Q: How Is Permanent Makeup Performed?

A: Permanent Makeup is performed in different ways using different types of equipment. I use the Computerized Digital Machine method which is the most sophisticated technology available.  I use top of the line products and equipment as well as the most advanced techniques.

Q: What Type Of Permanent Makeup Do You Offer?

A: We offer a full range of different permanent makeup options for an array of cosmetic goals.

  • Eyeliner and Eyelash Enhancement – A fine, soft natural line can be created to add depth and definition to your eyes. Your lashes will appear to be thicker. Color and thickness can be individualized.
  • Hairstroke/Powder Brows – Eyebrows frame your eyes and face. When designed properly, eyebrows can lift the eyes giving a more youthful appearance, make the cheekbones appear more prominent, and influence how the nose is perceived. Women whose eyebrows are sparse, light in color, or even non-existent, can now enjoy the luxury of permanent makeup Hairstroke Brows that look natural, as eyebrow hairs.
  • Lip Color – Lip color is perfect for reshaping uneven lips and making lips appear larger and fuller. As we age, lips can thin and lose their shape. This can be corrected with permanent makeup lip color which can restore a more youthful look. Your lips can have color that lasts all day, every day.
  • Scar Camouflage – Using a range of flesh tone pigments, skin color can be closely matched to disguise a scar or skin area that is missing pigment or color.
  • Areola Repigmentation – Areola repigmentation techniques can “create” an areola and nipple after breast reconstruction, minimize the appearance of scars, or restore an areola to a more natural looking color and shape.
  • Beauty Marks – A beauty mark or beauty spot is usually located on the face, shoulder, neck or breast. Some famous models have had beauty marks such as Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford.

Q: Is It Affordable?

A: Yes, looking at the long term cost and effect, it is little compared to daily makeup expenses over time. Also, it doesn’t run or wash off, and is a great time saver. It’s worth every penny to make the most of your natural beauty. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for!

Q: How Long Does Each Permanent Makeup Application Take?

A: Many important steps are followed when a permanent makeup application is done correctly.  Allow at least 2-3 hours, for each permanent makeup application. The appointment includes consultation, a review of medical history, determining the best design, color selection, numbing, the procedure, photos, aftercare instructions, and answering all questions.

Q: Will The Color Look Natural?  

A: The permanent makeup colors will be selected to compliment your skin tone, hair, and eye color. A conservative approach is best. Colors will always look darker and more pronounced immediately following a permanent makeup application then lighten and soften upon healing after 1 week. Your permanent makeup will look very natural and define your beautiful features. Your friends will not know what is different unless you tell them.

Q: May I Choose The Color & Shape?

A: Absolutely. In fact, nothing is done without your approval. Wear your makeup to your appointment so I can see how you prefer to wear makeup.  Bring the makeup colors you use to assistance in color selection.  If you do not apply makeup yourself, we will work together to choose the perfect color and design the most attractive style and shape, based on your facial features, skin tone and personal preference. I have a large variety of colors from which all different shades of colors can be mixed. I have years of experience in color theory and application, and will help guide you through this process.

Q: How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?

A: The results can be considered permanent as the color does not wash off. Color does soften/fade over time. Color retention is affected by different factors including the shade of the original color, 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.

Due to the issues mentioned, the length of time permanent makeup stays vibrant will vary with each individual. Color usually stays well between 4-6 years or more. Darker colors used for eyeliner can stay vibrant much longer.

Imagine how wonderful it would be to wake up each morning, with two matching eyebrows, or to go swimming and know that your eyebrow, eyeliner, and lip color will still be intact when you emerge from the water. You can look beautiful 24 hours a day!

Q: Should I Shave Or Wax My Eyebrow Hairs Off Before Having Permanent Makeup Hairstroke Brows?

A: No, do not shave or wax your eyebrow hairs off.  Some individuals have eyebrow hairs and some have very little.  Retaining your eyebrow hairs is important because it allows me to see the natural shape and growth of your brow hair. I work with your natural brows to create individual Hairstroke Brows that work with your natural eyebrow hair.

If you usually tweeze hairs that are outside of your natural brow shape, you may continue to tweeze these hairs to keep your brows groomed prior to your permanent makeup appointment.

If you are concerned about tweezing your eyebrows too thin, you may consider letting the hairs grow prior to your permanent makeup appointment. It is important for me to see the natural shape and growth of your eyebrows.

Q: Will I Need To Tweeze Or Wax My Eyebrows After Having Permanent Makeup Hairstroke Brows?

A: Yes, the eyebrow hairs will continue to grow.  To retain a neat, clean attractive look it is necessary to tweeze or wax the excess hairs outside of the permanent makeup Hairstroke Brows.  If the natural hairs within the perimeter of your Hairstroke Brows grows long and unruly, it is important to keep them trimmed and neat. 

I encourage patients to use a lighted magnifying mirror daily.  This allows for close examination of the eyebrow area and simplifies the trimming, tweezing, waxing process for a most successful groomed result.    

Q: What Can I Do With The Natural Brow Hairs That Grow In White Or Gray?

A: If there is a small percent of natural white or gray hairs that grow within the Hairstroke brows, you can tweeze them.

If these is a large percent of natural white or gray hairs that grow within the Hairstroke brows, you can tint them.  If you choose to use tint, realize this process will fade permanent makeup prematurely.  An alternative to tinting is simply trimming the hairs can also make them less noticeable.   

Q: What Should I Do To Take Care Of My Permanent Makeup?

