Frequently Asked Questions...

Pre-Treatment Advice and Procedures

Q: Who benefits from Intradermal Cosmetics?

  • Busy people with little time to apply makeup.
  • People with allergies to conventional makeup.
  • Anyone who desires freedom and convenience from daily makeup application.
  • Those who are physically incapable of applying makeup.
  • Athletic people and those with oily skin who tend to shed makeup easily.
  • Burn survivors and people with flaws in their skin.
  • Men and women who seek correction of asymmetrical facial features.
  • Entertainers, actresses, and models, spokespersons, etc.
  • Men and women who wish to look their best all of the time.

Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: Topical anesthetics are generally used to minimize discomfort.

Q: Do I have a choice of colors?
A: Definitely! There is a wide spectrum of colors that you may choose from.

Q: Do I have a choice in the placement of pigments?
A: Of course. Before your procedure, Anita will thoroughly discuss your desired results and desires. Additionally, you will be fully awake and aware during the entire procedure.

Q: What is involved in recovery?
A: There will be slight swelling and redness in the skin, which will subside quickly. You may resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. Complete healing takes one to six weeks while the pigmentation matures and reaches its final color.

Q. Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
Permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin.  As a result, the iron oxides, or pigmenting components remain in the body regardless of the external visual appearance of the procedure.  However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur due to many factors.  The predominant reason for the fading of the color of a permanent cosmetic procedure is decomposition of pigments due to exposure to the sun, however, your health, consumption of medications, and use of facial products containing exfoliating properties all contribute to the need for maintenance.  At some time in the future, the color in your procedure will in all likelihood require refreshing.

Q. How much does permanent cosmetic makeup cost?
The average cost per procedure varies but usually averages between $400-$800.  Advanced work may be charged at $150 to $250 per hour.  Many of these procedures are commonly referred to as para-medical procedures.  Work performed from physician's offices or specialized clinics may be charged at a higher rate.  The cost of the procedures however should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician.  More important is the client's confidence in their technician's training and skills and compliance with health and safety requirements.

Q. How long does each procedure take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 to 2½ hours.  Touch up procedures usually require less time.

Q. Are the procedures painful?
This answer to this varies, based on each individual's tolerance to discomfort, and the skills of the technician performing the service.  The permanent cosmetic industry now has the benefits of several methods available to assist with discomfort management.  For instance, there are various non-prescription and prescription level topical anesthetic preparations.  Anita will discuss these methods with you to determine which one(s) are offered and which method best applies to the procedure being conducted.

Q. Is it safe?
If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met (Contact the governing agency in your state for specific information), and your technician is well trained for the procedure being performed, permanent cosmetic procedures should be completely safe.  There have been so few reported reactions to pigments that many physicians suggest that a patch test is not necessary, especially since most allergic reactions do not occur immediately.  The possibility that you would have any serious medical problems as a result of a permanent cosmetic procedure is almost non-existent considering enforced health standards.  Clients compliance with post-procedural instructions is also an important element in reducing any associated risks.

Q. Can I resume normal activities after the procedure?
This is unique to each client. Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lip procedures may produce more swelling and it may last anywhere from two to seventy-two hours. During the procedure there may be some bleeding and although rare, some bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. It is recommended that you do not plan any special events for several days after your procedure.

Q. What's a touch-up and when do I need one?
Most technicians will include a touch up session with the initial application. The color or shape may require an adjustment after the initial procedure has had sufficient time to fully heal. Cosmetic tattooing is a process. Follow up visits are scheduled anywhere from four to six weeks after the initial procedure.
As previously discussed, after your initial and follow up visit is complete, depending on many factors unique to you, the timing for the need for a future color refresher will depend on the sun and health factors.

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