Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a Candidate for Permanent Cosmetics?
If you are active, want to look your best every day, or if any of the following describes you, then you are a candidate for permanent cosmetics.
Poor vision or blindness
Unskilled at applying conventional makeup
Sparse, light, or no eyebrows
Going through active chemotherapy
Oily with large pores
Very fair and afraid of color
Makeup smears or smudges and never stays in place
Want to free yourself of the time it takes to apply makeup every day
If you have NO history of keloid (raised scars)
Thinning brows due to thyroid disorders
Over 18 years of age
Paramedical tattooing is ideal for:
Before and after chemotherapy
Areola/Nipple restoration after breast cancer surgery
Brow hair loss caused by thyroid conditions
People with hair loss due to age or illness (Alopecia)
Hair-pulling disorder (Trichotillomania)
Women with sensitive skin, sensitivity to contact lenses, or allergies to cosmetics
People with motor impairment, including post-stroke, arthritis, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis
Over 18 years of age
What is Permanent Cosmetics?
Permanent Cosmetics and Microblading are both forms of cosmetic tattooing. Also known as micropigmentation, or dermagraphics-permanent cosmetics is performed with either a machine or a manual hand tool. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits specialized pigment into the upper third of the dermis.
Is this the same as a tattoo?
Microblading and permanent makeup are cosmetic tattoos. Any procedure that implants pigment or ink into the skin is considered a tattoo, and also considered permanent, considering it can not be washed off. However, instead of using regular tattoo equipment and needles, we use only state-of-the-art digital technology specifically formulated for cosmetic tattooing procedures. Our equipment is quiet, precise and more gentle for use on the face and sensitive areas of the body.
Are the pigments safe?
I only use pigments specially-formulated for the face. My pigments are of the highest grade and quality, and are strictly tested and regulated.
Is it actually permanent? How long will it last?
All tattoos are considered permanent, since something is being implanted into the skin, and it can not be washed off. Even with removal, there will always be traces of pigment left behind. Although the name implies that it will last forever, Permanent Cosmetics are actually Semi-Permanent, as they will eventually fade naturally over time and will require a yearly "color boost". The time it takes to fade depends on the client's skin, health, lifestyle and tattoo maintenance, and sun exposure.
The following time frames are typically recommended for touch ups:
Permanent Brows: 1-3 years
Permanent Eyeliner: 2-5 years
Microblading: 1-2 years
How long does an appointment normally take?
The average time for the initial procedure is 2-3 hours. Before application, the client will undergo a consultation which includes discussion of medical history, lifestyle, personality, design, color, and any questions or concerns. After a topical numbing agent has been applied, the design will be drawn on for review. The tattooing itself takes between 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on tissue response.
I have a darker complexion, is the procedure ideal for me?
Yes. Permanent cosmetics can be beneficial for all skin types and ethnicities. We will discuss which treatment will be best for you.
Am I too old for permanent cosmetics?
No. I treat a wide range of clients. The only restriction by law is that you must be over 18 years of age. I have found the Powder Brow to be particularly beneficial for those with mature skin, who have lost the dexterity and steadiness needed to apply makeup. We want everyone to feel beautiful!
I don't have any eyebrow hair at all — will this look fake?
Microblading and Combo Brows are meant to look as real as possible. Each individual stroke resembles an eyebrow hair, so the result is a hyper-realistic permanent brow. Hair stroke permanent brows can look much more realistic than the pencil you may be applying.
Does microblading or permanent cosmetic procedures hurt?
We do our best to keep you comfortable and relaxed with a gentle touch and topical numbing agents. The majority of our clients are pleasantly surprised by the pain level experienced, and many consider it less painful than a regular tattoo since there are less needles involved and a numbing agent is applied. Do not take Motrin, Aleve, Aspirin or any type of blood thinner prior to a procedure. Tylenol is permitted if it is needed.