FAQ

What is Permanent Make-up?

It is the application of pigments via tattooing methods and tools that enhance your appearance. The tattoo will fade over time and the amount of fading is dependent upon many factors. Periodic reapplication of pigment is required if you want to maintain the original appearance. Your PMU artist will discuss typical touch-up and maintenance with you during your consultation and/or after your initial procedure.

Will the procedure hurt?

Topical numbing agents will be used pre-, during, and post-procedure. You may feel some discomfort at the start of the procedure. The PMU artist will monitor your comfort level and apply additional topical anesthetics during the procedure as needed. Once numb you may feel a scraping sensation and/or light pressure in the area that is being worked on. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible while we’re working. Some clients even fall asleep!

Why do you need to know my ethnicity?

Ethnicity plays a large role in your underlying skin tone and how the pigment color is absorbed by your skin, so your background is very important to take into consideration.

What is a PMU machine?

A PMU (Permanent MakeUp) machine resembles a “pen-like” handheld device that can be equipped with various needle configurations. PMU machines may be cordless and use a lithium battery or be corded and have an AC/DC adapter. When in use, the needle(s) move in and out of the cartridge at a very fast speed while injecting the pigment into the skin. The PMU artist will choose the needle configuration (cartridge) that best suits the procedure.

What is Microblading and how long does it last?

A microblade is a handheld instrument that contains a number of tiny needles in a row that resembles a small blade. The Permanent MakeUp (PMU) artist will dip the edge of the microblade into pigment and then make small thin cuts that deposit the pigment into the skin to simulate strands of fine eyebrow hairs.

How does it look immediately after and why do I need a touch-up?

The eyebrows will appear darker than expected immediately after the procedure and for a few days thereafter. Don’t be concerned, the color fades as healing takes place. You should see the anticipated color once the eyebrows are fully healed. Fading may continue over time.

A touch-up procedure is required 6 weeks after the initial application due to the healing process.

Eyebrow tattoos may last between 1-3 years. However, there are many variables that can alter this time frame. These variables include but are not limited to adherence to aftercare, the healing process, health status, and sun exposure, to name a few. Many things may happen during the healing process. The color may fade too much, some flaking may occur, and/or some additional detail may need to be added. It is recommended that a touch-up should be completed in about 6 weeks from the initial application for best overall results.

Are pigment allergies common?

Allergies can happen but it is very rare to have an allergy to the pigments. If there is any concern a scratch test can be performed during the consultation. Please note, that scratch tests are generally not conducted as allergies are so rare. The pigments used at the Permanent Cosmetic Atelier are nontoxic.

How is safety established?

Permanent Cosmetic Atelier has met all State and local Health Department regulations. We have completed the annual “Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Tattooing Artists, Body Piercers, Permanent MakeUp, Microblading, and Micropigmentation Professionals” training in accordance with the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030. PMU artists are credentialed by either the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) or Society for Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) organizations. All PMU artists have received or exceeded the requisite training as mandated. All certificates are conspicuously posted within the studio.

All PMU supplies, including needles or mircoblades, are one-time use only and are disposed of in accordance with safety standards. Non disposable items (eg, client chair, work stand, artist stool) are either covered or sheathed during use and will be sanitized between clients according to safety practices.

The PMU artist will utilize PPE (personal protective equipment; disposable gown, mask, gloves) during the procedure in accordance with safety practices.

All clients are encouraged to wear masks regardless of their immunization status; this may change as directed by the government.

All PMU artists follow the COVID-19 Protocols for the permanent cosmetics industry.

Why do I need a consultation?

The consultation is a vital step in the permanent makeup process. You will be asked to fill out many forms. These forms include a pre-procedure form, a medical history form, and consent forms to name a few. Your PMU artist will review the content of these forms with you during the consultation to make sure that we have all information necessary to safely perform the procedure. In some instances, you may need a medical clearance prior to the application of pigments. The need for medical clearance will be determined after the PMU artist has reviewed and discussed your medical history with you. This is also the time to discuss the procedure in more detail so that you understand the process and what is expected. There will be time for questions and answers as well. This is the time to begin to get to know your PMU artist and tour the studio.

How long will the procedure take?

This is dependent on the type of service and amount of work needed. We generally ask that you block a 3-hour time frame for your initial procedure with us unless otherwise stated. The 3-hour window gives us time to review your medical history, take the before photos, map (draw on your eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, whatever), numb the area, choose the color, perform the procedure, discuss the aftercare, and take the after photo’s. Many services will not take up the full 3 hours but we like to make sure that we are not rushed during your procedure. Please note that scalp micropigmentation can take longer than 3 hours and will most likely require multiple sessions. Follow-up procedures usually don’t need as much time. Your PMU artist will discuss this with you during your aftercare discussion.

What is the cost?

The cost is dependent on the amount of work that is needed, supplies needed, and time needed to complete the procedure. Our costs are competitive within our geographical area. Please contact us about pricing. Please know that we make ask you to send a picture (a quick selfie will do) of your brows if you're inquiring about a brow procedure. We ask for the picture so that we can provide some options.