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Bellametrics FAQ | Permanent Makeup
How much does permanent makeup cost?
Dear Beauty Client,
I greatly appreciate the time you are taking to inform yourself by first checking in with our FAQ page. There is a great deal of information here but I’ve found that the number one question is “How much does it cost?” Never do I hear, “Can you dramatically improve the quality of my life, safely and hygienically?”
Naturally, price is a consideration when shopping around and especially in this economic environment we are all trying to find the best deals out there. However, with cosmetic procedures such as permanent makeup, facial plastic surgeries, and other facial cosmetic services such as juviderm and botox, the last thing that is in your best interest is to seek out and find the lowest charging professional in the market place.
There are other sources that will offer these services for a lower price and I know my competition, but I price my services according to the results I am capable of achieving for my clients.
I’d like to further say that when I consider the immeasurable benefits I’ve enjoyed every day for the last 6 years after having a truly talented technician perform my eyebrow service as opposed to the psychological trauma I’ve suffered as a result of substandard services, I know the $625.00 I paid to the qualified artist didn’t come close to compensating her for what she gave me.
I typically spend 4 to 5 hours with a client designing and investing for eyebrows, eyeliner, lips and other para-medical services, making sure that the environment is sterile and safe for the prevention of infection; free of cross contamination and blood borne pathogens.
I just need a touch up. How much does that cost?
A touch up is defined as the addition of pigment to areas that have previously been invested with pigment within one year to two years maximum.
If there are changes to either design or color, then the term touch up no longer applies.
I am happy to do touch ups for women who no longer have access to their previous technician, or would rather not return to the previous technician because of a bad experience.
The charge for a touch up in this case is quoted but starting at $250.00.
Each case is different I need to see you in my office to assess your needs and make my recommendations for a course of action.
Why do they need to be touched up? Why do they fade?
In permanent cosmetics, we use pigments not ink. Pigments are comprised of various organic and inorganic materials that are affected by exposure to elements such as chemicals and sunlight. The first color to fade is yellow, the second is red, and the last to fade is blue.
This is why some pigments shift from one color hue to another after a period of time has passed.
The pigments that I use have been tested for 9 years as of 2014 and have continued to come back true to their original color value. They will fade out over time, but they will not turn blue, magenta, orange, red, or any other undesirable color that needs to be corrected in the future.
The natural exfoliation process as well as exposure to elements is the primary reason that permanent makeup needs to be restored often; as much as once a year.
Do you have to shave them? Should I wax them before the procedure?
Let me take a look at them first. If you absolutely must wax them before, you must not schedule your service for at least 2 weeks after waxing.
We can work together to shape your eyebrows in my office if there are hairs that are making the design work difficult. – I have tweezers.
What is the down time?
Please refer to the healing schedule in ‘client forms’.
Day 4,5, &6 are the worst days as you will have flaking bits of exfoliating dark and scabby skin coming off of your new brows and very light pigment underneath. After you have exfoliated completely you are free to wear makeup to cover any inconsistency of color until your retouch focus visit.
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.