Frequently Asked Questions

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Common Questions and Answers

How Much Does it Cost?


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Is It Safe?


The ingredients for the pigments used are FDA approved and have been specially formulated for cosmetic applications like this. They are iron oxides which are metabolically inert and are very different from the tattooing inks or skin dyes used in traditional tattoos. The needles are sterile, pre-packaged, and one-time use only. Gloves are worn throughout the procedure and every effort is taken to ensure good aseptic practices.

How many appointments will be necessary?


Four to six weeks after the initial application, a follow-up visit (touch-up) will be required to perfect the lines or color.

Are there any precautions I should take before a procedure?


Only with the lips. If you have ever had fever blisters, the County Health Department requires that you obtain a prescription for an antiviral medication (such as Zovirax or Valtrex capsules) from your physician and begin taking them two days prior to the procedure (5 days total). Also, to lessen inflammation, Benadryl is recommended the morning before and the evening following the procedure.

Clients with certain medical conditions may require special consideration.

What are the Contraindications for Permanent Make-up?

  • Pregnancy
  • Clients with high blood pressure conditions (until cleared by their physician)
  • Clients with implants (until cleared by their physician)
  • Clients with auto-immune disorders (until cleared by their physician)
  • Clients scheduled to undergo a surgical procedure within 6 weeks
  • Clients with freckles on the lip line and variegated lips are not good candidates for Lip procedures
  • Clients who tend to form Keloid scars

Note: Because health issues may affect the outcome of the permanent cosmetic procedure(s), a Health Questionnaire and Consent are required by the Santa Clara County Health Department as well as the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. In order to save time at the salon, it is recommended that the Health Questionnaire be completed prior to your visit. The Procedure Consent form will be signed in the salon at the time of the procedure. Health issues will be discussed prior to the procedure.

Does it hurt?


All procedures are performed with the use of topical anesthetics in order to ensure a more comfortable client. A prescription strength topical anesthetic is used to anesthetize the skin prior to the procedure. Allow at least 20 minutes for the anesthetic to take effect. The anesthetics we use are very effective. Lips tend to be more sensitive (that's why kissing is so tantalizing!) and therefore can be more difficult to anesthetize.

After the procedure is completed, clients usually remark that their eyelids are sensitive to touch and are red for 24 to 48 hours. (Visine eye drops can be used to help alleviate the soreness and redness). Eyebrows are slightly reddened, but don't seem to be sensitive to touch post-procedure. Lips, however, remain sensitive and swollen for several days.

How long does it take?


In terms of the length of time for the procedure, this will vary depending upon many different skin features such as hydration, density, and elasticity. Certain procedures of this nature will obviously take more time than others, but all are relatively between 1 and 3 hours.

  • 2 hours for Microblading eyebrows
  • 1+ hours for eyeliner
  • 1-2 hours for powder-fill eyebrows or lipliner
  • 2+ hours for full lip color

Times may vary slightly due to the anesthetic requirements. People respond differently to anesthetics, i.e. some people respond quickly, others take a long time to get numb. I want all my clients to be comfortable, so we take as much time as we need to get the appropriate anesthetic response.

Are Permanent Cosmetics truly permanent?


Permanent makeup never washes off or smears. Although it can soften or fade through the years, the pigment will remain in the skin forever. Follow-up treatments are generally recommended every few years to "freshen up" the color. Colors will last from two to ten years, and will vary based on colors chosen, skin type, and compliance with after care instructions. A variety of factors influence the longevity of Permanent Cosmetics. In order to prolong the life of the procedure, it is essential that a sun block be applied over the permanent make-up area any time that you are exposed to the sun or a tanning bed. Also, chlorine is a bleach and continuous exposure can "fade" pigment. Many skin rejuvenation products and processes such as Retin-A, Alpha-Hydroxy, laser resurfacing, chemical peels and micro-dermabrasion can also cause premature fading of pigment. These kinds of substances slough away the top layers of skin and eventually the layer in which the pigment has been implanted. Cigarette smoking will also affect the longevity of the pigment.

Am I Too Old For Permanent Cosmetics?


As long as you are over the age of 18, age is not a criterion for determining the appropriateness of a person for permanent cosmetic procedures. Many mature clients seek permanent cosmetic procedures.

As a woman ages, she may lose part or all of her eyebrows, her vision may have deteriorated to the point where she may be unable to artfully apply her make-up, or she may be physically unable to apply her make-up.

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