About Permanent Makeup

What is permanent makeup?

Permanent makeup, or PMU for short, is a semi-permanent tattoo. It is also sometimes referred to as Permanent Cosmetics or Cosmetic Tattoo. The ink used for permanent cosmetics is not the same as ink used for body tattoos. The ink used for permanent makeup is referred to as micropigment. Most all micropigments used for cosmetic tattoos are semi-permanent, meaning it will last anywhere from 1-3 years and is not forever permanent.


Who benefits from permanent cosmetics?

People who…

  • Have poor eyesight and unsteady hands
  • Are physically challenged
  • Have thin or sparse eyelashes or eyebrows
  • Are allergic to traditional make-up
  • Have permanent hair loss
  • Have oily skin
  • Have Vitiligo, Alopecia, Cancer Scars, Hyper or Hypo-Pigmentation or are Burn Survivors
  • Have asymmetrical facial features
  • Are busy but want to look their best in less time
  • Swim, travel, or camp frequently
  • Have scars from surgical procedures
  • Are in need of new areolas and nipples after reconstructive surgery
  • Want the look of fuller eyebrows to mask the effects of hair loss or scarring


Does it hurt?

Topical anesthetics will be used to alleviate discomfort during the procedure. However, each person’s skin reacts differently to numbing agents. Some people will numb more than others. Generally, if you numb well at a visit to the dentist office, you should numb well for a PMU procedure.


Is permanent make-up really ‘permanent’?

Your permanent cosmetic make-up procedure depends upon the technician, the products used for the application, how deep the cosmetic tattoo was placed into the skin, how well you take care of the procedural area while it is healing, and whether or not you use a total sun block after the procedure area has completely healed. all of these factors will determine how long the procedure will last. Color enhancers are suggested ‘as needed’ to keep the procedure looking fresh and new.


Is permanent make-up safe for skin allergic to traditional make-up?

The client who is allergic to traditional make-up is usually allergic to the fillers, binders, preservatives and fragrances in these make-up products. In permanent make-up, w use iron oxides and lakes that are pure and combined with rewetting agents. Mineral make-up is made up of the same ingredients that we use, and has been used, for decades. These ingredients are innocuous and non-reactive, making them perfect for permanent cosmetic procedures.


What will I look like immediately following my procedure?

Your procedure area may be slightly swollen and irritated. this is called a ‘wheal and flare’ reaction. The area may also be darker for a few days while it is healing because of the lymph and blood droplets that may have been brought to the surface during your application. while your procedure area is healing, it must go through three phases before you will experience your final results. The procedure area must first heal, peel and fade. Final results may take 4-8 week to completely heal.


Is permanent make-up procedures safe?

Permanent cosmetic procedures are safe if the technician has had a proper education and follows all of OSHA and CDC guidelines. Single use, sterile needles and machine parts are used for each client and then  properly disposed of.


How do I care for my new permanent make-up?

After the procedure, you will receive a  post-treatment care instructional sheet. The overall success of your procedure is contingent upon you following these instructions. a follow-up visit will be scheduled approximately 6-8 weeks from your initial application. The purpose for this follow-up appointment is to touch-up and refine the make-up.


Can a person on medication undergo a permanent make-up procedure?

Clients on medication should obtain a release from their physician prior to any permanent cosmetic make-up procedure. The release should be written on the physician’s prescription note pad and sent to the technician’s office prior to the start of any procedure.


Do I have to take any precautions prior to a lip procedure?

If you have ever had a cold sore or fever blister, you must take an antiviral pre-procedure. Your physician may prescribe Valtrex, Famvir or Zovirax. Herpetic outbreaks usually occur on the 3rd day post-procedure, and taking antivirals will lessen your chance of an outbreak. If you do experience a herpetic outbreak, you may lose the implanted pigment color in the area of the outbreak.


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