Frequently Asked Questions


What is micropigmentation?

Micropigmentation is also commonly referred to as cosmetic tattooing, permanent makeup or semi-permanent makeup. It is the art of inserting pigment into your skin to help you enhance features such as eyebrows, eyeliners, and lip color. It is considered an anti-aging tool by many celebrities worldwide. Micropigmentation enables you to go swimming or play sports with no fear of your makeup rubbing off or smearing.  It will cut down the time it takes for you to get ready every morning.  Yes, that means you can sleep in more !


Who could benefit from micropigmentation procedures?

  • ​Any person who would like to wake up with makeup.
  • If you would like more sleeping time, you would love waking up with eyebrows, eyeliners, and lip color all ready to go.
  • If you are an active individual, you would love the ability to not have to touch up your makeup during the day and the fact that your make up will not smear or smudge.
  • ​If you have medical conditions that have resulted in hair loss of eyebrows, or discoloration of the skin, micropigmentation can even out the affected areas, and disguise any undesirable spots.
  • ​If you have arthritis, micropigmentation will end your struggle with makeup application.
  • If you are allergic to traditional makeup, then micropigmentation is for you.


How long will it take?

The time it takes for each procedure depends on the client's skin elasticity, hydration, thickness, sensitivity, and overall condition of the skin. Pre-numbing takes about 30 minutes to take effect.  Constructing the desired shape and choosing the desired color will add at least 15 minutes to each procedure. Inserting the colored pigments and fine tuning the little details will take between 60 to 90 minutes. In total, please plan at least 2 hours for each procedure.


What about shape and color?

The shape and color of your eyebrows, eyeliners, and lips is completely your choice. It is customed based on your preference and what would be needed to enhance the positives while masking the negatives. I can mix any color to your complete liking.  I do not use any eyebrow stencils. No one client's eyebrows is the exact same as any other client's eyebrows. Everything is customizable for you and only you.


How would I look immediately after?

After the procedure, client's color will look darker than the desired color simply because pigment looks darker when wet.  Rest assured though that after a few days, color will lighten up to be softer and more natural.  Due to slight swelling, the affected area could appear a little bit more dramatic.  After the swelling subsides, everything will be more natural looking.  Just remember, you are not the first person to have micropigmentation done. Many before you have gotten procedures done and have loved their improved looks.


How long will it take to heal?

After the service, you will be sent home with healing ointment and be instructed on after care procedure.  It takes between 1 and 2 weeks for your skin to heal and the scalp to completely peel.  Once all the scalp has completely peeled, what remains is beautiful, lasting make-up.


How permanent is "permanent"?

Micropigmentation is often referred to as permanent makeup. However, the terminology can be misleading because it is NOT permanent.  The epidermis of your skin exfoliates on a daily basis, the inserted pigment will lighten over time.  I like to refer to micropigmentation as semi-permanent makeup because it lasts a long time but not permanently forever.


Pigment is affected by exposure to sun or tanning beds, swimming, excessive dry skin, and the use of skin exfoliants.  Anti-aging creams/gels that include alpha-hydroxyl Retin-A, and glycolic acids can also negatively affect pigment retention.  These ingredients tend to exfoliate the top layers of the skin that the pigment has been inserted into. 


To make eyebrows, eyeliners, or lip colors last longer, clients should wear sunblock when outside, wear sunglasses to minimize UV ray exposure to eyes, and keep lips moist by applying SPF.


Does the procedure hurt?

Your comfort is vital to the success of my services so I make sure you are comfortable by applying topical anesthetic (numbing) cream/gel.  The numbing cream is applied before the procedure to ease any possible tenderness. It is also applied during procedure to ensure that you remain comfortable so I can maximize my artistic skills for your happiness.


How many appointments will be needed?

After the initial appointment, a touch-up visit may be needed to perfect the little details that may have healed slightly lighter than desired.  Every person's skin and their ability to follow after-care instructions is different so some may need the second visit while others may not. The second visit is included with the original cost of the procedure as long as it is scheduled for anytime between the 6th and 10th week after the first appointment date. If customer chooses to have follow-up appointment done after the allotted time, the cost will be $150 or more depending on what needs to be done.

 

What about special needs clients?

You may have scarring or other health complications that require you to have special needs for micropigmentation. I will be happy to meet with you to evaluate how I can help. Please do not feel embarrassed or hesitate to ask.


What if I need an MRI?

​Modern MRI equipment rarely causes any major problems for clients that have had micropigmentation procedures. Some may experience temporary tingling sensation that could simply be eased up by application of a wet cotton round on the affected area.  Please visit www.mrisafety.com for more information.


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