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To help you get the best out of your permanent makeup procedure, we have prepared an overview and a list of frequently asked questions & answers which we hope answer all the questions you may have – and maybe a few that you haven’t thought of yet. This is to help you understand what’s involved, how best to prepare and what you can expect from any procedure involving Permanent Make-up. **(Note: We are currently building this page and our goal is for it to be highly informative, taking the place of an in-office consultation. As time permit, we will be adding to this page on a daily basis. Please fill free to visit often to see our improvements. We welcome all messages from you should you find a typo of any kind. Thank you!) If you need more information about our services and want to ask a question, please use the form at the bottom of the page to send an email directly to us. Go to form
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Where do I start?
Understanding Permanent Makeup
Permanent Makeup, also referred to as Permanent Cosmetics or Cosmetic Tattooing and is a form of tattooing in that a pigment is being implanted into the dermal layer of the skin. In traditional tattoos, Indian Ink (straight carbon black) is the primary colorant used, in addition to colored pigments.
In traditional tattoos, Indian Ink (straight carbon black) is the primary colorant used, in addition to colored pigments. The carbon black heals to a very cool denim blue. Over time, it spreads in the skin.
In permanent cosmetic makeup, a pigment is used – not Indian ink. Pigment, unlike ink, will break down to a point, absorb into the body and therefore fade over time. This means Permanent Makeup requires a “touch up” and the color will need to be “freshened up” sometime later. Why isn’t ink used for permanent cosmetics? Simple, 1) your only choice of color is blackish-blue, 2) it’s truly permanent and 3) over time, it spreads in the skin and loses it’s desired look and 4) it’s truly not attractive. Permanent Makeup is considered “Permanent,” not semi-permanent because the skin does not return to its original condition after time. There will always be some trace of the pigment found in the dermis.
How long the pigment in your Permanent Makeup lasts will vary from client to client. There are many factors involved that are out of the technician’s control. Clients need to be aware of these factors. They include, 1) sun exposure, 2) medications, 3) the fairness of your skin (darker skin has more Melanin which acts as a built-in sunblock), 4) Macrophage Cells (responsible for breaking down particles in the skin), 5) skin treatments (chemical peels, laser treatments, exfoliants, etc), 6) daily exercising, 7) oily skin, 8) some medical conditions (low thyroid, etc.). So, not to panic, these are just to inform you
How long do these procedures take to heal?
How long these procedures take to heal vary depending on the procedure. Many of my clients come in on their Fridays and return to work on their Monday without any difficulties. Newly applied Permanent Makeup will be darker and sharply defined than the healed result. because the pigment is sitting in the epidermis and the dermis. Once the epidermis layer sluffs off, it will appear lighter and softer. One of the things I say to my clients when they first look in the mirror is, “If you love the color today, it will be too light when healed.” A sigh of relief comes over their face.
Until the exfoliation process has taken place (anywhere from 3 days to 12 days – and dependent on which procedure), the oxidized pigment sitting on the epidermis (top) will be darker than desired. Once it has finished exfoliating and the skin is healed, you won’t have your true healed color until approximately four weeks. This is more obvious in the Hair-stroke Eyebrows and Lip procedures where after exfoliation, it appears to be a great loss of color. Be patient, as the skin continues to heal over a four week period, the color will brighten and reappear. The other procedures go through a similar process but are not as obvious. So when a client calls me after two weeks, saying, “I’ve lost some of my pigment!” I remind them that it’s too soon to tell – give it four weeks of healing.
To be more specific: Eyes, Ombre’ Eyebrows, Powdered Eyebrows, (start exfoliating at Day 3-4) and Lips (start exfoliating at Day 2) are the quicker exfoliating procedures, compared to the Hair-stroke Eyebrows (start exfoliating at Day 10-12) – with true color and evenness not being there until fully healed.
