What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup, also called micro pigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, is implanting colored pigments into the skin for aesthetic purposes to enhance, contour and outline facial features.
Is permanent makeup similar to a tattoo?
It has some of the same qualities, however it is very different. The pigment is placed into the skin at a depth of about 1/3 the depth of traditional tattoos. What that means is permanent makeup is implanted close to the surface of the skin, just below the epidermis into the upper dermis area while traditional tattoos are implanted deeper into the dermal layer of the skin. Permanent makeup is designed to gradually fade over time as our skin sheds its outermost layers every month.
Is permanent makeup a safe procedure?
Yes, our procedures are performed under sterile conditions, using only disposable needle cartridges. At the beginning of the treatment, our technicians will show you our single use sterile pre-packed needles/microblades in their packaging before opening. Immediately after the needle is used on a client, it is discarded in a sharps container to be disposed of correctly.
How long does it last?
Permanent makeup can last 2-3 years depending on the clients skin type and how well they take care of it. Gradual fading is expected on all procedures over time. The darker the color, the longer it will stay unchanged in your skin. Natural, delicate colors are oftentimes more vulnerable to the effects of sun, swimming and breakdown by bodies natural response-resulting in more frequent touch ups. The longevity varies among clients based on their personal care routine and sun exposure. Proper UVA/UVB protection will prevent color from fading as quickly when in sunny climates. Aggressive skin treatments such as laser, chemical peel and dermabrasion can effect the life span of your permanent makeup.
Will my eyebrows look fake?
No! Permanent makeup procedures are done using a cosmetic tattooing process so the color pay off will not be as harsh and our artist specialize in a soft and natural technique.
How do you choose which brow technique is best?
We will evaluate your skin type, your brows and your end goal to decide what is best for you in the long run. We like to pick the right procedure to age beautifully with you!
If I had prior permanent makeup done by another studio, can you work over it?
If you have work that was not done by us, we recommend checking out our “Correction Brows” page under services or click link here: Correction Brows
There you will find a contact page so we can evaluate your prior work.
How do the qualifications of Brow Eyed Girl artists differ from other permanent makeup practitioners?
Our artists are certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation. In addition, they are licensed in Cosmetology or Esthetics by the state of New Jersey and they maintain a Blood Borne Pathogen certification. Our artists are perfectionists and our main priority is to make our client happy while also executing a natural result. The artists at Brow Eyed girl are committed to providing the best service, care and desired results to every client.
How do you create the shape in brow procedures?
Every client has a different facial structure, no faces are symmetrical and no two faces are the same. We are fully aware of this which is why we examine the facial features, symmetry, positioning and measure the perfect shape for each individual client.
How do you pick the color?
Using our knowledge of the Fitzpatrick scale, our artists will examine your skin, undertones and features to choose a color that will compliment you and brighten up your face.
Is it painful?
A topical anesthetic is used as needed to help numb the areas to be treated. This will alleviate any minor discomfort that may be felt during the procedure. Every client has a different level of pain tolerance. We use topical numbing to ease discomfort as well as a secondary numbing agent to use mid procedure.
Is the procedure guaranteed?
At Brow Eyed Girl, we want our clients to be happy with their results. However once pigment is placed into the skin it cannot be removed, which is why our goal is to provide natural looking results. Depending on the clients skin, adjustments may be needed from time to time and clients are welcome to return as many times as needed within the first year to have their permanent makeup adjusted. Permanent makeup procedures are affected the canvas they are performed on. If you have sun damaged, thick and uneven texture or excessively dry or oily, the result cannot be expected to be perfect after the initial procedure. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and age of skin all contribute to how the procedure heals.
Will my eyebrow hair continue to grow?
Yes! To maintain the shape of the tattoo, we recommend tweezing only. Tweezing is the most precise and gentle for the skin opposed to other hair removal options. We recommend checking out our “Brow Grooming” page under services or click link here: Brow Grooming
I have a darker complexion, is the procedure ideal for me?