A: Aftercare is required for 1 week during the healing process. The specific Aftercare will be explained and given to you following your permanent makeup application.

After healing, you can use SPF on eyebrows and lips to retain the vibrancy of your color longer.

Q: What Is The Healing Period Like?

A: Most Permanent Makeup takes 1 week or more to heal.  Immediately following a permanent makeup application, there may 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. 

Because the pigment is placed in and on top of the skin, it will look darker immediately after the application.  During the healing process (approximately 1 week), the top layer of pigment will flake off.  This is supposed to happen.  Let this occur naturally.  Do not pick or assist this process.  When the top layer has flaked off, the permanent makeup color will be the chosen color.

It is best not to have your Permanent Makeup appointment right before a major event.  If necessary, your permanent makeup appointment can be scheduled (7 days before an event, for eyeliner and brows) and (10 days before an event, for lip color).  This allows healing time before the special occasion.

Q: Can I Go Out After My Permanent Makeup Appointment?

A: I encourage patients to go home and relax after their permanent makeup appointment.

Q: Why Do Some People Only Want Top Eyeliner Or Bottom Eyeliner?

A: Some think the “uplift” they get from the top eyeliner is enough.  Others only use bottom eyeliner because it is difficult for them to apply top eyeliner with conventional makeup so that is what they are used to.

This is usually not a good choice because the eyes can look unbalanced.  It is always best to have both the top and bottom eyeliner so your look is balanced and your eyes are beautifully defined.  For the area a client may be skeptical about, a soft lash enhancement will make the lashes look thicker and give a more finished look.

Q: Why Is The Color Darker Right After The Permanent Makeup Application?

A: The skin underneath the permanent makeup turns red and “flushed” from blood flow to the area. The background redness contributes to the darker appearance and once the redness subsides, the color appears lighter.  Also, once the top layer of pigment has flaked off from the healing process, the color is not dark.

Q: How Many Permanent Makeup Applications Are Needed?

A: Your 2nd permanent makeup appointment is to ensure color depth and longevity.  It includes topical anesthetic, color evaluation, application of color, state-of-the-art digital equipment with all disposable, sterile needles and supplies, and after-care printed instructions. 

The 2nd appointment usually takes less time than the 1st appointment, depending on the color selection and retension which can vary for each individual.

Your 2nd appointment is complimentary if the procedure is done within a specific time.  The timing of your 2nd appointment is required within 3 to 4 weeks to ensure the best results.  Your color must be reapplied within the specified time or the results may be compromised.  Your 1st and 2nd appointments should be scheduled concurrently so you have the opportunity to receive your 2nd appointment at no cost.

It is your responsibility to keep all your reserved scheduled appointments.  When your 2nd appointment procedure is done 3 to 4 weeks after your 1st procedure, it is complimentary.  If your 2nd appointment is done after 5 weeks, there is a $75 fee for the 2nd appointment.

Q: Will My Permanent Makeup Continue To Look Good As I Age?

A: As we age, our skin loses its youthful color and can look washed out. There are many older women who look good wearing conventional makeup as long as it is applied correctly. Those women also look good with correctly applied permanent makeup without the daily maintenance. Wake up every day with beautiful defined eyes, matching eyebrows that look like natural hair and fuller lips with the color you love. Life is Too Short…Be Your Very Best Every Day.

Q: When Should I Schedule A Color Refresh Appointment?

A: Because permanent makeup does soften/fade over time, color can be refreshed as needed to maintain the color depth and vibrant look.  Darker colors stay vibrant longer.  This time frame will vary for each unique individual as some prefer a softer faded color look and others prefer a more vibrant color look. 

Q: What Precautions Must I Take Before Having Permanent Makeup?

A: The most important precaution involves the lips. If you have a history of fever blisters, cold sores, shingles, canker sores or mouth ulcers, you must get a prescription of anti-viral medication prescribed by a doctor prior to the permanent makeup application.  This helps eliminate a virus from occurring.  It is also important not to have sunburn on the skin.

Q: Can People Be Allergic To The Colored Pigments?

A: I use only the finest permanent makeup pigments, made to be hypo-allergenic.  Studies have shown that allergic reactions are extremely rare.  Medical professionals believe reactions are not reactions to the pigments. They believe a reaction is caused by topical products used during the healing process that are not authorized Aftercare products.  If the Aftercare is followed precisely and the correct products are used, this is not an issue.

Q: Can I Have An MRI Procedure After Permanent Makeup?

A: Yes.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and electromagnetic fields to create pictures of internal human organs.  The magnetism and temperature changes during these procedures, may cause mild temporary discomfort in body tattoos/permanent makeup containing large amounts of iron oxide metals.   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 permanent makeup have had no problems.  The size of a tattoo and the total number of tattoos seems to affect the amount of magnetic pull.  According to MRI safety experts, the iron particles in most permanent makeup pigments are too microscopic to react as metal pieces.  It is recommended, that a patient with a body tattoo/permanent makeup inform the radiologist and technician where it is located.

Q: Why Does Permanent Makeup Fade And Body Tattoos Don’t?

A: Traditional body tattoos do fade, however, generally at a slower rate due to several different factors. For instance, body art is often covered up with clothing most of the year and is not excessively exposed to the UV rays from the sun.  Also, the skin on the body is much denser as compared to facial skin, influencing the degree of color retention.

Q: How Do Most People Feel About Their Permanent Makeup?

A: The most frequent comment I hear from my patients is how much they love their permanent makeup and only wish they had done it sooner.

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