Permanent Make-Up is a term used to describe facial cosmetic tattooing. Color pigments (ink) are placed just below the dermal layer of the skin for the purpose of creating definition to enhance a client’s natural beauty. This service is custom designed for each individual client according to their face shape, skin-tone, eye colour, hair colour and most importantly, skin type. Permanent makeup has recently evolved and become tremendously popular due to new techniques and pigment improvements. PMU is applied using disposable blades or needles that deposits color pigment (ink) into the upper dermal layer of the skin and is considered permanent because it cannot be washed off. Unlike traditional tattoos performed on the body, permanent makeup is not completed with traditional tattoo ink. PMU pigments are delicate and designed to work with the skin’s undertones. Periodic maintenance is required to ensure the freshness of the look.
Who is permanent makeup for?
PMU is becoming more and more popular for both men and women of all ages. It’s perfect for anyone who can’t wear traditional makeup due to allergies and skin sensitivities, for active people who don’t want to worry about sweating it off, and for professionals who don’t have time to re-apply makeup throughout their busy days. It benefits those who can’t apply their own makeup due to disabilities as well as anyone that may have suffered hair loss from illness/medical conditions.
Is microbalding for everyone?
Some high-risk clients who have severe and chronic medical issues (cancer, autoimmune disorders etc.) are deferred from having this procedure done (please contact me directly if you have specific health concerns or medical conditions). If you still want microblading done, please consult with your physician as I will require a written clearance consent.
Who is permanent makeup not safe for?
Permanent makeup is not for anyone that:
is pregnant or nursing
has a heart condition/Pace Maker
has a bleeding disorder
is undergoing chemotherapy (consult with you physician)
has a viral infection (e.g. colds, flu etc.)
has a communicable disease (i.e. Hepatitis A, B, C, HIV etc.)
has had Botox within a 2 week period of appointment
has had an organ transplant
has used Accutane in the past 6 months
is immuno compromised/suppressed
is permanent makeup safe if i'm pregnant?
PMU is not safe for women who are pregnant or nursing. Pregnancy can cause undesirable results due to hormonal changes in the body and therefore is not recommended.
Is permanent makeup safe?
All procedures performed adhere to strict Alberta Health Services standards for safety and sterilization. I am fully licensed, certified, insured as well as Alberta Health Service inspected and approved, having met and exceeded all requirements for aesthetic and tattoo health services. I am also certified in Blood Borne Pathogens. All equipment and tools used are disposable, single use only.
is a consultation required?
I highly recommend a consultation if you are not 100% sure of receiving your procedure the same day. During the consultation, I will discuss with you the details of the procedure you have selected, any allergic reactions you are concerned about (a patch test can be done), and any other concerns or questions you may have. If you are 100% sure they would like a procedure done, then a consultation is included in your appointment that has been scheduled to get the procedure done that same day.
do you use clean needles?
Every client receives a new, single use needle/blade. At the beginning of your treatment you will observe myself taking the needles/blades out of a sterile pre-packaged container. Upon completion of your treatment, the needles/blades are placed into a sharps container and then disposed of as per disposal regulations. All equipment and tools used are disposable, single use only.
How long does PMu last?
Your PMU will soften/fade in colour over time and becomes less visible however, there will always be particles in the skin. Typically the results will last anywhere between 1-3 years. However, this is not guaranteed because results depend on how well you take care of your new brows during the healing period, long term skin care, your skin type, and how well your skin retains the pigment. When the PMU starts to fade which is a very slow and gradual process, it is recommended that you schedule a touch-up appointment. Fading will allow for adjustments in the colour and shape of the PMU as your face changes with time.
does it hurt?
Everyone has different pain thresholds. However, in general, most clients are comfortable and relaxed during their procedure. Clients have described microblading as mild paper cut sensation or similar to tweezing while clients having powder brows done have described a pressure/mild scraping sensation. A highly effective topical anaesthetic is used to numb the area being worked on pre, during and post procedure. You also have the option of taking two over the counter Tylenol tablets prior to arriving for your appointment to reduce discomfort.
how long does the procedure take?
The procedure is two parts and takes anywhere from 2.5 to 3 hours. The first part of your appointment includes a consultation where we go over consent forms, medical history and any questions you have. Next is brow mapping where I use makeup and measuring devices to design and create the ideal symmetry between both eyebrows. I’ll choose the correct color for your skin tone which you can see it prior to your service. Once the ideal shape is achieved, the tattooing process begins which varies in time from procedure to procedure. You will have access to a mirror throughout your procedure to check the progress whenever you would like. Once completed, we will go over aftercare and you’ll receive your take home after care package.
do you shave my existing eyebrows?
During your appointment, I will work with your existing eyebrows by trimming and shaping them so that we both are happy with how your eyebrows look before going ahead with your procedure. Your PMU eyebrows are there to enhance your existing eyebrows therefore your current brows are not shaved off.
IF I'VE HAD PREVIOUS PERMANENT MAKEUP, CAN I GET MICROBLADING?
It all depends on the shape and density of colour previously applied. If you have had previous PMU, a consultation appointment is required to determine if you are a candidate for microblading since not all previous PMU can have hair strokes added. In these cases, powder/ombré brows are recommended as this technique works best for covering over previously faded PMU. You will be quoted a prince at the time of your consultation if you are a candidate.
can i wear makeup after my procedure?
You should wait until the treated area has completely exfoliated and healed. It is important to keep the skin clean during the healing process. For most people, this takes about 7 to 10 days.
can I still get mri's?
Studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to no potential for irritation resulting from an MRI. However in rare instances, discomfort has resulted. With that said, it is recommended that you advise your MRI technician that you have PMU.