Yes! Permanent makeup is beneficial for all skin types. In fact, we love working on that gorgeous darker complexion as the skin responds beautifully.
Does age matter?
No! We have a wide range of clients, and some that are in their 80’s. The only restriction is by law, you must be 18 years of age.
Is the touch up necessary?
In short, YES! The touch up is absolutely necessary. Think of this as a two step process. If you want to have the best results possible, the touch up is necessary. We do not know how the skin will react to the initial procedure or heal. All permanent makeup (excluding lips) will fade about 30% in the healing process. Some clients have great retention while others do not.
What happens during your touch up?
Your touch up is your perfection session. This is where we can evaluate the healed work and decide if you want to go darker, thicker and fix any parts that didn’t retain well. Healing after the touch up is very similar except it will be much more subtle since this was less invasive compared to the initial application.
How long does each procedure take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2.5-3 hours, there are records to establish, photographs to take, desired design/shape and color to discuss, the procedure to perform and the aftercare requirements to discuss. Touch up appointments usually do not require the same amount of time.
How long should I wait before I can have permanent makeup applied after chemical peels or laser treatments?
In order to get optimal results, we recommend waiting 2 months post chemical peel or laser treatment.
Can I have permanent makeup done while using Isotretinoin (Roaccutane/Accutane)?
You must be off of Accutane for 1 year before you can receive a permanent makeup procedure. NO EXCEPTIONS! These types of medications will place you at risk for hypersensitivity, scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Can I have Botox done before my procedure?
Absolutely however there must be a 2 week waiting period from your Botox to your permanent makeup procedure
Can I have Botox before/ after my eyebrows are done?
Absolutely! Just wait 2 weeks before/ after the procedure.
Can I have Restylane or Juvederm injected before/after my procedure?
Absolutely! Just wait 1 month before/after your procedure
Should I have my eyes lifted before I get permanent eyeliner? What happens to my permanent eyeliner when I have a blepharoplasty(eyelid lift)?
Permanent eyeliner is applied directly between the lashes and on the lash line. Therefore, this will not move when the eyelid is surgically lifted.
I have already had laser vision correction or cataract surgery. Is it okay for me to get permanent eyeliner?
Yes, you must be 3 months post surgery or have a release from your eye surgeon prior to the procedure.
Are there any restrictions to having these procedures?
Yes, there re some medical issues that may prevent us from working on you
- If you are a diabetic, you must be in a controlled state, and your healing time may take longer
- Type I- insulin dependent diabetes will need medical clearance
- If you have glaucoma, you cannot have an eyeliner procedure
- If you have ever had shingles in the brow or near eye area, permanent makeup cannot be performed as the procedure can cause a flare up
- If you have a history of cold sores, then you must be prescribed medication before, during and after any lip procedure
- If you are on blood thinner or fish oil, you must be off for 1 week prior
- If you are on Retin A, retinols, trentinoin, you must be off of these 30 days prior and 30 days after procedure
- If you are on accurate, you must be off for 1 year
- If you use Latisse or eyelash enhancers, you must be off of these for 2 months prior to an eyeliner procedure
- Eyelash extensions must be removed 2 weeks prior to an eyeliner/eyelash enhancement procedure.
- If you have had cosmetic surgery on your face, you must be healed at least 3 months
- If you have cancer, you must be 6 months past your chemotherapy
- Botox should be performed 2 weeks after or 2 weeks before brow procedure
- Filler should be performed 1 month before or 1 month after procedure
- No chemical peels 60 days before and 60 days after
- You cannot have a tan on your face at the time of your appointment. Pigment will heal darker on tan skin and may be more sensitive and bleed more
Is it safe if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
Permanent Cosmetics are not safe for women who are pregnant or nursing. Pregnancy can cause undesirable results due to hormonal changes in the body.
COMING BACK in 2024...
Our “Fine Line Tattoo” service is currently NOT being offered at this time. We will resume booking appointments for this service beginning in 2024.
If you have questions and/or are interested in Fine Line Tattoos, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org in the meantime. Thank you for your patience.
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