Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I know if the tools are clean?
I use brand new, one use, sterile and disposable Needles and tubes. I've been schooled in the Fundamentals of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization by Canadian and American standards. I use the highest standards of cleanliness and disinfection dictated by the Saskatoon Health Region.
2. What can I do to prepare for my appointment?
Eyebrows: Please come with your makeup applied as usual. Do not wax your eyebrows within three days of the appointment, or for at least three weeks afterwards. Please be aware that some of your other makeup may be wiped off in the process so bring it with you if you wish to reapply!
Eyes: Please come with your eyeliner applied as usual, but preferably without mascara. Lash extensions must be removed at least 3 days prior to the procedure and must not be reapplied until they are healed, generally 10-14 days. Keep in mind that a touch up is recommended between 4-6 weeks so you may wish to wait until after that! Do not wear contact lenses during and for 24 hours after the procedure.
Lips: If you have ever had a cold sore you will need an anti viral prescription from a physician. This must be taken 3 days before and 3 days after the procedure to prevent an outbreak.
You should not make an appointment immediately pre or post surgery, while you are sick, or heavily stressed. If you will be in a dusty or sunny area you may want to allow 3 to 10 days away from that to allow proper healing. After care is AS important if not more than the procedure itself in ensuring better healing.
3. Are there any contraindications for having Permanent Makeup Procedures?
Yes and they include people with diabetes, glaucoma, taking blood thinning medicines, cortisone, steroids, accutaine, Retin-A, Renova, Coumadin or Heparin. You must have written permission from your physician if any of the above apply to you. Anyone with psoriasis, eczema, rashes or allergies to makeup may not be good candidates. Women that are pregnant or lactating cannot book any of the procedures.
4. Is it really permanent?
Yes and no. Pigment is being deposited into the skin so it is called a permanent procedure, however the pigment will gradually fade, giving the opportunity to tweak the colour and shape. Most begin to fade between 1-3 years, with the lips and eyeliner generally lasting a little longer than brows. Sun/UV light will fade them faster, as well as anti-aging or Retin A creams, so avoiding these, and wearing sunscreen will assist in their longevity. A colour renewal is recommended between 1-3 years to maintain the result.
5. How long does it take?
Each procedure takes about 2-2 ½ hrs. This includes discussion of desired design and colour, the procedure, and before and after photos.
6. What will it look like directly after?
Immediately after the procedure some swelling may occur, and the colour will appear darker than the healed result. The colour stays dark for 4-7 days during the healing process as the upper layers of epidermis begin to shed. After the healing process you will be able to see a lighter colour of the pigment. The final colour will show in about 4 weeks after the procedure and is usually about 50-60% lighter than the initial colour. Most people return to work directly after without taking any time off.
7. Will I need a touch up?
During the healing process, the lymphatic system is trying to push out all external particles to prevent contamination and repair itself. This explains why sometimes the colour is not perfect after healing and everyone can respond differently. At the touch up finishing and corrective touches are added to the colour and shape. Permanent makeup prices include two appointments, the initial and the touch up, however the client should be aware that it can be more than a two step process.
8. Does the application hurt?
Some clients find the procedure uncomfortable and some report very little. A combination of 2 anaesthetics are used - a topical pre-numbing and then a local anaesthetic once the procedure has begun and re-applied regularly.
9. Do the pigments pose allergy problems?
People can develop an allergy to anything, anytime; however, pigment allergies are considered rare. Some doctors recommend that people with environmental allergies or allergies to conventional makeup have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that people are sensitive to. While allergic reactions to any type of tattooing pigments on the body or on the face through permanent cosmetics may occur at any point in time, they are extremely rare. An allergy test is required however, at least 24 hours before the procedure; this is generally done at the consultation.
10. Can I still have an MRI scan?
Numerous studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to no potential for irritation resulting from an MRI. In the rare instance where discomfort resulted, it was localized and very temporary. However, with that said, it is prudent to advise your MRI technician that you have permanent cosmetics.
11. What if I have had Botox or would like to?
Cosmetic physicians recommend getting permanent makeup before hand, as the Botox can change the shape slightly. Advise your Botox technician about your cosmetics before making your appointment with them. Permanent makeup can be performed after three weeks of the Botox injection, however physicians recommend waiting a few months, or for it to wear off to let your brow resume its natural shape.