In regards to puffiness or swelling, everyone is different, but speaking in regards to an average, the majority of my Eyelash Enhancement clients may be puffy the following morning, as if they had a good cry. This could last for a day and in worst case scenario, 3 days. On the other hand, when tattooing a Dramatic Eyeliner or Eyeshadow where I am going into that thinner layer of skin above the lash line, we could expect more puffiness the day after. (I like the use of gel ice packs used briefly every 1-2 hours for 1-2 minutes on the first day to reduce swell). Let it heal for four weeks before making an evaluation. The Hair-stroke Eyebrows may redden and swell slightly. The Lips are the same, puffiness for a few days. Exfoliation in the lip can happen within the first two to three days. The lip tissue may even go through another cycle or two of exfoliation before the end of one month and also go through varying degrees of color changes until it settles to its true color at approximately a month. Any puffiness of the lips beyond 3 days is not normal – please call me or text me a photo. Rarely, but it does occur that a client may be allergic to the aftercare. If you feel that something isn’t right, I want to hear from you. If you’re calling at two weeks to tell me that you’ve lost your color, I’m going to say, “Call me back in two weeks if this is still an issue.”
For the “Before and Aftercare Instructions”, you will refer to Step 6 for more details.
Can I schedule more than one procedure at a time?
Choosing the Right Procedure For You
As a Professional Cosmetic Tattooist, you will have options to choose from for your Eyebrows and your Eyes. What you won’t see from my office is the same style being tattoos on everybody who walks out here.
When filling out your Pre-client Questionnaire, many clients type in Eyebrows or Eyes. I need you to be more specific with your request as each requires a different time frame. For example;
For example; Catagory: Eyebrows. Type: Shaded Hair-stroke, One-Dimensional Hair-stroke, Ombre’ Eyebrows, Soft Powdered Brows. Category: Eyes: Type: Eyelash Enhancement, Modified Eyelash Enhancement, Dramatic Eyeliner, Adding Smudgy/Smokey Eyeshadow. In deciding about Permanent Makeup, you’ll want to begin to research which style of makeup you prefer. Let’s start with the Eyebrows. I offer several types, the Hair-stroke Brows, Ombre’ Eyebrows and Soft Powdered Brows.
In deciding about Permanent Makeup, you’ll want to begin to research which style of makeup you prefer. Let’s start with the Eyebrows. I offer several types, the Hair-stroke Brows, Ombre’ Eyebrows and Soft Powdered Brows.
Not everyone can have the Hair-stroke Brows. The Pre-Client Questionnaire helps me determine this. For example, a potential client with a very T-zone could either heal the hair-strokes blurred (best to go with Ombre’ or Soft Powdered) or they have a tendency to fade out more quickly. An older client with a wrinkle going through the brow area also wouldn’t be a good candidate for the Hair-stroke Eyebrows as the wrinkle would interfere with the appearance on the hair-strokes. Ombre’ or Soft Powered Eyebrows would be a better option. All of these eyebrow techniques look beautiful whether or not you have a little or no hair on your eyebrows.
What are the differences between Eyelash Enhancement, Modified Eyelash Enhancement, and Dramatic Eyeliner? Clients come in with different requests. Many are older and feel that their features have washed out with age. The Eyelash Enhancement only tattoos within the eyelash bed in the upper and lower eyelashes, thus naturally “enhancing” the eyes. The Modified Eyelash Enhancement is the same but a little more. We’ll go thicker on the outside one-third, giving your eyes a more open look “naturally.” With these Eyelash Enhancements, you’ll wake up looking more refreshed, get out of the shower or swimming pool looking more defined, not washed out. It’s not too much, but just enough. The Dramatic Eyeliner, on the other hand, is for the client who wants to wake up with their makeup – 24/7. This makeup is thicker and typically has the tail.
Still not sure which Eyebrows or Eyes are right for you. That’s okay. Take a look at my Photos Page. There will be a description under each photo of what technique was used. You can also find my work on my FaceBook, Google and Yelp Pages.
I want to have my lips done. Are there any special precautions?
