Who wouldn’t want to wake up in the morning, be able to look in the mirror, and not be scared? Can you imagine seeing someone looking back whose eyebrows are perfect, lips are lined and looks like they’re wearing lipstick? How about eyes that are lined and look wide awake. All of this can be yours with the help of permanent makeup. But before you run out to sign up, please read further.
What is this procedure like?
This procedure is also known as cosmetic tattooing. Although it can go by other names, permanent makeup uses the same methods of applying the pigment ink to the skin as any other tattoo. Of course, since the face is involved, you should not run down to your local tattoo parlor for these procedures. This procedure should only be attempted by a skilled permanent cosmetic technician. These technicians should meet the guidelines set forward by The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Ask your permanent makeup professional about their training and their experiences. During your initial consultation be sure to ask for pictures of their work. Be sure your technician is someone you like and trust because there will be follow up visits.
What types of procedures are available?
Cosmetic tattooing can give you eyebrows, eyeliner, eyelash enhancement, and lipliner. Some specialty clinics also offer full lip color, scar camouflage, and hair imitation.
Is this procedure painful?
If you’ve ever had a tattoo and did not experience any pain or discomfort, then you probably will not experience any pain during the procedure. But for the rest of us, YES, there will be pain and it will vary from one person to another. Ask your technician what types of anesthetic will be available to you during the procedure.
How long is the average procedure?
Good news: Each procedure takes only 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Follow up procedures take much shorter time.
How much does each procedure cost?
The average procedure will cost you from $400.00 to $600.00. Of course, clinics that specialize in the procedure can cost you a whole lot more.
How safe is this procedure?
It is not easy to say whether the procedure is safe or not. Of course, it all depends on the technician, who must be fully trained in permanent makeup application. They must use only sterile equipment and only brand new needles for every client. Be sure your technician is up to date on all the latest safety requirements. You’ll want them, as well as the room they will be using, to be neat and clean. Then, of course there’s the client (you). There is a chance that you may be allergic to the pigments that will be used. Ask for a pretest. And even if your technician adheres to all the safety guidelines there is a chance that they can make an artistic mistake. There are some complaints lodged with the FDA about procedures going wrong, things you never want to happen to you. For example, the makeup pigments can slide around under your skin, blurring the lines that you want, resulting in a messy appearance. We can’t stress enough, look before you leap. When it comes to permanent makeup, research and weigh all your options before you make any decisions! After all, with all the tips this website has to offer, putting on a little eyeliner, mascara, and lip color isn’t all that tough!