large pores or Oily/Severely Oily skin and there like, your results will look appear softer/solid or powdered looking.

Fitzpatrick skin type 3-6, the hair strokes will not be as visible as on lighter skin types.

Can I wear my makeup after a procedure?

You should wait until treated area has completely exfoliated and healed. It is important to keep the skin clean durning the healing process. For most people, this takes about 7 to 10 days.

Dose it hurt?

I use high quality topical anaesthetics to numb the area before the procedure for around 20 minutes. There will be some scratching sensation. However, you can be sure that it will be a tolerable experience.

If I want to get Botox or fillers done, should I have them done before or after my permanent makeup procedure(s)?

Botox should be performed 4 weeks prior or after your procedure and Fillers should be done 8 weeks prior or after your procedure. 

Is permanent makeup safe?

Yes. It’s safe. The pigments are made from natural minerals and have been tested for safe use and the pigments for permanent cosmetics are FDA approved. A patch test is offered upon request. however, an allergic reaction to pigments can occur immediately or may manifest years later.

Who can benefit from permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup is becoming more and more popular for both men and women. It’s perfect for anyone who can’t wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities, for active people who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” and for professionals who don’t have time to re-apply makeup throughout their busy days. It benefits those who can’t apply their own makeup due to disabilities. Also the procedure can benefit people with hair loss and medical conditions like Alopecia.

Who should not receive permanent make up?

  • If you are pregnant or nursing
  • If you have heart conditions/ Pace Maker
  • If you have any bleeding disorders
  • If you are undergoing radiation or Chemotherapy treatment ( you should wait until treatment is finished and you must consult with your physician before going forward )
  • If you have an auto immune disorder such as Lupus or Diabetes ( In some cases, diabetics may not heal well at all. You must consult with your physician before going forward )
  • If you have shingles ( Especially on Face )
  • If you have hepatitis C ( In some cases, you may be in a poor health and do not heal well. You must consult with your physician before going forward )

What should I expect after my permanent make up procedure?

Please visit my Post Care Page for more information.

Can I go to work next day?

For eyebrows, yes you can. For Lips and eyeliner, you may want to wait 1 to 2 days before going back to work. The treated area should feel pain free. 

What is the recovery time?

Your permanent makeup will look very intense and dark for the first 4-6 days.  After 7-10 days, the treatment area will lighten about 30%. There is no redness with the eye brow procedure. There is, however 2-3 days of swelling, tenderness and redness with eye and lip procedures. These symptoms subsides in 2-3 days.

Can I still get MRI’s?

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. However, in a rare instance discomfort resulted. It was localized and very temporary. With that said, it is prudent to advise your MRI technician that you have permanent cosmetics.

What is the maintenance  for permanent make up?

If you are not committed to long term maintenance, you can choose not to return and  let the pigment fade away slowly as time goes by.

There is no way to determine how long each individual’s pigment will last before it starts to break down and fade. It is not an exact science.

The microblading technique will fade faster than the powder technique. 

However sun exposure, skin products, medications and your life style will affect the longevity of your tattoo. If you wish to maintain your permanent cosmetics, it’s highly recommended that you get colour boosts to freshen up the permanent make up every 18 to 24 months to keep your tattoo looking its best. However, if you have microblading, it requires to have colour boosts sooner and more often as this technique fades faster. Again, sun exposure, skin products, medications and your life style will affect how long your tattoo will last.

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