Are Permanent Cosmetics for you? Questions Answered.
How long will it last?
The color retention of permanent makeup pigments vary according to ingredients and technique.
Ali offers pigments that are color concentrated to stay true to color for up to 10 years. Many women chose to have a touch up procedure performed after 3-5 years to simply brighten up their color or simply ready for a change.
Is it safe?
All procedures are performed with one-time disposable supplies and follow strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines as required by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA regulations.
Ali McCoy, RN is a registered nurse and a licensed paramedical aesthetician with extensive training in standard precautions in healthcare.
Do your pigments contain iron oxide?
No. Pigments containing iron oxide pose medical concerns and may not be safe to be used in an MRI. Pigments that contain iron oxide are known to not stay true to original color. Over time as they fade, black iron oxide pigments turn blue and brown iron oxide pigments turn pink. If you have experienced this color change from iron oxide pigments, Ali offers color correction procedures to neutralize the iron oxide pigment already in your skin, followed by implanting a high quality pigment chosen to create the desired outcome and appearance.
Is it painful?
A topical anesthetic is used to minimize the pain or discomfort. The degree of discomfort varies with each individual.
Women have related their experiences from no feeling at all to a slight tickle to a strong vibration. If you are concerned about pain, you may take over the counter pain relievers or contact your doctor for a prescription pain reliever prior to the procedure. Ali McCoy, RN uses prescription strength anesthetics to create the most comfortable experience available.
Are there any after or side effects?
Generally, there is some swelling following the procedure. As each person is different, the degree and length of downtime varies based on the individual.
For eyebrows, swelling is minimal and subsides fairly quickly following the procedure. In eyeliner or lips, swelling subsides in 2 to 48 hours. Following a permanent makeup procedure, the area may be tender for a few days, during which time you will need to care for it very minimally. After care consists of keeping the area slightly moist with the provided after care ointment. Immediately following the procedure, the color will be darker than expected or intended for the first 6-10 days, but will fade to the final healed result in 2 weeks. In lips, the color may disappear completely but will return after 6 weeks, once fully healed.
How long will the procedure take?
Depending on the area of application, including the consultation, color selection, design, anesthetic application, etc., allow 2-3 hours for the entire experience and procedure.