This PMU Information page covers general PMU Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
- Semi permanent procedure lasting between 6 months – 1 year.
- Hair-like strokes are drawn on then traced over, inserting pigment with a
handheld tool that looks like a X-Acto knife.
- Can be painful.
- Procedure takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
- Downtime – minimal
- Healing process takes between 25-30 days.
- Touch-up appointments are recommended after 45 days and can take approximately 45 minutes.
- Relatively new technology in the US.
Micropigmention at Permanent-Line:
- Permanent procedure lasting between three and seven years.
- Powder brows/eyeliner/lips are drawn on using a fine artist paint brush and traced over with a digital hand-held electric device which inserts pigment 1-2 mm under the skins surface.
- Minimal discomfort with topical numbing cream.
- Procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete with a 30 min consultation.
- Downtime – none
- Healing process take between 5-6 days.
- Touch-up appointments are recommended 6 weeks after procedure.
- Pigments are sterile, organic substance.
If any of the following apply to you, you should discuss SPMU with your artist before the procedure. We may also request a doctor’s note confirming SPMU is ok for your condition.
- Any skin conditions on or near the treatment areas. This includes rashes, eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, etc. Clients may still move forward with Brow SPMU; however, they must understand that, even if the condition isn’t near the treatment areas, treatment may cause a new breakout (especially with psoriasis and cold sores).
- Raised or keloid scars. SPMU can often successfully cover minimal scars, but the scar must be fully healed and flat; it may require more enhancement sessions to fully deposit the pigment.
- Recent Juvederm or other fillers in the area. These clients must wait at least 6 weeks and we may request a note from your doctor first.
- Plans for future fillers or Juvederm in the eyebrow area. We recommend having your Ombre Powder done before these procedures.
- Eye-lift or brow-lift surgery within the past 90 days.
- A tendency towards post-inflammatory hypo-pigmentation (skin lacks pigmentation or is lighter than the rest of the skin) or hyper-pigmentation (patches of skin that become much darker than the rest of the skin).
- Frequent smoking or sunbathing. The local anesthetics used during the treatment may not last as long. These activities also can lead to poor retention and poor lasting results.
- Taking blood-thinning medicines, whether prescription blood thinners or over-the-counter aspirin.
- Any of the following medical conditions: Active skin cancer in the eyebrow area; Healing disorders; Uncontrolled high blood pressure or mitral valve disorder; Pregnant or Nursing; Diabetes; Cancer; Abnormal heart conditions; Epilepsy; High or low blood pressure; Hemophilia or any other type of blood disease that prevents blood to clot or that causes you to bleed abnormally; Anemia; Autoimmune Diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or C, AIDS or any other disease that can affect bleeding and healing; Eczema or Psoriasis in the brow area.
- Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation now or in the past 6 months. We will request a doctor’s note before we can perform the procedure on you.
- Recent eye-lifts or blepharoplasties. Please wait 3 months at least before getting Ombre Powder done.
- Current or recent shingles/varicella on the face. Please wait several months before getting Ombre Powder done.
- Using any skin medication like Accutane and/or steroids which thin and make the skin more sensitive. Please wait 6 months after getting off any prescription medication for your skin before scheduling your appointment. If you have used oral Accutane in the past 12 months or topical Accutane in the past 30 days, we ask that you wait before receiving SPMU.
- Using any alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or any over-the-counter creams for exfoliating, anti-aging, tone correcting and fading. These must be stopped 14 days before your appointment as they may discolor your Ombre Powdered eyebrows. Likewise, if you have used any retinol, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl products or had a chemical peel in the past 30 days, we ask that you wait before receiving SPMU.
- Allergy to metals, especially nickel.
People who meet minimum age requirements and have the ability to heal properly from minor wounds can benefit from the liberating benefits of permanent cosmetics.Interest in this service spans the young to the more mature; those who desire a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance.
It is especially valuable to people who can’t wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; active people who want to look their best for sports activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics; and those who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics.
Permanent Cosmetics also benefits the vision challenged who have difficulty applying their cosmetics; and others with dexterity related conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and busy people who don’t have time to spend applying and refreshing makeup throughout the day and evening.
If you are active, want to look your best every day, or if any of the following describes you, then you are a candidate for permanent makeup:
- Poor vision or blindness
- Unskilled at applying conventional makeup
- Sparse, light, or no eyebrows
- Unsteady hands
- Going through chemotherapy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Oily with large pores
- Very fair and afraid of color
- Makeup smears or smudges and never stays in place
- Want to free yourself of the time it takes to apply makeup every day
- If you have NO history of keloid (raised) scarring in your family
- Thinning brows due to thyroid disorders
- Lip Blush or Luscious Lips tattoo is a form of semi-permanent makeup where the artist uses a digital or rotary machine to implant pigment into the client’s lips. This technique is used to even out, reshape and even color correct the client’s lips. We can also create a gradient effect for a fuller-looking lip by blending the color in towards the inner lips but not filling the very inner lip. Initially, Luscious Lips Tattoo can cause some swelling and may even increase your collagen and elastin production. However, these results are temporary, and any look of fullness typically comes from the gradient effect, which is essentially an optical illusion. Like other forms of permanent makeup, this is nothing like old traditional tattoos with a dark heavy liner; the color heals very soft and will give you just a kiss of color. It will need to be touched up.
