FAQ

What are Permanent Cosmetics?

Permanent cosmetics describe non-surgical procedures that use specialized tattooing methods. Coloured pigments are implanted into the Dermis (middle layer) of the skin through microscopic injections with an extremely fine needle or cluster of needles. This process is also called Micropigmentation, Microdermal Pigmentation, Dermagraphics, Intradermal Cosmetics, Dermal Implantation, or Micropigment Implantation. Permanent Makeup is the term used to describe the cosmetic tattooing of facial features (eyebrows, eyelids, or lips) to improve colour and shape.

What are Medical or Paramedical Permanent Cosmetics?

This is a highly specialized and advanced area of permanent cosmetics that focuses on people with medically-related conditions. Examples include surgical scars (e.g. breast reconstruction, hair transplant), trauma scars (e.g. accidents or burns), or unnatural skin conditions (e.g. Vitiligo, Alopecia). The techniques restore colour and symmetry to an affected area(s). The results can help a person look better and improve his or her self-esteem. This process is also called Medical Tattooing, Paramedical Tattooing, Corrective Tattooing, Reconstructive Tattooing, or Restorative Tattooing.

Is it really a tattoo?

Yes, although the pigments are not the same as tattoo ink. For paramedical procedures, and for permanent cosmetics such as eyebrows, eyeliner and lip colour, I use a digitally-controlled device. The tiny, sterile needles are discarded after one use. Their penetration of the skin is to a depth approximately equal to the thickness of a five cent coin and usually isn’t deep enough to cause bleeding.

How are the procedures performed?

Cosmetic tattooing is performed in different ways using different types of equipment. The name of the device that holds the needle describes the application method. The categories of equipment and methods are as follows: Manual Hand Tool method (also called Hand Tap or Non-Machine method); Coil Machine method (a smaller version of the traditional tattoo machine); Analog Pen or Rotary Machine method (most commonly used); and Computerized Digital Machine method (most sophisticated technology).

Is a Cosmetic Tattooing procedure painful?

Due to the invasiveness of the process, some people may feel minor discomfort that varies according to their pain threshold and response to anesthetics. People describe what they feel in different ways such as irritation, scratching, vibration, or a slight burning sensation. Clynic (depending on the regulations of council for the state you live in) uses medical grade topical anesthetic creams and gels before and during all procedures to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Most patients remark that their procedure was far more comfortable than I thought it would be. Those with body art comment that the cosmetic tattooing is painless compared to traditional tattooing. Overall, people feel the benefits from the results far outweigh any brief discomfort they might have experienced during the process.

How long do Permanent Cosmetics last?

The results are considered permanent because the tattooed colour cannot be washed off. However, the colour should be considered “semi-permanent” because some fading will occur over time. Colour retention is affected by different factors including the shade of the original colour, the person’s age and metabolism, skin type and condition, exposure to UV radiation (sun, tanning booths), smoking, certain drugs and medications, and skin peeling treatments such as Retin-A or microdermabrasion. In general, the colour lasts from one to five years and can be enhanced and refreshed by a maintenance visit when needed (usually at a lower fee than the initial procedure when performed by the original artist).

What is a Touch-up appointment?

During the initial procedure (first application), the tattooed area(s) will be saturated with as much colour as possible. Due to swelling, there may be some areas where the tissue will no longer allow pigment to be implanted. Those areas will show less colour after healing and may need another visit to be filled-in (a touch-up). Because everyone’s tissue reaction is different, some clients will need a second visit while others will not. First, the tattooed area must heal before a refinement procedure can be performed. It is best to wait 4 to 8 weeks for complete tissue healing and colour stabilization. Once the desired results are achieved, the client can keep the colour looking fresh with a maintenance visit every few years.

How much does it cost?

Permanent cosmetics are affordable for most people, and the long-term benefits make procedures fairly inexpensive. Other non-surgical procedures like Botox or fillers cost the same or more. But they may last for only three to twelve months while cosmetic tattooing lasts for years. The savings from not having to buy regular makeup products that are applied every day adds up quickly. Also, the convenience and time saved from not applying makeup every day are worth a lot, and the self-esteem that is restored by medical tattooing is priceless. The initial consultation visit is free, and carries no obligation. All procedures vary depending on the design style you are seeking. Base prices commence from: eyebrows $650, eyeliner $500, lip colour $1000 and lip line $600 for designer look in these areas price is POA. For my clients, maintenance colour is priced at half the original price within the first 18 months, and should only be needed every one and a half or two years. Colour enhancement and/or correction for work done elsewhere is priced individually according to anticipated difficulty. Paramedical procedures for areolas and other kinds of losses are cost-adjusted or maybe complimentary for the client’s circumstances. My work includes a twelve-month warranty against discolouration or excessive fading.
Remember a cheap tattoo is not good, and a good tattoo is not cheap! ”Choose wisely”

Why should permanent makeup be considered a time-saving investment?

