What is Permanent Cosmetics?

Semi Permanent Make UpPermanent Cosmetics (PC) is also known as Semi-Permanent Makeup or Semi-Permanent Cosmetics and/or Micropigmentation, which entails applying the art and science of micropigments implanted under the epidermis into the dermal layer of the skin. For a full and accurate description of this process, read further from Discovery Health:

The first application of Permanent Make Up always appears darker because it has been introduced into both the epidermis and dermis. However, after only 7-14 days of healing time, the epidermis will flake or heal from the procedure and only the dermal layer remains pigmented. This is when the initial (and sometimes shocking) darker color begins to fade. Please refer to our before and after procedure instructions for additional information on the healing process and your part in the before and after care.

To eliminate the possibility of contamination, most tattoo materials, including inks, ink cups, gloves and needles, are single use. Lashem-n-Leavem uses only  single-use items in sterile packaging, which are opened only after the client is present, comfortable and locally anesthesitized just prior to beginning the procedure.

After Care and Consent Form

Please download and if necessary print both the Permanent Cosmetics Home Care Instructions-1 and PC Consent Form

Some Important Questions Answered

  • Does It Hurt?

The topical anesthetics are designed for use in micropigmentation. These epinephrine infused lidocaine, tetracaine, microcaine topicals are applied before, during and after the procedure to maximize comfort. On a pain scale of 0-10, with “0” being no pain and “10” being the worst pain, our clients rate their experience between “0-3”. We frequently assess for pain during the procedure. If a client reports that pain is approaching a threshold of “3” we stop the procedure and add more anesthetic and begin again only after the client confirms the pain threshold has returned to baseline.

  • Are there any Risks?

Any time one under goes an invasive cosmetics procedure there is always potential for risk. Possible risks include infection, allergic reaction, misplaced color, scarring and undesired result or undesired color. Always feel free to ask questions at your free consultation. There is never any obligation when simply seeking information.

  • How will Permanent Cosmetics change my appearance?

Permanent Cosmetics can bring back the definition, youth and beauty lost with aging. It can also serve to camouflage small foibles or oversights of nature. Permanent Cosmetics provide an opportunity for subtle redesign as with eyebrows or enhancement as with lips and eyeliner.

In addition, Permanent Cosmetics can save countless hours spent on applying makeup everyday to look your best because it allows you to wake up with makeup every morning. Imagine too how much money can be saved as you no longer need to purchase brow powders and liners, eyeliners or lip liner and lipstick. Just wash and go!

While Permanent Cosmetics may not replace makeup entirely, because the color is placed into the dermal layer of the skin and on top of the epidermis, the nook is more natural with a softer appearance. If you choose a softer, lighter design and color, you add flexibility by adding more makeup if you wish to wear a bolder look for night life or parties or add nothing at all for a natural day wear look.

  • How Long Does It Last?

The term “permanent” in Permanent Cosmetics is actually a misnomer. Semi-permanent is more appropriate. It is not unusual to need a touch up within a year of having the first implantation procedure. Everyone’s body interacts differently with the pigment, so it is not possible to say with certainty how long your “Permanent” Cosmetic procedure will last. Some last for as little as year, others for 10 years or more. The majority of procedures (not including lips which metabolize and fade more easily than any other PC procedure) clients experience 2-5 years of good color before needing re-treatment of the area.

  • What happens if I need an MRI?

There was a time years ago with the metal based pigments and in the early days of MRIs when some individuals reported burns at the area of pigmentation during an MRI. However, with the newer pigments and cutting edge diagnostic technology this is no longer reported. There have been rare instances reported of mild tingling or burning sensation during an MRI at the site of micro pigmentation with no residual effects. These symptoms can be completely averted by placing wet gauze or cloth on the tattoo or permanent makeup site before entering the MRI tube. Simply make the MRI nurse or technician aware of your micro pigmented site(s) before the start of your procedure so the area can be protected as a precaution.

The following links maybe of interest if you have any of the foregoing concerns:

www.mrisafety.com or for additional information on MRI safety:

http://www.mrisafety.com/safety_article.asp?subject=145

www.micropigmentation.org

http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/

Advantages of Permanent Cosmetics

There are about 10 basic reasons a woman will pursue having a Permanent Cosmetic procedure:

1. Convenience

2. Allergies to traditional makeup

3. Color correction or camouflage

4. Glasses, contact lenses or lasik surgery

5. Arthritis or chronic pain of the hands

6. Enhance or redefine after brow or lash hair loss

7. Too busy and active in sports or other activities constantly re-apply traditional makeup

8. No natural ability to apply make up that looks attractive (design)

9. Prefer the a la naturale – au naturel  look of PC

10. Alopecia of chemo, burn scars, trauma or previous cosmetic surgery

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