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What is Permanent Makeup? Is Microblading a Tattoo?
Permanent Makeup, is cosmetic tattooing. Plain and simple. There are so many LABELS that all describe the same thing, that it all gets very confusing. I think everyone would agree that we all want natural looking permanent enhancements. If one person calls it MicroBLADING, another may prefer to call is MicroSTROKING. Powderfill brows are now called Ombre brows. But Ombre has a unique design, in that it's not an all one color saturated opaque look. It has more of an airbrush look to it... So don't be confused. Just bring in a photo of what your preference is or describe it to us verbally, and we'll do our very best to accomodate your requests... Now the big difference between COSMETIC tattooing and TRADITIONAL tattooing is the depth of placement of the color. And color choices are generally much softer. Cosmetic tattooing is also done more superficially, in order to only last a few years - as opposed to a lifetime. We want it to fade OFF before it can fade to UGLY! Wouldn't you agree? Many people don't realize how many benefits there are with permanent makeup. It can be beneficial to a wide spectrum of people, including both men and woman who are at least 18 years of age. Permanent cosmetic applications can also help to conceal scars on almost any part of the body.
What is Arnica Montana? When should I take it?
DOSAGE: 4-5 pills (NOT CREAM)
How should I plan for a procedure?
BOOK ONE NOW, IF YOU WANT ONE! You can either attend one of the monthly orientations to find out more about permanent makeup and get your test. If you elect to not take the test, you will need to sign a waiver.
These occur once a month and its a nice opportunity to come talk about permanent makeup and what it can and cannot do for you. Most all information is on this website, but it's fun to meet up.
Orientations are not mandatory. So if you want an Allergy Skin Test, but do not have any interest in the orientation, you can book a quick 10 minute test - free of charge
Extra VITAMIN C
Pineapple (fresh, not canned)
LOTS OF GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES. Do this for at least a week or 2, prior to and after your procedure(s) to help prepare your skin for better results.
PAYMENT OF SERVICES:
START OF PROCEDURE:
PAIN, ANXIETY AND OTHER MEDICATIONS:
Is Allergy Testing Mandatory?
No. In fact, in 15 years, I have never had anyone present an allergic reaction to any pigment that I have implanted. I have witnessed two tests however, that were highly suspicious, so the clients declined service at my suggestion. Better safe than sorry!
How old do I have to be to get cosmetic tattooing?
You have to be 18 years of age to get cosmetic tattooing. According to Texas Law, the only way to legally have it done is to cover gang tattoos.
I have old permanent makeup tattoos on my brows. Can I still get microblading?
Yes, but each case is different. We do reserve the right to turn down a case if we feel that you are not a good candidate. In some cases, previous work may be too dark, dense, discolored or simply too scarred to be able to hold color well. In most of these cases, the stokes will not stay crisply defined.
Can I bring my child to the appointment?
We understand that life happens, and if your child is well behaved, then it's usually not a problem. However, we would prefer that you make other arrangements for your children.
Why does permanent makeup fade faster than body tattoos?
First of all, Permanent cosmetics are a form of cosmetic tattooing and should be thought of as being a permanent tattoo. They are just a little bit different than traditional tattoos on the body. All colors will fade overtime, however, body art generally fades at a slower rate than cosmetic tattooing. For one, most body tattoos are protected from UV rays from the sun by clothing. Also, body tattoos are applied much deeper into the skin and with heavier saturation than with permanent cosmetics. Cosmetic tattoos on the face, may fade faster because the application is lighter and there may be more sun exposure. Also, facial skin, which is much thinner, may influence the degree of color retention as well.
What if makeup styles change or totally go out of style?
NATURAL IS THE PERMETIKA WAY! And as long as we aim for a natural classic shape, you will be safe from the fads that come and go. With the eyeliner or lash enhancement procedure, your natural lash line is enhanced for a fuller, beautiful and natural result. My preference leans toward a more conservative, clean and natural look. Your specific look will be determined with a combination of your personal preference, my suggestions, along with a mathematical equation based on your own facial features.
Which methods are used at Permetika?
The methods used, will depend on the clients skin. If your skin is oily or very pourous, the (new) machine method is usally the best. But it doesn't look like overly saturated in color. It has more of an airbrushed effect to it. Fine hairline strokes are acheivable due to the machine's fine precision. But in certain cases, I also use a stippling technique as well as Microblading on those with fine, normal to dry skin.
What can go wrong with Permanent Makeup?
Your PMU fades to the point that the patterns are too light to follow
Your PMU has shifted to an unnatural looking color, it probably didn't happen overnight. TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHY the color may fade into an unnatural looking color as time passes, is this...
What is Migration?
Migration is the occurence of pigment moving under the skin to an unintended area. This does not happen often, but it can occur in the corners of the lips and eyes if not extremely careful.
I like my eyebrows the way they were when I first had them done. Can you make them stay that way?
No. The reason is a large percentage of the color sloughs off during the healing process and what's left behind is now covered by a layer of skin. This skin causes them to take on a cloudy appearance for a few weeks, then as the skin normalizes, the color will appear brighter, but will never look like it did when it was sitting ON TOP of your skin.
What factors affect my cosmetic tattoos?
