Is it painful?
Two types of numbing cream are used, making procedures comfortable for most people. Pain tolerance varies from person to person, but many clients fall asleep during treatment. Some experience mild stinging, or a sunburn feel towards the end of the session. Tylenol/acetaminophen may be taken before your appointment, but please avoid aspirin and ibuprofen (blood thinners).
How long does the appointment take?
Procedures range from 2 to 3.5 hours, depending on the area. This includes filling out paperwork, allowing the numbing to take effect, designing the shape, discussing the color, and doing the procedure.
How long does it last?
Permanent makeup fades over time depending on your skin type, metabolism and how you care for your skin. Sunscreen helps prolong the results! Avoid using retinol and other exfoliants directly on brows. Most clients prefer to touch up the color every 18 - 24 months for brows and every 3 – 5 years for eyeliner/lash enhancement and lip blushing.
Will the color change over time?
I use only high-quality pigments that are specifically formulated for use on the delicate facial skin. These pigments are a premium product made to perform with high light-fastness that ensures excellent results without color change. These colors will fade to lighter versions of the same color and are manufactured in the US without any heavy metals, using the highest quality ingredients, are certified vegan and have many years of healed experience behind them. Lighter colors like blonde tend to fade faster than dark brown. Clients who exercise a lot or have oily skin tend to have faster fading.
How old do you have to be to get permanent makeup done?
In the state of California, you must be 18 years or older to receive any permanent makeup procedure or tattoo. There is no exception for minors with parental permission.
Can you cover previous permanent makeup?
It depends on how much your previous work has faded. If it is still fairly dark or saturated, lightening treatments may be needed prior to applying new color. Lightening sessions require 8 weeks of healing time between sessions and/or before a new application of color. Please send a picture of your permanent makeup (in good lighting, without makeup) to Jenny@ArtizenInk.com for a recommendation.
Who is not a good candidate for Microblading?
Microblading is not recommended for those with oily, thin, mature or sun-damaged skin. For those clients, a powder brow is recommended.
Who is not a good candidate for permanent eyeliner/lash line enhancement?
Eyeliner is not recommended for those with vascular eyelids or glaucoma. Lash growth serums (Latisse, Grande Lash, etc.) thin the eyelids and make them more vascular. Clients need to stop using growth serums completely for at least six months or until eyelid skin returns to normal prior to procedure, otherwise risking pigment migration.
Permanent makeup procedures cannot be performed if you are/have:
- Pregnant or nursing
- Prone to keloids or hypertrophic scarring
- Diabetic (unless blood sugar is well-controlled)
- Undergoing chemotherapy (must be post-chemo 6 months)
- Viral infections (HIV, Hepatitis)
- Organ transplant
- Skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, acne, etc.)
- Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
- Accutane acne medication in the past year
- Used retinols or other rapid exfoliators such as vitamin C or acids on the forehead (for brows) within the past three months. Skin will become extremely irritated/raw and not retain pigment.
- Pacemaker, heart conditions or uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Poor general health or recent surgery
Have additional questions? Not sure which procedure is right for you? Contact me!