Is it safe?
Strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines are followed in accordance with the CDC (Center For Disease Control) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Professionals in the permanent cosmetics industry attend OSHA classes to become well versed on safety principals. Single use, disposable instruments are used with each application. Pigments are all made from approved compounds, and most are mixed specifically for permanent cosmetic use.
Is it painful?
There are different methods available to help with pain management, including various topical anesthetic ointments that are specifically developed for our industry. There may be some discomfort, although each individual's tolerance level is different. Steps are taken to determine which one is appropriate and to make sure the client is as comfortable as possible. To put this into perspective, hundreds of thousands of body art tattoos are performed each year, and as a rule, traditional tattoo artists do not use any anesthetics for their procedures. Anesthetics for permanent cosmetics are more of a luxury because of the tattoo location and the fact that permanent cosmetics falls into the beauty treatment category.
Is there any possibility of medical problems?
The possibility that you would have any problem or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today's health standards. If you are concerned, a patch test may be administered. SPCP member professionals are given continued opportunities for education in practicing precise methods of sanitation and sterilization. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely eliminate any risk.
Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
Technically, permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance or color refreshing. The biggest factor attributing to fading is a client's lifestyle in exposure to sun and other environmental elements, but also include topical products that a client uses at home, the colors used for the procedure, and the expertise of your technician. Proper care of your permanent cosmetics is important for longevity.
What if I don't like it?
Remember, although the procedures are considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. Based on the way you currently wear your makeup, we will work to create your desired look. Any necessary additions or changes can be done on your follow-up visit.
How much does it cost?
The average cost per procedure varies but usually averages between $400 - $800. Advanced work may be charged at $150 to $200 per hour. The price being charged should include at least one follow-up visit. If not, the technician is below the standard of care in the industry. The price should also include some use of topical to minimize any discomfort of the procedure and post procedural care ointment. If the technician is not charging a few hundred dollars or more for any single procedure they are most likely not doing what they should to keep up with this rapidly changing industry. In that case, be wary, you get what you pay for! The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential permanent cosmetic professional. Most important is the training and skill of the person performing the procedure and the confidence of the client in that skill.
Are there any side effects?
Generally, there is some swelling or puffiness of the treated area. There is usually some tenderness for a few days and the color is much darker than you may expect for the first 6-10 days. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality of each person's biological system and medicines they may be taking. This is why permanent cosmetic professionals require a client history profile to be filled out to assess different factors that may contribute to your individual experience.
How do I choose my technician?
Choose a technician carefully by considering training, experience, compliance with state and local laws, and the technician's portfolio of before and after photographs. The shape and proper placement of the procedure is as important as the right color requested. Professionals have studied color theory and skin undertones and will be skillful in the selection of proper colors for your skin. A face to face consultation is highly recommended to determine proper selection of pigment color and design of the procedure, as well as discuss any possible skin or health issues to be assured your health is not at risk. This is your appearance and some artist's work will appeal to what you may be interested in more than others. The price of the procedure, although important, should be secondary to other more important issues. Much like everything in life, good decisions are required to expect good results.
For the spouses and significant others ...
Permanent cosmetics is very beneficial to your spouse/significant other. It is a great time saver in
getting ready for the day, (and not keeping you waiting on her so long), the makeup is always perfectly
in place morning, noon and night, at the beach, golf course, gym or swimming pool. It is cost effective, saving a good amount of money on topical makeup products that either irritate the skin or eyes, or are
not the right color once we open the package at home and put it on. There are many medical conditions that permanent makeup is beneficial for, including allergies, poor vision, arthritis, loss of hair due to thyroid issues or chemotherapy. Women are always on the go, working, taking care of kids, running the household, etc., and having permanent makeup in place will make life easier for you and for your spouse for many years to come! CONSULTATIONS ARE COMPLIMENTARY, and please feel free to come with her to have all your questions or concerns addressed.
Marilyn is a true artist and so meticulous with her work. If anyone has ever thought of permanent makeup, Marilyn is your go to. Thank you so much for the best brows in the world, you are such a gem artistically and personally!"
~ Andrea, Englewood, FL ~
"Marilyn did an excellent job, very happy and would highly recommend her to friends and family! 100 Stars Thank You Marilyn !"
~ Chris E., North Port, FL ~
"It's wonderful having lips! I never had much color so my lips disappeared without makeup. Thanks for a professional, virtually painless procedure that I will love my whole life!"
~ Jackie, Osage Beach, MO ~
"Thank you Marilyn for my amazing eyebrows! You are the BEST! For anyone looking for permanent eyebrows or a correction, Marilyn is the one.My eyebrow had an orange tint and needed some adjustments (from a previous person). Marilyn worked with me until they are perfect! Thanks again."
- Wynelle, North Port, FL -
"When I was only 4 years old I had a cerebral hemorrhage. It left the right side of my body paralyzed. Over the last 66 years my eyebrows (I had none) and the right side of my mouth was crooked. Marilyn did my brows first and the next day she did my upper and lower eye liner. So the next week my lips were done. After the touch ups were done today being the last appointment I looked at the end results. All I can say is unbelievable! I finally have brows and lips that are straight. Thank you so much Marilyn. I now have self confidence and feel good about myself."
~ Linda, North Port, FL ~
"It's so wonderful to have permanent makeup done. I enjoy the ability to look naturally made up. I do a lot of gardening, hiking and swimming and it's perfect for my lifestyle. Thank you so very much!"
~ Linda, Eldon, MO ~
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