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What is permanent makeup?
Permanent Makeup, Cosmetic Tattooing or Micropigmentation, is the process of implanting color pigment beneath the first dermal layer of the skin by using a sterile, disposable needle and either a machine or a manual tool to produce the appearance of cosmetics.

What is the difference between permanent makeup and body tattooing?
It is a form of tattoo, although different techniques and pigments are used. Because pigment is implanted into the first dermal layer as opposed to the third (as in body tattooing), it will not stay forever like a regular tattoo but it requires the same healing process. The color results are a much softer and more natural look than a regular tattoo.

Does the procedure hurt?
A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entire procedure.  If you are on your menstrual cycle you will be a bit more sensitive to the pain.

How safe is permanent makeup?
The treatment is performed under strict government sanitation and sterilization standards. I perform each service using disposable, sterilized parts and needles. The treatment is conducted with disposable and completely disinfected and sterilized equipment and a one-time-use needle. All iron-oxide pigments that are used contain ingredients approved by the FDA for cosmetic use and pigment ingredient list is available upon request.


What can I expect during my procedure?
We understand that these procedures are a major beauty decision for you. During your consultation, you will have a personal session with me to discuss how certain colours and designs will best complement your face shape. Next, I will pencil the eyebrow/liner/lip design on until we have reached an agreement on the one that feels most comfortable. A numbing agent will be placed on the area to be tattooes for 20 minutes and then the procedure will begin.  A second numbing agent containing lidocaine and epinephrine will be applied throughout the remainder of the procedure to ensure minimal discomfort.

Who can benefit from permanent cosmetics?
Those who want to save time from daily makeup application
Those who are active and constantly sweating or rubbing off their makeup.
Those with unsteady hands for makeup application
Those who have allergies to traditional make-up
Those with alopecia or loss of brow hair due to chemotherapy
Those who have over plucked and cannot grow back the original hairs

What is the difference between 'Feathered' and 'Powdered Ombre' Eyebrows?
Feathered eyebrows are tattooing individual, angled hair strokes with a manual pen that mimic your natural hair growth to achieve the most natural looking eyebrows.  The color is more vibrant than powdering but the shape is not as defined since it has a very natural hair-stroke appearance. However if you have an oily t-zone your strokes will be less distinct looking.  Feathering on average fades up to 25% from the initial procedure.
Powdered ombre eyebrows once healed look like powdered eyebrows that you fill in with an angle brush and powder and are lighter in the front and will gradually go darker towards the tail.  The healed result is a much more defined shaped that is soft and powdery looking. Powdered ombre fades up to 35% on average from the initial.
If you are looking for a bold and have enough natural hair to fill in the shape, I highly recommend the Powder Ombre for added depth and definition, or a combination of both!

How long does permanent makeup last?
The treatment is permanent and will not wash off. However, it will fade over time and touch-ups are recommended every 12-18 months to maintain the color. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), and if anything that resurfaces the skin come into contact with treated areas. Touch-ups are normal for permanent makeup procedures, with each new procedure requiring 2 visits. The initial procedure followed by a complimentary touch-up procedure around 4-6 weeks later. The initial appointment is when I build up the eyebrow and the touch up is to fine tune anything that is needed.

How long does the procedure take?
An average treatment is about 2-2.5 hours. The majority of the time is spent selecting the appropriate color for your skin as well as measuring and artistically drawing on the shape and size prior to actually implanting the pigment.

What should I do before my procedure?
If you have an ideal shape and colour in mind, bring a few reference photos with you
You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so I can take into consideration the shape you desire.
If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your procedure a minimum of 7 days before the procedure.


How will I look immediately after? What is the healing process?
Your permanent makeup will appear darker and bigger than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten over the next 4-6 days. You may carry on normal activities immediately after, except you should not use makeup on the affected area during the healing process.  Your eyebrows will appear thicker and much darker for up to 5 days post procedure until any scab peels off. The area may also be reddish and tender, so be gentle with your skin during the healing process and keep applying the aftercare product provided.

When will I see the final result?
At first, the pigment may appear too dark. Then, after 1 week it may appear much too light. The final colour will not “settle” for about 4 weeks. Then at around 6 weeks you will return for your complimentary touch up.  At this appointment, I will assess the colour retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates.

What should I do after the procedure?
I provide very specific post-care instructions after your procedure. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a good healing process and to achieve the best results. The most essential aftercare is to keep the treated area dry but moist (with ointment provided), do not rub or pick as the color will peel off, and avoid extreme heat.

What should I know about long term care?

A good sunscreen applied daily on tattooed area(s) is needed to help keep color true. Sun exposure will cause the color fade faster. If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area. If you are planning to have laser treatments, tell your laser specialist to avoid the pigmented area. Laser may cause pigment to turn black.

What pigments do you use?
I use iron oxide pigments. These pigments fade over time as your body will naturally absorb them. They are considered the safest semi-permanent pigments to use for skin.

Do you shave the eyebrow hairs?
I incorporate as much of the natural brow hair as possible.  Any stray hairs that lay outside of the desired brow design will be removed by tweezing.  Regular waxing or threading can then be maintained 7 days post-procedure. 

Can I get cosmetic tattooing if I am pregnant or nursing?
As a precaution, I do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant women but nursing is okay.

How old do you have to be to get tattooed?
You must be 18 years or older, or have parental consent.

Are Botox and fillers okay with cosmetic tattooing?
Absolutely!  I request you have Botox done two weeks prior to your scheduled tattoo appointment or wait until two weeks after your.  Filler - I request you have it done 4 months prior to your scheduled tattoo appointment or wait until 6 weeks after.

How do I prepare for an eyeliner procedure?
Please come with NO eye make up, NO eyelash extensions, NO contact lenses and refrain from drinking caffeine the day of the procedure.

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