Frequently asked questions
How long does the treatment take?
Brows/Lips/Eyeliner: 2-3 hours for the initial session. Perfection touchup (done 1-3 months after) takes 1-2 hours.
Scalp Micropigmentation: Each session takes approximately 3 hours. Sessions are a minimum of 7 days apart.
How many sessions are needed?
Brows/Lips/Eyeliner: An inital session is needed and then a Perfection touchup (done 1-3 months after) is recommended for longest lasting results. After that you only need to come in as needed. *Annual touchups are recommended for color boost
Scalp Micropigmentation: Depending on your situation you may need between 1-3 sessions for completion. After you have finished the treatment scalp micropigmentation may last for up to 4 years. *Annual touchups are recommended for color boost
How long does it last?
All techniques are semi permanent meaning they will eventually need a touchup.
-Brows: Lasts 2-3 years
-Scalp Micropigmentation: Lasts up to 4 years
-Lips and Eyeliner: Last up to 5 years.
*Annual touchups are recommended for color boost
Why is it necessary to do a touch-up?
Touch-ups are necessary because everyone heals differently. Depending on various factors such as age and skin type*, color adjustment may be necessary. Pigment may need to be added in areas where color faded. Any and all adjustments to color, thickness, and shape are made in the follow up appointment to ensure the clients satisfaction.
*Oily skin types will need to be touched up sooner.
Is it painful?
Pain tolerance plays a major role and everybody is unique.
Brows: Some clients say the discomfort is similar to tweezing several hairs at a time while others feel little to no discomfort. Topical anesthetic is used.
Expect the area to be red and swollen following the procedure. It may take up to three days for the redness and swelling to subside.
Lips/ Eyeliner: Expect some discomfort, but topical anesthetic is used. Expect the area to be red and swollen following the procedure. It may take up to three days for the redness and swelling to subside.
Scalp Micropigmentation: The most sensitive area is the hairline which is very tolerable. Apart from that the rest is typically a breeze and many clients fall asleep during the session.
Are there any pre-procedure instructions?
Avoid alcohol, coffee, aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve, and vitamins for 72 hours prior to the procedure. These thin the blood causing excessive bleeding during treatment. Too much bleeding during procedure can affect the longevity of your results and it does not allow for pigment to settle into the skin.
Starting 2 weeks before treatment avoid the following:
1. Products with Retin-A/retinol - commonly found in anti aging and acne creams/medications. These ingredients cause pre mature fading and color change.
2. Facials/Chemical Peels
3. Botox/Lip Fillers
4. Tanning (skin cannot be compromised for procedure)
What are the post-procedure instructions?
Immediately after procedure, your practitioner will apply a thin layer of Aloe Vera or ointment (depending on service) to soothe the skin and give you vitamin A & D ointment for you to take home.
On day of appointment: Rinse brows gently every 2 hours with water, pat dry, and apply thin layer of ointment. Repeat this until you go to sleep.
Beginning the morning after appointment until brows completely peel:
Rinse brows once a day (in the morning), pat dry, and apply thin layer of ointment.
Apply ointment again mid day, and again before you go to sleep
Do not immerse brows in water for two weeks.
Avoid face area when showering.
When washing your face, make sure to avoid brows.
Do not use makeup on the brows for up to two weeks.
Avoid alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen and vitamins that may cause your blood to thin for twenty-four hours.
Do not peel or scratch at the scabbing as your brow area heals.
No swimming, tanning or saunas for two weeks.
No face scrubs or chemical peels for two weeks.
Day of procedure: Use damp cloth to gently wipe lips every 30 minutes for the first three hours
After three hours, periodically apply ointment to keep lips moist at all times
Day after procedure: thoroughly cleanse lips with a soft soap, pat dry, and apply ointment. Make sure to apply ointment throughout the day to avoid dryness. You will need to keep your lips moist throughout the entire healing process and make sure to apply thick layer of ointment whenever you'll be using your mouth to eat/drink/brush teeth/etc.
Do not use whitening tooth paste during healing process (7-10 days)
No spicy, acidic, salty foods for the first 3 days.
No kissing for one week
No hot foods/drinks for 3 days
No sweating for 4 days
Do not peel or scratch at the scabbing, let all scabs/peeling skin fall on its own
No makeup on lips for two weeks
Day of procedure: rinse eyes every two hours with water, pat dry, and apply thin layer of ointment.
Day after procedure until healed (7-10 days): rinse once a day and apply ointment 3x per day.
No eye makeup for 2 weeks
No sweating for 4 days
No submerging in water for two weeks
1) Do not wash your scalp for 4-5 days after each treatment. After you can use Baby Shampoo/ Conditioner for 1 month
2) Try to avoid activities that may provoke sweating for the first week, this is especially important for the first 4-5 days
3) Do not use Minoxidil or any topical solution for one week after treatment.
4) Do not use any styling aids, gel, wax, mouse, hairspray or similar products.
5) Stay out of the sun, wear a cap or something to protect your head.
6) Redness and minimal scabs are possible following treatment, don’t scratch the scabs, redness will disappear quickly.
7) If you have very dry skin you can apply some Aquaphor or A&D ointment to the scalp to hydrate it, but please use small quantities only to hydrate the scalp, drowning the scalp will not help the healing process.
8) 30 days after the last session it will be fully healed. If you go out into the sun for long periods of time wear a cap or sunscreen to protect your SMP and keep it looking fresher over time.
Who is not a candidate?
Doctor's approval is required for the following:
Serious medical conditions
You are NOT a candidate if you are:
Have a skin disease or inflammation
Have a heart condition or are using heart medications
Had Botox in the last two weeks
Had a deep tan or chemical peel in the last two weeks
Are currently on blood thinning medications
What if I don't like the results?
Carefully choose your practitioner. Compare the work of various artists before choosing. Discuss your expectations and desired outcome, including the shape, style, and color you wish with the artist. Realize that faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Adjustments may be made during touch up, such as pigment discoloration and color correction. Remember that your PMU will eventually fade and lighten if touch ups are not done, but it is a type of cosmetic tattoo so they will not fade 100% away. As with all types of tattoos the choice and results are permanent.
Can the touch-up be done in less than 4 weeks?
Brows/Lips/Eyeliner: Final results from initial treatment need time to stabilize. Doing the touchup before the four week mark interferes with the healing process and does not allow us to work on a definite canvas.
Scalp Micropigmentation: The process for SMP is different from other Permanent Makeup Services.