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Permanent makeup is possible through a procedure called micropigmentation in which an organic pigment is embedded beneath the skin to add permanent color. The procedure involves the use of a hand-held device that punctures the skin hundreds of times per minute with a very thin needle and pushes the pigment into the desired location.
In addition to defining the eyes, micropigmentation is used to enhance eyebrows and lips and can permanently create the look of blush and eye shadow.
- No Aspirin or Aspirin products for 3 days prior to the procedure.
- No Alcohol for 24 hours
- No Regular Coffee that morning – decaf is OK
- No Blood Thinning Medications, such as Coumadin, Heparin or Plavix (you will need to ask your doctor so you can be off these medications for 3 days)
- Do not wear eyeliner or eye shadow to your appointment. Your eyes will be sensitive, so bring sun glasses as well.
Permanent Makeup Candidates:
- If you are pregnant or nursing, you are not a candidate for this pro
- If you are Diabetic and on Insulin, you must have your doctor’s permission.
- If you are a Chemotherapy Patient, you must have your doctor's permission.
- If you have Open Angle Glaucoma controlled by drops you must have your doctor’s permission for an eyeliner procedure.
- If you use Retin-A your skin is sensitive, but we can do your procedure.
- If you recently had Plastic Surgery in or near the procedure area, you must be fully healed and have your doctor’s release for the procedure.
- If you are having your eyeliner done and you wear contact lenses, you need to bring your contact case and glasses to wear afterward.
- If you are having your lip liner or full lips done and have ever had a cold sore or fever blister, we require that you be on an anti-viral medication.
Permanent Eyebrow Tattoo Makeup
Filling in sparse eyebrows or painting eyebrows on the face is a time consuming procedure. The alternative, which is no eye brow, gives a naked or startled look. Very faired haired people often look eyebrow-less. People who have over plucked often find bare spots or a disappearing eyebrow after time passes. Chemotherapy causes hair loss, including the eyebrows. Some people are also born without hair which is known as genetic alopecia, and some develop loss after time or suddenly.
Eyebrow Product Line
The need for eyebrows opened the market for an array of products including powders, pencils, dye, and even surgical application of hair from one body part to the brow. The product line expanded to include topical to prep the skin for application and topical to cleanly remove the preparation. Then came stencils to make the brow a certain shape and symmetrical. There is an eyebrow stamp to print the color on the brow. The amount of time it took to create this perfect brow and shape often was indirectly proportional to the amount of time it took for it to disappear. Recreating eyebrows became a problem.
Tattooing on the Brows
Eyebrows applied with paint, cream, or powder, disappear with a good swim, a careless wipe of the brow, sweat, rain, face cream, etc. Permanent eyebrows require a permanent solution. Thus permanent makeup, which is a form of tattooing, became an option. With fine needles, the skin is punctured. A specially prepared sterile pigment is placed under the skin. The brow is not a sensitive area so there will be minimal discomfort and should be minimal bleeding, if any. Bruising is unusual.
The design ideally is set by you and the technician you choose. Shades are chosen to mimic the hair color you would have or currently have in an otherwise incomplete or thin brow. Initially, due to the oxygenation process and the fresh application on opened skin, the color is darker. After a healing process of 3-4 weeks, the color is seen through the fine filter of the skin. The color then appears lighter and less startling, more natural. Often a second visit is required to “tweak” the final result, that is, to see where color might be missing, or where it is too light, or simply to change the color. It is always easier to darken the brow than lighten, therefore be conservative with color choices. No one should use black pigment for eyebrows.
Permanent Eyebrow Aftercare
Most permanent cosmetic technicians provide a prescription for an after care ointment. This cream should be applied for 10 days after the procedure to prevent the brows from getting dry, which can alter the overall look of the finished permanent eyebrows. It's normal for redness and swelling to persist for days after the cosmetic procedure. The sun as well as hot tubs or pools should be avoided. Normal healing happens when the brows get darker and look softer; this is indication that healing is occurring.
Swelling: Very slight. A little redness in the immediate area.
Moisture: Keep the area of pigmentation moist 4 times per day: morning, night and twice in-between with aquaphore for a minimum of 3 days. If a crust appears on the pigmented surface DO NOT FORCE THE REMOVAL BY PICKING, SCRATCHING OR WASHING!!! PIGMENT MAY BE REMOVED ALONG WITH THE CRUST!!!
