Questions and Answers
Bellametrics FAQ | Permanent Makeup
Does it hurt?
The degree of discomfort during a permanent cosmetic procedure is dependent on several factors:
- The client’s unique body properties relating to her or his pain threshold
- The location of the procedure being performed
- The use of anesthetics
- The skill of the technician
Topical anesthesia may be used to alleviate discomfort during the procedure.
What is permanent makeup?
Permanent cosmetics/makeup is cosmetic tattooing. There are many titles used to describe the service, but the service is tattooing. Microscopic particles of naturally occurring pigments are imbedded into the upper dermal layer of skin with the use of small needles for perforation.
Is permanent make-up ‘permanent’?
Your permanent cosmetic make-up procedure depends upon the technician, the products used for the application, how deep the cosmetic tattoo was placed into the skin, how well you take care of the procedural area while it is healing, and whether or not you use a total sun block after the procedure area has completely healed. All these factors will determine how long the procedure will last. Color enhancers are suggested ‘as needed’ to keep the procedure looking ‘fresh and new’.
Can I have permanent makeup if I am allergic to regular makeup?
The client who is allergic to traditional makeup is usually allergic to the fillers, binders, preservatives, and fragrances in that makeup. In permanent makeup, we use iron oxides and lakes that are pure and are combined with rewetting agents. Mineral makeup is made up of the same ingredients that we use, and has been used for decades. These ingredients are innocuous and non-reactive, making them perfect for permanent cosmetic procedures.
What will I look like immediately following my procedure?
Your procedure area may be slightly swollen and irritated. This is called a ‘wheal and flare’ reaction. The area may also be darker for a few days while it is healing because of the lymph and blood droplets that may have been brought to the surface during your application. While your procedure area is healing, it must go through three phases before you will experience your final results. The procedure area must first heal, peel , and fade. Final results may take 4-8 weeks to completely heal.
Is this procedure safe?
Permanent cosmetic procedures are safe if the technician has had a proper education and follows all of OSHA and CDC guidelines. Single use, sterile needles and machine parts are used for each client and then properly disposed of.
How do I care for my ‘NEW’ permanent makeup procedure?
After completion, you will receive a post treatment care instructional sheet. The overall success of your procedure is contingent upon you following these instructions. A follow-up visit will be scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks from your initial application. This is to ‘fine tune’ and touch up any area of the skin that may have expelled the pigment.
Can a person on medication have a permanent makeup procedure?
Clients on the medication should obtain a release from their physician prior to any permanent makeup procedure. The release should be written on the physician’s prescription not pad and sent to the technician’s office prior to the start of any procedure.
Do I have to take any precautions prior to a lip procedure?
If you have ever had a cold sore or fever blister, you must take an antiviral pre-procedure. Your physician may prescribe Baltrex, Famvir or Zovirax. Herpetic outbreaks usually occur on the 3rd day post procedure, and taking antivirals will lessen your chance of an outbreak, you may lose the implanted pigment color in the area of the outbreak.