Commonly Asked Questions
What Is Permanent Cosmetics?
Permanent cosmetics makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used are often referred to as "micropigmentation". The implanting of colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.
Why come to MakeUp2Stay?
First, Michelle has had extensive training in permanent makeup. She has been trained in Dr. Dixon's techniques utilizing a method that implants pigment faster and more efficiently than other methods. Also, once your procedure is finished and you need a refresh, you only pay a touchup fee of $60.00 to $75.00 for each procedure, for the rest of your life, instead of being charged the full amount of the application again.
Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?
Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, color re-nhancement or color re-freshing. Just like hair color, furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint, pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time. It is important to consider this and all aspects of the procedure when selecting a potential permanent cosmetic makeup technician.
How Are Procedures Done?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various methods, including the traditional tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or hand method. Make Up 2 Stay uses the state of the art Harmonix digital Machine. This machine implants color rapidly and with less trauma to delicate tissue. Application takes half the time of other methods. The process includes an initial consultation, then application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.
How Long Does Each Procedure Take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 to 2 hours. Touch up procedures usually do not require as much time.
Is It Painful?
Most people experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual's pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. HOWEVER, there are different methods available to help with pain management, including various topicals.Your technician should discuss these methods with you to determine which one suits you best .
Is It Safe?
If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe.
What If I Don't Like It?
Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colors 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 procedure.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows my show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the edema may last may last from two to seventy two hours During the procedure there may be some bleeding and or bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. Sometimes, people have reactions to antibiotics, so we only use petroleum ointments like A & D, Vaseline or Aquaphor. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.
Is There Any Possibility for Medical Problems?
The possibility that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today’s health standards. SPCP member professionals are given continued opportunities for education in practicing precise methods of sanitation and sterilization. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely eliminate any risk.
What's a Touch-Up and Do I Need One?
A touch-up is a color re-enhancement. Almost always the implanted color is not perfect after the first procedure. These procedures are processes and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled...It is recommended that you do not traumatize the skin again for a minimum of four weeks. Six weeks is better but of course, your individual needs take precedence. Eight weeks is recommended after a lip procedure.
Can I Still Have an MRI Scan?
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. In the rare instance where discomfort resulted, it was localized and very temporary. Most people have more metal in their fillings than they would ever have in tattoo work.