Common Questions and Answers
Q: Who applies the
A: All procedures
should be performed by a technician who is properly certified in
Permanent Makeup and preferably and Artist with advanced training
and years of experience in this field
Q: What if I want to change my makeup?
A: We work with your natural facial features to enhance them to
their fullest. This natural look allows you to apply normal
cosmetics over your “Permanent Makeup” for color
variety. Therefore, without any applied makeup, you are always
Q: How long does it take?
A: The topical anesthetic takes 30 minutes to numb the area.
More than one area can be numbed at one time. The procedure takes
approximately 1-2 hours per area to pigment for a total average
time of 1 to 2.5 hours total . Areola repigmentation or scar
camouflage procedures takes approximately 1-2 hours
Q: Is it painful?
A: A topical anesthetic is applied prior and, if needed, during
each procedure to numb the epidermis reduce any discomfort and to
promote relaxation. Every client is different, some will feel
vibrating or scratching, and some will feel nothing at all. Some
clients feel a slight prickly sensation to no feeling at all.
However, I am very sensitive to your discomfort and will do my
best to make your experience pleasant and relaxing. I use medical
grade anesthetics and they work very well
Q: How safe is it?
A: Technicians must follow strict hygiene and sterilization
procedures that conform to OSHA and CDC (Centers for Disease
Control) guidelines. By using only disposable tools, our clients
know that anything that touches them has never been touched by
anyone else. Also, MRI safe hypo-allergenic pigments containing no
fragrances, emollients or other irritants are used during the
Q: Is it expensive?
A: Permanent makeup is a beautiful investment in yourself.
Prices range depending on the area that is being accented and what
you are trying to achieve. It is comparable to what most women
spend on hair styling, hair color, “perms” and normal
maintenance. Included is: a personalized consultation to determine
your most flattering look, color matching, preparation (shaping
and tweezing, if necessary), and an aftercare kit. Considering the
“Permanent Makeup” lasts for years before a “touch
up” is needed, it is relatively inexpensive, ranging
anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending
on what exactly one would like done.
Q: How long will it last?
A: Some people will need a touchup in 2-6 years depending on
the original color selection (darker colors last longer). Everyone
is different. Results will depend on age, skin tone, the
exfoliation process, over exposure to the sun, body chemistry and
the degree of care taken to maintain the procedure.
Q: What happens after the procedure?
A: There may be slight tenderness or swelling which will
subside quickly. Most people resume normal activities immediately
after the procedure. Detailed aftercare instructions are provided
and reviewed before and after each procedure
Q: Is it like a tattoo?
A: Yes, they are both permanent and have some of the same
qualities, yet it is very different. Only specialists in
micro-pigmentation can perform this procedure on the face; tattoo
artists cannot. Wake Up To Makeup uses only the techniques, tools
and pigments that are specially designed for micro-pigmentation
procedures making it safe and sterile. Permanent makeup clinicians
also use effective topical anesthetics that are allowed for
micro-pigmentation. They also use instruments that are much more
delicate in design that provides natural-looking results and much
Q: How are the colors and shapes determined?
A: A wide range of colors is available to suit your color
preferences. Some women desire a natural effect using softer
colors while others prefer the more dramatic effect of bolder
ones. The exact colors and shapes you desire, alternatives, and
results you can expect will be fully discussed during your
consultation. And for clients with sensitive skin, a patch test
can be done.
Q: I would like to have Lasik Eye surgery, can I still have
A: Permanent makeup
compliments Lasik eye surgery beautifully. You must consult with
your Lasik Eye Doctor and obtain written permission prior to the
permanent eyeliner procedure (if Lasik is going to be done prior
to permanent makeup)
Q: How many colors
are there to choose from?
A: There are endless
possibilities! I will create a neutral or dramatic color depending
on your preference. It is best to bring in your favorite colors to
so we can match to your approval.
Q: Will permanent
makeup fade over time?
A: Yes - The exposure
to sunlight or UV light will fade permanent makeup. Your own body
breaks down foreign substances over time when possible . The use
of glycolic, Retin A and other wrinkle treatment products will
have adverse effects on permanent makeup. With the proper care
your permanent makeup should last for years.
Q: A while back I had a really bad Permanent Makeup
procedure and I don't know what to do - Is there
anything that can be done to correct it or to make
it look better?
A: Permanent Make-up
removal. Regrets and poor results.
Physicians have been
using lasers to remove body tattoos for years, and are now
seeing more patients needing correction and repair of their
Permanent Make-up. As more and more women take advantage of
not having to apply and reapply make-up on a daily basis,
there will be those who regret the decision and those who
simply got poor results due to an inexperienced or careless
If there are regrets or
poor results the good news is that it can be fixed. The
lasers used for tattoo removal have a proven track record.
They work. In the hands of a physician who knows the
pigments and works closely with a Permanent Make-up Artist
removal of the pigment can be completed in just a few
sessions. You should only chose a physician who has
experience with Permanent Make-up removal. Certain
pigments, particularly those that are light or flesh
colored can actually change to dark green or even black
when the wrong laser frequency is applied. Several
different lasers may be necessary to achieve good a result
which is why finding the right physician is important.
Laser treatments can
sometimes be a little uncomfortable, but areas to be
treated can be numbed for a pain free experience. After the
treatment there may be some redness and minor swelling. It
is not uncommon for a small amount of scabbing to result,
but this should heal in just a few days. You should
schedule a follow-up appointment with the physician in four
weeks to determine if further treatments will be necessary.
Generally, a minimum of four weeks is required between
treatments to allow the skin to heal well without causing
At my office at
The Parker Skin & Aesthetic Clinic in Beachwood, Ohio we have the
experienced physicians and lasers necessary to help.
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