EXCELLENT RESULTS are obtained through understanding!

Immediately after your first session, you will probably love how
everything is looking. However, once exposed to the air the
color becomes increasingly darker due oxidiazation.  But this
only affects the surface color - NOT the color that is implanted
under the skin.  That darker layer will only be there for a few days
as it gives way to the healing  and will gradually slough off.

As the topical anesthetics wear Immediately after your first
session,  redness and swelling may increase. Suddenly, things
are not looking so great. Then the next day, things will appear
too dark and maybe even a little rough.  But, by two weeks out,
things will be much too light. Maybe it may seem to be totally
gone. THIS IS OK. THIS IS BY DESIGN, and will be adjusted
accordingly during the followup procedure(s).

I was originally taught to apply 30-50% MORE color than what you
would normally wear, in anticipation of the fact that MOST people
loose a lot of color.  BUT... I have found, that there are a few who
actually hold a lot of color. AND I NEVER KNOW WHO WILL OR
WHO WON'T.  And I know you don't want your brows to wear you! I
want you to wear your brows!  

"Isn't is more logical  to ease into perfection, rather than load it
up and hope you will somehow magically slide back into
perfection? So let's take it easy, at first, so I can see what the
pigment will do in YOUR skin".
 (copyright 2014)
Does it hurt?
I
will work with you according to your pain threshold. And really, I
am as concerned about your comfort as you are! So I will apply a
topical cream prior to the procedure and a gel anesthetic
throughout, which normally provides almost total numbing. The
"feeling" typically associated with the procedures can be
described as a mild stinging, plucking or tickling sensation,
which subsides as soon as the procedure is over. Any discomfort
after the procedure is usually very minimal.  Pain can feel more
intense at the beginning of the procedure then wanes. Then may
intensify toward the end of the procedure.

NOTE: Since I work with an anesthesiologist, nerve blocks can be
administered should the need arise. Dr. Victoria Zavala charges
$150 per area.

During the procedure there may be some bleeding and or
bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days.
Bruising and swelling may last may last for approximately
seventy two hours following the procedure. The color is much
darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days.

Sometimes, people have reactions to antibiotics, so they are
not recommended at all unless you suspect an infection may
be brewing, at which point, you should contact your doctor for
treatment.
There may be other side effects unforeseen due to
individuality.

How much does it cost?
This is a good question. Just as in many other industries,  higher
cost often equals higher quality!  A Permanent Makeup Artist who
recognized their value, is probably one who is also using proper
sterilization and sanitation procedures, good equipment, has a
professional facility and a huge list of satisfied clients. All of
these factors incur considerable costs, per procedure. Work
performed from physician's offices or specialized clinics may be
charged at higher rates, due to higher overhead. The price also
includes the use of medical grade topical anesthetics, to
minimize discomfort, as I am fortunate enough to be backed by a
physician.
Prices can range from $150 to over $3000  per
procedure. Individual artists will set prices according to
availability. The cheaper they are the more they need to fill up
their schedule.


Which method do you use?  
I use a microblading hand tool for almost every brow procedure,
unless someone is a better candidate for a powder brow. I also
will use the machine for lips and areola,  In certain cases, I may
use hand tool method where minimal touchup is desired.

What can I expect after the procedure?
Each procedure behaves differently after its application.
Depending on which procedure you've had done, you will see
various changes occur within the next few days/weeks.
Immediately after the procedure is done your make-up may look
like it has been stamped onto your face - and will be much too
dark. This is normal.  You can expect also swelling and redness
caused by the procedure, which should diminish over the next
day or so. Ice packs applied at 15 minute intervals each hour can
control this. It is extremely important that post instructions are
followed to guarantee the results you've just invested in.
Aquaphor ointment must be applied on the treated area, and kept
consistently moist. But since wounds need air to breathe, the
application should be thin, not thick.  

Once the area has healed, there is a much greater chance that
the permanent makeup will be too light or too subtle. But just
remember, this is because by applying it more conservatively in
the beginning, changes can be more easily made later, without
being traumatized with TOO MUCH . It is much easier to add
pigment than to remove it. This is the reason I require 1-2
follow-up sessions in order to receive "Certificate of Completion"
(which qualifies you for a significant discount on your future Color
Boost Session . The touch-ups are fast, easily tolerated and
recommended to perfectly balance your outcome.

Within 7-14 days this artificial look will give way to a more
evaluate what the final result will be until this "naturalization"
process occurs, especially true with eyebrows. Several hours
after application, they will appear much darker and thicker than
they will in a week or two. The shape may even appear to be
somewhat distorted; don't worry. Brows may scab over and have
a "Groucho Marx" appearance for a few days, but when fully
healed, there are soft beautiful brows underneath. Make sure to
let it heal naturally, DO NOT PICK at it or your brows will not
appear uniform. If you have any concerns about any reactions you
are experiencing please contact me.

