We answer some of your frequently asked questions about permanent makeup and Permanent-Line. Have a question not answered here? Click here to contact us.
- What is permanent makeup?
- Is permanent makeup similar to tattooing?
- How are microblading and micropigmentation different?
- What are the coloring agents used in permanent makeup?
- Is permanent makeup a safe procedure?
- Is there any discomfort associated with the procedure?
- How long does the procedure take to complete?
- What kind of healing time is involved? Is any care required after the procedure?
- Is the procedure guaranteed?
- How is the specific desired look and shades of coloring determined?
- How is Permanent-Line different from other permanent makeup specialists?
- How do the qualifications of Permanent-Line differ from other permanent makeup practitioners?
- How long does permanent makeup last?
- Is the procedure covered by insurance for restorative procedures?
- How long should I wait before I can have permanent makeup applied after Botox, injectables, chemical peels or laser treatments?
- Can I have Botox after my eyebrows are permanently feathered and enhanced?
- Should I have my eyes lifted before I get permanent eyeliner? And what happens to my permanent eyeliner when I have a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)?
- Can I have Restylane or Juvederm injected around my mouth after a permanent lip liner procedure? Will it change the look of my lips?
What is permanent makeup?
It is the micro-implantation of coloring pigments into the skin for aesthetic purposes to enhance, contour, and outline facial features. It is also a valuable procedure for camouflaging scars, burns, skin pigmentation variances caused by vitiligo, correcting some facial irregularities, or to further enhance facial rejuvenation and post-operative treatments.
Is permanent makeup similar to tattooing?
It has some of the same qualities, yet it is very different. Only specialists in micro-pigmentation can perform this procedure on the face; tattoo artists cannot. Permanent-Line uses only the techniques, tools, and pigments specifically designed for micro-pigmentation procedures, making it safe, sterile, and painless. Permanent makeup clinicians also use effective topical anesthetics that are not allowed for use by tattoo artists. Permanent-Line uses instruments much more delicate in design that provide natural-looking results.
How are microblading and micropigmentation different?
- Semi permanent procedure lasting between 6 months – 1 year.
- Hair-like strokes are drawn on then traced over, inserting pigment with a
handheld tool that looks like a X-Acto knife.
- Can be painful.
- Procedure takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
- Downtime – minimal
- Healing process takes between 25-30 days.
- Touch-up appointments are recommended after 45 days and can take approximately 45 minutes.
- Relatively new technology in the US.
- Cost: between $700-$800
Micropigmention at Permanent-Line:
- Permanent procedure lasting between three and seven years.
- Hair-like strokes are drawn on using a fine artist paint brush and traced over with a digital hand-held electric device which inserts pigment 1-2 mm under the skins surface.
- Minimal discomfort with topical numbing cream.
- Procedure takes approximately 1Ž2 hour to complete with a 1Ž2 hour consultation.
- Downtime – none
- Healing process take between 3-5 days.
- Touch-up appointments are recommended 6 weeks after procedure and takes 1Ž2 hour.
- Technique perfected in Germany, available in the US since 1986.
- Cost: between $550 – $650
- Pigments are sterile, organic substance, made in Germany in pharmaceutical grade labs.
What are the coloring agents used in permanent makeup?
Permanent-Line uses safe coloring pigments approved by the European Regulatory Agencies whose guidelines are far stricter than the US FDA, which currently does not regulate tattoo pigments. They contain NOVOXX, which eliminates the possibility of germ contamination. They are inert in nature and don’t interfere with the body’s chemistry. Some other permanent makeup artists use pigments containing printer’s ink, heavy metals such as barium, aluminum or iron oxide, which fade quickly to a pink or greenish shade, and they can cause skin irritation when undergoing an MRI. Permanent-Line pigments are safe, stay true to color, fading gradually to a lighter shade over time.
Is permanent makeup a safe procedure?
At Permanent-Line, the procedures are performed under sterile conditions, using only disposable needle cartridges and with digitally controlled implantation device. There are no long-term side effects; short-term effects may include some redness, swelling, and tenderness. There are no known allergic reactions to pigments.
Is there any discomfort associated with the procedure?
Unlike in tattooing or some other type of permanent makeup salons Permanent-Line uses topical anesthetics that are highly effective to be applied to the treated area which significantly reduces discomfort. Typically, patients will report a tickling sensation with little or no discomfort during or after a procedure has been performed.
