A) You may want to refresh (Retouch) your color in approximately 2-5 years. The color will soften and fade over time due to many factors. How quickly it fades depends on a few things:
- How light or how dark the color you originally chose was, obviously a blonde eyebrow would fade faster than a black eyeliner.
- The concentration of a color can contribute to the color loss, for example the Powder Eyebrow effect looks softer and more translucent than a Penciled Eyebrow effect. Because the penciled on look is more opaque and concentrate it will last longer.
- Casual sun exposure is the major reason pigment fades; this is why our face, neck, arms and hands are the darkest skin on our body when you have no clothes on. Extreme sun exposure like tanning regularly will fade you more quickly.
- Skin exfoliation such as mechanically scrubbing or chemically exfoliating with face creams, microdermabrasion or chemical peels will fade your Permanent Cosmetics over time.
- Medication is another reason the color fades. Some medications contribute more to color loss than others and some are extreme, like chemotherapy.
The cost for a Retouch is about half the cost of a new procedure at the Regular Price. If you never get your work Retouched it will fade completely away in about 15 to 20 years.
Q) Can a procedure be done in only one session?
A) Permanent Cosmetics is a multi-session process. Its normal for technicians who have not been doing Permanent Cosmetics very long to complete the work in three or four visits. Many of our past graduates go through this learning curve during the first 3 to 8 years of their practice depending on how many procedures they do routinely as most Technicians divide their time doing other salon services. After 25 years of specializing in Permanent Cosmetics we usually complete the work in one visit. However we do offer a follow up visit at no additional charge because there are a few reasons why you may need a second visit.
Proper aftercare of your Permanent Cosmetics is essential in order to achieve the best results. It is important to follow your aftercare instructions to avoid color loss. This is why we go over the After Care Instructions with you and give you a written copy to take home as well as an aftercare kit to take home.
Occasionally, we have clients who forget to apply the ointment after a few days which can create uneven design edges, or they sleep on their side and their procedure rubs against their pillowcase creating light spots. During the healing period, it’s normal to feel a light itching sensation, if a client scratches the area accidentally they can remove the protective scab and a light spot will heal in its place. Medications and medical conditions can affect the healing process. How evenly the color takes will depend on your health, your body's ability to heal and how well you follow the aftercare instructions.
It's important to us that you look your best. For Original Work, or the first time you have a procedure, we allow a follow-up visit at no additional charge with in a 6 month period to fill in any light spots or just to add a little more color if you so desire. Retouch Work, 3 to 5 years later to refresh your color, usually does not need a follow us as it begins with some color already in the skin. If a follow us visit is necessary we charge $75.00 with in a 6 month period. Corrective Work is paid up front and there is no additional charge for the duration of the correction after that Retouch Fees apply.
Q) How long do I need to be absent from my job?
A) For Eyebrows, you could have the procedure performed in the morning and be at work the same afternoon. For Eyeliner, you may return to work the next day. Your eyes may look slightly "puffy" for 1-2 days, as if you've been crying. Lips usually require 2 days off to allow the swelling to go down.
Q) What is the healing period like?
A) The healing period is approximately 7 days on the surface of the skin. Healing continues for a full 30 days below the surface. During this time it's important to keep the procedure clean and free of traditional make up and facial creams. You'll be given an "Aftercare Kit" that includes some Q-tips and ointment. You'll gently apply the ointment several times a day.
At the beginning Eyebrows, Eyeliner and Lips will all look too dark ...don't panic! During the 7 day healing period you will see the color soften and lighten up. You will form a light scab that will begin to slough off on the third day and finish by the seventh day. During the healing period for all procedures, it is important not to pick, pull, scratch, lift or rub off the top layer. If you do you'll see light spots in the healed result. Eyebrows will hardly swell and Eyeliner will look puffy like you had a good cry. Full lip Color will swell more than Lipliner. All swelling subsides in two to three days. During your healing week you'll also want to avoid any major social events like weddings, and outdoor activities so you can avoid the sun. Complete After Care Instructions will be given to you by your Technician, both orally and in written form.
Q) Are there precautions that should be taken before my procedure?
