All About Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is often referred to by other names, such as a cosmetic or makeup tattoo. The term which most accurately describes it, but is not often used is micropigmentation. By any name, it is a tattoo. It differs from a traditional body tattoo in the methods and techniques, as well as different tools, pigments and especially the fact that the facial skin structures are much more delicate.  Artists trained in Oklahoma are required to complete a 300-hour apprenticeship, homework, complete practical skills on live patients, state testing and must work out of a physician's office. Any artist working out of a salon or home, is not doing so legally. It is important to get your work done by someone who is properly trained, for the safest and best results.

For all procedures, we do a consultation prior to starting the procedure. This is when we determine shape and color, take photos, sign consents and go over post-procedure care. If you would like to schedule a consultation days prior to your appointment, it should be at least 48-hours ahead, as there is a scheduling and cancellation policy. Please read through the pricing and booking section. If you have a history of sensitivities or allergies, an allergy test is recommended; therefore, schedule your consultation at least a week prior to your permanent makeup procedure appointment.

For the brows, eyeliner and lips, the process is very similar. You will be numbed with topical anesthetic (not a shot) and the discomfort is very minimal, as the anesthetic is applied before and throughout the procedure. This procedure may take up to two visits to complete and touch-ups will be completed at the second appointment, approximately 4-6 weeks later. There is a healing process, so please read through the FAQ section and PRE-CARE and POST-CARE sections. You have a touch-up included in the price of the procedure, if done within 6-months. Touch-ups are usually recommended by 2-years. All supplies are disposable or covered by disposable dental barrier tape for your protection. Universal precautions will be followed.

 

If you have work done from a prior permanent makeup artist, that needs to be corrected, please let us know before scheduling, as you might need a referral to have it removed before moving on to the re-application. There is a healing process, so please read through the FAQ section and PRE-CARE and POST-CARE sections.  Certain medications or conditions may be a contraindication to micropigmentation, and we may need to obtain a "medical release form" from your physician before the actual procedure, so please read the FAQ before scheduling. When possible, please fill out and submit your health history forms online, where you will be directed to after scheduling online. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Permanent Makeup?

  • Contact lens wearers- You won't have to worry about the discomfort and irritation from shedding traditional makeup

  • Allergies- If you suffer from watery, itchy eyes from seasonal allergies or sensitivities to traditional makeup 

  • Visual Problems- Without proper depth perception, it can be very difficult to apply makeup, and sometimes dangerous

  • Motor Dysfunctions- If you have difficulty holding on to the makeup in order to apply it, caused by arthritis, stroke, etc.

  • Convenience- If you're a busy person and love how much time you'll save getting ready

  • Trauma- If you'd had a surgery or scar that has left the area needing restoration.

  • Sports- This is a great idea for those who want a fresh made-up appearance, in spite of sweating

  • Alopecia- If you have lost your eyelash or eyebrow hair, micropigmentation can give the appearance of having hair again

  • Enhancement- You're beautiful and you know it! You just want to feel your best at all times, even when waking up.

 

Do You Have Any Medical Contraindications?

  Some people may not be a good candidate for permanent makeup. For certain conditions, we may need to obtain a signed    medical release form from your physician before continuing, as we have your best interest is in mind.

  • History of keloid formation- A scratch test should be performed behind the ear at least a month before the procedure

  • Accutane/Retin-A- Clients on Accutane may have unexpected compilations. Clients should stop Accutane for at least 6-months. A consultation with a dermatologist is recommended

  • Active Dermatological Disorders- If you are currently suffering from disorders such as psoriasis, lichen planus, warts, active herpes simplex or zoster. The disease or condition should be controlled before considering micropigmentation.

  • Pregnancy and Nursing- If you have paid your deposit and then find out you are pregnant, please notify us and we can reschedule you to when you are not pregnant and not nursing, or we can issue a refund.

  • Botox- Wait at least 6 weeks until you have your permanent makeup done after getting Botox

  • Pre-Medication Antibiotics- If you have been advised to take antibiotics before your dental appointment or surgery, you should also take them before your permanent makeup procedure. 

  • Chemotherapy- We will need to do the procedure before active chemotherapy and obtain  physician consent.

  • Exercise and water exposure- You will need to avoid heavy exercise which will cause excessive sweating for 10-days

  • Schedule Accordingly- You will need to stay out of the direct sun  for 4-weeks for best results. It is advisable not to do the procedure before a major event, as you will go through a healing process, especially during the first 5-7 days.

  • Multiple Health Issues- We will need to obtain a physician consent.

  • Diabetes- Must be controlled, and may need physician consent.

  • Fever Blisters- You will need a prescription to prevent fever blisters. Many people have the virus that causes them and do     not know it. It should be taken several days before and several days afterwards, but follow your doctors prescription.

  • Eyelash Growth Products- Do not take them for 6 weeks before your appointment. You may use them after 3-weeks.

  • Blood Thinners- If you are on prescription medication for blood thinners, we may need to obtain a physician consent.

Shopping List

  • Aquafor

  • Eye Wash-for eyeliner and brow procedure

  • Straws-for lip procedure

  • Q-tips

FAQ

  •  Will I need a driver? - You will not need a driver. You will not be sedated. I prefer that you do NOT take any type of sedating medication. I prefer that you are fully aware of the choices you are making. When you sign your consent forms, you declare

  • that you fully understand and agree to the procedures, process, cost, aftercare, colors, designs, etc. However, if you wear contact lens and don't have a pair of glasses you can wear afterwards, then you will need a driver.