- Lash line enhancement is darkening of the lash line. Traditional eyeliner gives a similar took to traditional eyeliner applied with a pencil. Pixie Liner is a gradient effect, very similar to a smokey eye liner.
Powder Brow or Ombre Powder is a form of semi-permanent makeup. Instead of creating hair-stroke eyebrows like Microblading, this technique uses shading. We create a gradient effect from the beginning of the brow to the end starting from light and fading to dark, giving it more of a filled-in look. People sometimes think that this means their brows will be very dark and dramatic; however, this is not the case. It can be very soft and subtle and strategically used to fill in bare spots in your brows. It is done with a digital or rotary pen tattoo machine; however, this is not a traditional tattoo. The needles are much smaller and only go into the upper layer of your dermis, making it a much safer alternative to traditional tattoos too. With this technique, the artist and client can choose any color that best suits the client, just like you would when picking out a brow pencil to fill your brows. Ombre powder Brow is still considered semi-permanent; while it typically lasts a little longer than microblading, it will still need to be touched up. This technique is a good option for almost all clients and skin types.
Everyone has a different level of sensitivity, so there is no exact answer to this question. However, there are a few specific things that typically increase pain and sensitivity:
- Being on, about to start or just ending your menstrual cycle. It is advised to schedule your SPMU appointments around this.
- Fibromyalgia. It is advised to speak with your Doctor and your artist to determine whether this will cause undue sensitivity to procedures.
- Being a frequent smoker or sunbather. This may cause the local anesthetics used during the treatment to not last as long.
A topical anesthetic is typically applied before if needed and during the treatment to alleviate pain and/or discomfort. Lips tend to be the most sensitive area, compared to brows and eyes. Brow SPMU clients will usually feel more sensitivity in one brow — that is normal. We play music during the procedure; however, we highly encourage clients to bring their earphones to listen to their music or podcast.
- This varies depending on how faded our previous work is and will require you to send in a consultation with photos. In some cases you may even need to come in for an in-person consult. Any work done by another artist (no matter how faded) is considered a correction and is $100 more on top of the initial price Ombre Powder Brows. Reason being is that it requires more work to reshape and most likely color correct your old work.
- Of the several colors we use, we can blend several to achieve even more shades to suit the client. ALL clients who have the procedure done will be conscious they have brows that are very obvious; please bear in mind, the skin has been broken to allow the pigment settle and healing has yet to take place. This is why we ask you to draw in your brows for your appointment. We also choose your pigment based on your natural brow hair, skintone and undertone. This way, we can match the pigment to the desired HEALED RESULT, which emerges after the crusts naturally fall off and the skin naturally and gently exfoliates itself to reveal the new brow. Clients who are used to having no brows for a long time can find these few weeks challenging. We usually advise clients who have no brows to start wearing pencil or brow shading for some time before the process so they get used to having a brow!
- No. Every attempt is made to retain all natural hair and integrate it into the design of the permanent eyebrows. In some cases where shaping of the natural brow is required, a few hairs here and there may need to be removed to create a clean and aesthetically pleasing result.
- You are advised to keep the skin clean and dry — that means no swimming, sweating or otherwise getting the area wet; no tanning or prolonged sun exposure. No picking, peeling, scratching or rubbing the tattoo — this may result in a loss of color and scarring. You can still wash your hair and face; once they’re healed up, you treat them as your own.
At Signature beauty permanent makeup studio we use topical anesthetics that are highly effective to be applied to the treated area which significantly reduces discomfort. Typically, patients will report a tickling sensation with little or no discomfort during or after a procedure has been performed.
The average time required for a procedure is between 2-3 hours.
Some swelling and redness can be expected for 24 hours following the procedure.( 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 four to seven days.
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.
If you’re thinking about using this treatment as a way to save yourself time in front of the mirror every day, then you’re probably keen to know how long this treatment will last. After all, something that is supposed to save you time should save you time for a while.
Luckily, the longevity of permanent makeup is considerable. On average, permanent makeup can last for three to five years per treatment, and that’s three to five years of a breezy daily beauty routine!
Although permanent makeup lasts for a long time, that doesn’t mean it lasts forever. In fact, depending on where the pigment is placed, some makeup fades sooner than others. For example, permanent pigment placed on the eyeline or the lash line can usually last for about one to three years, while pigment placed directly on the skin can take five years to fade.
But what is it that causes fading in the first place? We can attribute fading to a few factors, such as your skin type, your age, how well your skin reacts to pigment, the amount of sun exposure you have, and the types of products that you use on your skin. Some of these are factors that you have no control over, while others are general lifestyle choices that can shorten or extend results.