Putting on your makeup for ten minutes a day over a period of one year amounts to 48 hours. You can wake up in the morning with your eyebrow, eyeliner and natural-looking lip colour already in place, and it will never streak during exercise.

What about the recovery?

Depending on individual sensitivity, there will be a small amount of puffiness and irritation, which passes in a couple of hours, though lip colour swelling is sometimes greater and can take longer to go down. After eyeliner, a person looks like they’ve had a good cry. Following lip colour, a person would need to use a drinking straw and avoid salty or juicy foods for the rest of the day. The affected area should be kept dry (no swimming or complete immersion) for a week. There is no pain, though it might itch a bit, and lips may peel as though chapped.

What are the risks?

I do everything I can to minimize the likelihood of allergic reactions—this is why the client profiles are so detailed. I use sterile needles and universal precautions against infection, just the way your doctor does. I also take your picture three times: before the procedure, without makeup, to show our starting point; with makeup, showing the desired result (in an effort to give you exactly what you want); and after the procedure. I have a wide range of colours to match individual skin tones and aesthetic preferences.

What will the final colour look like?

Permanent makeup colours should be selected to compliment a person’s skin tone, hair, and eye colour. A conservative approach is best because it is easier to make an existing colour darker versus lighter. Colours will always look darker and more intense immediately following a procedure, and then gradually lighten and soften upon healing.

Why is the colour so dark right after the procedure?

When wet clothing is removed from a clothes washer, it looks darker than when it was dry. The same principle applies to permanent cosmetics. The pigments contain dry microscopic powder particles that are suspended in a clear liquid. As the body absorbs the liquid, the coloured particles remain where they were implanted and gradually return to (dry to) their original powder colour. In addition, the skin underneath the tattoo turns red and flushed from blood flow to the area during the process. The background redness contributes to the darker appearance and once the redness subsides, the colour appears lighter.

Can I remove or change my Permanent Makeup?

The removal of permanent makeup is not an easy process, if at all possible. That is why it is important to select a qualified and experienced professional who has a conservative approach. During the initial application, a “less is more” philosophy works best. A lighter, more natural colour can always be changed or supplemented later with conventional makeup. It can also be adjusted or darkened if necessary with another application at a second (touch-up) appointment. Shape can also be refined at a follow-up visit, but not drastically, so a good original design is a must.

How long does each procedure take?

Many important steps are followed when a procedure is done correctly. A well-trained and experienced permanent cosmetics specialist will take a minimum of 2 hours or more for an initial appointment. It should include a consultation (if not done before) and a review of the person’s medical history. Time is then used for determining the best design, colour selection, numbing, the actual procedure, photos, after care instructions, and answering all questions. Follow-up visits usually require less time.

Will Permanent Makeup continue to look good as I age?

It is true that as we age, our skin and its elasticity changes. However, there are many older women who look good wearing conventional makeup as long as it is correctly applied. Those women would look just as good with correctly applied permanent makeup. The best looking permanent makeup can be altered, however, if any facial surgery is performed that changes the position of the tattooed area. For example, if a brow lift is performed after a permanent eyebrow procedure, the eyebrows could be raised and look different. Therefore, anyone planning to have facial plastic surgery should discuss this with her surgeon and permanent cosmetics specialist.
The pigments used for permanent cosmetics are different from tattoo inks. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has not ruled on pigments for tattoos or permanent makeup. The inks I use are made in the US and have been accepted by the FDA for use in foods (where they are ingested in far greater quantities than for permanent makeup) and cosmetics. The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP), of which I am a member, is vigilant on the matter of pigment safety. SPCP-approved pigments are comprised of ingredients which have been established as safe, and their manufacturers are required to list all ingredients and their batch numbers on the label.

Can I have an MRI procedure after Cosmetic Tattooing?

Yes. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and electromagnetic fields to create pictures of internal human organs. The magnetism and temperature changes during these procedures may cause mild temporary discomfort in tattoos containing large amounts of iron oxide metals. Studies showed that only a few patients with an iron oxide tattoo reported a mild pulling or burning sensation during an MRI test. Most people with tattoos have had no problems. The size of a tattoo and the total number of tattoos seems to affect the amount of magnetic pull. According to MRI safety experts, the iron particles in most cosmetic tattooing pigments are too microscopic to react as metal pieces. However, they recommend that a patient with a tattoo informs the radiologist and technician where it is located because it may create a small artificial image (artifact).

What are your qualifications?

I learnt makeup artistry at 16 years in my first job and so began my love for facial aesthetics; as a permanent makeup artist I have 17 years of experience. I have been trained and licensed in Australia, as well as attending international workshops with highly experienced technicians. I hold a membership with the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (www.spcp.org), and the Association of Cosmetic Tattoo (www.associationofcosmetictattoo.com.au); which both promote ethics, safety, and professionalism. Additionally, I am affiliated with the Association of Professional Aestheticians of Australia. My love for this art and practice has kept me in touch with the latest in equipment and technology; I have been constantly advancing my skills regularly through international trainers, comprehensive workshops and seminars.