Frequently asked questions
Also known as Micro Pigmentation, Permanent Cosmetics, or Permanent Makeup, is the revolutionary method of depositing hypoallergenic mineral pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. Piret creates the most natural looking, realistic hair strokes with the use of Manual Microstroking, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery and Microblading. This technique allows her to create crisp, fine hair strokes that fill in thin brows, brows with bald spots, total brow reconstruction and even alopecia.
How permanent is permanent makeup?
Although micro pigmentation has the name permanent make up, it requires touch ups.Cosmetic tattooing is considered semi-permanent as it does not wash away, however pigments are designed to fade over time. Factors such as skin type, iron deficiency, pigment color (lighter colors fade faster) and sun exposure can affect the rate at which these pigments are broken down. For best results it is recommended that you follow our aftercare instructions and touch-up your tattoo every 6 months to a year(or as needed). Touch-ups are normal and expected for cosmetic tattoo procedures.
Do I need a consultation before getting a cosmetic tattoo?
No.If you have additional questions I'm more that happy to answer them over e-mail.If you have an existing tattoo please email clear closeup pictures.If you still wish to come in for consultation you can schedule it on our website for additional cost.
How can I book an appointment?
Appointments are scheduled online by following online booking link. If you wish to be added to move list you can make a note in the note box while making an appointment.
Can you add me to your waitlist?
What is your cancellation policy?
What is your lateness policy?
We have a 20 minute late policy. Please call the shop if you are going to be late. Being more than 20 minutes late to your appointment may result penalty and cancellation of your appointment.
What does the procedure involve?
On the day of the procedure: A patch test can be performed to determine if you have any sensitivity to the pigment. Piret uses sterilized pigments made in the USA.
Should I clean up my brows before my appointment?
Is it painful?
How safe is it?
What is the recovery period?
What colors should I choose?
Why are pigments so intense when first implanted?
Are activities restricted during the healing period?
What is a contraindication?
What if I am taking a blood thinner?
I tend to get cold sores.Will it effect the procedure?
How long does the procedure take?
Will permanent cosmetics change or look bad as I age?
Can I keep my own brow hair?
Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
The cosmetics implantation technique deposits color pigment into the upper reticular layer of the skin and is considered permanent because it cannot be washed off. Unlike traditional tattoos performed on the body,
permanent cosmetics professionals do not use traditional tattoo ink (dye). Permanent cosmetics pigment is more delicate and designed to work with the skin’s undertones and to mimic hair. Every person’s skin is different in regarding pigment retention. Factors which effect longevity of permanent cosmetics are: color selected, age, thickness of skin, scarring of skin, use of skin care products, injectables, laser treatments, medication and sun exposure. You will need periodic refreshing of color, depending on how light the shade of implanted pigment, as well as factors mentioned above.
A general Color Retention guideline is:
Blondes and light taupes shades may need refreshed every 10 to 12 months
Mid-tone browns may need a yearly touch-up
Dark browns and blacks may need a touch-up every 12 to 24 months
*Please note- if a technician tells you only need one visit to complete your procedure and you will not need a touch-up, then he/she is not being truthful. Run!
I had an unsatisfactory permanent cosmetics brow procedure done elsewhere, can Piret fix it?
I want to become a cosmetic tattoo artist, can you help me?
Could I be allergic to the pigment?
What if I don't like the design or color after the procedure?
During the procedure, you are ultimately the one in control of both of these important decisions. You will be provided with several pigment colors to choose from, all of which are complimentary to your skin tone You will also have ample
opportunity to direct the path as the procedure is happening. I'm a Makeup Artist who has been trained in designing eyebrows that are right for your face... So I will be happy to assist you in determining a design. The things to take into consideration are your bone structure, skin tone and facial shape. You must approve of all design work (color & shape) before we proceed. This is your face, your procedure and it must meet your expectations. I do work conservatively and won't do anything I feel won't give you a subtle, natural look. The most common issue is with slight patchiness. This sometimes does occur and is easily adjusted when you come in for your follow-up visit in about 6 weeks.
Why are multiple sessions necessary?
Every face is different... Each skin type is different. Some skin types accept the pigment better than other types and more pigment may be retained in one session with one person over another. Also, fine details, additional color, depth or design adjustments are more easily made after the initial healing is complete. A follow-up visit is always considered vital - if only to meet to discuss healed outcome of the procedure, take your after picture, and agree that no further work is necessary. Typically it takes a total of at least 2, possibly 3 applications, 4-8 weeks apart to achieve the
If this is permanent, why are future touch-ups necessary?
Why does permanent makeup fade faster than body tattoos?
The word "Permanent" scares me.
What if makeup styles change or totally go out of style?
Is this considered a safe process?
* All Needles should be new and sterile for each client.
* Other machine parts should also be pre-sterilized and disposed of in a sanitary manner.
* Other equipment and supplies should be kept in a sanitary manner.
* Gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
* The technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements.
* Clean sheets should be used for each patient or the non porous chair should be wiped with a sterile solution between
* The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants.
What is the potential for medical problems to arise after a procedure?
What can I expect after the procedure?
Each procedure behaves differently after its application. You will see various changes occur within the next few days/weeks. Immediately after the procedure is done your make-up may look like it has been stamped onto your face - and will be much too dark. This is normal. You can expect also swelling and redness caused by the procedure, which should diminish over the next day or so. It is extremely important that post instructions are followed to guarantee the results you've just invested in. Aftercare ointment must be applied on the treated area once a day. But since wounds need air to breathe, the application should be thin, not thick. Once the area has healed, there is a much greater chance that the permanent makeup will be too light or too subtle. But just remember, this is because by applying it more conservatively in the beginning, changes can be more easily made later, without being traumatized with too much. It is much easier to add pigment than to remove it. This is the reason I require 1-2 follow-up sessions. The touch-ups are fast, easily tolerated and recommended to perfectly balance your outcome. Within 7-14 days this artificial look will give way to a more naturalized and softer look. It is impossible to accurately evaluate what the final result will be until this "naturalization" process occurs. Several hours after application, they will appear much darker and thicker than they will in a week or two. The shape may even appear to be somewhat distorted; don't worry. Brows may scab over and have a "Groucho Marx" appearance for a few days, but when fully healed, there are soft beautiful brows underneath. Make sure to let it heal naturally, DO NOT PICK at it or your brows will not appear uniform. If you have any concerns about any reactions you are experiencing please contact me. Due to varying degrees of difficulty of applications associated with skin texture, wrinkles, scarring, anti-aging laser treatments, medications, smoking, sun or tanning bed exposure and use of hydroxy acids, and we cannot guarantee "perfect" results in two visits. Therefore, if irregularities in pigment color develop from the above mentioned conditions, additional procedures may be necessary. These conditions also affect the longevity of the permanent cosmetic, causing some persons to require maintenance sooner than others.