How long will my permanent makeup last?
On average the coil machine method of implanting pigment into the skin for permanent makeup will last anywhere from one to five years. A touch up session following the initial procedure is highly recommended, sometimes more. Maintenance touch up session is recommended one to two years afterwards depending on skin type and care. Avoiding the sun, tanning beds, and using glycolic acids such as fruit acids commonly found in some toners, cleansers and moisturizers will help with the longevity of your Permanent Makeup. Permanent makeup tattoo pigments are designed for simulating hair and skin color and are formulated with less intensity than body art tattoo pigments, thus, permanent makeup tattoos fade faster than regular tattoos.
Can I still wear regular makeup?
Yes. Permanent makeup enhances any other cosmetics you wear.
What if I want to change my hair color?
Hair color does not affect your permanent eyeliner or lips. Permanent brow pigment color is chosen based on the hues found in the surrounding skin and your natural hair color. You can apply a different color eyebrow pencil, the eyebrow color you apply would be more visually prominent than your permanent color.
What about changing styles?
Thicker, fuller looking lashes, beautifully arched brows, evenly shaped, natural looking, luscious lips are classic for all women at any age. These look never go out of style. We help our clients in choosing the most flattering, natural look and colors for them. If you want to wear a different color lip liner or lipstick, the lipstick color you apply would be more visually prominent than your permanent color.
Can permanent cosmetics be removed or altered?
Yes. You can definitely have your permanent makeup removed without the use of laser and camouflaged by your certified derma technician or removed with laser by a licensed and certified laser technician. In the state of Georgia, physicians and nurses are licensed to perform laser tattoo removal.
Can I get cosmetic surgery if I have Permanent Makeup?
Yes. Permanent makeup applied prior to surgery can help you look your best during your recovery period. If you are planning on getting a facelift, it is wise to get your Permanent Brows applied afterwards to avoid an unwanted brow placement. Eyelid surgery will not harm or distort the eyeliner. If you are planning on getting any lip injections, it is wise to get your Permanent Lips applied prior to lessen discomfort.
Can I get laser on my face?
Yes. Let your doctor know so that he or she can cover the permanent cosmetics. Pigments with Titanium Dioxide will turn black when exposed to laser.
Is there pain involved?
The sensation varies from person-to-person. A topical anesthetic is applied to significantly reduce client discomfort.
Do I need to take time off from work?
Sometimes the procedure causes temporary swelling, redness and in rare cases, bruising. Most people do not need to take time from their employment and some people have their touch ups done on their lunch hour while others prefer to take a day to recover. If you have travel plans, wedding or other special ocassions to attend, please plan your permanent cosmetic procedure accordingly.
Who uses permanent cosmetics?
The procedure was designed for people who have experienced hair loss due to Alopecia, have poor vision, limited or poor motor skills, vitiligo, in need of scar camouflage, arthritis or other physical challenges. For them, permanent cosmetics is not a “luxury,” but a means by which they can enhance their self-esteem. Breast cancer survivors’ areolas are shaped and re-pigmented, they are also good candidates for scar relaxation treatments after a mastectomy and reconstructive breast surgery.
Every person who uses an eyebrow pencil or eyeliner is a candidate. People whose brows are sparse or have none, as well as, people whose brows are blond or light in color can enjoy permanent brows in individualized shapes and custom blended colors that enhance their facial features. As for eyeliner or eyelash enhancement, a fine soft and natural line or a semi-dramatic look can be achieved to create depth and definition to the eyes.
Is it safe?
Procedures are done under strict sterile standards in line with those set by the Centers for Disease Control. We use sterile disposable supplies.
Does the procedure pose allergy problems?
Yes. You should always be cautious, as it is possible to be allergic to the pigment or the topical anesthetic. We perform a patch test with the chosen pigment to be used to reduce the chance of an unexpected allergic reaction. But, keep in mind that you can develop an allergy to anything at anytime. Many doctors recommend that people who have sensitive skin or allergies to cosmetics have permanent makeup procedures done because they are great alternatives to cosmetic products that they are sensitive to.
What precautions must I take?
It is ideal to have minimal or no bleeding during the procedure. Please refrain from blood thinning NSAIDs like Ibuprofin, Naproxen, Aspirin; blood thinners like Coumadin; vitamins like B & E; alcoholic and caffeinated beverages; fats like fish oils, flax seed oil, walnut oil; herbs like curry powder, ginger, paprika, thyme, cinnamon, dill, oregano, tumeric, licorice, peppermint, cayenne pepper, garlic, gingko; vegetables like avocados, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, onions, kelp, kale; and sodas 48 hours prior to your procedure. If you have a history of fever blisters, cold sores, shingles, canker sores or mouth ulcers, you must get a prescription of anti-viral medication prescribed by a doctor and start your medication 48 hours prior to your lip procedure. This helps eliminate a virus breakout from occurring.
How much time is involved?
During your first visit, there will be a 15-30 minute consultation. On the procedure day, depending on the procedure, it can take anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours to complete the procedure. Consultation and procedure may be scheduled on the same day. Touch ups can take anywhere from half the time to the full amount of time depending on what is left to be done to make you look fantastic.
What should I expect afterwards and what is the recovery time?
Dark makeup. The color will oxidize immediately after the procedure and look too dark. The area will peel leaving less intense color within days. Swelling. The area will be swollen for a few day and should start to subside in 3-21 days depending on the procedure. You will be instructed to keep an occluding lubricant on your permanent makeup for a week to three weeks depending on your procedure. You must wear brand new makeup on your brows and eyeliner after 5-7 days of healing and brand new makeup on your lips after 10-21 days of healing. Schedule your follow up appointment 4-6 weeks after for brows or eyeliner or lip procedure. Lips may become dry until completely healed.
Is Infection Possible?
Anytime the skin is open there is potential for an infection. The treated area must be kept clean. There are usually no major complications.
To prevent infection during the procedure, we use:
Pre-sterilized disposable needles and pre-sterilized disposable tubes for each new client and each new procedure on each client.
New wipes, gauze, cotton and swabs, new pigment cups, new gloves, new barrier film, new equipment barrier control bags in between clients and throughout the procedure.
Hospital grade disinfectant cleaners and medical sterilization procedures that kills microorganisms like HIV, Hepatitis A, B, and C, MRSA, Staph, Tuberculosis for all equipments and working surfaces. Disposable sharps container to properly dispose of contaminated needles.
What is 3D Areola Tattoo?
3D Areola Tattoo also known as Areola Re-pigmentation is an advanced practice of tattooing that gives the illusion of the natural color and shape of an areola after breast reconstruction. This can be done in conjunction with surgical nipple reconstruction. If the patient chooses not to undergo surgical nipple reconstruction, a three-dimensional areola and nipple is created with the use light and shadow to give the illusion of a protruding nipple. Areola Re-pigmentation requires more than one session.
Is Areola Re-Pigmentation/3D Areola Tattoo covered by medical insurance?
The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires insurance to cover post mastectomy reconstruction, including areola tattooing. Please check with your medical insurance provider.
Why chose Anna Burns Permanent Cosmetics clinician vs. a doctor or a nurse for my Areola Re-pigmentation?
While doctors and surgeons are specially trained to surgically create breasts, most doctors, surgeons, and nurses are not trained in tattoo procedures, color theory, and principles of creating a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional surface like the human skin. Anna Burns has a background and training in art, as well as experience in 3D areola tattoo work.