Will I really look like myself... only better?
Permanent makeup is not necessarily intended to replace cosmetics completely. Because the color is placed "in" your skin and not "on" your skin a more natural, softer look results.
What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup is the art and science of implanting color into your skin. It is putting the right color in the right place so you can look better naturally. Specialized instruments allow me to place color into the layer of skin known as the dermis. Because the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing itself, you are looking at the color through a thin veil of skin. When a procedure is completed, the color will appear darker than the final result. This is because the color is BOTH the epidermis and the dermis. The color in the top layer will flake off during the healing process lightening the overall effect. It is a cosmetic, invasive procedure that requires skill and experience.
How long will it take to recover?
You'll look like you've had a good cry for several hours following eyeliner. It is advised to apply cold packs (not ice) for 10 minutes at a time during these first few hours. Also, it is important to wear sunglasses as your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light. Eyebrow procedures have the least swelling. Lipcolor often involves temporary swelling. Let me know if you have a history of fever blisters so medication can be prescribed.
How long will my makeup last?
Permanent cosmetics last a long time, but not forever. As you become accustomed to your new makeup it's not uncommon to want more. You will want to freshen up your new makeup every couple of years. The darker the color the longer it will stay unchanged in your skin. Natural, delicate colors are oftentimes more vulnerable to the effects of sun, swimming and breakdown by the body's natural response.
I'm afraid of pain... do the procedures hurt?
Topical anesthetics have been developed especially for permanent makeup procedures. These creams and gels are applied to the desired area before and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible. Some people describe the sensation as a "tingling" feeling. Because my procedure is nearly pain free, minor discomfort, especially for lip color procedures should be expected. Rarely is anything stronger than a Tylenol necessary for the discomfort and you won't have to miss work or take time off to recover. Because this is a cosmetic invasive procedure, there are risks as well as benefits. These include infection, allergic reaction, misplaced color, scarring, undesired results or color. Please ask questions!
What if I have special needs?
You may have special needs for permanent makeup such as scars, vitiligo, alopecia or health problems. I'll be happy to meet with you to evaluate your special needs.
Is this a smart investment?
Your investment in permanent makeup saves you time and money in the long run. Retouches are required every couple of years to keep your makeup looking fresh. Your investment in permanent makeup can completely eliminate the daily time consuming ritual of applying your makeup. And you'll save the embarrassment of smeared, smudged eyeliner and brows so common with mascara and brow pencils or powders. We'll work closely with you to get exactly what you want. Together we'll create an even more beautiful you.