Permanent Makeup Frequently Asked Questions.

How long does "Permanent" Makeup Last?

Permanent makeup is considered permanent in the sense that it does not wash off. There are many factors that determine how long your permanent cosmetics will last. Genetics, sun exposure, and skincare are all major factors. Typically it is recommended to have touchups annually-eighteen months to keep your permanent cosmetics looking their best. 

How long does the healing process take?

Immediately after your procedure, you will have some swelling and redness, should subside withing 1-2 days. The pigment will appear darker than the final color. Every person heals differently but typically flaking starts around 5-7 days and lasts about 2-3 days. It takes a full 30 days for the pigment to settle and see a final results.  It is normal to have patches of color missing or lighter. The touchup session is performed within 6-12 weeks of the original appointment. (No more than 3 months.)

Why do I need touchups?

There are several reasons why permanent cosmetics require multiple sessions and touchups. 

1. The depth at which the pigment is implanted. Permanent cosmetic pigments are implanted into the upper layers of the dermis versus typical tattooing is implanted into the mid to lower layers of the dermis. This means more of the pigment may be lost during the healing process, and any pigment  on the upper layer of your skin in the epidermis is shed during the flaking.  

Due to the shallow depth, over time it is pushed out of the skin more easily through natural cellular turnover, as well as bleeding during the procedure. However, they do stay more crisp and look more natural than those placed at more depth.

2. The size and composition of the pigments used. Permanet makeup pigments are made with a smaller molecular size as well as a proper balance of organic and inorganic colors to acheive a natural result when healed. I use an iron oxide pigment. It fades beautiful and gives a very natural result. 

Tattoo ink has a large molecular size making them more visible in the skin, lasts longer and is typically carbon based. The down side of tattoo pigments, have a tendancy to migrate and blur as well as have a blue/gray undertone. 

What is Microblading!?!?

Microblading/Microstroking, also first known as eyebrow embroidery, is a technique of permanent make-up. Where through manual process of inserting pigment into the upper layers of skin, we create the desired fullness and shape of the eyebrows. Microblading allows to dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows. Microblading technique involves drawing individual, crisp hair strokes that are more natural looking. The blade of microblading pen is 3 times thinner than the needles used for tattoo. Result looks natural and flawless as hair effect is recreated on the skin. The effects last up to approximately 12-18 months after which the pigment requires a refresh. Using only high quality pigments, the safest hygiene practices (disposable tools). Microstroking is not suitable for all skintypes. *If you have previous brow tattoos please contact me prior for assessment to see if your a good candidate. Not all clients with prior work from other artists will be excepted.