Frequently Asked Questions

What is permanent makeup?

A gentle process of implanting pigment into the upper layer of the skin. Permanent makeup procedures are for around the eyes, eyebrows, lips, scalp, areola and scars. 

Are there any contraindications for having permanent makeup?

Contraindications include diabetes, pregnant and lactating women, people with glaucoma, people who are taking blood-thinning medications, Cortisone, Steroids, Acutaine, Retin-A, Renova, You must have written permission from your physician if you are taking Coumadin or Heparin. People with skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, undiagnosed rashes and blisters, those with allergies to makeup or colors, and those with easily triggered post inflammatory hyperpigmentation are not good candidates. Herpes simplex can be a contraindication. Acyclovir needs to be taken 1 week prior and 1 week after any lip treatment. 

What is the difference between permanent makeup and tattooing?

Permanent makeup is a cosmetic procedure of tattooing makeup into the upper layers of skin called the epidermis. These outer layers of skin are constantly shedding and renewing itself. The process of cell turnover makes color fade. The tattoo process deposits pigment into the deeper layers of skin called the dermis. The cells of the dermis are far more stable than the cells of the epidermis, so the ink will stay in place with minor fading and dispersion. 

Is permanent makeup procedure painful?

Permanent makeup is performed on areas of the body that are sensitive, the use of anesthetic cream is used. The sensation of every person is different.  I use a cream containing a combination of betacain, lidocaine and tetracain. Once the skin is broken another topical containing epinephrine is used to reduce fluid and swelling. This multiple application technique works well to keep the client comfortable during the duration of the treatment. 

How will it look?

Immediately after the procedure some sweeping may occur and the color will appear darker than the healed result. During the procedure the pigment is mixed with body fluids and oxidizes. The color will stay dark for 4-7 days during the healing process, as the upper layers of epidermis are shed and replaced with new cells. After the healing process you will see a lighter softer color. The final color will appear around 4 weeks after the procedure and is usually %30-50 lighter. 

How long does it stay? Why does color fade?

The best possible color results can stay for many years or begin to fade over time. Generally, 2-5 years is common. Individual result will vary. Several factors can influence increased fading of pigment.These factors can be environmental, procedural (chemical peels), sun exposure and individual factors. The amount of pigment deposited under the skin can affect the length of time that permanent makeup looks best. Very natural applications are likely to require a touch up before a bolder application will. Skin tones and lifestyle are also factors. 

Is a touch up needed?

During the healing process the skin is working on repairing itself. The lymphatic system is trying to push all external particles out to prevent contamination. That explains why the color implanted the first time is not perfect after healing. The first appointment and procedure is like a sketch for the technician. All skin heals and holds pigment differently. At the follow up appointment 6-8 weeks, the technician reviews her work and adds the finishing touches. Permanent makeup is always a 2 or more step process.

How long does it take?

Deena Sumner Permanent Makeup is stencil free. The most important part of the procedure is drawing and designing the shape of the eyebrows , eyeliner or lips, which could take 15-30 minutes. Anesthesia will take 20 minutes, and the procedure itself 1-2 hours. Total time 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Duration of the follow up procedure is about 1.5 hours for eyebrows and lips; 2 hours for lips

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