Look like yourself, only better! ~ Dr. Linda Dixon

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frequently asked questions

Permanent Makeup - What is it?

Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as "micropigmentation", "micropigment implantation" or "dermagraphics". The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.


How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Done?

Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various methods, including the traditional tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or hand method. The process includes an initial consultation, then application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.


Who Benefits from Permanent Makeup?

EVERYONE, from the young to the elderly, who desires a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially beneficial to people who can’t wear other cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; Active people who want to look their best for activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and those who don't want to worry about "sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics. Also the vision impaired who have difficulty applying their cosmetics, and others with motor impairments such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup, and busy people who don’t have time to spend on their makeup.


What Type of Permanent Cosmetic Procedures can be Done?


Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin 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, furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint, pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time. It is important to consider this and all aspects of the procedure when selecting a potential permanent cosmetic makeup technician.


How Much does Permanent Makeup Cost?

The average cost per procedure varies but usually averages between $400-$800. The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician. Most important is the training and skill of the technician and the confidence of the client in that skill.
Read the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals opinion about price HERE. http://www.spcp.org/whatcost.htm


How Long Does Each Procedure Take?

The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 to 2 ½ hours. Touch up procedures usually do not require as much time.


Is It Painful?

Most people experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual's pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. I take pain management very seriously and use top of the line topical anesthetics.  These topicals are very effective and keep most people very comfortable.  For me personally, I say that the procedure doesn’t “feel good” but describe the sensations as annoying or irritating rather than painful.


Is It Safe?

If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe.
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What If I Don't Like It?

Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure.


Which Technician Should I Choose?

Choose a technician carefully by considering training, experience, and portfolio. It is important to remember that the shape and proper placement of the procedure is as important as the right color. The desired look is obtained during the course of consultation, initial procedure and follow up procedures. Interaction between the client and the technician should be of utmost importance.


Are There Any After or Side Effects?

Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the edema may last may last from two to seventy two hours. During the procedure there may be some bleeding and or bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. Sometimes, people have reactions to aftercare antibiotics. You may use any type of antibiotic ointment that you prefer for your individual system. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.


Do The Pigments Pose Allergy Problems?

The application is just deep enough to penetrate the minute capillaries in the dermal layer of skin. There have been so few reactions to the pigments that some doctors are suggesting that the patch test be eliminated. Of course you can request a patch test but reality is, you can develop an allergy to anything at any time, even years later. Some doctors recommend that people with allergies have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that they are sensitive to. There have been very few reactions to pigments and only rarely in the case of blue-based red pigments.


Is There Any Possibility for Medical Problems?

There are risks in everything we do in life, but the possibility that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today’s health standards. However, you must choose a technician that follows these standards!  Professionals are given continued opportunities for education in practicing precise methods of sanitation and sterilization. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will greatly decrease your risks.


What's a Touch-Up and Do I Need One?

There is no way for a technician to predict how your skin will heal or how your body will react to a pigment so rarely is the implanted pigment perfect after the first procedure. Creating beautiful permanent cosmetics is an art form and a process.  You should expect at least one follow-up to the initial procedure to perfect and refine the color and shape.  Most technicians will include at least one touchup in the price of each procedure.  I want you to LOVE your Permanent Cosmetics so I include touchups for 6 months after the initial procedure.


Can I Still Have an MRI Scan?

Numerous studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to no potential for irritation resulting from an MRI.  In the rare instance where discomfort resulted, it was localized and very temporary. Most people have more metal in their fillings than they would ever have in tattoo work.  I recommend that you tell your physician that you have had permanent cosmetics applied if you are concerned about an adverse reaction.