Frequently Asked Questions - Permanent Makeup
What is Micropigmentation/ Permanent Makeup?
Micropigmentation or permanent makeup is the process of applying pigment (colour) into the skin.
Who can benefit from Permanent Makeup?
Active Lifestyles - Permanent makeup allows a person to feel more confident when participating in activities that normally cause conventional makeup to sweat off.
Little or no brow hair - Thinning brow hair is a sign of aging and gives the illusion of the face dropping. Permanent cosmetics can be applied to the eyebrow area in such a way that it looks as if more eyebrow hair is growing, thereby framing and lifting the face.
Thin Lips - Lip Liner and Full Lip Color can make shrinking lips look fuller and detract from lines around an aging mouth. It helps rebuild the rim of the lip giving a smoother edge to the lips
Little or no lash hair - Eyelash hair also thins with age. Permanent eyeliner gives eyes the illusion of thicker lashes.
Visual impairment / Contact lenses - As women get older their vision diminishes. This makes it hard for them to apply their eyeliner and brows. It can also give them a sense of helplessness.
Allergies - Premier Permanent inks are hypo-allergenic so they are well suited for ladies who tend to have allergies towards conventional make up.
Unsteady hands - As people get older their mobility is hindered and it is more difficult to apply makeup in a precise manner. Permanent cosmetics allow an older woman to feel assured that her makeup looks good and consistent all the time.
Those who just want to look great all of the time without the hassle - Permanent Makeup is often recommended by plastic surgeons because it is the “icing on the cake” after he has performed a brow lift or a full face lift. Permanent Makeup services are the perfect completion to the new look of plastic surgery.
Physical defects - Physicians have successfully been using Micro-pigmentation to disguise birthmarks and various kinds of scars. Permanent cosmetics works primarily on the face, scars, areola complex and other skin discolorations. A facial cosmetic Micro-pigmentation procedure provides an alternative to traditional daily makeup application.
How are permanent cosmetic procedures done?
Our Permanent cosmetic procedures are performed using a digital, medical grade machine. Your appointment includes a medical overview and a detailed discussion regarding your expectations including design and colour. The application of the pigment is next. You are a part of the whole process during the procedure. Everything is explained to you with total appreciation that you have chosen me and trust me with your permanent cosmetics.
How long does it last?
Premier Pigments normally lasts 10 years plus and is the only pigment that has such lasting results. The colour will soften over time but will not turn blue / orange / grey.
Is it painful?
NO. Your comfort is very important to me! I take pride in making my clients as comfortable as possible. The advanced technology with our secret anesthetics creams makes the procedure completely painless. Most people experience some discomfort likened to a plucking or scouring sensation after the anesthetics wear off. This will vary according to each individual’s threshold.
Is it safe?
A new needle is used for each client.
Equipment and supplies are kept in a sanitary manner.
Gloves are worn during each procedure and changed after each client.
What’s a touch-up and when do I need one?
Often the tattooed color is not perfect after the initial procedure heals. Permanent makeup is often a process and at least one follow up procedure should be scheduled. It is recommended that you wait at least 6 weeks before your touch-up so your initial procedure has time to heal properly. To traumatize the skin sooner can be uncomfortable and doesn’t allow enough time for the pigment to settle in the skin.
Can I change the look / colour after a couple of years when I want a more subtle look?
Yes. Permanent make up is a natural enhancement of your facial features. However, pigments can be altered and changed inside the skin to either lighten or darken shades. Colors can also be changed according to age and preference.
Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
Technically, permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color implanted into the skin cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, colour re-enhancement or refreshing. Just like hair colour, furniture located near a window, or even house paint, the implanted colour will fade over time depending on your health, skin type and how well you care for your skin.
Can conventional make up still be used after Micropigmentation/Permanent Makeup?
Micro-pigmentation/Permanent makeup is long lasting, but one can still wear fashionable make-up at night or apply makeup for a fresh and natural look for daytime. Micro-pigmentation / Permanent makeup simply builds the foundation for looking perfect without looking made up.
What if I don't like it ?
Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing colour and shape to some extent.
Keep in mind that colours will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and each procedure. It is very important to realise that often the new procedure represents something somewhat different; at times colour where there was no colour at all or very little. It takes time to get used to a new look. Very often this applies to eyebrows which were sparse and unnoticeable before the permanent cosmetic brow procedure. Eyeliner colour is more evident due to the contrast to the skin colour. Lip colour can take up to six weeks to reflect the final colour. Be patient.
After the procedure has healed you are able to form an objective opinion about the outcome.
Are there any side effects during or after the procedure?
While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show slight to moderate swelling. This is very dependant upon the work performed. For example: an eyelash enhancement will show very little response to the tattooing procedure compared to a more moderate response when wide eyeliner is performed. The same applies to lip colour procedures. A lip liner or blended lip liner will show less effects of the procedure than that of a full lip colour. Also, some people swell more from minor skin infractions than others.
During the procedure there may be some minor bleeding. This again, is client specific. Many people take blood thinners on a daily basis so some slight bleeding would be expected. Others show little or no signs of bleeding. Bruising is rare, but again, if a person is on blood thinners, bruising could occur. Eyebrows rarely, if ever, produce any bruising whilst minor bruising during eyeliner procedures is possible if the skin being tattooed is very thin and close to the vascular system. This also applies to lip procedures in the event of a client being more mature. If bruising does occur, it is typically minor and subsides in a few days.
There is usually some tenderness for a few days following the procedure. The colour is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days but will even out once healed.