Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Can I have permanent makeup if I am allergic to regular makeup?
Absolutely! If you are allergic to traditional makeup it is probably caused by an allergic reaction to the fillers, binders, preservatives, and fragrances in that makeup. In permanent makeup, though, we use iron oxides and lake pigments that are pure and are combined with rewetting agents. These ingredients are innocuous and non-reactive, making them perfect for people whom are allergic to regular makeup.
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. I have an up-to-date blood borne pathogen certification and I ensure an incredibly safe and sterile environment.
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.
Do I need to wear my eyebrow makeup to my appointment?
You are welcome to wear makeup to your appointment but only if it makes you feel comfortable going about your day, or if you feel that having me see how you normally wear it might be useful to the designing process. Although there have been a few occasions that this has been the case, it is not necessary that you have makeup on upon arrival to your cosmetic tattoo service. If you do wear makeup, you will need to remove it for a ‘before’ picture that is necessary for my records and required by my insurance provider. After this, I will design an eyebrow for you usually beginning with one side. If this is agreeable to you then we complete the look by finishing the opposite side and work out the details until you are perfectly happy with a design that suits your preference.