Frequently Asked Questions

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent Makeup, also known as Micropigmentation, is a specialized method of implantation of hypo-allergenic pigments into the upper layer of the dermis through microscopic injections with an extremely fine needle or cluster of needles.

Is Permanent Makeup the same as a tattoo?

No, different techniques, equipment, and pigments are used. Permanent makeup implant pigment into upper layer of the dermis, tattoo pigment is implanted much deeper into the skin. The main difference between permanent make-up and an ordinary tattoo is the pigment used. Permanent make-up uses oxide-based minerals, which are hypoallergenic. Tattoo ink is unsuitable for use on the sensitive skin of the face.

Is Permanent Makeup Safe?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Permanent Makeup is safe when the technician is educated in the control of Blood Borne Pathogens and follows all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines. Tatiana has successfully completed Blood Borne Pathogens Training conducted byAmerican Red Cross, and she follows all of CDC and OSHA Guidelines for Permanent Cosmetics. To minimize the risk of infection, Tatiana maintains stringent standards of hygiene. All needles are single-use disposable cartridges. Tatiana has worked under the CDC and OSHA guidelines for years and the Contour Permanent Makeup work area and business have been built on the foundation of safety and sanitation.

Your health and safety are my priority!

What are some of the CDC and OSHA Guidelines for Permanent Cosmetics?

The tattooing equipment used should have parts that are completely disposable or can be autoclaved. If an autoclave is used, it must be functioning properly at the correct temperature with periodic testing. All needles should be individually wrapped, sterile, disposable, and for single use. All pigments and anesthetics should be dispensed from the manufacturers’ original containers. The procedure area should be sanitary with hand washing capabilities (running hot and cold water, soap, paper towels). Any products used during the procedure should be discarded afterward every time. Tatiana uses a digital permanent makeup machine that utilizes needles that are completely disposable. No autoclave is required because of the ‘one procedure’ standard built into the digital machine and supplies.

Are the pigments safe?

Tatiana uses different american and european pigments, such as BioTouch, Swiss Color OS, NPM, Aqua, MLW, Biotek. They are organic and inorganic and are known to be safe for cosmetic use, colorants, and micropigmentation to the face and body.

The Patch Test is always provided during the consultation appointment in order to identify any possible allergies to the pigments used during the permanent makeup/tattoo procedure.

Will the procedure hurt?

While some people feel no discomfort at all, others may find the procedure a little uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics are used prior to and throughout the treatment in order to alleviate any discomfort.

How much does Permanent Makeup cost?

“The average cost per procedure varies but usually 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. The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential permanent cosmetic professional. Most important is the training and skill of the person performing the procedure and the confidence of the client in that skill.

See also: “What Does Permanent Makeup Cost?“

How long will the procedure take?

Procedure time varies depending on the area of application and how much work needs to be done. The average procedure will take anywhere from 1-2 hours. A touch-up procedure lasts about 1 hour.

What color or shape should I choose?

You have choices! There is big variety of beautiful colors. I will draw the brow or lip shape on you and get your approval before beginning the procedure. Tatiana selects permanent makeup colors to compliment a person’s skin tone, hair, and eye color.

Can I have eyeliner and lips and eyebrows all done at once?

Yes, a full-face procedure will take 4-6 hours. Your aftercare for all the areas can be done at once!

Are there any side effects during or after the procedure?

While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show slight to moderate swelling. Also, some people swell more from minor skin infractions than others. During the procedure there may be some minor bleeding. This again, is client specific. Bruising is rare but if a person is on blood thinners, bruising could occur. If bruising occurs, typically it is minor and subsides in a few days. There is usually some tenderness for a few days.

How long will Permanent Makeup last?

Permanent makeup may last many years, however, the average longevity varies between 6 months to 2 years. The longevity of color depends on a person’s age, skin type and condition, aftercare treatment, sun, and other external factors. It is recommended that clients return for a color refresher procedure every 12-18 months.

What will the final color look like?

Colors will always look 30-50% darker and more intense immediately after the procedure, and then lighten and soften upon healing.

What is a Touch-Up appointment?

The touch up appointment is considered to be the second visit with Tatiana for the same procedure only. Usually it is performed 4-8 weeks after the original procedure. Touch-up is necessary for perfecting the result in case if any minor color or shape imperfection takes place.

How many appointments are necessary for a procedure?

Normally two appointments are needed per procedure; initial procedure and one touch-up. A 4-8 week touch-up appointment will be made for a final result. Eyebrows and lips usually do need some additional touch-ups.

Can I wear traditional makeup over my permanent makeup?

Yes, after the treated area is completely healed!

What is the recovery period like?

Immediately following a procedure, there will be mild swelling, redness, or tenderness that lasts a few hours to a few days (eyebrows swell less than eyes and lips). There may also be slight bruising. The color looks much darker immediately afterward for any procedure. It will lighten 30-50% after the healing is complete. The final result can be seen not sooner than 4-6 weeks.

Why shouldn't pregnant or nursing women get a tattoo?

If you are pregnant or nursing a child, everything that goes into your body also affects the baby. Everything from spicy food to drugs ends up in the placenta and your milk. When you get a tattoo (or a permanent makeup) you are taking the risk of possible allergic reactions that could potentially be passed on to your child. To protect unborn children, nursing mothers and themselves, most studios have made it a policy not to perform tattoos or piercings on anyone pregnant or breastfeeding.

During pregnancy your immune system is suppressed as it adjusts to supporting this new life and the trauma of a tattoo could be enough to cause complications. Not to mention that if this is your first tattoo, you are unaware of the side effects that may occur for your specific situation. You may already be noticing how pregnancy changes your skin and becomes sensitive to new irritants. If your skin becomes irritated from a scented lotion how much more discomfort will you experience from dyes being injected into your dermis?

Liability is basically the main reason why anyone performing any kind of even minimally invasive procedure would not want to work on a pregnant or nursing mother (and why in the U.S. OBGYNs tend to have the highest malpractice insurance out of any other specialty).

There are other factors that can negatively affect the outcome of a cosmetic tattoo for a pregnant or nursing mother. Because hormones affect the growth and appearance of the skin, hair and nails, hormonal changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period have been known to bring about noticeable changes in appearance for some women, which are usually temporary but sometimes not. As far as the skin and tattooing goes, it may be more susceptible to pigment darkening (especially for those who experience melasma, the “mask of pregnancy”) or perhaps more resistant to accepting the tattoo pigment. Some, of course, will be unaffected by their hormones just as they might have been spared all the other commons symptoms of pregnancy. You just never know.

What to look for in a Technician?

A good technician should have:Certification in Permanent Makeup TrainingCertification in Bloodborne PathogensHave Insurance (in case they permanently injure you or give you a life threatening disease)

Ask to see these certifications to be displayed. When performing a procedure the technician should wear gloves, mask, and have barrier film on all their equipment to prevent spreading of body fluids and blood. The room should be sterile and look like a doctor’s office. You are not allowed to have any fabrics (curtains, blankets, pillows, foam padding, etc. They must have hot and cold running water, wall mounted soap and paper towel dispensers. Look at your technician to see how they have their makeup. Ask to see portfolio of before and after pictures to see how good their work is.

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