A) For Eyeliner: If you wear contact lenses, bring your glasses with you and plan on using your glasses for at least the next 3 days. For Lipliner or Full Lip Color: If you have ever had a cold sore or fever blisters in your life, we suggest that you obtain a 10-day oral prescription for Zovirax, Acyclovir, Valtrex or Famvir capsules (an antiviral medication) from your physician or dentist and begin taking them no less than 1 day prior to this procedure and continue takingthem until the prescription is finished. Once the procedure has taken place it is also necessary to shield the lips from the sun for 5-7 days to prevent heat blisters from occurring. We will provide a protective mask you can wear in direct sunlight.
Q) Can I wear make-up after the procedure is done?
A) We prefer you wear NO traditional make up on the procedure site as it needs to heal for about 7 days. However, you may wear makeup everywhere else.
Q) Can I wear additional makeup over my permanent makeup?
A) Yes. Once healed, Permanent Cosmetics can be worn alone for a natural day time look and enhanced with traditional makeup for more glamorous look.
Q) Can I bring a friend along?
A) Yes. We allow 1 to 2 friends or family members in the procedure room as long as you approve. We never allow someone unknown to you, to come in and watch unless we get your approval in advance. Because of the high degree of attention and focus required by each technician during the procedure, we do not allow small children in the procedure room without supervision by a responsible adult. We do not allow children under 12 to be left in the lobby unattended. Please make childcare arrangements prior to your appointment.
Q) What about allergic reactions to the pigments?
A) We've been using the same American made pigments for the last 25 years with not even one case of allergic reaction. In fact the pigment companies we purchase from sell worldwide without one reported case of allergic reaction. Our pigments are organic and inorganic iron oxides which contain no artificial additives and do not contain FD & C or D&C dyes."Less than .l% in over 100,000,000 estimated permanent cosmetic procedures performed nationwide over the last 10 years resulted in an allergic reaction," according to Micropigmentation, State of the Art, by Charles S. Zwerling M.D. Many of our clients cannot wear regular traditional makeup due to allergies .... with Permanent Cosmetics, now they can have carefree makeup, 24 hours a day. We do screen every client for allergies to latex gloves and have nitrile gloves available.
Q) Since this is a tattoo, will the color turn blue, green or look blotchy with age?
A) Not if the color originally implanted was chosen well. The colors used in Permanent Cosmetics are Pigments, not Ink. Ink will stay in your skin for the rest of your life. It will turn blue if you have a cool undertone and green if you have a warm undertone. Ink will also migrate, spread out or blur under the surface of the skin over a long period of time because the particle size of Ink is extremely small. This is why really old tattoos look blurry.
Pigments will fade naturally over time and need to be retouched. Pigment does not migrate, spread out or blur under the surface of the skin because it is made of inert iron oxides and the particle size is too large.
This does not mean blue eyebrows, purple lips or pigment migration on eyeliner can’t happen. A lot depends on the skill level of the Technician.
Education is not standardized in the state of Texas. Not every technician has been properly trained in color theory and can choose a color that is too cool for your skin resulting in blue or purple lips. We do color corrections on this routinely. In addition, pigment migration can happen on the outside corner of the eye with pigment if the Technician is inexperienced and over works the area. A flood of color has to go somewhere. Some technicians do choose to use the tattoo inks. If you choose to have your Permanent Cosmetics applied elsewhere, be sure to ask if they are using traditional tattoo inks or if they are using iron oxides. Your technician must understand the role that our skin's natural undertones play in achieving your desired color. It is important to consider this and all aspects of the procedure when selecting a potential permanent cosmetic makeup technician. Choose your technician wisely!!!
Q) Since my Permanent Makeup will eventually fade, why is it called Permanent?
A) Permanent Cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off like traditional make up. Your Permanent Cosmetics will require some periodic maintenance (most people have a retouch in 2-5 years) because the skin is a live organ and skin cells are constantly turning over revealing new skin just like when we color our hair and eventually our roots show.
Q) Help! I need a correction, how much do you charge for Corrective Work?
