Permanent Make-Up

 

 

Everyone's talking about it.  But what exactly is it??

 

Scroll down for information on the following:

--  Frequently Asked Questions

-- PMU Procedures Offered

--  Pre-Care &  Post-Care

FAQs

 

 

Q:  What is permanent makeup?

A:  Permanent Makeup (PMU), or micropigmentation, is the process of implanting specially formulated pigment into the skin via various techniques (described below).  When done correctly, it can be life-changing!! 

Q:  How permanent is it really?

A:  Results will fade over time for everyone.  Some may find there are areas that barely fade, and/or there also may be areas that are resistant to retaining pigment much at all.  Skin type, sun exposure, age, lifestyle, skincare products, and a variety of other factors can all affect how long it lasts and how it will fade.

Q:  Does it hurt?

A:  A numbing agent is used throughout the procedure to keep you as comfortable as possible.  The level of discomfort one experiences will vary from person to person.  There will be some initial minor scrapes &/or pricking sensations first before the numbing agent is activated.  

Q:  Why does it sometimes fade out and look orangish/blueish/reddish/greenish?

A:  Color theory.  All colors are made up of the 3 primary colors. Therefore, all permanent makeup pigments have an original base using a combination of red, blue, or yellow.  Depending on the client's undertones and the base of the pigments your artist uses, in conjunction with sun exposure and other factors, it can fade out with these base colors.  Another possibility is that the pigment was placed too deep into the skin.

Q:  Why is there a touch-up 4-8 weeks after the procedure? 

A:  All procedures are a 2-appointment process before being considered complete.  You may find you are happy with the results with no need to return after your initial procedure, but a "perfection session" is included if within the 4-8 week timeframe.

Q:  How long is each procedure?

A:  Brows--   about 2.5 hrs

      Brow Touch-Up--  about 1.5 hrs

      Lips--  about 2.5 hrs 

      Lips Touch-Up-- about 1.5 hrs

PMU Procedures

 

Consultation* 30 minutes, $50

*It is not necessary to come in for a consultation prior to booking.  We just need to rule out any possible contraindications that could affect you being a candidate (listed below).  

To have a better understanding of the process, discuss things in more detail, and get to preview how the end result will look, come in for a consultation!  You will arrive with your brows filled in with make-up (if this is something you do). First, I'll clean up and give your existing brows a proper shaping (with or w/o wax) before mapping out and filling in the suggested shape to help you envision the end result.   We'll go over your options, discuss expectations, review contraindications, and review pre-care and post care.  If/When you decide to book, the consultation fee will be applied to your procedure. 

 

Brow Procedures . . .

ALL Brow Procedures  + one complimentary Perfection Session,  $599

$200 nonrefundable deposit is required to book all first-time PMU procedures. 

Cancellations/rescheduling within 2 weekdays of procedure will result in loss of 1/2 your deposit to reschedule.

 

Your procedure is completely customized to give you the best results based on your skin type, desired results, and other contributing factors.  The different techniques I perform are described below...

-Microblading  is a cosmetic procedure using a tiny sterile blade to scratch hair-like strokes into the skin with specially formulated pigment.   (perfection session included 4-8 weeks after 1st session) 

Not suitable for all skin types

-Powder Brow / Ombre Brow / Microshading (it goes by many names) is a cosmetic procedure suitable for most skin types, using an electric tattooing machine to create a soft pixelated gradient look as if your brows have been filled in with powder.  (perfection session included 4-8 weeks after 1st session)

-Combo Brow / Blade n' Shade is a combination of the above techniques  (perfection session included 4-8 weeks after 1st session)

Touch-Up Policy:

A complimentary Perfection Session is included within 4-8 weeks of your initial procedure (which is scheduled at the time of booking).  If you need to cancel/reschedule this appointment with less than 48 hours notice, it will be $100 to reschedule.  After 2 months, the touch-up rates are as follows:

2-8 months from 1st session  $150  

9-15 months from 1st session  $250 

16-23 months from 1st session  $350  

24+ months from 1st session   full price  

 

Touching Up Another Artist's Work photos must be submitted before booking  $299+

Lips Procedure . . .

Lip Blush (2 - 2.5 hours) $500is a cosmetic tattooing procedure using an electric machine to implement soft pixels of color, enhancing the lip color like a lip stain.  Can help define the vermillion border, enhance the cupid's bow, correct discoloration, create balance, and give a fuller more youthful appearance.  Available in many gorgeous flattering shades with results lasting up to 3 years or longer!  (perfection session is included 4-8 weeks after 1st session)

Annual Refresh  $200

Touch-up  2-3 years  $300

                       4+ years  full price

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Care & Post-Care

Contraindications

Not everyone is a candidate for PMU.  Please review the following list of contraindications that could affect moving forward with the procedure before contacting to make an appointment.  (In some cases a doctor's note may be required.)

