Is it painful?
The degree of discomfort varies from person to person. Though topical anesthetics (lidocaine, tetracaine, and benzocaine) are used, some experience minor discomfort and/or minimal pain described as a stinging, burning, or tickling sensation. Only a physician can provide lidocaine injections.
Is it safe?
Pigments used are inert iron oxides, which have been used in traditional tattooing and makeup for many years. Strict OSHA requirements are followed and needle cartridges are individually packaged, sterile, and most importantly disposable, so they are only used on a single patient and then discarded. Please make sure that the practitioner that you choose is licensed and has ample experience. It is your face and mistakes can be very difficult to repair. Also, diabetic individuals are more sensitive to any type of skin disturbance, and they take longer to heal.
What is the process?
I use a state-of-the-art digital machine and single-use needle. The pigment is deposited between the epidermis and dermis into the thin melanin layer which determines the color of your skin. The process takes from about one to three hours, depending on the procedure, color, and area to be enhanced.
How long does it last?
Permanent cosmetics will fade gradually and you may want a touch up after a year and perhaps
years at a greatly reduced price. Permanent makeup does not last as long as other tattoos because the pigment qualities are uniquely formulated for facial procedures and the face is more highly exposed to elements and insults such as sun, cosmetics, washing, etc..
How soon can I go out?
Right away. For the first few days, you may look like you are wearing your makeup a little heavier than usual. Some faint puffiness or redness may occur. Lips will take longer to appear “normal.”
Should I wear makeup to my first appointment?
If you choose to have the permanent makeup applied as you wear your makeup, this is a good idea, so that I can see the effect you want to achieve. With my extensive art and design background, I can also help you with color and design to enhance your individual beauty.
Is it economical?
Just for fun, I decided to run the numbers. If a person spends just three minutes a day applying makeup, that equals 18.5 hours per year. Over a five year period, that's 92.5 hours. How much is your time worth to you? If you add in the cost of traditional cosmetics, the cost is even higher. I have not applied lipstick or liner for two years!