Due to varying degrees of difficulty of applications associated
with lip/skin texture, wrinkles, scarring on the lips from cold
sores, anti-aging laser treatments, medications, smoking, sun or
tanning bed exposure and use of hydroxy acids, and we cannot
guarantee "perfect" results in two visits. Therefore, if irregularities
in pigment color develop from the above mentioned conditions,
additional procedures may be necessary. These conditions also
affect the longevity of the permanent cosmetic, causing some
persons to require maintenance sooner than others.

What is the potential for medical problems to arise after a
procedure?
Slim... especially with the health standards and precise methods
of sanitation and sterilization, that are in place today. Pre and
Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely
eliminate any risk. But remember, you have to take care of an
open wound. If you are not careful, an infection could occur and if
allowed to get out of control, worse problems could arise. So if
you suspect an infection may be brewing, call your doctor and
then call me.

Followup Visits.... Do I really need one?
Permanent Makeup is a process! A touch-up is almost always
necessary... as the pigment has been implanted into living tissue
- new skin must encapsulated the colored molecules in order to
stay. Some molecules get trapped in, some are released. For
this reason, it is rarely perfect after the first procedure. But, we
need to wait a minimum of 4 weeks before traumatizing  the skin
again. Six weeks is better but of course, your schedule and
personal needs take precedence. I am beginning to
recommended we wait for at least 8 weeks following a lip
procedure, to avoid excessive pain during followup procedures.

During the follow-up application(s) the makeup will be balanced,
supplemented, darkened, lightened and shaped based on what
was requested and determined during the initial session.
Changes beyond this scope may require additional fees.

Example:
If a client comes in and asks for light brown (during her
initial session, but then requests Fuller Dimensional Brows in a
darker color - the client will be charged the difference between
the two procedures, plus the . Same with Eyeliner and Lips.

SHOULD I CONSIDER A CAREER IN PERMANENT COSMETICS?
The great news is... anyone can become a technician.
The HORRIBLE new is... anyone can become a technician.
This is an awesome field. Personally, I can't imagine doing
anything else. But I had an advantage, in that I had previous
formal training in art school, prior to my decision to pursue this
field.  

With that said, I strongly feel there are many great
opportunities for skilled permanent cosmetic
"ARTISTS" who understand color theory and can
draw. Because, IF YOU CAN'T DRAW or PAINT
somewhat realistically, on paper or on canvas,
how do you expect to do so on human skin? I
assure you, that is more difficult than one may
think...

But if you have the skills and drive, opportunities abound as the
demand for advanced and para-medical procedures increases
with public knowledge of the benefits of permanent cosmetic
makeup.

Just don't forget the components for real success:
ARTISTIC TALENT, true concern, and compassion for the  
humans who put their faith in your hands. Oh, and add to that
TONS OF PATIENCE, for when things don't go as planned.
What is Permanent Makeup
This Is the placement of pigment, into the skin for the purpose of
enhancing color of your natural hair, create the illusion of makeup
that does not wash off,  to mimic hair growth, create or enhance
areola, or to conceal scars on any part of the body.


How long does a procedure take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1-3 hours.
Touch up procedures may, or may not require as much time. .
Some procedures seem to fly by while others take much longer. ie:
If you're extremely still and quiet during eyeliner, the procedure
goes by much faster.  Also, if your eyes deep set, with lots of long
full lashes it will take even longer no matter how still you are.
Where eyes that protrude with little to no lashes, may take far less
time. Unless that person needs to take excessive number of
breaks, for whatever reason. The possibilities are ENDLESS!


Who should I use? For starters, be sure you're not going to
someone's house, unless it has a completely seperate entrance
and is it's own facility. MAKE SURE THE FACILITY IS LICENSED.
But even a license does not guarantee good work! You must do
your own research to find a technician by considering training,
experience, and portfolio and reputation. It is important to
remember that the shape and proper placement of the procedure
is as important as the right color. The desired look is obtained
during the course of consultation, initial procedure and follow up
procedures. Establishing a good rapport between you and your
technician (or Artist, as I prefer to be called...) should be of utmost
importance.

What if I don't like the design or color after the procedure?
I'm a Makeup Artist who has been trained in designing eyebrows
that are right for your face... So I will be happy to assist you in
determining a design, if you wish. The things to take into
consideration are your bone structure, skin tone and facial shape.
You must approve of all design work (color & shape) before we
proceed. This is your face, your procedure and it must meet your
expectations. I do work conservatively and won't do anything I feel
won't give you a subtle, natural look. The most common issue is
with slight patchiness. This sometimes does occur and is easily
adjusted when you come in for your follow-up visit in about 6
weeks.

Although the procedure is considered permanent, these
procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to
some extent.
Colors will appear darker immediately healing
process. The healing time is different for each individual and
procedure - so it is important to keep this in mind as you are
experiencing the healing process!

Why are multiple sessions necessary?
Every face is different... Each skin type is different. Some skin types
accept the pigment better than other types and more pigment may
be retained in one session with one person over another. Also, fine
details, additional color, depth or design adjustments are more
easily made after the initial healing is complete. A follow-up visit is
always considered vital - if only to meet to discuss healed outcome
of the procedure, take your after picture, and agree that no further
work is necessary. Typically it takes a total of at least 2, possibly 3
applications, 4-8 weeks apart to achieve the desired outcome.

