Ruth Ann Byrd Key, LE, CME
Aesthetic
Skin
of the Villages
352.874.3653
607 County Road 466, Lady Lake, Fl 32159

WHAT IS PERMANENT  MAKEUP?

Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as "micropigmentation". The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper layer of the dermis.


HOW ARE PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES DONE?

Permanent cosmetic procedures are performed using various methods, including traditional tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or “hand method”. The process generally includes an initial consultation regarding color and shape, then application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.


WHO BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP?

Everyone, from the young to the elderly, who desires a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially beneficial to people who can’t wear other cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; Active people who want to look their best for activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and those who don't want to worry about "sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics. Also the vision impaired who have difficulty applying their cosmetics, and others with motor impairments such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup, and busy people who don’t have time to spend on their makeup.


WHAT TYPES OF PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES CAN BE DONE?

Permanent Cosmetic procedures can be very subtle or dramatic depending on what you are looking for. Options include eyeliner, eyebrows, lip color, and areola repigmentation following breast surgery.


ARE PERMANENT COSMETICS REALLY PERMANENT?

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance.  It is important to consider this and all aspects of the procedure before proceeding.


HOW MUCH DOES PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP COST?

The average cost per procedure ranges from $200-$600 depending on the area treated.


HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2 to 3 hours. Touch up procedures usually do not require as much time.


IS IT PAINFUL?

The degree of discomfort, if any, varies according to each individual’s pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. There are many  methods available to help with pain management, including topical and local anesthetics. Your technician should discuss these methods with you prior to your procedure.


IS IT SAFE?

If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics are safe. These guidelines include the following:


• All Needles should be new and sterile for each client. Other machine parts should also be pre-sterilized and disposed of in a sanitary manner

• Other equipment and supplies should be kept in a sanitary manner

• Gloves should be used at all times during the procedure

• The technician should follow all State and Federal guidelines for sterile technique and other health safety requirements

• The procedure room should be in an area free from other contaminants such as hair and nail dust, which contain bacteria. Floors and walls should be of a nonporous material which can be kept free from infectious organisms


WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?

Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician.  Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten after the first week.


WHICH TECHNICIAN SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Choose a technician carefully by considering training and experience.  Keep in mind your health and safety should be of the utmost importance to you and the technician.  You must consider the cleanliness, sanitary conditions and general environment where your permanent makeup will be performed.


Not all technicians have the same degree of training.  Some have no medical background and many are not associated with a physician. Others may not even be licensed. Permanent Makeup equipment type and quality vary greatly, as do the pigments and anesthetics and techniques.


ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show slight puffiness for one or two days. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color will be darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days.  


DO THE PIGMENTS POSE ALLERGY PROBLEMS?

The application is just deep enough to penetrate the the dermal layer of skin. There have been so few reactions to the pigments that some doctors are suggesting the patch test be eliminated.  However, one can develop an allergy to anything, anytime.


WHAT IS A “TOUCH-UP” AND WHEN WILL I NEED ONE?

A touch-up is a color re-enhancement.  Permanent makeup will fade over time with sun exposure and the use of skin lightening products such as Retinol, Retin-A Hydroquinone and Glycolic acids.  The degree of fading will depend on the extent of exposure, the general condition of your skin and the shade of color implanted.   While the permanent makeup should never completely disappear, a touch-up or “color enhancement” will usually be desired every 2-3 years.  

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