What Is Semi-Permanent Makeup?
Semi-permanent makeup continues to grow in popularity.
Semi-permanent makeup utilizes pharmaceutical grade pigments also known as micropigmentation, which is a form of temporary cosmetic tattooing that allows you to have long-lasting eyeliner and lip color as well as being able to shape and contour your eyebrows.
The procedure involves tiny particles of pigment being placed beneath the surface of the skin, much like a tattoo. This pigment will stay in the skin for a number of years, gradually breaking down and fading with time, although the longevity of the results will depend on your age and skin type.
Permanent make up Benefits
1. It saves you time no matter what make- up regimen you are using...
Since permanent makeup is semi-permanent you won’t need to waste any more time filling in your brows to have them look presentable. All women can benefit from the time saved thanks to permanent make up.
2. It gives those with skin diseases like alopecia or hair loss secondary to chemo a natural looking brow.
Semi-permanent makeup was originally founded in Asia for cancer patients who had gone through chemotherapy and lost a significant amount of eyebrow hair. Semi-permanent makeup will benefit anyone who is experiencing hair loss or a lack of hair growth in the brows caused by any disease.
3. It does not smudge or smear off, even with exercise, for those with an active lifestyle.
Without having to add any makeup, clients can enjoy any physical activity without the worry of losing the look of their brows.
(Swimming, sauna, gym.....)
4. Semi-permanent makeup lasts 1-3 years based on environmental factors like sun exposure.
5. The pigment does not change color, it only loses saturation
The pigments used in semi-permanent makeup are all organic and specifically made so that they do not change color. They will slowly lose saturation over time, requiring you to come in for a touch-up session.
6. Semi-permanent makeup is very safe in the hands of a professional permanent makeup artist.
1.Before your visit make sure you do not take Aspirin, Tylenol, Alcohol, or caffeine prior for 24 hours. Consult with your physician if you take any blood thinning medications.
2.If you have Botox make sure you book your procedure two weeks prior to your initial injection.
3.If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you cannot perform any procedures at this time.
4.If you are using Retinoids of any kind or any creams/oils containing Retinol, you will have to stop using them and schedule an appointment a month after if they are over the counter products. For prescribed retinoids you will need to schedule 3 months after use. Retinoids affect retention of pigment that will effect your results.
5.Semi- permanent makeup eyebrows are not suitable for the following candidates:
-Have heart conditions or using heart medications
-Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)
-Have skin disease or irritations
-Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
-Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
-Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
(Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note.)
6.How long does the Semi- Permanent eyebrow procedure take?
For the first Semi- Permanent eyebrow session, the entire procedure should take about 2 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we will begin the procedure.
The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Semi- Permanent eyebrows session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1 hour to complete.
7.Is a touch up session for semi- permanent eyebrows required?
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcomes will vary. Certain areas may not pick up pigment during the first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!
8.Does the semi- permanent eyebrows procedure hurt?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also will reapply the anesthetic during the procedure.
Do not let any water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first 3 days after your procedure.
Please wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area. During the shower, keep your face away from the shower head or take a bath.
Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post procedure. Avoid picking or scratching as it can pull off scabs prematurely and cause patchy results or scarring. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.
After 4 days, make sure your hands are completely clean and gently apply the post-care ointment with a cotton swab and clean hands. This can be done twice a day, at night time and morning , but be sure to use the ointment sparingly as your skin needs to heal itself. Please continue to apply the ointment for 7 days.
The following must be avoided during the 14 days post procedure:
Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
Sun tanning or salon tanning
Exposure to UV/UVA Rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading
Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the treatment area
Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micro pigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment
Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris
Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds
Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles
Touching of the eyebrow area except when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab
Contact a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: fever, redness at the site, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, elevated body temperature, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, and/or any green/yellow discharge that is foul in odor.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AND AFTER YOUR EYEBROW SESSION
The entire healing process will take from 4-6 weeks depending on your body regeneration and age. Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.
The pigment will appear very unnatural looking immediately after the procedure. The color of the pigment will appear much darker the next day.
Note that because of natural skin regeneration, after recovery period (peeling), brows might appear lighter than the original. This might give you the impression that color is fading too quickly. Often even with proper care, clients may have more fading in some areas which make the brows look uneven. It is absolutely normal. That's the reason why most clients need a touchup after 6 weeks.
Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. However, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. The final look of your eyebrows will be apparent approximately 30 days after your procedure.
Never rub the treated area as it will disturb the skin from natural healing.
Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly.
When using foundation, avoid the area of your healed eyebrows. If foundation covers healed brows, your eyebrows will appear lighter.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER TREATMENT - Brows appear bold and have redness as well, the intensity of redness can vary for each individual. They may feel tender and appear uneven. Keep clean and dry, do not touch your eyebrows!
DAY 3 - Brows will start developing a layer of scab, continue keeping your brows dry and clean.
DAY 4 - The scab is starting to feel thick and itchy, start applying a light layer of ointment. Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment (Aquaphor) on each eyebrow with a cotton swab and clean hands, spread a VERY THIN layer of the ointment across the treated area every morning and night. Brows should not appear greasy, glossy or shiny, if so you used too much, as this can suffocate the skin and delay healing. Never apply ointment on wet or damp tattoos. Continue ointment until your brows are no longer scabbing.
DAY 7 - The beginning stages of scabs start peeling off, do not touch scabs! Avoid picking or scratching as it can pull off scabs prematurely and cause patchy results or scarring.
DAY 12 - Scabs are done peeling, brows look light after peeling process. The lightness can vary for each individual
DAY 14 - Brows are safe from water. Clients may return to normal skincare routines. Brows will appear very light, after scabs come off, every week up to 6 weeks color will continue to surface and brows will get darker.
(A retouch procedure is essential)
You need eyebrow retouch in 4-6 weeks.