Permanent Makeup is a form of cosmetic tattooing . The technique used for permanent makeup is often referred to as Microblading, micro pigmentation, micro pigment implantation, contour makeup or dermography. Permanent cosmetic makeup techniques involve implanting pigment approximately 0.5 mm into the skin through the use of a needle/needles and ink/pigment. One to two treatments are usually required.
The ink I use and have found to be the most stable in the skin is called Eternal Ink. Previously, I worked with permanent makeup "pigments" until I realized these colors were not stable in the skin and would fade to either a pink or a grey hue. Several of my colleagues were having the same problems and we sought to find a solution. We began working with Eternal Ink, which traditionally is used by body artists. Eternal has a line of colors which I feel are geared specifically to eyebrow colors and heal true to the color shown in the bottle. These inks last longer than permanent makeup pigments and in my experience using the over the past 6 years, do not fade to pink or grey. If you would like to learn more about the color line I work with feel free to visit the Eternal Ink website and click on the link called MSDS Information.
Technically, permanent makeup isn't permanent due to the pigments being implanted only about 0.5 mm into the skin and over the course of 3-5 years fading to practically nothing. Traditional body art tattoos are implanted 2 mm down and will be there forever. We call it permanent makeup because the colors cannot be washed away topically from the skin and it is a tattoo, despite it's longevity of about 3-5 years. To maintain a steady result, it is recommended to touchup after a designated amount of time; - The eyebrows and lips about every two years - the eyes keeps longer and is only necessary to touchup about every four years. Most salons offer one touchup at a discount price within 2 years. After 2 years, it is often full price. How often a client needs a touchup, however, depends on cell renewal of skin. In general one can say that the older you are the longer the permanent makeup will stay (approximately 3 to 7 years.)
Prices can vary a lot - usually from $300-$1000 per treatment depending on who you go to. You should never choose the cheapest artist. Always remember to request before and after photos of the artists work, check yelp reviews and ask about their training. Never allow a permanent makeup artist to begin working on you without creating a pre-drawing for your approval first.
Kristina is very conscious of pain control during every procedure performed. She numbs her clients before the procedures start and continually applies numbing throughout the treatment. It is Kristina's utmost concern that her client is comfortable and will not proceed if the pain is not under control. Please understand that anytime the client starts to feel anything, Kristina will apply more numbing products to the affected area and will only resume when the client is comfortable.
Permanent Makeup is performed using different needles, pigments and techniques. These procedures are a process, which includes initial consultation, pre-drawing of the area to be tattooed, the application of pigments and usually one or two touch-ups within 2-3 months to adjust the shape and color.
If you enjoy utilizing your creativity, helping others and thrive performing artistic work then permanent makeup could be a great career for you. Many nurses, estheticians, nail techs and others who have a flare for the esthetic are great candidates for this type of work.
Around 2-3 hours depending on the speed of the artist. Touch-up treatments 1-2 hours.
If you have severe allergies to cosmetics we can allergy test 1-2 weeks prior to treatment by implanting a small amount of pigment in the scalp. In most cases there is no reaction and we proceed with the permanent makeup procedure without problems.
For women and men who are 18 and older wanting to look great without the tedious application of traditional cosmetics every day. These treatments can boost ones self esteem and give you a new freedom from wasted time applying makeup in the morning. It's most helpful for those who aren't artistically inclined enough to apply makeup in a symmetrical way and those who have poor vision and can't see well enough to apply their cosmetics. Athletes also love permanent makeup because they never sweat off their brows, eyeliner or lip color. Lip colors are intensified even more during physical activity. Permanent Makeup is a huge time saver for moms and the business woman on the run too.
Reconstruction after surgery - areola reconstruction, recoloring of scars, improving the look of congenital disorders such as cleft lip and palate. Alopecia - completely or partially missing facial hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes. Chemotherapy patients- partial or complete hairlessness. Clients with allergies to traditional cosmetics - those who can not tolerate regular makeup.
The color will immediately be pretty strong (40-50% fades within the first week.) After this, it is normally necessary to have a touchup after 4-6 weeks. It can also cause temporary swelling that usually disappears after 1 to 2 days. During the first few days a special cream will be given for client to apply during healing phase. Also, skin should not be exposed to the sun, perfumed products or sauna the first few days after treatment. After the pigmentation of the lips, the client should not smoke, drink red wine or eat foods with strong color for the first day. Lip clients should avoid salty and acidic foods for the first 3 days. Brushing teeth with a whitening agent is discouraged for the first week.
Choosing the wrong color and shape is a risk. It is extremely important that you consult a qualified permanent makeup artist who uses approved colors and disposable needles for optimal hygiene. Kristina has performed well over a thousand procedures since 2010. Her level of expertise will give you the confident feeling you're wanting from start to finish. When making the decision to get permanent makeup it's massively important to go with an artist who has many years of experience rather than going with someone newer who is just practicing and learning on you. You only have one chance to choose someone to work on you for the first time and virgin skin is a blessing. Ensure the best chances for a successful and beautiful result by choosing the artist who has the most experience and most impressive portfolio of work examples available for you to see. Kristina has both and is ready to provide you with the best in quality cosmetic tattoo artistry.
Following your enhancement, aftercare is necessary to achieve the best results. Please review the following instructions and refer to them as necessary. If during the healing process you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.
For 4-5 days following your procedure, you may experience minor swelling and redness; mild tenderness; itchiness and dry, flaking skin in the area of the enhancement. These symptoms are common and are a normal part of the healing process.
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