Avoid for 1 week:
- Soaps, facial cleansers, water on pigmented areas
- Washing pigmented area
- Chlorine pools
- Retin-A on pigmented areas
- Makeup on pigmented area for 5 days, including non-allergenic
- Hot, steamy, long showers
- Sun on pigmented areas
- Jacuzzi or saunas
- Terry towels on pigmented areas
- Shower with your back to the water to avoid water, shampoo and conditioner from getting into the pigmented areas. Have a sufficient amount of Shea Butter or Shea Oil on the pigmented area during showers.
Do not be alarmed by fading after the first application. The final color cannot be judged until at least 3 weeks after the touchup applications are completed. This is the reason follow-ups are required.
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Permanent Eyeliner Tattoo Makeup
As long ago as 10,000 years BC, people were lining their eyes. The ancient Egyptians, male and female often wore eyeliner of kohl. Not only did it frame the eye but also helped reduced glare from the bright sun – think of football players with grease on their cheeks. In fact, many horses wear “eyeliner” for this purpose and do indeed have permanent eyeliner.
Advantages of Permanent Eyeliner (micro tattooing)
Permanent eyeliner or micro tattooing of pigment along, below, or above the lash line not only enhances the eyes appearance but also prevents the smudginess or complete disappearance of the color during sports, perspiring, crying, tearing, or rubbing the eyes. It also is recommended for those with shaking hands who can’t apply a straight line (e.g.arthritis,stroke, or Parkinson's sufferers). It is recommended for those who cannot see to apply a line.
Allergy users find it a relief not to tear onto their freshly applied cosmetics. It boosts the appearance and sense of wellbeing for those with alopecia (hair loss) who have no eyelashes; a fine line drawn can give the appearance of a lash line. It is a benefit for those too busy to apply makeup everyday or for those whom it is impractical to have to apply it (e.g. soldiers, athletes) and for those allergic to cosmetic eyeliner.
The simple procedure uses fine sterile needles to tattoo the pigment – usually a brown or black shade under the skin. The color then heals over the next few weeks and is seen through the skin- that is, the skin becomes a filter to see the shade. The eyeliner is never the coal black of topical liner but can be made so by applying black liner over it for those occasions such color is wished.
Ideally, the permanent makeup eyeliner is conservatively applied so it looks natural and makes the eye beautiful. Lashes can be made to appear darker and fuller by proper application. Times and styles change and the liner should be able to withstand those changes. Fun colors and exaggerated slants can be added topically on occasion but if designed permanently, can’t be removed. It’s better to live with a good enhancement, than to suffer for years with dramatic eyes which looked adorable at 20 but ridiculous at 40!
In the end, it is up to you what kind of liner you wish and what color. A good technician can guide you through this process. Some basic eyeliner samples can often be seen on the website of the artist/technician you choose.
Permanent Eyeliner Aftercare
After permanent eyeliner procedures, it is normal for the eyes to be tender and swollen for a couple days afterward. Ice can help prevent further swelling. Some patients may find an ice pack too cold and a washcloth or paper towel can be inserted in between the pack and the skin for comfort. At night, some patients find sleeping in an elevated positions more comfortable; this also helps reduce swelling.
Do not rub the eye in any capacity. It's important to allow the area to heal properly without touching. Proper cleaning is important and can be achieved with the use of a cotton swab. Heat should be avoided and you should stay out of the sun and pools or hot tubs. No makeup should be worn for 3 days after the procedure.
Swelling: Moderate. An ice bag should be applied for the first few hours. Ten (10) minutes on and ten (10) minutes off. Following the procedure, you may find the area slightly puffy for the first few mornings. Either thinly sliced cucumbers or an ice bad placed on the eyed on the second day for a few minutes in the morning along with sleeping somewhat propped up on your back will make a difference if you know that you have a tendency to swell.
Use only Artificial Tears product to moisten and cleanse eye area.
- Contact lenses the day of the procedure
- Driving (for 8 hours following procedure)
- Chlorine pools for one (1) week
- Soaps, facial cleansers on pigmented area for 2-3 days
- Eye makeup for 5 days until flaking is finished (included non-allergenic)
- Jacuzzi, sauna for 2-3 days
- Retin A on pigmented area for 1 week
- Hot, long, steamy showers
- Eyelash curlers for 2-3 days
- Terry towels on pigmented area for 2-3 days
- Mascara for 5 days then begin with NEW mascara Shower with your back to the water to avoid water, shampoo and conditioner from getting into the pigmented area.
If your eyes become infected, call your physician and obtain prescription for eye drops.
Do not rub eyes doing so may cause damage.