Absolutely! Please read this if you want to have your lips tattooed by me or anyone. This message will save you. If you have ever, even if once in your life, a very, very, very long time ago, YOU WILL NEED to start on an anti-viral prescription two-three days before your appointment and take for five days consecutively. You will get this from your physician. I recommend requesting for 1-2 refills as you may need an additional Lip Touchup after your Initial Visit. You will want to start the exact same process.
Unlike Brows and Eyes, the Lip Procedure does not include a complimentary “Follow-up” procedure. I charge a portion of the initial fee as long as it’s within 4 months. Let explain why. Unless you are a young lady in her 20’s or 30’s, the chances of being able to tattoo a beautiful, evenly implanted colored lip in one session decrease with age. The aging client presents me with years of sun damaged lips or a history of cold sores. The sun damaged lip is leathery to tattoo (does not always retain evenly), while the lip with the history of cold sores has scar tissue in it (it too does not retain evenly). Can it be tattooed? Absolutely, but not in one session. So, plan of two sessions and in 1/10, three sessions. I recommend that my older clients with the above conditions go ahead and schedule their first follow-up during their Initial procedure. (Prices can be found under the Price Tab on this website).
Something else regarding the Lip Procedure. I hear day in and day out from clients, “Oh my friend said her lip procedure was horribly painful…” Well honestly, only part of this can be true. When completed by the wrong and inexperienced hands, the lip procedure can be very uncomfortable. I do many, many lip procedures, (including my own) and as long as you follow my pre-care instructions, you’ll be fine. I KNOW just how to numb the lip tissue. I don’t cut corners to save money, and everything I use is high-end/top of the line. Because of my background and experience level, I know how to pack in the maximum amount of pigment in the shortest amount of time. That’s why my clients are NOT swollen when they leave. And, I can honestly say that 75% of my clients fall asleep during their procedures. All (who follow directions) comment, “That didn’t hurt at all!” My clients walk out of my office looking great enough to go out to lunch. Swelling doesn’t occur until later that evening or the following morning. So if you’re scared about having your lips done, DON’T be. Lips are wonderful! I LOVE doing them and the results are beautiful results. Even better…my clients are happy clients for years.
Is Permanent Makeup Permanent or Semi-Permanent?
Does it hurt?
What is Permanent Makeup?
Why have Permanent Makeup?
Is the procedure safe?
What can permanent makeup do for me?
Who is a good candidate for permanent cosmetics or Hair-stroke Eyebrows?
Who is a good candidate for Permanent Makeup?
EVERYONE, from the young to the elderly, who desires a soft and natural enhancement to their appearance can benefit from Permanent Cosmetics. BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS looking for pigmented areolas. POST SURGICAL/INJURY, the camouflage of scars from burns, surgery, accidents or injuries; redefinition of facial features. ALOPECIA areata or universalis sufferers who have lost some or all of their facial hair, including eyebrows and/or eyelashes. CHEMOTHERAPY recipients with full or partial hair loss. VITILIGO sufferers who may have areas of skin which have lost their pigment. PHYSICALLY ACTIVE people who want to look their best throughout activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics. ALLERGIES and SENSITIVE SKIN these people often can’t wear other cosmetics. VISION IMPAIRED people who have difficulty applying their cosmetics without the use of having to wear their eyeglasses. MOTOR IMPAIRED, including arthritics, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup. ENTERTAINERS, ACTRESSES, and MODELS. MEN who want feature enhancement that looks natural and not “made up”. WOMEN who want to look their best all the time, even when they wake up. FAIR SKIN clients who look washed out without makeup and want to wake up looking refreshed. MOTHERS and other busy professionals who DON’T HAVE TIME for makeup.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR THE HAIR-STROKES BROWS?
