Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the treatment take?
PMU service usually takes about 2 - 3 hours on the first visit. Touch up visit which is around 6-8 weeks later after the initial visit will take around 2 hours. During the first session, the part of selected service will be carefully is shaped and designed to the client’s preference, then pigment is applied.
How long does Semi-Permanent Makeup take to heal?
Depends on which semi-permanent makeup service you have; healing will take about ten days. In that time any redness will fade and the initial darkness of the eyebrows will begin to lighten. The color will lighten or darken over about thirty days as it completely sets in. If you follow all post-care instructions your permanent makeup will last longer.
Why is it necessary to do a touch up?
Touch up is necessary because everyone heals differently and therefore the outcomes vary. Sometimes it is necessary to adjust the color and brow thickness by adding more strokes. In the touch up session, the final adjustments are made to assure the client’s satisfaction.
Can the touch up be done in less than six weeks?
This is not recommended because the healing needs to be completed before the results are seen. Final adjustments should only be done after the initial work has stabilized.
How long does Semi Permanent Makeup last?
Generally, any Semi-Permanent Makeup will last from 8 months to 3 years depending on skin type-normal, oily, or dry and age -young or mature. It is not permanent like a tattoo, because the pigments are not implanted so deeply into the skin. Skincare also affects the duration of the pigments.
Are there any post-procedure instructions? Yes, Post-Care instructions will be covered carefully with you by your PMU artist.
Who should NOT have Semi-Permanent Makeup service?
- Those using Accutane.
- Anyone with a heart condition or is using heart medications.
- Anyone with diabetes will need a physician’s approval.
- Anyone with skin diseases or inflammations.
- Anyone who had Botox in the last two weeks.
- Anyone who has gotten a deep tan or chemical peel in the last two weeks.
- Anyone who requires anesthetic and is allergic to lidocaine, tetracaine, or epinephrine.
- Anyone with serious medical conditions should consult with their doctors and obtain their approval.
- Anyone pregnant or nursing.
- Anyone on blood thinning medications.
What are some of the risks and complications with Permanent Makeup?
Proper procedures and precautions are used to ensure safe procedures. Either sterilized tools or disposable tools are used in a sanitized environment. When pre and post care instructions are followed the risk of complications are minimal. Allergic reactions to pigments are exceedingly rare, but sometimes occur. For this reason, a pigment patch test for those with sensitive skin or to topical makeup product, gold, silver, nickel, or hair dyes should be patch tested a few days in advance of the procedure.
Are Permanent Makeup services painful?
The level of discomfort is relatively minor. For brows, some liken it to tweezing two to three hairs at the same time. Usually, a topical anesthetic is used to numb the area being worked. Topical anesthetics are safe and may contain lidocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine. Redness and slight swelling in the area is common after the procedure. Often clients liken the feeling to a slight sunburn. Frequently Tylenol is used to deaden any discomfort.
What if I do not like the result?
It is very important to carefully choose your PMU artist and ask them if they have had formal/professional in classroom training, most have not. Compare the work of various artists and have consultation visit with the artist before having your procedure done with her/him. Discuss your expectations and desired outcome, including the shape, style, and color you wish with the artist. Realize that faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Adjustments may be made during touch up, such as pigment discoloration and color correction.
Pre-Care Instructions for Semi-Permanent Makeup
Please make sure you read and follow the following instructions to assure the best results for your semi-permanent makeup procedure:
· Refrain from ALL alcohol, aspirin, or aspirin products, such as blood thinners.
· Refrain from ibuprofen and Aleve for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
· Please also refrain from Vitamin E and fish oil capsules for 7 days prior to your appointment.
· All these products can make you bleed excessively. Excessive bleeding during the procedure will negatively affect the longevity of your semi-permanent makeup application. In some cases, the application will need to prematurely stop due to excessive bleeding.
· The only product for aches and pains that will not make you bleed excessively is Tylenol.
· Lastly, please avoid any energy drinks and coffees for up to 12 hours prior to your appointment. Not having caffeine in your system will help you to relax more easily, as well as help to relax the facial muscles in the area we will be working on.
Post-Care Instructions for Semi-Permanent Makeup
Please make sure you read the following instructions to assure the best result! FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF PIGMENTS!!!
· For at least two (2) weeks, minimize exposure to the sun, discourage swimming, sauna, or facials.
· You must wear a hat if you will be exposed to the sun during the healing process.
· No tinting or make-up on the tattooed area.
· Do not exercise for the first 7 days. No heavy sweating.
· Avoid face area when showering.
· Do not use any Retin-A, Glycolic Acids, Peroxide, Neosporin during the healing process.
· Do not scrub or pick the tattooed area.
· Use sterile bandage(s) or other sterile dressing(s) when necessary.
The client shall consult a health care practitioner at the first sign of infection or an allergic reaction, and report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the tattoo to the artist.
What To Expect After Permanent Makeup Procedure
Slight swelling, thickness, and/or redness for 1 or 2 days following the procedure is normal. It is normal to lose approximately 1/3 of the color during the healing process. After the initial procedure, the color may be a shade too dark; in six days it will appear to lighten a bit, but after 10 days the color will show through the skin as it heals. It will appear softer when completely healed because the color will come from the dermal layer of the skin to the epidermal layer of the skin.
Please be patient! The healing process takes up to 30 days. Your follow up appointment is needed so the PMU Specialist can examine the healing process and correct any imperfections and/or loss of pigments.
The tattooed areas are approximately 20% to 25% darker and bolder in the width than they will be when healed. Your skin is red under the pigment which causes the color of the pigment appear darker. There is some swelling, although difficult to see due to the thickness of the skin in the treated area. This will subside.