What exactly is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent cosmetic makeup is the
art and science of implanting color
into your skin. It is putting the right
color in the right place so you can look
better naturally. Specialized instruments
allow your practitioner to place color into the layer of skin known as the dermis.
Because the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing
itself, you are looking at the color through a thin veil of skin. When your procedure
is completed, the color will appear darker
than the final result. This is because the color is in BOTH the epidermis and
the dermis. The color in the top layer will flake off during the healing process.
Will I really look like myself...Only Better?
Permanent cosmetic makeup
helps replenish what time has taken away
and gives back precious time you normally spend "putting on your face". You can
save up to 100 hours in a single year that we re formerly spent struggling to
draw eyebrows evenly or eyeliner half-way straight. That's two and one-half weeks
of free time plus the money you'll save buying new and expensive cosmetics that
smear, smudge and disappear during the day. Permanent makeup is not intended
to replace cosmetics completely. Because the color is placed "in" your skin and
not "on" your skin a more natural, softer look results. When you're ready to
kick up your heels and go out for a night-on-the-town, you can apply as much
additional makeup as you wish.
I'm afraid of pain... Does permanent makeup
have to hurt a lot?
topical anesthetics have been developed especially for permanent
make up for eyeliner, eyebrows and lip color procedures. These
creams and gels are applied to the desired area before and during
the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience
possible. Some people describe the sensation as a "tingling" feeling.
Most people experience some discomfort, especially for lip
color procedures. It is common to hear that there was not as
much pain as was expected. As the anesthetic wears off after
the procedure, cool packs are very soothing to the area.
How long will it take to recover?
You'll look like you've had a
good cry for several hours following eyeliner.
It is advised to apply ice for10 minutes
at a time during these first few hours.
Also, it is important to wear sunglasses
as your eyes may be temporarily
sensitive to light. Eyebrow procedures
have the least swelling. Lip color often
involves temporary swelling. You must let your technician know if you have a
history of fever blisters so your doctor can prescribe medication.
How long will my permanent makeup last?
Permanent make-up is long-lasting.
However, as you become accustomed to your new makeup it's not uncommon to want
more. You will want to freshen up your new makeup every couple of years. The
darker the color, such as black, the longer it will stay unchanged in your
skin. Natural, delicate colors are oftentimes more vulnerable to the effects
of sun, swimming and breakdown by the body. No pigment is FDA approved for
tattoos. Both organic and inorganic pigments may be used to achieve the desired
Can I remove my permanent
makeup if I change my mind?
Because it's easy to add color and difficult
to take away, your technician will be conservative in the initial
application of your new color. Take advantage of the consultation
to discuss your wants and needs. It's also a time where you and
your technician choose the right colors and discuss any special
requests you may have. Your cooperation will largely determine
the end result of your procedures. Remember it is a team effort
Can I get my permanent makeup cheaper?
Remember the saying "You get what you pay
for". It saves you money and embarrassment to do right the first
time! If you already have permanent makeup and wish to have changes
in the shape or color, please call for a consult.
What if I have plastic or laser surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is desirable
for many reasons as we age. It's best to complete your surgery
before having your makeup applied. Laser surgery or resurfacing
may result in color loss or darkening of your makeup depending
on the laser and the colors in your skin. Advise your laser
surgeon that you have permanent cosmetics so that he or she
can perform a "spot test" before
they proceed. If either cosmetic surgery or laser causes color
loss, then it is a simple matter to have the color replaced.
Your technician can explain more about complications of cosmetic
Dr. Dixon is now President of
the American Academy of Micropigmentation The AAM is the only
organization in the US that certifies members in a 3 part rigorous
examination to insure that their practice meets the highest standards.
We can correct many botched jobs
done elsewhere but not all of them. Remember this is a
tattoo it is lasts a long time! IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO GET THE
JOB DONE RIGHT THE 1st TIME you save yourself so much in the
long run... Removing unwanted color once it is under the skin
is quite difficult and a scar can result. It takes years of training
and a lot of skill not to mention a certain amount of artistry
to match colors and shapes to each persons skin. This is not
your grandfathers tattoo that he got in the navy! It's
on your face.
Your Safety Comes First
At Wakeup with Makeup we have
many safeguards and use only single-use needles and parts. We
have an autoclave for some items and a quarterly test by a third
party agency to make sure the autoclave is sterilizing perfectly. Your
safety is #1!
We use inorganic and organic
pigments at Wakeup with Makeup. You won't see eyeliner
that is "tattoo blue" or brows that are off color. We cannot
guarantee the exact color that will result in your skin but it
will be a pleasing color. The human skin is a living canvas
and has its own colors.
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