If this is permanent, why are future touch-ups necessary?
Because WE LAYER IN COLOR IN CONSECUTIVE SESSIONS.
The first layer is the lightest so we can see how the color heals
BEFORE we go all the way! Plus, there are always issues that
affect the appearance of your procedure, such as sun exposure,
changing health conditions, smoking, medications, anti-aging
products, and hormonal changes... all these things can have an
effect on your pigment retention. You should keep your follow up
visit since it helps prolong your investment.

Why does permanent makeup fade faster than body tattoos?
Traditional body tattoos do fade, however, generally at a slower
rate due to several different factors. For starters, tattoos are placed
much deeper in the skin on the body. Facial skin is thinner and
more delicate and the color is placed more superficially. This is by
design, so it has a chance to fade OFF, before it fades UGLY! Also,
body art is generally covered up with clothing most of the year and
is not excessively exposed to the UV rays which fade cosmetic
tattoos on the face. Also, the skin on the body is much denser as
compared to facial skin, which is much thinner and again,
influencing the degree of color retention. Listed are some other
factors which cause permanent makeup to fade: body chemistry;
cellular turnover - rejuvenation, etc.; anti-aging products applied
directly over the permanent makeup; choice of color applied (i.e.,
lighter colors will fade quicker than darker colors); and exposure to
sunlight (hence the suggestion of wearing an SPF over your
permanent makeup); and also, the technician’s choice of pigment
(s) used, as well as her experience in applying permanent makeup.

The word "Permanent" scares me.
Don't be afraid. Permanent Makeup is a multi-session process.
The first application  will fade for some people by at least 20-30%.
Some people even can fade by up to 50-60%, while others may
loose all color, and others keep a lot of the color. There is no way
to tell how much any one person will fade. You just have to wait to
find out. The length of time that pigment will remain is very
individual. Body chemistry, skin pigmentation, and sun exposure
are just a few of the factors that affect fading.

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered
permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular
part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off.
However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur,
requiring periodic maintenance or re-freshing. Just like hair color,
furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint,
pigment implanted in the skin will fade to some extent with time.

What if makeup styles change or totally go out of style?
"Baby brows" will not always be in style - True!  But patchy, over-
tweezed or NO brows at all - are a definite style breaker. As long as
you aim for a natural classic shape, which can be determined by a
combination of your personal preferences, my suggestions, along
with a mathematical equation based on your own facial features -
you will be safe from the fads that come and go.

What if eyeliner goes out of style?
Can you think of ANY stage in history where the appearance of
darker, thicker eyelashes was NOT popular? The thickness of the
eyeliner certainly. With the eyeliner or lash enhancement
procedure, your natural lash-line is enhanced for a fuller, beautiful,
natural result. Thin, medium, and wide top and bottom eyeliners
are very popular. However, my preference leans toward a more
conservative, clean and natural look.

Is this considered a safe process?
Yes. It is a safe process. But only if conducted by a trained
professional that is educated and follows the proper sanitation and
sterilization procedures. To ensure peace of mind to each of our
clients, we open a sterilized tool and a manufactured sealed
sterilized needle at the beginning of the procedure. The used
needle is placed in a Sharps container when the procedure is
completed. In addition, I sanitize all areas the client will come in
contact with while in my treatment rooms and I apply barrier film to
protect all surfaces from contamination during a procedure.  By
conducting our procedures in this manner we feel that our clients'
health and safety have been safeguarded to the highest standards.
After leaving, it is then the client's responsibility to care for the
procedure strictly adhering to the post treatment instructions,
assuring normal healing and the prevention of an infection.  

If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent
cosmetics should be completely safe. These guidelines include
the following:

MOST IMPORTANTLY:
  • All Needles should be new and sterile for each client.
  • Other machine parts should also be pre-sterilized and
    disposed of in a sanitary manner.
  • Other equipment and supplies should be kept in a sanitary
    manner.
  • Gloves should be new for each client and changed OFTEN
    during the procedure when needed.
  • The technician should be clean, neat and knowledgeable of
    environmental safety requirements.
  • Non porous chairs, furniture and equipment should be
    wiped with a sterile solution between clients.
  • The room or treatment area should be in an area free from
    other contaminants.
  • What is Permanent Makeup
  • How long does a procedure take?
  • Who should I choose to do MY work?  
  • What if I don't like the design or color
    after the procedure?
  • Although the procedure is considered
    permanent, these procedures do have
    flexibility in changing color and shape
    to some extent.  
  • Why are multiple sessions necessary?
  • If this is permanent, why are future
    touch-ups necessary?
  • Why does permanent makeup fade
    faster than body tattoos?
  • The word "Permanent" scares me.
  • What if makeup styles change or totally
    go out of style?
  • What if eyeliner goes out of style?
  • Is this considered a safe process?
  • Does it hurt?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Which method do you use?  
  • What can I expect after the procedure?
  • What is the potential for medical
    problems to arise after a procedure?
  • Followup Visits.... Do I really need one?

  • SHOULD I CONSIDER A CAREER IN
    PERMANENT COSMETICS?
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