A) All Fees for Corrective Work are quoted in person. The price range is usually between $395.00 and $995.00 and is dependent on the number of visits it will take for Roxanne to make the procedure appear as good as if she had done it herself from the beginning.
We offer a free no obligation consultation for anyone needing corrective work.
During the consultation Roxanne will evaluate the appearance of the undesired work, ask what the client desires as a finished healed result, and explain what other options exist and what can be done with Permanent Cosmetics Corrective Work. She will estimate how many visits it will take to achieve the desired goal, take a before photo and give a written price quote. The before photo will be attached to a consultation form and held in a pending file until the potential client makes a decision to proceed. If the potential client chooses to go somewhere else and later returns, a new price quote will be written. Corrective Work is paid up front and there is no additional charge for the duration of the correction after that Retouch Fees apply.
Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have some degree of flexibility in changing color and design to some extent. The primary thing considered in Corrective Work is what needs correcting? Color?, Design?, Color & Design? We've found that Corrective Work comes in three main categories: easy, moderate and extreme.
Sometimes we see an easy fix such as a poor design that just needs a little re-balancing or an uneven color concentration meaning spots that appear too light, too dark and some areas that are just right. This type of fix can usually be done in one or two visits. For an easy fix the charge is much less.
A Moderate fix is when the design is unbalanced and the color is wrong. Clients who come in are usually hiding the uneven design with concealer and adding make up to correct the color. This kind of fix will take more than two visits and is moderately priced.
We do on the average about 3 extreme corrective cases a week. We’ve seen everything you could possibly imagine and more. Sometimes the client has been to multiple Technicians who each promised to make it better but made the problem worse. Obvious uneven designs, wrong colors and multiple layers of colors are much more difficult to correct. For a hard fix the charge and the number of visits is much more and will require a commitment from the client to see the correction to its end, this is why we charge up front.
Keep in mind that Corrective Work is a specialty in the field of Permanent Cosmetics and considered an advanced procedure. Roxanne is an expert in the area of Corrective Work. She has performed literally thousands of corrective cases over the last 25 years. Roxanne has distinguished herself by speaking at Industry conventions utilizing Power Point and video to present step by step instructions on how to analyze and perform corrective work. She has published articles, and case studies in the Industry Newsletters and Journals. Roxanne's Corrective Class is open only to Technicians in practice 5 years or more because it should only be done by someone with many years of experience. This is why we encourage everyone to choose their Technician wisely.
Q) Is there anything else I should know?
A) Permanent Cosmetics can be the best investment you ever made in yourself. Imagine waking every morning to a more beautiful you. Imagine the freedom of running out the door and leaving your make up behind. Imagine not having to worry during the day if your make up has smudged or worn off.
The convenience of Permanent Cosmetics allows you to breeze through your day confidently. You'll be able to jump into a pool, sleep late, cry in a movie, shower, exercise, work, and go to bed knowing you look your best.
Great artwork doesn’t just happen; it’s a result of education, experience and artistic skill. Don’t trust your face to just anyone. A bargain is not a bargain when you have to pay hundreds of dollars to correct a Permanent Mistake. Education is Not regulated in the state of Texas for Permanent Cosmetics other than a 6 hour Asepsis class. We have two national non-profit organizations that have established minimum educational standards but they are voluntary and not required to get a License in Texas.
Since the year 2000 many 2 and 3 day weekend classes have popped up offering training to anyone willing to sign up. This has created a lot of poorly trained Technicians who have created Permanent Mistakes on women’s faces and a negative mark on the Industry. It's happening nation wide.
Don’t go to someone’s home or apartment, don’t let anyone inject you with anything unless they’re in a Doctor’s office and don’t trust someone from across the border to follow minimum asepsis standards or return to do follow up work.
Do your homework, check your Technicians credentials. Ask them “How long have you been doing Permanent Cosmetics? & How many procedures do you do a day?” Ask for referrals; ask to see photos of their work.
Our Hope is that you choose to come to us and we look forward to working with you. If you choose to have your Permanent Cosmetics applied elsewhere, at the very least, be sure your technician has been properly trained in Asepsis and can show you their license from the Texas State Health Department which insures they’ve taken 6 hours of training in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.
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