How long does the procedure take to complete?
The average time required for a procedure is between one to two hours.
What kind of healing time is involved? Is any care required after the procedure?
Some swelling and redness can be expected for 24 hours following the procedure. A cold compress helps to reduce any swelling around the eye area. The treated area must be kept clean. No makeup should be applied for several days. Some skin peeling and lightening of the applied color is normal. If any additional adjustments are desired, these will be made during your follow-up appointment. Regular routines usually can be resumed immediately after the procedure. However, tanning, swimming, or vigorous exercise should be avoided for a few days. Normal healing times is between four to seven days.
Is the procedure guaranteed?
We want our clients to be completely satisfied with the results of their permanent makeup procedures. Therefore, we invite them to return for a complementary follow-up visit 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment and, if need additional treatments within the first 12 months are included in the fee in our Middleburg, VA location. A nominal fee of $50-100 is applicable in the off-site offices.
How is the specific desired look and shades of coloring determined?
Permanent-Line’s founder Astrid Schneider Harper conducts an extensive consultation regarding both the exact contouring and coloring desired. She will recommend the specific treatment and shades to best complement your own skin tones, hair color, wardrobe, and lifestyle. Additionally, Astrid will demonstrate expected results by applying penciled makeup on you before implanting the color into the skin.
How is Permanent-Line different from other permanent makeup specialists?
Permanent-Line specializes in giving clients a truly natural look. Our clients’ safety and satisfaction is our top priority. We only use the safest and superior pigments as coloring agents. Our pigments meet standards set by the European Regulatory Agencies whose guidelines are far stricter than the US FDA, which currently does not regulate tattoo pigments. Our micro-pigmentation instruments are patented, specifically designed for safe and effective permanent makeup application. We use fine brushes to artfully create the look our clients seek. For instance, eyebrows are recreated with fine lines simulating feathered hair and contoured into a natural-looking arch.
Above all, Permanent-Line’s founder Astrid Schneider Harper is committed to providing the best service, care, and desired results to every client. Her expertise and care has earned an outstanding reputation with thousands of satisfied clients and recommendations by physicians. Many of the country’s leading plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and other doctors, as well as beauty and healthcare professionals refer their patients to Permanent-Line.
How do the qualifications of Permanent-Line differ from other permanent makeup practitioners?
Other practitioners combine their interest in permanent makeup with other beauty treatments, such as working with hair and nails. They often receive their “certification” for permanent makeup application by attending a one- or two-day seminar with little or no hands-on experience. They actually start their permanent makeup experience practicing on their first clients, and this can greatly jeopardize the client’s safety and satisfaction.
How long does permanent makeup last?
Gradual fading can be expected for all micro-pigmentation procedures. This varies among people and is dependent on the specific shade used. Most colors last three to five years, although some may not fade for as long as 10 years. Periodic touchups are recommended to maintain the desired look. You can also choose to change colors of your permanent makeup. For instance, a nude lip color can be modified to a peachy pink or a brown eyeliner to a black or navy hue.
Is the procedure covered by insurance for restorative procedures?
Depending on your health plan, some procedures are reimbursable (i.e., if a scar is the result of an accident or cancer treatment).
How long should I wait before I can have permanent makeup applied after Botox, injectables, chemical peels or laser treatments?
Generally speaking, we recommend to wait at least one week before we apply any permanent eyebrows, eyeliner, or lip liner/color. It may be necessary to wait a few more weeks after laser resurfacing or chemical peel.
Can I have Botox after my eyebrows are permanently feathered and enhanced?
We recommend to wait a few days to let the eyebrows heal completely before Botox is injected. A brow lift should not significantly alter the shape of a permanent eyebrow.
Should I have my eyes lifted before I get permanent eyeliner? And what happens to my permanent eyeliner when I have a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)?
The permanent eyeliner is applied directly in between the eyelashes and doesn’t move or change when the eyelid is surgically lifted. Therefore, it doesn’t make any difference whether you have your eyes lifted before or after the permanent eyeliner is applied.
Can I have Restylane or Juvederm injected around my mouth after a permanent lip liner procedure? Will it change the look of my lips?
Restylane or Juvederm can be used to further enhance the fullness of your lips and to diminish the appearance of lines around the mouth. The lip liner will not “run” or feather into the vertical lines around the lips.