WHAT IS PERMANENT COSMETICS?
Permanent cosmetics or permanent makeup, is a micro-pigmentation process whereby completely natural pigments are implanted beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin), into the dermal layer (2nd layer of skin), by micro insertion. This technique has been medically developed and specifically designed for a safe permanent application. The knowledge of color in cosmetic tattooing is important because color take on different tones once it is implanted into your skin. It is an art and also a science.
There are many permanent cosmetic technicians who offer this procedure, but there are also many that don’t specialize in delicate or new techniques such as micro-blading. Choosing the right technician is critical. You want someone who has several years of experience and an understanding of the natural structures of the face, along with many years of experience. We have trained with some of the best in the industry and are big advocates of continuing our professional education and development in this specialized field.
DOES PERMANENT MAKEUP REPLACE MY MAKEUP?
A permanent makeup procedure is not necessarily intended to replace cosmetics completely, however few who have had the procedure report needing additional makeup. Permanent makeup can be especially beneficial for those who have allergies to traditional cosmetics, have completed chemotherapy, have had some features taken away by misfortune, have motor impairments, or for the busy person who is tired of fussing with makeup throughout the day.
It is also great for the athlete and outdoor person who does not want to look bare as well as for those with oily skin for whom topical makeup tends to disappear after a short time. Permanent makeup is sometimes referred to as "semi-permanent makeup" because it won't smear or rub off and can last for many years, but may need maintenance as facial features change due to age or pigmentation fades due to absorption or sun exposure.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Permanent cosmetics are permanent in that you will always have a permanent marking on your skin. However, over time, you will notice a gradual softening of color occurring each year. Many women feel that this is advantageous. "Color enhancements" are recommended for those who wish to keep their permanent makeup looking as fresh as possible. Generally, every 2-8 years or so, depending on color, individual body chemistry, and lifestyle. Pricing on color enhancements are greatly reduced, and individually assessed.
** It is important to note that almost all permanent cosmetic procedures require at least one touch-up. This is extremely important to prepare for, as the cost of a permanent cosmetic procedure can be more than the initial price. **
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST?
The average cost per procedure in the industry varies, usually a permanent cosmetic procedure averages between $400-$800. Advanced work may be charged at $150 to $250 per hour. Many of these procedures are commonly referred to as para-medical procedures.
Although cost is important to all of us- I mean who doesn't want to save money when we can? The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential permanent cosmetic professional. Instead, the most important aspect to consider is the training and skill level of the permanent cosmetic technician you choose, along with their experience and confidence level.
Ask your technician how many clients they have provided permanent cosmetic procedures on and see if you can meet any of them first hand. This is a fantastic way to learn of their experience and take a look at the finished results.
We encourage you to do your research! Once you select a permanent cosmetic professional you feel confident with make sure you follow all of the pre and post care instructions. They are extremely important as they help to ensure that you get the most out of the money you invest on permanent cosmetics while helping you to have a pleasant experience with satisfied results.
ANYTHING IMPORTANT I SHOULD KNOW?
As you are researching a permanent cosmetic artist that best suits your needs, remember to consider the following:
Experience level and years of practice in industry
Knowledge of multiple techniques such as (micro-blading and micro-needling)
Up-to-date knowledge of latest products including pigments such as, organic and inorganic pigments
Up-to-date knowledge and use of best anesthetics, such as using specially formulated anesthesia for specific treatment area