BEFORE SCHEDULING YOUR THE HAIR-STOKE BROW APPOINTMENT, PLEASE READ THROUGH EACH OF THESE QUESTIONS! IF IT IS DETERMINED THAT THIS PROCEDURE ISN’T THE RIGHT OPTION FOR YOU, WE SUGGEST THE OMBRE’ OR SOFT POWDERED EYEBROW INSTEAD. In order for me to determine if you are a good candidate for the “Hair Stroke” procedure, I will need you to understand some information contradictions. Is your skin oily? Or severely oily? The hair strokes will appear more blended, solid or not retain at all. Have you ever had permanent makeup on your eyebrows before? To be able to do the Hair-stroke Brow on clients with prior work, the existing Permanent Makeup must be SUPER faded out (at least 80%) with NO GRAY UNDERTONES. Orange is okay. GRAY MUST BE REMOVED. ASK ME HOW. It can be done. If you’re not willing to have it removed, please don’t waste my time – I’m really sorry to be direct. Do you have large pores on your forehead & in the brow area? Pigments will blur/blend in large pores looking powdered. Do you use exfoliants, such as heavy scrubs, Retin A, Retinol products or Clarisonic brushes? Skin appears shiny. This skin type bleeds excessively and will not retain pigment well, if at all. Need to be off for a minimum of 30 days. Are you pregnant, nursing, or trying to get pregnant? No Exceptions Do you have any scars or experienced any head trauma in the brow area? Scar tissue will prevent proper healing. I suggest Micro-needling the area first if needed, to break down the scar tissue. Deep wrinkles in the brow area? The Hair Strokes will not lie properly in the creases, giving the brow an uneven look. Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator (No exceptions) Do you have Alopecia? – (Hair loss due to autoimmune disease) Hair strokes will appear more blurred or blended, less crisp. Do you have or have you had a piercing in the brow area? Scars can cause the pigment to migrate. Extremely Thin skin? Transparent or Translucent or very vascular. Fitzpatrick Skin types 1 (red heads/white skin/light eyes) Due to hypersensitivity, the skin does not retain pigment well. Do you have moles/raised areas in or around the brow area? The pigment will not be put into anything raised. Are you addicted to exercise? When doing the Hair-stroke procedure, you MUST reframe from cardio exercise, swimming, getting “hot and sweaty” for TWO WEEKS. Your pigment will not retain. Do you experience frequent Hot Flashes? You may have difficulties with pigment retention. Powdered Eyebrow would be a better option. Do you have Trichotillomania?(Compulsive pulling of body hair) Due to constant pulling, scar tissue is prominent and pigment will not heal properly. Do you have Eczema, Psoriasis or Dermatitis in or around the brow area? Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin. Have you had a hair transplant for your eyebrows? The pigment will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed. Do you have a thyroid condition and taking medication for this condition? Hypo, Hyper Thyroidism, Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s – your pigment may not retain well. Have you been on Accutane (acne medicine) within the last year? Auto Immune Disorder of any kind (MS, RA, Lupus or the like)? Due to the medications to treat these diseases, the pigment will not retain well, if at all. Are you taking any of the blood-thinners medicines or vitamins listed below: (NO FISH OIL, VIT E, ASPIRIN, IBUPROFEN 2 WEEKS PRIOR) Do you have uneven eyebrows – one sits noticeable higher than another. You may not be a good candidate for any brow procedures unless your brows are more balanced. Do you have a lazy lid eye? This condition could cause your balanced and symmetric eyebrows to appear unbalanced. Do you have or have you ever be diagnosed as Bi-Polar, Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Mental Illness? You will NOT be a good candidate for ANY Brow or Permanent Makeup procedures. Do you have exceptionally high expectations or high standards? Though I have exceptionally high standards in my daily practice of applying permanent makeup, periodically I will meet a client whose expectations and standards are not reasonable for us to work together comfortably. THESE CONTRAINDICATIONS CAN ALSO PRESENT LATER IN LIFE. FUTURE PROCEDURES MAY NOT BE PERFORMED. IF YOU HAVE ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS, YOU ARE UNFORTUNATELY NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE HAIR STROKE EYEBROW TECHNIQUE. YOU MAY OPT TO DO A NICE SOFT POWDERED LOOK. (SOLID). IF YOU ARE NOT TRUTHFUL IN ANSWERING THE ABOVE QUESTIONS AND WE SCHEDULE YOU AN APPOINTMENT AND FIND OUT THAT YOU ARE NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE, YOU WILL BE BILLED FOR THE APPOINTMENT TIME & FORFEIT ANY DEPOSIT PAID. CAROLYN HAS HER REASONING AS TO WHY SHE CHOOSES NOT TO WORK ON CLIENTS WITH THE ABOVE MENTIONED CONTRAINDICATIONS. THERE ARE TECHNICIANS THAT WILL TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN, CAROLYN IS NOT ONE OF THEM. IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO ALL THE QUESTIONS PLEASE PROCEED TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION BY CALLING OR TEXTING TO 805-550-7379 THANK YOU, SINCERELY. Other important requirements to consider:
Do not exercise the morning of your appointment. You will bleed excessively. Also, If you work out regularly (5-7 days a week), your eyebrows WILL fade very fast due to the production of salt/sweat. Salt is used to remove permanent makeup. They WILL appear more powdered or blurred under the skin as well. If you are not ok with this, then you should not have the procedure done. Carolyn reserves the right to refuse future services if she feels the results won’t be to the client’s satisfaction.