Do not be alarmed by fading after first application. The final color cannot be judged until 3 weeks after touch up applications are completed.
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Permanent Lipliner Tattoo Makeup
Lip coloring is an ancient art. Women have pigmented their lips with various dyes, or stains for centuries. Tattooing the lip color or permanent makeup of the lips benefits those who cant see to apply color or whose hands tremble or shake or are unable to perform the daily act of cosmetic makeup application. It is not only for those who want to look their best but also for those who have lost color, possibly through natural aging, chemotherapy, surgery, or sun damage. Athletes and swimmers find the permanent lip tattoo invaluable as they go about their activities.
The Pros of Permanent Lipstick:
- Lip shape can be enhanced or evened out if irregular.
- Time saved in makeup application
- Expense of buying and replacing old or moldy lip-glosses is reduced.
- Self esteem enhanced by a professional appearance
- Avoid the appearance of lipstick color “bleeding” into fine lines around the mouth.
- Replace lip color lost through aging, activity, cancer or chemotherapy.
- A simple inexpensive clear lip-gloss applied over the color will keep the lips looking lipstick fresh.
- Allergic responses to lipstick brands or dried lip tissue are no longer an issue.
- Lip color no longer stains coffee cups of glasses but remains on the lips where it belongs. Scars can be camouflaged.
The Cons of Lip Tattooing:
- The treatment can be painful (despite anesthetics) since lip tissue is very delicate.
- There is a healing process where the color slowly lightens to the desired shade after being quite intense.
- As with any invasive procedure, there is a risk of infection if certain precautions are not followed.
- The color is permanent and styles change.
- The design is poorly done, irregular, or the natural lip line distorted.
- The lip line goes into the skin and is a different color.
- The pigment can migrate or cause allergy.
- Lips thin with aging and color appears as a kool aide stain above the lip if done improperly.
- Scarring or keloid formation in those who are prone
- The procedure can be expensive and several follow-ups may be required.
- Removal, as with any tattoo removal is expensive, painful, and not always successful.
How to Avoid Negative Results of Micro tattooing or Permanent Cosmetic Makeup:
- Chose a neutral color to enhance lips. Dramatic color can always be temporarily applied for special occasions.
- Discuss expectations and desired results before the procedure .
- Do not extend the tattoo beyond the vermillion border (lip border) if possible.
- Regular touchups prevent fading.
- Select an experienced technician who adheres to national standards of safety and hygiene such as the Society of Permanent Makeup Professionals.
- Advise the nurse of any history of cold sores and take preventative medicine to avoid recurrence.
- Keeping lips moisturized prevents chapping and lip color flaking.
- Follow all after instructions exactly as directed.
- Agree upon cost prior to procedure and learn what is included in the initial cost (e.g. follow ups, anesthetics, availability of technician for future).
Permanent makeup, eyeliner, eyebrow or lip color, can be an exciting addition to your cosmetic routine, improve your appearance, and save time and money in the long run. Selecting an experienced technician after viewing their work and credentials eliminates many of the drawbacks and risks.
Permanent Lipliner Aftercare
Whether a full lip procedure or just lip liner, the lips will be swollen and dry after a permanent makeup procedure. An after care ointment will be prescribed and should be applied on the lips several times a day. This ointment will be used for 2 weeks after the initial procedure. If the lips do become dry, the overall look may be altered. No rubbing should occur; tap the ointment onto the lips to moisten them.
As the lips are healing, they will flake. Do not pick the flaking skin and allow it to heal on its own. Avoid any heat including tanning beds, the sun and any hot water directly on the lips. Alcohol and salty foods should be avoided during the healing process.
Swelling: Moderate. An ice bag should be applied for the first few hours for ten (10) minutes on and ten (10) minutes off.
Moisture: Lips will tend to be very dry. Keep them moist with Shea Butter or Shea Oil ONLY. Some peeling may occur. DO NOT PEEL OFF! Do not wipe your lips with a napkin while eating blot instead. Drink through a straw. Lips have a tendency to fade up to 60% after the first procedure.
- Chlorine pools for 1 week
- Retin A on the lips
- Drinking without a straw
- Hot, long, steamy showers
- Sun on pigmented area for 2-3 days
- Soaps, facial cleansers on pigmented area for 2-3 days
- Terry towels on pigmented area for 2-3 days
- Any topical product such as Chapstick, Blistex, Ambesol. USE ONLY
- AQUAPHORE OR EMU OIL.
- Rubbing lips with wash cloth wash around lips carefully
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