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WHAT IS PERMANENT MAKEUP?
Permanent makeup is possible through a procedure called micro-pigmentation in which pigment is embedded into the dermal layer of the skin to mimic makeup application. The procedure involves the use of a hand-held device that punctures the skin hundreds of times per minute with very thin needles and pushes the pigment into the desired location. This is made nearly painless with the use of topical anesthesia. Popular procedures include eyebrow hair simulation, eyeliner, lash enhancement, beauty marks, lip liner and full lip color.
Permanent Makeup is considered permanent because the pigment will remain in the skin forever, but the longevity of the color and its visibility will eventually fade and therefore is sometimes referred to as Semi-Permanent Makeup. These are both synonyms for cosmetic tattooing.
WHAT IS PARAMEDICAL PERMANENT MAKEUP?
Paramedical permanent makeup is a term used when procedures are performed utilizing special techniques to restore or improve tissue appearance. Examples include areola restoration for cancer survivors after surgery, scar relaxation for burn survivors to release the fibrous bands of scar tissue giving mobility to affected area, scalp re-pigmentation for thinning hair and balding, melanocyte restoration which restores the melanin to hypo-pigmented tissue making the affected area blend with the natural skin tones, collagen rejuvenation therapy (also known as skin needling) to plump up wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and corrective pigment camouflage where custom blended skin tone pigments are inserted into scars to camouflage them. All of these procedures will produce a more aesthetically pleasing appearance for the client.
IS PERMANENT MAKEUP SAFE?
Yes, it is totally safe if:
- The technician is well educated and certified
- The technician is working from a location licensed by the Health Department
- The technician has a business license
- The technician is current with their Blood Borne Pathogen (BBP) education
- The technician follows all of OSHA and CDC guidelines for cross-contamination
- The technician uses sterile, one-time use needles and machine parts, as well as proper product disposal -The technician, uses products that are made in the USA and have been used with no complications
- Goddess Permanent Makeup follows all of these guidelines
DOES IT LOOK NATURAL?
You may want natural permanent makeup that allows you to enhance your looks with your own makeup for special occasions or an evening out. Or you may want a bold look to avoid the sometimes lengthy daily makeup routine. Either way, it should not be identifiable as permanent makeup and as with all makeup, should only enhance your beauty.
WHO IS THE IDEAL PERMANENT MAKEUP CLIENT?
Anyone can benefit from the convenience of permanent cosmetics but especially if the client has vitiligo, poor vision, scarring, makeup allergies, oily skin, hair loss, facial asymmetry or anyone who is busy, active or involved in sports.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Pain is relative. A topical anesthetic is used prior to the procedure, a liquid numbing agent is added to the pigment, and an additional topical is applied throughout the procedure. If you have had a traditional artistic tattoo or piercings, you will find that permanent makeup is easier to tolerate than these procedures.
HOW LONG DOES PERMANENT MAKEUP LAST?
Permanent makeup is actually only semi-permanent as it lasts between 2-10 years with an average of 4- 6 years. Influences such as your general health, chlorine, sun, tanning beds, medications, skin care products containing exfoliating agents, the use of a total sun block on the procedure area, and smoking can affect the longevity of the pigment color.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS OF PERMANENT MAKEUP?
Your technician will schedule an initial consultation with you. During this consultation, you will look at photos and examples to decide on your desired look. You will discuss the procedure you are interested in, sign Consent and Release Forms, a Medical History Form, discuss your Pre and Post Care Instructions, and discuss any contraindications to your having a permanent makeup procedure.
On your procedure day your technician, along with your guidance, will discuss and agree upon your desired outcome. You will both critique the shape, color choices, and double check for symmetry. Anesthesia will be placed on the procedure area for approximately 15-20 minutes and the implantation of pigment should take approximately 30-90 minutes.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
Plan to schedule 2 hours for your procedure. Procedures may take longer depending on the condition and hydration of your skin, your pain threshold, your anxiety level, and if you have a tendency to bleed excessively.
ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP?
If you are under a physician’s care, it is recommended that you obtain a written release stating that it is safe for you to have a procedure performed. Your health care provider will know if you will heal without any complications and if you are prone to infections or have a compromised immune system.
Contraindications include but are not limited to blood thinners, heart medications, aspirin or products containing aspirin, medications for any disease like diabetes, lupus or any autoimmune disease. Also any vitamins or supplements that thin the blood would need to be stopped prior to your procedure but only with the consent of your health care provider.
WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE AFTER MY PROCEDURE?
Depending on how many times we had to go over an area to implant the pigment, your skin may show very little signs of trauma or may be swollen and red. This swelling usually lasts 24-48 hours. You can ice the area for 10-minute increments throughout the day to bring the swelling down faster.
The area will appear darker at first because of the blood and lymph that has been brought to the surface during the permanent makeup application. The procedure area tissue will crust a bit and this tissue will slough off usually within 5-7 days leaving you with a softer color. The healing process depends on how healthy you are and how hydrated your skin is.
Do not have your permanent makeup applied prior to attending functions that you must look your best. Have your makeup applied at least 3-4 weeks prior to your function or wait until after your function is over.