What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup (PMU) is the process by which sterile hypoallergenic cosmetic pigments are placed into the dermal layer of the skin using single-use, individual, disposable, sterile needles. PMU is not the same process as with conventional tattoos. Unlike with such tattoos, PMU pigments fade over time. That's because we use different pigments for the face, rather than carbon ink. The reason it's called “permanent” is that, even though it fades, particals remain in the skin. The areas to be treated are numbed using approved topical anesthetics to make your experience a comfortable and pleasant one.
Is it really permanent?
Yes and no. I use only the best quality products and pigments, and they will soften in color over time – typically 1-5 years. Even as PMU fades and becomes less visible, there will always be particles in the skin that remain. As with anti-aging creams, tanning beds, etc., results from permanent makeup do not last forever. It's recommended to get color boosts annually, to freshen up and maintain the natural look of your PMU.
PMU is an art, not a science. Clients' results vary, and using a pencil or powder for touch ups may still be needed If you get hair strokes only. We have no control over your body's healing process; and each time you have a procedure done, there will be less retention of your pigment due to scar tissue.
What is the recovery or healing time?
This varies from person to person. With proper topical anesthetic and numbing, swelling will be very minimal and typically there is no bleeding that results from my procedures. I provide each client with Ointment for aftercare along with written instructions. The treated area will begin to soften and lighten up within 3-30 days, and it's recommended you schedule your touch-up appointment any time from 6-12 months following your last procedure, then every 2 years for a color boost.
What is the hair stroke technique?
This is when a specialist implants pigment into the skin in hair-like strokes, giving the appearance of hair. The approach is becoming more common and popular in the industry. Keep in mind that this technique will require color boosts every 2 years to maintain your PMU's natural appearance, as the hair strokes with time will fade, blur, or look more powdered. The aging of your skin and tissue will affect the appearance of your PMU, regardless of the procedure, especially as the pigment ages. Eyebrows will eventually look more powdered, no matter what; so, this is why refreshment will always be needed.