Is it Permanent?
This is a question I get asked all the time! Here is my simplest answer.
By Jane Adler
The word permanent means can not be washed off
. Permanent makeup is tattooing.
The basic principles of traditional tattooing and cosmetic tattooing have many similarities and are related. However, the face is different than the body. Different colors are used. Meaning pigment not ink in most cases and we use a lot tertiary colors. Not straight primary colors that can last a lot longer under the skin.
- Eyebrows - Highest point of face and exposed to a lot sun and skin care products.
- Eyes - Thinnest skin on the face.
- Lips - Lip liner holds better because tattooed on skin. The tissue of the lip is a muscle with tremendous blood flow, will heal softer.
Does color fade on the face? Yes! The reality is all color can fade and almost all permanent procedures like cosmetic tattooing, plastic surgery, dental procedures, house paint, car paint, clothing, art, photography, hair color etc, fade over time. The biggest reason for fading with tattooing is the sun and or skin care products that keep us youthful. For example, peels, laser, dermabrasion, Photo facials, glycolic, Retina A, Renova etc. While tattooing on the face we also need to go a bit shallower than the body. This is to prevent skin damage, migration etc. Also the over all health of the skin is a very large factor.
Even in museums they do not allow flash photography. The smallest amount of light can fade wonderful works of art.
The reality is that permanent makeup is permanent. The pigment particle remains under the skin but may fade over time. Touchups range 1 to 10 years. Meaning will vary on an individual basis. The face also exfoliates at a faster rate than the body and is exposed to more sun and products. Also we do not wear clothing over our faces.
Some clients will never fade. Others will need more regular color refreshers. The darker the color the longer it will look fresh. The lighter the color the faster it will fade. I do a lot of blonde clients and they do not mind having to come in every 2 to 3 years for an eyebrow refresher. They want a natural look that does not look tattooed or stamped on. Blue stays in the skin the longest and yellow fades the fastest. I have seen eyeliner last for over 20 years and look like it was just done.
In summary this is a permanent procedure. Yes, color refreshers are a reality. Most experience artists have a touch up policy for the original work. The pigment is tattooed into the dermal layer of the skin. Once again this makes a procedure permanent, It is very important for us all to educate our clients. My motto is, "a well educated client is a happier client" and "less is more, when it comes to cosmetic tattooing".
Pre Care Instructions
Please bring eyeglasses to all appointments if you wear contact lenses! You must wear eyeglasses instead of contacts for 3 days post procedure all eyeliner procedures. Then you can wear your contact lenses. Must be clean or new!
If a client has ever had (even if years ago) a fever blister, cold sore, shingles or chicken pox, it is recommended you obtain a prescribed anti viral medication from your doctor or dentist. Fever blisters are very common as a side effect of lip tattooing.
If the client is light sensitive, it is not a bad idea to have a ride home after an eyeliner procedure.
Please do not book an appointment before any major events such as a vacation, social event or wedding. Clients may be more sensitive if on their period during any procedure.
Please only use clean or new mascara, makeup or lipstick after all procedures. It is important to not be exposed to bacteria. This can cause a secondary infection.
It is important to not have a sunburn prior to and after any procedures. This includes sunburns from tanning beds.
All clients must be off Retin A or Renova 30 days prior to all procedures.
Clients must be off Accutane for one year prior to all procedures.
Please avoid any alcohol 48 hours prior to all procedures. Jane Adler will not recommend any medications for a client to take to control discomfort. If you feel the need to self medicate, you must have proof of a ride home.
Try to avoid the following things unless medically needed prior to all procedures.
After Care Instructions
Eye Liner- After Care
- Aspirin or similar products
- Niacin and Vitamin E
- Gingko Biloba, Saint Johns Wart or Evening Primrose oil
- If you have any condition that requires you to take antibiotics prior to going to the dentist, it is a good idea to do the same prior to all tattoo work.
Eyes may be swollen and tender for a few days. This is normal and will dissipate quickly. Itching is also common. An ice pack protected with a wet barrier film of a paper towel can be very nice. Please do not ice for more than 10 minutes a sitting. Icing is most effective, the first 24 hours. Sleeping slightly elevated can also reduce any residual swelling of eyes. The most swelling is usually an issue the following morning after your procedure. You may soil your pillowcase with some residual pigment on eyes. In the morning if eyes are stuck together, use a wet Q-tip and gently separate. Do not rub, peel or pick. Keep the area clean and only use the after care ointment given for 3 to 4 days. Apply once in the am and once in pm. Use a fresh Q-tip for every application. Do not let the eyeliner become dry in the first 72 hours. Avoid sun, pools, hot tubs and all creams around eye area. Eyes heal very well, however they are exposed to the possibility of a secondary infection like conjunctivitis. If ointment causes a problem, discontinue use, rinse with buffered eyewash and seek medical attention for an antibiotic steroid eye drop. Eyes are sensitive to pet dander, gardening, dust and dirty hands. Sunglasses should be used to protect your eyes from the sun. Please use a new tube of mascara after each procedure. Do not wear makeup for 72 hours after your procedure.
After Care Instructions
Eyebrow After Care
Please apply after care ointment supplied for 7 to 10 days do not let the brows get dry and crusty. Some swelling, redness or itching is normal and to be expected. Only apply ointment twice a day with a clean Q-tip. Only a small amount is needed to occlude the eyebrow area. Keep clean and avoid sun, pools and direct water pressure. Do not pick or rub the area. It is normal for the brows to oxidize and get darker before they soften in healing. Do not wear any makeup for 72 hours on brow area.
After Care Instructions
Lip Liner and Full Lip After Care
Lips will feel swollen and very dry after your treatment. Apply supplied after care ointment on lips several times a day. This should be done for at least 14 days post treatment. Do not allow lips to become dry. This may interfere with healed color. If lips feel dry during the day, apply a liberal amount of ointment. Just tap on skin and do not rub in.
Always use a clean Q-tip, not fingers to apply ointment to the lips area. This will reduce the risk of secondary infection. It is advised to sleep on an old pillowcase. There will be residual pigment coming off the lips for several days that can stain linens.
After lips are no longer tender to the touch they may become flaky. This is normal and is expected. Please do not pick or scratch at them. This may significantly reduce the amount pigment uptake. Avoid the sun and tanning beds pre and post procedure. Be sure to use a sun block once lips are healed. Do not use any Glycolic, Hydroxy or fruit acid products on lips. Avoid direct water pressure, pools and other bodies of water, until healed. Please be advised it is a good idea to brush your teeth with just water for 72 hours, post treatment. You can resume wearing lipstick once lips are healed. It is advised to use a new lipstick after all lip treatments. Redness, swelling, tenderness and dryness are all common post treatment side effects and will dissipate in a short period of time. Avoid oily, salty, acidic foods and alcohol while healing.
Lips are a muscle and will need 1 to 3 sessions to complete the process of this procedure. Lips can be very unpredictable. Some clients will yield very strong healed lip color. Others will only heal with slight color uptake. This will vary on an individual basis. Clients with sun damage, scar tissue (from injury or fever blisters) and clients with implants may not have strong results. Hyperpigmentation can happen on any lip client without warning. Fever Blisters are a known side effect of all lip procedures. Clients are asked to go to their doctor or dentist for an anti-viral medication prior to any lip procedure, to help avoid an outbreak. Follow all before and after instructions after all lip treatments. Lip retouch must be scheduled 30 to 45 days apart from initial season to help with color retention. Lips heal in three stages!! Too dark - Too light - Just right. This takes one Month to happen. Please avoid any friction to the lip area.