--No Botox/fillers at least 4 weeks pre or post procedure (2+ weeks prior if you regularly receive treatments)

--Hypertrophic scarring or keloids

--High blood pressure or heart condition (on medication)

--Taking blood-thinners including aspirin

--Diabetes (doctor note required)

--Oncology patients should be at least 6 weeks post treatment (doctor note required)

--Pregnant or Lactating

--Herpes simplex

--Prone to certain skin conditions e.g. rashes, blisters, psoriasis, or eczema

--Taking steroids such as cortisone, Accutane, Retin-A or Renova

--Allergy to numbing agents (benzocaine, lidocaine, tetracaine, epinephrine)

--Acute acne in the treatment area

--Susceptibility to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

--Spider veins or a birthmark in the area to be treated

--Blood disorder e.g. sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, or a platelet disorder

--Minors are accepted on a case by case basis.  Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian during the entire procedure with written consent.

--Allergies to any of the following: Aloe, Argania Spinosa, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbon Black, Chamomile, Coconut, Color Index Numbers / C.I. Generic Name (e.g. C.I. Acid Blue 52, C.I. Direct Red 122, C.I. Pigment Yellow 176, C.I. Solvent Black 34, etc.), DMDM hydantoin ,Glycerin, Green Tea, Iron Oxide, Isopropyl Alcohol, Mango, Papaya, Peppermint Arvensis Essential Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Rosa Moschata, Rosemary Oleoresin, Rosin/Resin, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Vitamin E Complex, Witch Hazel

Pre-Care.  for best results...

4-6 weeks prior

-no Botox or fillers (2 weeks for regular Botox users)

2 weeks prior:     

-do not tan or have had sunburned skin

-no facials of any kind

1 week prior:       

-discontinue using any products containing retinol/retinoids and alpha hydroxy acid/AHAs.

-no electrolysis or laser removal in the area

-no Fish Oil or Vitamin E (natural blood thinners)

-for Lip Blush - If you are prone to cold sores, you must obtain prescription medication (Valtrex, Zovirax, etc.) to take 48 hours before your appointment.

 

3 days prior:       

-no waxing or brow tinting

-drink plenty of water

-for Lip Blush - exfoliate lips gently & keep lips hydrated daily with a nourishing lip balm

24-48 hours:     

-avoid alcohol, caffeine, aspirin, ibuprofen (these drugs thins the blood which can causes excessive bleeding and poor color deposit), and salty foods

-for Lip Blush - If you are prone to cold sores, you must take prescription medication in preparation 48 hours prior to your appointment (Valtrex, Zovirax, etc.).

                           

Post Care.  for best results...

-Blot often the rest of the day of your procedure using a lint free towel/paper towel to absorb any excess lymph fluid until it has completely stopped (not everyone experiences this).  You will repeat this process every time you wash.

-Wash 2x day gently with Cetaphil facial cleanser (CeraVe, Neutrogena) morning & night for the first week. Make sure your hands are washed and sanitized before doing so.

-Dry completely after washing because moisture can be a cause for scabbing. You want to scab as little as possible.

-for brows Apply a small amount (like a grain of rice) of A&D ointment or Aquaphor to the brows with a clean Q-tip to help ease tightness or itchiness if/when needed. Do not over saturate. Do NOT use anti-bacterial ointment like Neosporin!

-for lips Apply ointment (Aquaphor, A&D, Hussle Butter) on lips several times a day. (nothing that "tingles". No Carmex, Blistex, etc.)

-Do not rub, pick, or scratch the treated area

-Limit alcohol consumption the first 48 hours

1st Week to 10 days (until your skin is healed over)

-Avoid make-up & sun screen in the treated area. You can still wear make-up & sunscreen everywhere else.  Mascara is fine.  Concealer is fine.  Stay away from the temples and brow bone.  Be careful when applying and removing. 

-Avoid swimming, hot tubs, saunas, hot yoga, excessive sweaty activities/exercise

-Avoid sun exposure.  (Big hats and sunglasses are our friends.)

-Avoid sleeping on your face.  Use a fresh pillowcase.

-Avoid tasks the first few days that would expose you to dust, powder, airborne debris

-Showers should be quick and not too hot (to avoid steam, which can affect retention during the healing process).  Keep your face/procedure area out of the water as much as possible. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.

- for Lip Blush- Avoid oily, spicy and overly salted foods. Drink with a straw.  After every meal gently rinse and clean lips with water and pat dry, then re-apply ointment.

- for Lip Blush- Avoid lip products that "tingle" (Carmex, Blistex, with camphor, peppermint oil, anything that says 'plumping'.)

30 days:  

-Continue to avoid sun exposure / tanning / UV rays  (can affect the color).  You can use sunscreen after the 1st week. (tip: lip balm with SPF is perfect to slip on over brows!)     

-Avoid products containing retinols, AHAs, glycolic acid          

-No Botox, facials, fillers, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion.

                          

Combo Brows - before/after/after touch-up

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Combo Brows

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Combo Brows - before/after/after touch-up

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