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. Receiving your procedure during your menstrual cycle may increase your sensitivity. Quality Topical anesthesias are used to maximize your comfort before and during treatments.
Is permanent make-up "permanent"?
Technically, it is semi-permanent. Cosmetic tattoos are considered semi- 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 and 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. Perfecting sessions usually do not require as much time as the initial procedure. Keep in mind I do not rush 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 have had MRI scans performed after having permanent makeup done. Please Inform your doctor or MRI technician that you have permanent makeup. Pigments I use are made with iron Oxide as a base. It is imperative that you discuss with your doc or MRI Tech 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?
The treatment is considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however it will fade over time and may need a touch up every 1-2 years. Frequency of touch-ups depend on a number of factors. The pigment color used (lighter color fades faster),lifestyle (sun exposer),Iron deficiency(your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement) how you care for your brows during healing and if any chemical peels come in contact with your brows.
Apply Aquaphor ointment 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 Aquaphor ointment 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.
No Makeup on or around your eyelids for the first 5 days.
No swimming and sun exposure for 5 days.
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 maybe used every one to two hours after the procedure to help with dryness,swelling or as needed.
Apply Aquaphor ointment with cotton swabs for the first 5 days or as needed.
Avoid tanning beds and sun exposure for 5 days or until the treatment area heals.
When you get home. Use a wash cloth to clean your face and around treatment area the first 24 hrs and or
5 days, No rubbing.
Once healed you may resume your skin care regiment.
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 Aquaphor.
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.
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 and mouth wash may irritate your lips and interfere with the healing process.
No hot drinks or soups for the first 5 days or until lip area is healed.
It is best to drink out of a straw from the side of the mouth if you had the full lip tattooed.
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 30-45 days following your procedure to maximize color retention.