Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

Virtually Painless. Topical anesthesia is used to alleviate discomfort during the procedure. This may vary according to each individual and the skills of the technician performing the service. However, there are different methods available to help with pain management, including various topical anesthetic ointments, anesthetic locals and nerve blocks (administered by a doctor or dentist). I will discuss these methods with you to determine which one suits you best.

What is permanent cosmetic makeup?

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

How are permanent cosmetics done?

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

Who benefits from permanent cosmetics?

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 Type of Permanent Cosmetic Procedures can be done?

Permanent Cosmetic procedures can be very soft or dramatic depending on what you are looking for.


Eyebrows gone? Can't put them on without your glasses, but then your glasses are in the way? Do they come out crooked or uneven? Do your penciled brows wear off during the day?

For these reasons and many more, women all over are finding that permanent eyebrows are perfect for them. From providing a basic guideline for you to follow should you like to pencil them in yourself, to total brow recreation, I can create anything from a few hair strokes to fill those holes to dramatic fully colored brows that even your closest friends won't believe aren't your own.

Scar Camouflage, Hair Imitation, Areola Repigmentation, Lash Enhancement, Beauty Marks even a missing toe nail.

Some clients have specialty needs and interests beyond the standard eyebrows, eyeliner and lip coloration.

If you have limited dexterity or allergies, blush application is a consideration. Properly done, this will be very soft and natural only a couple of shades darker than your skin tone. It doesn't really look like you are wearing blush, rather it just gives them a healthy glow.

Camouflaging a scar the skin can be re-toned to more closely match the surrounding area.

Re-coloration is most successful on those areas not exposed to the daylight on a regular basis. The surrounding skin will change color from UV exposure, even if protected by sun block, but the tattooed area will not change with it.

Tired of re-applying your lip liner and lipstick over and over again? Do the current all day lipstick brands make your lips dry or chapped? Would you like more definition, fuller lips, or to correct a crooked lip line? Just wish you had back some of the color you had when you were younger?

Then permanent lip color may be just for you. Lip liner can be applied to give more definition, correct uneven lips, or add fullness to the mouth. The procedure also helps prevent lipstick from bleeding and can minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Full lip color can be applied in either a natural hue or a more vivid one. Wear your permanent lip color alone in a natural tone or apply different shades of lipstick over your permanent lip color for a more dramatic look--you will find that the color lasts all day.

If you want to look your best at all times, it may be time for a change from your traditional makeup routine. Much of what can be offered to you in the way of color change will be based on your natural lip coloring. Although natural is always recommended, there are a variety of colors available for discussion.

Sometimes lip liner alone can look artificial. If the color complements your skin tone or you really like the look of a definitive line around the lips, then lip liner may be a good choice for you. If your choice of color contrasts with your skin tone, a full lip color procedure is a better choice. Remember, small lips will only look smaller with a defining lip liner so a full lip procedure is recommended in this case as well.

Natural colors will look like your natural lip, but better, just as if you were born with luscious lips. You can always put opaque lipstick over any permanent lip color to change your look, depending on your outfit, mood or special occasion. It is impossible to provide all important information without a specific client's lip and a target color to discuss. Because lips have a natural cool undertone, matching a specific desirable color is dependent upon the canvas the pigment is to be applied to.

The final shape of the lip is incredibly important. For clients who want to have larger appearing lips, usually going to the very outer limits of the vermilion edge of the lip itself is sufficient. Minor alterations to the lip line to attain symmetry are routine. The technician will draw on the template to following during tattooing and show you before proceeding.

Immediately after the tattooing process the color will appear very vibrant. Within a few days the outer layer of the tattooing will exfoliate. Many times this exfoliation process is inconsistent within the lips. It is important not to disturb the on-going exfoliation process by picking at portions of the lip that have not begun this process. After approximately a week, the majority of the residual lip tattooing has exfoliated off the entire lip area. The lips are somewhat tender and often remain that way to the touch for several weeks. This is why it is recommended to wait a minimum of six to eight weeks before the follow up procedure. Within this waiting period the lips will appear different. They may take on a 'frosty' appearance for a few days off and on. They may appear more vibrant if the body is unusually warm (as an example after a warm shower.) Conversely they may appear duller if the body is unusually cool (as an example if you live in an area that has a cold climate or on a ski trip, etc.) Within the six-eight week period the lip color settles in and the color seen is the final color resulting from the lip tattoo process. When you return to me for the follow up appointment the appearance of the color and design will be discussed and adjustments made as appropriate.

Finally, remember that permanent makeup fades in years to come -sooner with a lot of sun exposure and lotions that contain retinals. You will almost always need at least one touchup appointment and expect two. Be sure to tell your technician if you suffer from cold sores (herpes simplex). You must protect all permanent cosmetic color from the sun so choose a lip balm that is petrolatum free and has a good sun protection factor.

Does your eyeliner smudge? Does it wear off during the day? Have trouble getting it straight or even? Allergic to cosmetic products or your allergies cause you to re-apply several times a day? Maybe your job requires that you go traditional make-up free.

More women everyday are finding that for the above reasons--and many more--permanent eyeliner is perfect for them. Eyeliner can be applied in many styles and colors, from soft, natural-looking lash enhancement to a defined line--the choice is yours! Whatever look you choose, you will wake up, shower, exercise, work, swim, and go to bed always looking your best.

Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, color re-enhancement or color re-fresh. Just like hair color, furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint, pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time.

The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician. Most important is that you find the 'RIGHT' technician who will be applying Permanent Cosmetics to YOUR face.

How Long Does Each Procedure Take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 to 2 ½ hours. Touch up procedures usually do not require as much time.

Is it safe?

I follow all proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. These guidelines include the following: MOST IMPORTANT Things To Look For:
1. All Needles should be new and sterile for each client.

2. Other machine parts should also be pre-sterilized and disposed of in a sanitary manner.

3. Other equipment and supplies should be kept in a sanitary manner.

4. Gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.

5. The technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements.

6. Clean sheets should be used for each patient.

7. The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants.

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. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure

Which Technician Should I Choose?

Choose a technician carefully. It is important to remember that the shape and proper placement of the procedure is as important as the right color. The desired look is obtained during the course of consultation, initial procedure and follow up procedures. Interaction between the client and the technician should be of utmost importance.

Are There Any After or Side Effects?

Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows my show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the edema may last from two to seventy two hours. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. Sometimes, people have reactions to antibiotics. You may use any type of antibiotic that you prefer for your individual system. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.

Do The Pigments Pose Allergy Problems?

The application is just deep enough to penetrate the minute capillaries in the dermal layer of skin. There have been so few reactions to the pigments that some doctors are suggesting that the patch test be eliminated. You can develop an allergy to anything, anytime. Some doctors recommend that people with allergies have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that they are sensitive to.

Is There Any Possibility for Medical Problems?

The possibility that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today's health standards. SPCP member professionals are given continued opportunities for education in practicing precise methods of sanitation and sterilization. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely eliminate any risk.

What's a Touch-Up and Do I Need One?

A touch-up is a color re-enhancement. Sometimes after a procedure the color fades after the first day or two. This is why we offer 1-2 complimentary touch-ups.