Please understand this is an unregulated industry, and anyone can buy a machine and attempt to do permanent makeup procedures - including yourself. Most permanent makeup technicians are not properly qualified and they do this illegally by not following state, city or health board laws. They add permanent makeup to the list other things they do for a living and this is not their main business. By using these unqualified persons, not only are you taking a chance with your facial beauty, but you are taking a chance with your life! I provide you with all of the important information you need to know regarding your procedure. If you do not choose a certified and qualified establishment like Permanent Makeup, you are at serious risk of contracting serious diseases. We hope and pray you choose wisely, and donít make the mistake of deciding based on pricing alone! We are the bestÖ not the cheapest!
What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent Makeup is the art of Micropigment Implantation; a process by which tiny droplets of custom colored pigment is skillfully implanted into the second layer of the skin, called the dermis layer to simulate natural looking color or well defined makeup.
What is Medical Micropigmentation?
Medical Micropigmentation is the camouflaging of skin discolorations to help restore features taken away by surgery, scars, aging, disease, or by unfortunate circumstances that have altered one's appearance on the face and body. The discoloration is camouflaged to a person's natural skin tone, areola color or hair color, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
What to look for in a Technician?
Technician should have attended a reputable school for more than 88 hours and have:
- Certifications in Micropigmentation (Permanent Makeup)
- Certification in Bloodborne Pathogens
- Certification in Makeup Artistry
- Licensed and Permitted by The Health Department
- Licensed with the City in which they work
- Have Insurance (in case they permanently injure you or give you a life threatening disease)
If your technician lacks any of these credentials do not use them - your health and facial beauty is at risk! Ask to see these certifications since they are legally required to be displayed. Also note that under the Health Department requirements, when performing a procedure they should be gloved, gowned, goggled, masked and have barrier film on all their equipment to prevent spreading of body fluids and blood. The room should be sterile and look like a doctorís office. You are not allowed to have any fabrics (curtains, blankets, pillows, foam padding, rugs etc. They must have hot and cold running water, wall mounted soap and paper towel dispensers. Look at your technician to see how they have their makeup. Ask to see portfolio of their before and after pictures to see how good their work is.
Is Permanent Makeup safe?
Your health and safety are my priority! I am Bloodborne Pathogens Certified to keep you safe and healthy from the spread of disease like HIV, Hepatitis and Herpes. (you can get any of these diseases if you choose someone that is not qualified and certified). All procedures are performed using disposable supplies that follow strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines as required by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA regulations. Permanent Makeup is a clean, safe, and sterilized environment that has been inspected and permitted by the Health Department.
What is the average "Cost" of Permanent Makeup?
Ask yourself how much is your health and facial beauty worth to you? Many like yourself would agree that it is priceless. You should understand that Permanent Makeup is an invasive procedure that is permanent and on your face! Your health and facial beauty is far too important to pick an unskilled technician that isn't qualified or certified. Don't let cost be a determining factor in your decision to choose a permanent makeup technician. You will discover the hard way that you usually "get what you pay for" in this largely unregulated industry. There are many expenses involved for the permanent makeup specialist that follows State and City regulations and guidelines, insured, certified and qualified and do permanent makeup full time, not part time along with other services they offer. A Permanent Makeup Specialist that is trained, qualified, certified, insured and follows all state and city requirements and permits should be charging anywhere from $500-$1000. If anyone charges $300 or less for permanent makeup procedure with a touch up included in the price, DO NOT USE THEM! It could cost you many times more to fix anything done the wrong way.
How long will Permanent Makeup last?
Many factors influence the longevity of permanent makeup such as the sun, hormones, skincare products, chlorine pools, medications and hydration of the skin. Your permanent makeup can last for several years depending on your skin. Darker pigment will last longer than lighter pigment. If done correctly with quality pigments your permanent makeup should last around 3-5 years give or take. Most permanent makeup procedure requires a touch up session to layer the pigment and do any corrections needed.†
How long will the procedure take?
Procedure times may vary depending on the area of application, the individual's case and how much work needs to be done and sensitivity. Most procedure will take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Four to six weeks later a touch-up session should last about 30 minutes per area.
Is the procedure uncomfortable?
Unlike most people that do permanent makeup, Permanent Makeup uses a prescription strength topical numbing solution for your comfort. In most cases our clients have no problem and say itís very tolerable and they barely feel anything at all. Do not do permanent makeup one week before or during menstration, since none of the above applies at that time.
What should I do before my treatment appointment?
The following recommendations apply: 1-2 weeks prior to your appointment stop using any and all supplements that can cause your blood to thin. Do not take Aspirin products, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Alcohol etc. Take 3-4 Benadryl 30 minutes before your appointment to help reduce the watering of your eyes. It is an antihistamine that will help minimize tearing all the ink away during eyeliner procedures as well as keeping any swelling to a minimum, and in some cases help to relax you a bit! Remember, your adrenalin will be pumping through your system during the procedure and for approximately one hour after, you most likely will not feel any drowsiness and will be fine to drive home. As always, please check with your doctor if you are under medical care or have questions.
What information is important to tell my technician?
Let your technician know if you are Diabetic, have an autoimmune disease or your discoloration is due to scars or Vitiligo. It takes special advance training courses and certifications to work with these cases. Most unskilled permanent makeup technicians donít know how and will not work on you. Here at Orange County Permanent Makeup, we are experts in the permanent makeup industry and are highly trained, qualified, certified and skilled to work on you.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Colors appear darker, brighter, thicker and unnatural looking in the beginning, and then lighten up 50%-60% over the week to a more soft and natural look in appearance in approximately 7 to 10 days. Depending on the area, you may have swelling and redness anywhere from 24-72 hours. Most clients are capable to drive after eyeliner procedure, and in most cases you will look like youíve been crying. The thicker the permanent makeup is the more swelling darkness you will be. The first 72 hours is the at the peak of reaction for eyebrows, and 24 hours for eyeliner. Depending on the intensity of the procedure and your own bodies healing ability, you may seep lymph and blood anywhere from 24-72 hours. We will give you after care instructions to take home.
What are my aftercare instructions?
Keep the area tattooed moist with no direct water for 5 days for eyes, and 10 days for eyebrows, lips and camouflaging procedures. Lightly apply moisturizer 3-4 times a day and evening, never allowing your tattoo to dry. If you do not follow proper aftercare and you form a scab, it will pull all the color out of your skin and into the tattoo. When the scab come off it takes the color with it, leaving remnants of undesirable base color and will make your tattoo look uneven in size and shape. We recommend you use Aquaphor ointment from any place that carries lotions/moisturizers. Tattoo Goo (www.tattoogoo.com) or our least recommended - Vaseline, for 5-10 days after the procedure. For eyeliner procedures, if you are worried you may cannot keep the ointments above from getting into your eye, you can use a Lubricated Eye Ointment P.M. from any eye care isle. There are a few to choose from one being Stye Eye. Ask your local pharmacy department in any store.
Is the procedure uncomfortable?
Permanent Makeup uses a prescription strength topical numbing solution for your comfort. In most cases our clients have no problem and say itís very tolerable and they barely feel anything at all. Keep in mind that if you do permanent makeup one week before or during your menstrual cycle, your body is typically more sensitive.