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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?” (click link for my exact pricing). 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 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.
That being said, permanent makeup services generally run between $400 and $800, putting my services in the median price range.
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 individuals 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 so 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.
How do I know if you are the right permanent makeup artist for me?
In order to become certified to perform permanent makeup procedures, one must only complete a two-week course. When you come into my office, however, you will be greeted by nine different certifications, showing my extensive training in the field.
I have found a balanced intersection between math and intuition, applying the golden ratio and my keen eye for color and beauty to create a look that you will love.
Finally, I talk to each of my clients with all of this knowledge and expertise to work with them and find what look will make them feel beautiful and truly happy.
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.
How many visits will this take?
After the initial service, you will need to come back in within 4 and 6 weeks to retouch the work. This retouch appointment is incredibly important, as your skin will not keep all of the pigment from the first service. This second service will allow you to have me make any changes to the work, acquire the finalized permanent makeup, and ask any follow-up questions.
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
I have seen people across the whole spectrum. Generally, you can guess how painful it might be depending on how painful you find dental work to be.
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’. Most people begin to see substantial fading after a year, which is why I offer annual touch ups. 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.