Questiones and Answears Micropigmentation
At Island Beauty the procedures are performed with NO machines! By using the very accurate and gentle SofTap® hand method. The process includes an initial consultation, then selection and application of pigment.
Below are some common questions that will help you understand how the process of micropigmentation works. Please Contact Angaefonu if you have additional comments, questions and/or concerns.
Does it hurt?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are of a skin invasive nature (as they are a form of cosmetic tattoo) and therefore you may experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. Quality Topical anesthesias is used before and during the procedure for your comfort.
Is permanent make-up "permanent"?
It depends on a number of factors. Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into 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 is suggested " as needed " to keep the colour looking "fresh & new ".
Is it safe?
Micropigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. It is important to observe the physical location where the procedure will be performed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OSHA have set standards for a clean and sanitary working environment and sterile equipment. Things to look for: 1. Needles used should be new and sterile for each patient and disposed of properly after each patient. 2. Gloves should be used for each client and changed during the procedure when needed. 3. Your technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements. 4. Clean sheets should be used for each patient. 5. The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants as well. Documented allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare. Skin testing may be done by technicians upon request. Regardless, it should be understood that an allergic reaction could occur at any point in time if not cared for properly.
How long will it take ?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Follow up procedures usually do not require as much time as the initial procedure. Keep in mind I do not hurry through any part of the process. I will take as much time as needed to create the desired results.
What are the after effects?
With eyeliner there may be slight swelling to the eye area--much like after a good cry. With the hand method there is no bruising or damaging of the skin. For both brows and liner the area may be tender and feel dry. It is important that you follow the aftercare regiment given to you.The pigment may appear darker the first few days but as the body heals the colors will soften to the desired effect. It may take up to four weeks to see the final result of the initial application. Any and all follow-up procedures will be done at this time and not before.
What will I look like immediately after?
Your procedure area may be slightly swollen. The area will also be darker due to the process of oxidation
for a few days while it is healing.
It must go through three phases before you will experience your final results. It will heal , peel and fade.
which is normal. Final results may take 4-6 weeks.
I'm pregnant, can I get permanent makeup done?
If you are pregnant or nursing, your body and your baby are more susceptible to any kind of infection. Wait until you are finished nursing before you get permanent makeup done.
Alternatively, if you are not pregnant, but may be in the near future, come in for a consultation—it can be a real relief to know that you look great at any time of your pregnancy.
Can I get an MRI?
Many people safley have had MRI scans performed after having permanent makeup done. Inform your doctor or MRI technician that you have permanent makeup so that they can take the appropriate measures when performing your scan. You can also visit or for more information.
Why do I need a touch up if this is permanent?
Because color is implanted in the facial area there tends to be more fluid circulation than other parts of the body. Your fa the most wear of any piece of you—exposure to the sun, food, facial products—the list goes on and on. All of permanent color to fade, this is why you need a touch up.
How should I prepare before the procedure?
If you are sensitive, you may take an over the counter pain reliever approximately one hour prior to your procedure. Do not take aspirin or any other blood thinners as these promote bleeding. If you are having your eyeliner done, refrain from wearing contact lenses and m conventional eye makeup may leave residue and make the procedure more difficult. For lip procedures, you may obtain a prescription to prevent viral outbreaks if you are prone to this.
Apply RecoverAll or A&D ointment to the treatment area 2-3 times per day for the following week, or whenever the area feels dry. Keeping the area moisturized and soothed is important for color retention.
Stay out of the sun! If you must be out and about, wear a hat.
Keep water off of your brows for at least 24 hours.
Do not use any face creams, exfoliants, or harsh cleansers on your brows during the healing process.
Your procedure will begin to oxidize immediately and during the next 3-4 days. This causes pigment to become darker. Do not be alarmed, this dark color will either flake off or fade back to the color that was first implanted (during the 1st five minutes of the procedure).
Do not pick any scabs or dry areas that may form during the healing process, this may cause you to lose color or damage your skin. Instead, apply some of the RecoverAll or A&D ointment after the procedure.
No tanning beds , swimming or makeup for 5 days.
When you cook , steam or bake move your head away from heat . for the first 5 days.
Avoid touching the eye area except for clean cotton swabs .
Do not wear contact lenses during first 5 days . Contact lenses may be resumed after flaking is complete.
You may experience some itchiness or irritation. Under no circumstance should you pick, scratch, or rub the eyelid margins or make any attempt to remove crusty material along the eyelashes. Removal of the crusts may result in removal of the actual pigment.
Eye drops can be used every one to two hours after the procedure for the first day. Or as needed.
Keep the treatment area moist/covered with RecoverAll / A&D ointment for the first 5 days or as needed.
Avoid tanning beds and sun exposure for two weeks or until the treatment area heals.
With new cotton swabs gently dabbe along the eyelashes of the upper and lower lids with ointment.
As with all other procedures, stay out of the sun!
Lips will feel swollen and dry after the procedure. The duration of overall dryness varies between clients. Minimize dryness as much as possible by using your Aquaphore or vaseline.
If you have ever broken out with a cold sore at anytime of your life, you carry a herpes virus, which can sometimes manifest itself in the form of a fever blister. Fever blisters may occur on the lips following lip procedures in individuals prone to this problem. In order to prevent this, you should obtain a prescription and take as prescribed by your doctor. L-Lysine, an over the counter amino acid, has also been taken in order to help avoid this outbreak, but always check with your physician.
Avoid swimming pools and tanning beds for two weeks after the procedure.
For just the first 72 hours following your procedure, we strongly advise you to only brush your teeth with water, toothpaste may irritate your lips and interfere with the healing process.
Lip color retention varies widely between clients. Factors such as genetics, sun exposure/damage, lip tissue health, scar tissue, fever blisters, and implants may impact color retention. Be sure to schedule your lip touch up 6 weeks following your procedure to maximize color retention.