Permanent Cosmetics FAQ

IS PERMANENT/ PARAMEDICAL COSMETICS SAFE?

Permanent Cosmetics, Paramedical Cosmetics, or Micropigmentation, uses a hypo-allergenic, natural iron oxide pigment that is specifically designed for facial and body applications. It is a safe and completely controlled method of applying subtle micro insertions that form a natural shadow of color on the skin. Carefully applied, the pigment is placed into the uppermost dermal layer of the skin. There are no added fragrances, emollients or other ingredients.

Cosmetic grade of iron oxides and lakes with the value of 6 to 8 microns should only be used for all micropigmentation procedures.  These kinds of pigments are safe for human use and contain no heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium.  Iron Oxides are inert, innocuous, non-reactive in the human skin and are NOT absorbed into the body if an individual is anemic.  The pigments that we use are manufactured in FDA approved laboratories and meet OSHA’s consumer safety standards.

WHO BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT/ PARAMEDICAL COSMETICS?
  • Men and women who desire freedom and convenience from daily makeup application.
  • Busy people with little time to apply makeup.
  • Those with allergies to conventional makeup, wear contact lenses or eyeglasses that cause watery eyes or smudged eyeliner or those who are physically incapable of applying makeup (unsteady hands, visual impairments).
  • Those who seek correction of asymmetrical facial features
  • Those who have lips that are thin, uneven or a cleft lip.
  • Those who would prefer lash enhancement and eyeliner for faded or sparse lashes.
  • Those who have lost their natural pigmentation.
  • Those who have experienced hair loss or have sparse, uneven, or no eyebrows due to aging, Chemotherapy treatments, or Alopecia. 
  • Those who have experienced hair loss on the scalp due to aging, hair restoration scars, chemical burns.
  • Men who want to enhance facial hair or camouflage uneven areas or bald patches.
DO I HAVE A CHOICE IN COLOR?

Most Definitely! There is a wide spectrum of colors that you may choose from. Your practitioner will work with you to choose a color that best suits your needs.

IS IT PAINFUL?

An extremely effective topical anesthetic is used for comfort. Most clients experience only the slightest scratching sensation. Sensation can vary person-to-person. 

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

• It varies on the individual’s body chemistry. Permanent makeup will fade off over the years. While this may be disappointing to some people, others may be more comfortable with this knowledge. The national average time span between touchups is said to be 4-6 years for eyebrows and eyeliner, 3-4 years for lips. Occasionally a person can be found who has had their permanent makeup over 10 years, but it is a rare occasion. There are other people who need a touchup after a couple of years.

• The disappearing permanent makeup is faded by UV rays, pigment removal by the body via ducts in eyelash and eyebrow hair follicles, possibly body chemistry, anti-aging products applied to the face, cellular turnover – rejuvenation, etc.

• Lighter colors fade faster than darker colors.

• Permanent makeup lasts longer on older women because they aren’t out playing in the sun as much, and their cellular turnover rate is slower

• The bright side to “permanent” makeup fading off is that it makes it easier to change color, shape, and placement over the years.

• How long the permanent makeup lasts also varies with who did it. Differences among permanent makeup artists include 1) technique, 2) amount of pigment implanted, and 3) type of pigments used. The technique must implant the pigment at the correct level. Sometimes artists are not sure what the correct level is, or want to avoid hurting the client.

• The correct needle depth has slight differences in various age groups, skin types, and area being worked on.

• The amount of pigment implanted must be sufficient.

• Rush jobs are usually gone or mostly gone before a year has passed. Minute for minute, an electric machine will implant more than manual hand tap. Sometimes less pigment is implanted for a light or barely there look, as is the case with lash enhancement or blush.

• The type of pigment has a lot to do with how long the permanent makeup will last. Pigments made by one manufacturer may work better for permanent makeup than another’s.

PERMANENT COSMETICS LONGTERM CARE?

• Use sun block on procedure area, when area is healed, to prevent future fading of pigment color.

• Tanning and sun will fade area if not protected.

• Do not use ANY products that contain AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy, or Hydroxy Acids), Vitamin A, Retinol A or similar lighting and peeling products on the procedure area. (Example Glycolic, Lactic Acids. Check your product labeling). These products will fade your pigment color. Using RevitaLash, Latisse or other hair growing products may lighten the procedure area as well. Read the ingredients on the back of every bottle of product that you will be using.