Permanent makeup is also known as “micropigmentation.” During treatment, I use sterile, single-use needles to implant hypoallergenic pigments into the dermal layer of the skin (just below the epidermis) to enhance, and sometimes create, my client’s features. Because I place the pigment below the epidermis (which is constantly shedding and renewing itself), once the treatment area has healed (generally one week), the appearance is very soft and natural, because you are looking at the color through a thin veil of skin. My approach is extremely conservative; my goal is not to create the appearance of makeup, but simply to enhance my client’s natural beauty. Sometimes, I’m simply helping the client recapture a youthful appearance. Other times, I’m boosting a client’s confidence by recreating the appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes that were lost during chemotherapy treatments. Sometimes, I’m creating eyebrows for an Alopecia patient who has never before known what it is like to wake up and walk out the door without having to use an eyebrow pencil - something most of us take for granted. Before treatment, I apply anesthetic cream to the treatment area to ensure the most pleasant experience possible. Most clients report a mild “stinging” sensation during the procedure and liken the immediate post-procedure sensation to a mild sunburn. Few clients experience any swelling or redness after the procedure, and most can return to their daily activities immediately after treatment. Most clients will need a touch-up approximately three weeks after the initial treatment.

Permanent makeup is liberating for those who are allergic to conventional cosmetics, have arthritis or an unsteady hand, exercise a lot or simply desire a more carefree, less time-consuming approach to their morning regimen. They are also ideal for clients who have suffered loss of eyebrows or lashes due to alopecia, chemotherapy or overzealous plucking, waxing or electrolysis.The durability of a cosmetic tattoo varies from client to client, depending upon the individual’s sun exposure, use of glycolic treatments and unique body chemistry. Generally, however, permanent makeup lasts for approximately 5 years. Some clients may wish to obtain “color boost” treatments along the way to prolong the vibrance and durability of their investment.

Be cautious when selecting a technician! Unlike New Jersey (where I trained, apprenticed and became board certified), not every state requires individuals to become certified with the AAM to perform permanent makeup procedures. As a result, people are out there sticking needles in faces when they are woefully unqualified to do so. This is scary stuff! I myself have performed corrective procedures on clients who have fallen victim to some of these “technicians” and have been astonished by the poor quality of their work. Do your research. Call the AAM or visit their website. Ask the technician for proof of insurance and board certification (which is vastly different from a mere “license” issued by the municipality). Ask to see the technician’s portfolio. Read her client’s testimonials. Some technicians may even invite you to contact her former clients (with the clients’ approval) for peace of mind, as I do. Also, keep in mind that most of the time, the quality of someone’s work is commensurate with the price. If the technician is offering services at bargain basement prices, be skeptical and step up your due diligence. Although these procedures are not actually permanent, this is your face we’re talking about - be smart.


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