Frequently Asked Questions
Permanent makeup and other cosmetic enhancements such as facelift, blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift, laser resurfacing, BoTox, Restylane, Juvederm, or other fillers.
What is permanent make-up?
Using permanent make-up to natural-looking fullness to a cleft palate
It is the micro-implantation of coloring pigments into the skin for aesthetic purposes; to enhance, contour and outline facial features. It is also a valuable procedure for camouflaging scars, burns, skin pigmentation variances caused by vitiligo, correcting some facial irregularities, or to further enhance facial rejuvenation and post-operative treatments.
Is permanent make-up similar to tattooing?
Lab-tested and regulatory-approved tools and pigments specifically designed for micro-pigmentation
It has some of the same qualities, yet it is very different. Only specialists in micro-pigmentation can perform this procedure on the face; tattoo artists cannot. Permanent-Line uses only the techniques, tools and pigments that are specifically designed for micro-pigmentation procedures making it safe, sterile, and painless. Permanent make-up clinicians also use effective topical anesthetics that are not allowed for use by tattoo artists. Permanent-Line uses instruments that are much more delicate in design and provide natural-looking results.
What are the coloring agents used in permanent makeup?
Approved Coloring Pigment
Permanent-Line uses safe coloring pigments approved by the European Regulatory Agencies. These have been gamma irradiated which eliminates the possibility of germ contamination. They are inert in nature and don't interfere with the body's chemistry. Some permanent makeup artists use other pigments containing iron oxide, which fade quickly and can cause skin irritation when undergoing a MRI exam. Permanent-Line pigments stay true to color, fading gradually to a lighter shade over time.
Is permanent make-up a safe procedure?
At Permanent-Line the procedures are only performed under sterile conditions. Only disposable needles are used. There are no long-term side effects; short-term effects may include some redness, swelling, and tenderness. There are no known allergic reactions to pigments, however, allergy tests can be performed on clients before treatment by injecting a small amount of pigment into the hairline.
Is there any discomfort associated with the procedure?
Topical anesthetics are applied to the area being worked upon which significantly reduces pain. Typically, patients will report little or no discomfort during or after a procedure has been performed.
How long does the procedure take to complete?
The average time required for a procedure is between 1 to 2 hours.
What kind of healing time is involved? Is any care required after the procedure?
Some swelling and redness can be expected for 24 hours following the procedure. A cold compress helps to reduce any swelling around the eye area. The treated area must be kept clean. No makeup should be applied for several days. Some skin peeling and lightening of the applied color is normal. If any additional adjustments are desired, these will be made during your follow- up appointment. Regular routines usually can be resumed immediately after the procedure. However, tanning, swimming or vigorous exercise should be avoided for a few days. Normal healing times is between 4 to 7 days.
Is the procedure guaranteed?
Yes, we want our clients to be totally satisfied with the results. As a result, we offer free follow-up treatments in our Middleburg, VA office for 12 months following the procedure. A nominal fee is applicable in the off-site offices.
How is the specific desired look and shades of coloring determined?
Matching iris color to eyeliners for more expression to the eye
Apply color with artist brush for expected look
Astrid conducts an extensive consultation regarding both the exact contouring and coloring desired. She will recommend the specific treatment and shades to best complement your own skin tones, hair color, wardrobe and lifestyle. Additionally, Astrid will demonstrate expected results by applying penciled make-up on you look before implanting the color into the skin.
How is Permanent-Line different from other permanent make-up specialists?
Sterile pigmentation instruments
Permanent-Line specializes in giving clients a truly natural look. Our clients' safety and satisfaction is our top priority. We only use federally approved superior pigments as coloring agents. Our micro-pigmentation instruments are patented, specifically designed for safe and effective permanent makeup application. We use fine brushes to artfully create the look our clients seek. For instance, eyebrows are recreated with fine lines simulating feathered hair and contoured into a natural-looking arch. Above all, Astrid is committed to providing the best service, care, and desired results to every client. Her expertise and care has earned an outstanding reputation with thousands of satisfied clients and recommendations by physicians. Many of the country's leading plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and other doctors as well as beauty and healthcare professionals refer their patients to Permanent-Line.
How do the qualifications of Permanent-Line differ from other permanent make-up practitioners?
Other practitioners combine their interest in permanent makeup with other beauty treatments such as working with hair and nails. They often receive their "certification" for permanent make-up application by attending a one or two-day seminar with little or no "hands-on" experience. They actually start their permanent makeup experience practicing on their first clients and this can greatly jeopardize the client's safety and satisfaction.
How long does permanent make-up last?
Gradual fading can be expected for all micro-pigmentation procedures. This varies among individuals and is dependent on the specific shade used in the procedure. Most colors last 3 to 5 years, although some may not fade for as long as 10 years. Periodic touch-ups are recommended to maintain the desired look. You can also choose to change colors of your permanent makeup. For instance, a nude lip color can be modified to a peachy pink or a brown eyeliner to a black or navy hue.
Is the procedure covered by insurance for restorative procedures?
Depending on your health plan, some procedures are reimbursable, i.e., if a scar is the result of an accident or cancer treatment.
How long should I wait before I can have permanent makeup applied after one of these procedures?
Generally speaking, we recommend to wait at least one week before we apply any permanent eyebrows, eyeliner or lip liner/color. It may be necessary to wait a few more weeks after laser resurfacing or chemical peel.
Can I have Botox after my eyebrows are permanently feathered and enhanced?
We recommend to wait a few days to let the eyebrows heal completely before Botox is injected. A brow lift should not significantly alter the shape of a permanent eyebrow.
Should I have my eyes lifted before I get permanent eyeliner? And what happens to my permanent eyeliner when I have a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)?
The permanent eyeliner is applied directly in between the eyelashes and therefore does not move or change when the eyelid is surgically lifted. Therefore, it does not make any difference whether you have your eyes lifted before or after the permanent eyeliner is applied.
Can I have Restylane or Juvederm injected around my mouth after a permanent lip liner procedure? Will it change the look of my lips?
Restylane or Juverderm can be used to further enhance the fullness of your lips and to diminish the appearance of lines around the mouth. The lip liner will not "run" or feather into the vertical lines around the lips.