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Q:How permanent is it?

A: This is a common question.  While there isn't a definite number amount of time that I can tell you, I can say that this will last for years.  There are many factors  - the physiology of your skin  is the biggest factor.  Your skin physiology is very individual.  This is why different people have different results. Also, the sun will accelerate fading (think of a couch in the window).  Certain skin treatments and skin care products will all contribute as well.  While the exact number of years isn't certain due to numerous reasons, just consider this:  If you only had to get your nails or hair color done once every few years, wouldn't that be amazing?

Q:  What is the difference between microblading and permanent cosmetics?

A:  Permanent Cosmetics places the pigment right into the dermal layer of the skin.  That is where the pigment needs to be to be permanent.  Microblading places the pigment into the skin at a more shallow level.  It is for this reason that microblading is designed to begin to fade in 6 months. It can also take several sessions to get your desired result.  It is important to know this when deciding on what works best for you. 

Q:  Is it Painful?

A: This varies with each individual.  However Fine Line Permanent Cosmetics uses strong topical anesthetics that make the procedure more comfortable.  Some clients say that they don't feel a thing.

Q:What can I expect to spend for permanent make-up?

A:  There is a range of prices for different procedures.  Be careful - this can most definitely be a case of you get what you pay for. Unfortunately there are many people performing permanent cosmetics who don't have any training in the field.   I have personally done correction work on too many clients to count who have tried to "save a buck" and ended up paying more in the long run.  This is your face after all, you don't want to short change yourself.

"l Iove  my brows.  It's so liberating to not  have to deal with them anymore!"

" I personally think that everyone wants permanent  make-up!"

"The only thing that I regret is that I didn't get this done years ago!"

Q:Why does body art tattooing seem to last longer than permanent make-up?  Isn't it the same thing?

A:  Technically it is the same thing.  Pigment is being placed into the dermal layer of the skin.  However, there are some differences between the two.  The formulations of the pigments for cosmetic tattooing should be different than the pigments for body art tattooing. Body art pigments are more opaque. Typically people want a softer, more natural look when it comes to facial cosmetic tattooing. The skin on the face is much thinner than the skin on the body. The skin on the face is more exposed to sun than the rest of the body.  Moisturizers and skincare for the face can have ingredients that accelerate the rejuvenation of the skin. These are all factors that contribute to the differences between body art tattooing and cosmetic tattooing. 

Q: I see that you offer two visits.  What is the second visit for?

A:  Yes, I offer two visits. The first visit is for the procedure and the second visit is available to you if you need a follow-up.  Most people don't need the second visit.  However, we can't predict everything. I  like it to be available to you for any unforeseen reason.  

Ten things you need to know Before You Decide on Permanent Cosmetics......

1.   First, ask the technician where they got their training.  Currently there is no licensing board in this field.  This means that anyone can get the necessary supplies and open shop.  Even if they have no training or experience.

2.   Does the technician continue to pursue further education to keep current in the field?  Although it is difficult to sometimes find advanced courses, it is imperative.

3.   There are several ways to administer permanent cosmetics.  Some technicians use a machine while others use the hand method.  There is a difference between the two. I prefer the machine method.  In my opinion the results are more consistent and longer lasting .

4.   How long has the technician been in their field?  Although it is true that years do not necessarily equate to results, it gives you a starting point.  You may also want to ask how many procedures they have done, or what their specialty is.

5.   The equipment that your permanent cosmetic technician uses is very important.  There are many options in the field, but the most common are the rotary machine, coil machine, and the hand tool.  The needles can either be autoclaved (a machine method of sterilization), or disposed of between uses.  I prefer the disposable type because I am not dependent on the assumption that the autoclave is working properly.

6.   Make sure that there is no possibility for cross contamination. How do you do this?  By asking what type of equipment they use, by the environment, and the way they practice their art.

7.   As with many other cosmetic procedures there is always a risk of infection.  The technician should supply you with detailed instructions and an antibiotic ointment for your aftercare for optimal results.

8.  It is important that your expectation meet the results.  This is accomplished with good communication between you and the technician.

9.   Ask to see pictures of previous patients.  The before and after pictures can really help in this area.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousands words.

10.   There are many different colors to choose from and you as the patient should have total control of the color being used.  Your technician should help guide you through this.

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