The number one enemy is direct sun exposure. Sun block is recommended to prevent premature fading. Cell regeneration also is a factor. If you use products that are designed to exfoliate skin in order to turn over new cell growth, your tattoo will fade faster too if you don't avoid the areas when using those products.
When can I throw my eyebrow pencil away?
Never... brow work is not intended to 100% replace traditional makeup. It is intended to be an enhancement. It helps you look BETTER without makeup, when done properly. But when you add a full face of makeup, you will want to add a little bit more on your brows as well.
Can I reset or cancel my appointment myself?
You may reset your appointment from the link provided in your CONFIRMATION EMAIL. This link will give you the opportunity to select a more convenient date.
What is the cancellation policy?
All of us at PERMÉTIKA want to make sure that you understand what it takes, and all that it means when you book an appointment with us.
* A NON-REFUNDABLE BOOKING FEE of 25% is built into your procedure price.
How do I set an appointment?
For your convenience, our booking system is open to you 24/7, even on Weekends and Holidays! This saves us both a tremendous amount of time going back and forth, comparing calendars.
What is the best way to reach someone at Permetika?
We are often busy with clients in the office when calls come in... For the fastest response, send a text to (713) 443-8999. Please allow 24-48 hours for a reply to voice and email messages.
How far apart are appointments spaced?
We like to allow your skin to fully heal to the deepest layers for at least 12 weeks before working in the skin again. In some circumstances, 8-10 weeks might work in a pinch.
Can I schedule all multiple appointments at one time?
Yes, we prefer that you do. This prevents having to wait too long for your next session. If you wait until you NEED it, there will more than likely be a wait.
Who is NOT a candidate for Permanent Makeup?
YOU ARE NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE IF YOU ARE...
than average. Otherwise, if you are Type 2 and your doctor feels your condition is under control, ask your doctor to provide a clearance letter stating that you are able to undergo cosmetic tattooing. Special care should should still be taken to prevent infection.
application of eyeliner.
You will most likely lose pigment in the areas where the blister(s) or sore(s) occur.
6 months. I only do the procedure on clients that are more than 1 YEAR from the surgery. Failure to follow this rule could result in the breakdown of healing skin. Which will make you more prone to infection, create MORE scar tissue, which will make future procedures even less effective. No exceptions on this one.
YOU MUST WAIT IF YOU'VE RECENTLY HAD:
POTENTIAL RISKS & CONTRAINDICATIONS TO COSMETIC TATTOOING:
If you have ANY medical issues that you feel MIGHT be would be a contraindication, then I suggested you get clearance from your doctor. Patients who have epilepsy, diabetes, hemophilia or a heart disease of any kind should have a physicians approval prior to any cosmetic tattooing procedure.
Who is a candidate for permanent makeup?
* Would you like to carve off a few minutes from your hectic daily routine?
* Do you have sparse or non existent brows or lashes?
* Do you spend hundreds of dollars on products annually?
* Would you prefer to not be seen without makeup?
* Does your lipstick creep up your lips onto your face throughout the day?
* Do you have vision impairment that makes applying your makeup difficult?
* Do you have trouble applying your own makeup regularily?
* Are you starting to experience severe balding or a receiding hairline?
* Want your makeup to stay put if sweating at the gym or swimming at the beach?
* Does your lipstick vanish after a meal?
* Have you undergone an areola reconstruction?
* Do you hate having to fuss with it yout makeup throughout the day?
* Do you have vitiligo that has been stable for at least 7 years?
* Do you have a brow scar that you'd like to be less noticable?
* Do you have sparse eyebrows or even no eyebrows at all?
* Would just like for your features to be slightly enhanced without looking made up?
* Are you allergic to traditional cosmetics? If so, we can test you for a reaction to our pigments.
* Is it difficult to apply makeup due to Arthritis, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, etc...?
* Would you like to redefine your facial features?
* Are your areolas too light?
* Have you lost hair due to alopecia or cancer treatments?
Can I get a tattoo if I am pregnant or nursing my baby?
This is a firm no. But we do look forward to helping you when you are no longer pregnant or nursing! (REFER TO: WHO IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE SECTION FOR DETAILS).
How long does a procedure take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2 hours. Touch up procedures usually do not require as much time.
How much does it cost?
Just as in many other industries, higher cost often equals higher quality! A Permanent Makeup Artist who recognized their value, is probably one who is also using proper sterilization and sanitation procedures, good equipment, and has a professional facility. All of these factors incur considerable costs, per procedure. Please refer to the PRICING tab to get specific cost on each procedure. Depending on where you go, the average price range falls between $750-$1500 per procedure, for an experienced artist.
Advanced work in scar camouflage or hair simulation may start with a base fee and additional hours are normally charged at $150-$250 per hour since it may be difficult to predict the time needed to complete the service.
How long should I wait between sessions?
We prefer to wait at least full 8-12 weeks before breaking the skin again.
OUTER HEALING: The outer layer of the skin is considered to be completely healed within about 7-10 days, or when the area has stopped peeling, and has returned to normal.
How long does Cosmetic Tattooing last?
Can I expect my appointment to run on time?
Morning appointments are almost always on time, unless we encounter unforeseen circumstances. However, if your appointment is set in the afternoon, it would be best to view your appointment time - as a TARGET time.
What are your Sterlization & Sanitation Practices like?
THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ONE CAN ASK!