Medical & Cosmetic Make-up Specialist
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is permanent make up for everyone?
A. If you are taking steroids or blood thinning medication, you are not a good candidate for permanent makeup.
Q. What is the recovery time for permanent makeup?
A. Everyone is different, but a general rule would be 3-10 days. It is common for a person to return to work the same day the procedure was performed. There may be slight swelling after an Eyeliner procedure, and Eyebrows may look darker than usual – all of which softens and settles down in a few days.
Q. Can I wear makeup over the tattooed area?
A. After the area has healed 7-10 days following your procedure. When you resume applying make-up to the newly tattooed area it is very important that you use a new, un-opened cosmetic. This will limit the possibly of infection to the treated area.
Q. How is the procedure done?
A. A sterilized, disposable needle is used to implant colored pigment beneath the basal (top) layer of the skin, enhancing natural features.
Q. Is the procedure painful?
A. Most people compare it to a “scratching” sensation. A topical numbing anesthetic cream is used to pre-treat the area. You should follow a few simple rules beforehand of: no alcohol, aspirin, blood-thinning medications, Vitamin E, garlic or herbal supplements three, but preferably five, days prior to your appointment. This will help reduce some discomfort associated with the procedure. Also, no caffeine the day of the procedure. Following these guidelines greatly increases your comfort level during your permanent makeup procedure.
Q. How long does a procedure take?
A. Approximately two hours on your first visit and one hour on your follow-up visit.
Q. What about the shape?
A. The design is sketched on and approved by you prior to the start of any procedure, so you will see exactly what is going to be done before anything permanent is applied.
Q. How long does the cosmetic tattoo last?
A. All procedures and areas are different. One to three years is typical and some may last longer. Re-enhancements otherwise known as “touch-ups" or “refresher color boosts” are recommended for maintenance. Eventually you will need a color touch-up when your color fades. Once the color lightens you will know that you are ready for your refresher color boost. This cannot be avoided – everything fades with time, especially those areas exposed to the sun.
Q. How long do I have to wait between appointments?
A. 5 to 8 weeks between your first application and your follow up appointment is necessary (approximately 30-50% of color fades between your 1st treatment and follow up visit).
Q. What about allergies?
A. If you are prone to allergies, you may ask Valerie about an allergy test. The allergy test will be done using a red pigment. The red pigment is usually the one that will cause the most noticeable allergic reaction if there will be a reaction at all. Reactions are rare.
Q. What does it cost?
A. You can expect to pay anywhere from $250-$400 per procedure (includes your follow up appointment).