You cannot have tan 30 days before, nor after your procedure. SUN will cause the results of your Permanent Makeup to fade quickly or not retain at all. Carolyn will cancel your appointment if your show up with a tan (a tan to Carolyn’s standards). Tanned skin bleeds excessively, heals poorly and therefore, will not retain color. Deposits are forfeited. No exceptions. This is an investment in your face and Carolyn takes that very seriously. ***Thank you, Mary Ritcherson – my beloved friend, mentor and Permanent Makeup Prodigy in Florida. All Content and Images are the Property of Carolyn Elliott Permanent Makeup Inc. ILLEGAL COPYING IS PROHIBITED AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED 2016
What about allergic reactions or MRIs? Am I safe?
Are there any precautions that should be taken before a procedure?
How long does each procedure take?
Can it be completed in one visit?
What can I expect immediately following a procedure?
Is the procedure costly?
Fees can vary depending on the amount of work a client is requesting per procedural area, for example; an eyelash enhancement versus a thick dramatic eyeliner, a soft-filled in eye brow versus the realistic hair-stroke method, or a soft natural full lip color versus a bright, dense lipstick-like colored full lip. No doubt it’s possible you have seen prices ranging from discount coupons from a “Newby” technician entering the industry or services being offered at well over $1000 per procedure by experienced professionals – the Pioneers of the Industry (18 years or longer). It is advisable to take the time to check QUALITY and EXPERIENCE of the professional before making your decision. Permanent Makeup is permanent (meaning, it doesn’t completely fade to its original starting point) and can be enjoyed for quite a long time – if done properly. Looking for the least expensive technician isn’t the brightest thing you can do. We believe that people are looking for the highest possible quality of work, not the cheapest. Only the highest quality of work should suffice without compromise. When it comes to your face, accept nothing less than a first class result with no one else but a master practitioner with years of experience. The cost of the procedure is not the most important issue when consulting a potential professional. Look for QUALITY!
Check for their own personal website with a photo gallery, referrals, and testimonials, and a list of their continuing education. Remember this is your face, you want the best available permanent makeup or the cheapest? 40% of the phone calls I receive is for corrective work from discounted prices. Many clients I can’t help – because the work is so bad. It’s on THEIR face. Some people learn the hard way. A client can spend hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars in “repairs” versus having it done correctly the first time, not to mention the emotional stress poor work can cause. I find that fees also can vary from expert Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professionals based on “where” they live as well. Expect to pay more if you live in popular cities such as San Francisco, Boca Rotan, New York, Miami, San Diego, Austin, etc. whereas a small town expert has a little more difficulty demanding these higher fees even if she has more experience than her colleagues who work in the larger cities. Work performed from physician’s offices or high-end spas can demand these higher rates. Multiple visits may be required to achieve “your” desired look. Be patient. Rome was not built in a day. Most important is the training, experience, professionalism, cleanliness and skill of the professional as well as the confidence with the client in that skill. Many find this relatively inexpensive when compared with hair and nail appointments that must be kept up on a regular basis.