WHAT DOES A PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
Your first step will be to make an appointment for a consultation to discuss your needs and the procedures which you are interested in. A patch test will be performed to determine if you have any sensitivity to the pigment. Jessie uses gamma sterilized pigments made in the USA.
Jessie will discuss the shape which would be most flattering for your face as well as the color which will harmonize with your skin’s undertones. Jessie is an artist and is very skilled at blending pigment for a client’s skin tone. She will show you some before and after photographs to give you an idea of how the procedure can transform and give youth to your facial features.
On the day of the procedure Jessie will spend much time determining the shape before she begins and she adjusts as she works with the client to give you the perfect shape for your face.
Jessie will usually schedule 2 to 3 visits to give you the perfect result. During the second or third visit the color can be adjusted, made warmer or cooler if skin chemistry demands it. Jessie works conservatively, so she will increase the width of the brow or eyeliner as sessions progress. This can give a client time to adjust to the look of having their facial features refreshed with color.
WHAT WILL MY NEW PERMANENT COSMETICS LOOK LIKE?
Initially the pigment in the brows will look dark for several days. Once the skin begins to heal it will lighten and soften. Eyeliner will initially look very dark even though you may select a light color. The color will start to lighten in several days. As your body goes through the healing process, tiny scabs will form where the pigment was applied. This is what makes the pigment appear dark. As the layers of skin start to slough off, they cover the pigment so that it may appear that the color is faded or gone. After those layers completely slough off, the underlying pigment can be seen.
WILL PERMANENT COSMETICS CHANGE OR LOOK BAD AS I AGE?
Permanent cosmetics will fade gradually over time, so there will not be an obvious change in your applications. The color will fade and when you return for a touch-up you can also change the color (within reason) as you age. Jessie never recommends “wide, winged eyeliners” because as the eye ages you could end up with what looks like a hook at the ends. Natural is always the best way to go! With permanent cosmetics the goal you want to achieve is to wake up looking refreshed, not like you are going out to a party. If your goal is a dramatic look, then Jessie is not the practitioner for you.
WILL PERMANENT COSMETICS BE SUITABLE FOR DARK COMPLEXIONS?
Yes, permanent cosmetics can benefit any woman of any age or complexion. Darker skins are particularly good candidates for any procedure. The dermis of ethnic women tends to be thicker, so they are particularly good candidates for lip procedures.
CAN I KEEP MY OWN BROW HAIR?
Once you and Jessie have decided on the best brow shape, any hair within that shape can stay and will only make the work look more natural. Any hair outside the shape can be waxed or tweezed just as you would normally do with your normal brow maintenance.
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!
WHAT IF I AM PLANNING TO HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY?
Many women choose to have to have eyeliner done before face lifts so they will look better during the recovery period. If you are considering a brow lift, wait until after the healing process before having your brow procedure. The same applies to permanent lip procedures, wait until after you see your doctor for a post-op visit.
WHAT IF I AM GOING TO HAVE LIP FILLERS?
You should have your permanent cosmetics lip procedure done before you have fillers. Fillers will make the color heal weaker and sometimes make the lip color look “cool,” even slightly bluish. Jessie cannot accept responsibility of color changes if you decide to have fillers after a permanent lip procedure.
WHAT IF I AM USING LATISSE? CAN I STILL GET AN EYELINER PROCEDURE?
It is very important to stop using Latisse at least 2 weeks before having a permanent eyeliner procedure. Do not start to use Latisse until at least two weeks after you have completed your final procedure.
I HAD A UNSATISFACTORY PERMANENT COSMETICS BROW PROCEDURE DONE ELSEWHERE, CAN JESSIE FIX IT?
In most cases Jessie can significantly improve your bad brow procedure, depending on how much time you want to invest. In most cases she can also do a “tattoo removal” if warranted. Correcting bad work is never going to give you the same beautiful brow as Jessie could have created on virgin (untattooed) skin, but certainly an improvement is possible.
When someone calls and say they “only need a touch-up of work done elsewhere” the client may not realize that a “color correction” is often needed and not a simple touch-up. A consult is important to access the situation.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SOFT HAND TECHNIQUE AND THE USE OF A DIGITAL INSTRUMENT TO PERFORM THE PROCEDURE?
Jessie uses a state of the art German-made digital instrument by Nouveau Contour. It is the Rolls Royce of such instruments. Some technicians use a hand method marketed as “Soft.” The name implies a more gentle technique or procedure, but the name is a misnomer as it is not a softer or superior method than the one used by a digital instrument.
Clients who have had procedures done elsewhere with the hand method have remarked that Jessie’s treatments are far smoother and more comfortable. This makes sense because the human hand is not a machine and cannot replicate the exact stroke at the exact depth in the skin consistently. This is an important point, because if you do not get consistency you can have skipping of color or risk going too deep or not deep enough, which gives a poor technical result.
“Every week I see clients with blobs of color, especially around the eye area, due to migrating pigment done by the so-called “Soft” hand method,” says Jessie.
The hand method was fine for ancient cultures that had no alternative method, but today there is a superior method of implanting pigment.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Jessie uses the strongest topical anesthetics available.The sensation to pain will vary between clients. Once the topical anesthetic takes effect, many clients report that they feel no discomfort during the brow procedures. Some clients report the eyeliner procedure tickles. There is more discomfort during lip procedures, however, Jessie can refer you to a local physician for a lidocaine injection, which will completely block any pain.
ARE THERE ANY SAFETY ISSUES THAT I SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT?
All procedures preformed adhere to strict OSHA standards for safety and sterilization. All needles and materials which touch the skin are sterile and disposable. The pigments which Jessie uses are all gamma sterilized.
IS PERMANENT COSMETICS EXPENSIVE?
Not if you look at long term cost and effect. Micropigmentation actually costs little compared to lifelong daily make-up expenses. Permanent make- up doesn’t run or wash off! Consider it a beautiful investment in yourself. Jessie's practice consists of nearly 1/3 of services which are corrective procedures from bad work done elsewhere. When you go bargain shopping for the lowest price, the work you receive may be reflective with unsatisfactory results. Your face is too important to chance having such important work done by a technician who does not have the experience, training or artistic talent to achieve the best result.
IS PERMANENT COSMETICS APPROPRIATE FOR MEN?
Yes! Men look great with natural strokes added to their eyebrows, or to create eyebrows they have never had. Men who have had hair transplants can have hair-like strokes placed in the bare areas of the scalp where hair follicles are harvested.