  • Can I bring someone with me? Unfortunately, due to the liability requirements of the insurance company, the only person, allowed in the treatment room is the person who is having the procedure done and the personnel performing or assisting with the procedure. 

  • What do I bring with me?- Bring your contact lens case to place your contacts in, if you're having your eyeliner done. Bring your glasses to wear afterwards. Bring your favorite makeup colors you use. Bring pictures of how you like your makeup to be or inspiration photos. You may wear eyeliner, but do NOT wear any mascara. Bring cash to pay for the remainder of what is due for your procedure.

  • Will it hurt?-  You  will be numbed  with topical anesthetic. You will NOT be given a shot.  This is the industry standard and has shown to be very effective in pain management. Your comfort is of paramount importance.

  • Will I need to take time off from work?- For eyebrows, you will not need to take off time from work. When having the lips or eyes done, you may be a bit swollen for a few days, so you may want to have at least a day or two to rest. I use a rotary tattoo machine, which is much more gentler than the traditional tattoo gun and designed to cause less trauma to the tissues. Depending on the clients requests, some procedures may be done manually. This means the pigment will be inserted with a hand tool. 

  • How long will it last?- Permanent makeup is a tattoo. It is generally recommended that you have a touch-up at least once a year, but it can often go several years looking great! However, having a touch-up once a year ensures it always looking fresh. 

  • How do you know how I will want my makeup?- You're welcome to wear your makeup, except mascara, to the appointment, so I can know how you want it.  I have a preference to making it on the more conservative side. If you want it a little bolder, for example, we can do that at your first touch-up appointment. After that, any change in shape may be subject to an additional fee. You must remember, that is is FAR easier to add more than it is to take away.

  • Do you shave my eyebrows?- No! I will place the pigment in the natural growth of your hair so it looks more natural. I may groom them some, but only to make the area easier to work with. Do not wax or pluck eyebrows one week before and one week after the procedure.

  • Do you measure the eyebrows?- I use what is called the "golden ratio" or the "perfect brow." Your brows are made to fit the dimensions of your face and tools are used to make sure that they are even and balanced out. You must approve the design before starting the procedure.

  • How long is a session? - Estimate 1.5 -2 hours per procedure. I want to schedule the maximum amount of time possible per person, so your session is not rushed. Remember, your face is my canvas and I want to create a beautiful and delicate work of art.

  • What if I get an infection?- When aftercare instructions are properly followed, an infection is rare. If you are developing an area that is becoming hotter or more  inflamed and is not improving in time, you will be referred to your physician for an exam and he/she may prescribe antibiotics.

  • What about allergic reactions? An allergy test can be performed during the consultation, but you may opt out of it.

  • What if I don't like the results? You have to wait at least 8 weeks before attempting to "fix" them. You want to prevent scar tissue from building up by causing too much trauma to the area. Any attempts to fix them yourself could make a very undesired result. Remember, they will fade about 40% after the healing process has occurred. You should be VERY confident of the design, since you will be approving it. If for any reason you want an EXTRA touch-up, other than the initial one scheduled at 8-weeks, there will be a charge for cost of supplies $150 for lips, $100 for eyeliner or eyebrows. NO EXCEPTIONS

  • What If I want a refund?- Every attempt is made to ensure your comfort, happiness with the results and understanding, with effective and documented communication. Please help ensure your satisfaction with the process by providing truthful information in your paperwork and consultation.Unfortunately, because of the time involved with reserving your appointment, doing the work which was approved by you as well the supplies used, ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

  • What is the healing process like?- Everybody heals differently.  Generally speaking, you should be mostly healed by 1-week.  The initial discomfort should subside by about 1-2 hours. You will need to follow the Post-Treatment Care Instructions down below. The color will be stronger in the beginning but as the tissue heals underneath, the old skin will slough off by about day 7. Do not pick at it. You will notice the color will be about 40% lighter. Don't worry though! The skin has to go through the healing process still. Give it time. at around 2 weeks you will see the true color begin to emerge.

Post-Treatment Care Instructions

(for 14-days after procedure)

  • Use  an icepack, Benadryl, 800mg Ibuprofen,  and keep area area elevated while sleeping to relieve any pain and swelling

  • Apply pressure to lips with a dry paper towel or Kleenex for 24-hours

  • Avoid the sauna or exercise that will cause sweating for 48-hours

  • Do not expose treated area to the sun, running water, cleansing creams or chemicals

  • To clean the treated area, use a mild soap in hands and pat area, then splash with water to rinse. Do not allow lymph fluid to build up, pat it off, but NEVER EVER pick.

  • Blot any bodily fluids to prevent scabbing. Do not rub, scrub or pick at the epithelial crust, and allow it to flake off on its own.

  • Wash your face with a washcloth to avoid the treated areas

  • 1000 mg of Vitamin C twice a day helps with bruising. Lysine helps with healing skin tissues. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory. 

  • Apply a thin coat of Aquafor ointment 3-5 times daily. This is especially important after cleaning and before bedtime. Use a Q-tip. Do not touch with fingers

  • Avoid wearing lipstick for 4-weeks

  • Do not wear eye makeup for 14-days if you had your eyeliner don and do not color in your eyebrows with makeup for 14-days if you had your brows done

  • For additional questions, call or text Rebecca at (405)881-9251

Advanced Esthetics and Permanent Makeup

 by Rebecca Hale, CMM, LE