WHEN WILL I SEE THE FINAL RESULT?
At first the pigment will appear too dark. There is a natural exfoliation process that takes place after healing for 5-7 days and the dark residual pigment is lost, leaving a soft natural color behind. The final result is not absolute until approximately 4 weeks. Skin tone, exfoliation, and settling of the color into the dermis all contribute to the final outcome. Usually the eyebrows and eyeliner are basically healed and true to tone and depth of color after 7-10 days. The lips go through a different type of process and often appear too light after the initial "peeling" in the first 3-5 days. The color intensity becomes more visible after 3-4 weeks.
A follow up visit will take place 4-6 weeks after the procedure to check for perfection. Often minor touch ups are needed at that time. The color is usually about 30-40% lighter when healed than it appears the day of the procedure. If the color looks perfect immediately after the procedure, it would be much too light when healed.
Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
Technically, permanent makeup procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin (less technically, one of the under layers) which is protected and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur requiring periodic maintenance, color re-enhancement, or color refreshing.
Just like hair color, bleached teeth or even house paint, pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time and sun exposure.
how long WILL the color lasts?
The individual's skin type, the darkness of the pigment used, sun exposure, and the use of exfoliating skin-care products are all factors in determining how long the color will lat. Regular use of sunscreen will help prevent premature fading.
Will it hurt?
There have been many topical anesthetics developed especially for permanent makeup procedures. These creams and gels are topically applied to the desired area both before and during the procedure to assure you the most comfortable experience possible. Some people have described the sensation as a "tingling" feeling. You don't have to miss work or take time off to recover. The discomfort, although temporary, is nothing compared to the lasting enjoyment of worry-free makeup.
What certification should I look for in choosing a permanent makeup technician?
Choose a technician carefully by considering training, experience and portfolio.
In the state of Oregon, we must be licensed through the state fulfilling required hours of training. With the high demand for permanent cosmetics, many states are requiring additional training by their licensed professionals. Ideally, continued education over the required five hours per year, is a sign of professional commitment.
Identifying with the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, the largest organization in the industry and certification (Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional) ensures your technician has achieved the knowledge to provide the highest level of excellence to their client.