Frequently asked questions
What is PMU?
PMU "Permanent make-up" is cosmetic tattooing. The technician is using a device with a medical certificate that has a acupuncture needle. The pigment is deposited on the skin’s outer layers. The color naturally fades over time because of the process of skin cells being peeled off from the outer layer of the skin. This method of micropigmentation looks more subtle and natural.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique used to create the illusion of fuller brows. "With this method I can create almost any look: from a very natural light finish to a beautifully bold brow, First, we consults with clients about the best brow shape for their face and chooses a color that matches the natural hair color and skin undertone. The brow area is then cleaned and numbed for the treatment. Instead of using a tattoo machine, the procedure uses a little handheld tool to manually draw hair strokes. Lastly, we applies an ointment like the Aquaphor Aftercare to help with the healing process.
What is the difference between microblading & PMU?
For microblading, the technician is using hand tool with affixed grouping needles. This method is manual and used in the eyebrow area. pressure (requires a skilled hand) is applied to the manual had tool to create realistic hair like strokes into the very tio layer of the skin, like a small scratch. Microblading does not last as long as permanent makeup. This is simply because a much smaller amount of pigment is inserted into the very top of the skin. reason for this is so the pigment doesnt spread over time.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes about 2 hours to 3 hours. Depends on what kind of procedure you choose. It starts with a consultation to check if you are a good candidate for this procedure. The process includes records establish, photographing, pre-drawing, measuring and pigment application. In the end, the technician will explain post care and take final pictures. At least one or more follow up visits to evaluate healed color and shape of the pigment is required.
What is the recovery time?
The skin might be red and swollen for a few hours after the procedure. The color directly after the procedure is about 30-50% darker than the final result. During the healing period, you will experience oozing, scabbing and peeling of the skin in the treated area. It will take about a week to heal, sometimes longer. Depends on what type of procedure you have. Aftercare directions should be followed.
How long does it last?
It is long lasting makeup that stays on for about a year and a half to two years, in some cases 3 years plus. It depends on your skin type, general health, your lifestyle, the colors used during pigmentation, technique, sun exposure, topical cosmetics used on the skin and pigmented area. It is considered permanent because the ink is deposited into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. Periodic maintenance is required since pigment may fade with time. Annual touch up is a good opportunity to reevaluate design. You can discuss any color or shape changes with your technician. While the concept of permanent makeup seems to be a good idea it is designed to fade. Just think how your tastes have changed over time.
Are these procedure painful?
Most people experience some discomfort. This will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. Having a semi-permanent procedure is less painful than getting a regular tattoo. Numbing creams and liquyid anesthetizing "numbing ' is used before the procedure and also during it. Usually pain level is none to mild, but it is an individual thing. Typically, patients will report a tickling sensation with little or no discomfort during or after a procedure has been performed. Eyes and lips usually are more sensitive than eyebrows.
Will the treated area be red & swollen?
You might experience redness and some swelling for a few hours after the procedure. in some cases the next day aswell. It is a case by case individual thing. Some skins are more sensitive and it might last longer. Permanent eyebrow swelling is mild and barely noticeable. Permanent eyeliner swelling is moderate. Permanent lip color swelling is a bit more noticible. This is very dependent upon the amount of work performed and the individual
How does the healing process look like?
You may experience minor swelling and redness on a day of your procedure. You may experience some minor redness and skin peeling (scabbing) during the first week. The color will look darker and shape might be Sharpe. After about a week, the color and edges will soften. While healing treated area will gently exfoliate and you will lose some color. This is a normal process. The final result will be visible after 3-4 weeks when pigment will stabilize in the skin. OUTER HEALING completes in about 3-6 days for eyes, 7-10 days for lips. Inner healing completes in 1-2 months.
How long does it take to heal?
Usually, the healing process takes between 7 to 14 days for topical healing, depending on the procedure you had and skin type. Please always follow aftercare recommendations.
Will i loose borw hair after the procedure?
PMU and Microblading does not harm your hairs in any way. The pigment should go only under the upper layer of your skin, whereas your hair follicles are located much deeper.
What is the difference between PMU and Tattooing?
Semi permanent makeup is a long-lasting makeup. It doesn’t stay forever like a regular tattoo and it’s not so deep in the skin as a regular tattoo. The pigment is deposited only into the first layer of the skin (Epidermis). Pigments for semi-permanent makeup are tested in the laboratory by doctors and specialists to make sure they are completely safe. Pigment fades over time, because of the skin natural exfoliation process. To keep the fresh color a touch up is recommended usually after one to two years.
How many visite do i need?
It is an case by case thing, usually, Initial Procedure and conplimentry Touch-up appointment are required. In some cases, you might need more visits.
Do i need to remove henna (dye my hair) in the area of the eyeboros before & after the procedure?
Don’t remove or dye any hair before the procedure, it helps to observe natural brow shape. We will remove unwanted hair that is outside of the desired design. You will have to keep the regular maintenance of your eyebrows (like waxing, plucking).
Will my brows be too dark?
We choose colors to match every customer natural skin and hair tone. We always suggest going with a lighter color and thinner shape on your first procedure, we can make them darker and thicker if you wish during your complimentry touch up visit.
Do i have a choice of color and shape?
We match colors for blonde, brunettes, or redheads and clients with different skin tones. Your wishes and needs are important, please speak to us. We will advise what is best for you. We will choose the right color and shape for you. Please have realistic expectations. The choice is made based on the shape of your face. We will advise the best look. We will use pencil or pigment to draw on your skin until the desired shape is achieved. We will measure you to keep symmetry. After your acceptance, we will start the procedure. In the end we always listen to you and will give what is asked.
Are you licensed?
In the state of Connecuticu you MUST be licensed to preform PMU and Microblading. Technician Romy is licensed in the state of connectucut by the department of public health " LICENSE # 475" as a Tattoo Technician and is License to perform these procedures.
Can i go to work after the procedure?
Thats depending on what you do for word. Office job? YES. construction or front line medical fiels? Its probably best you dont go to work right after your procedure. you can, but please make sure to keep the treated area dry and clean. Please don’t touch with dirty hands to avoid infections. Avoid environments that would cause dirt or germs to contact area while healing.
Can i workout or swim on the day of my procedure?
It is recommended to not sweat and exercise after the procedure for a week to 14 days and the day before the treatment. Higher body temperature enlarges pores because sweat consists of salt it causes pigment fading. There is a risk that skin won’t take the pigment at all. Please avoid physical activities for a week. Do not swim in salt, or chlorinated water, don’t expose to the sun until the area is completely healed. It might cause pigment fading or color changing. There is also a higher risk of infection
Can i get an allergic reaction to the pigment?
All our products are hypoallergenic. However, people can develop an allergy to anything, anytime. Allergy test does not guarantee that you will not develop an allergic reaction to the pigment. While allergic reactions to any type of tattooing pigments on the body or on the face through permanent cosmetics may occur at any point in time, they are extremely rare. Semi-permanent procedures are often recommended for people allergic to regular makeup.
What if i have an old tattoo from another studio?
Please consult with the technician, it depends on color and shape that you currently have and how long ago you had the last procedure. In some cases like a very old tattoo, you might need removal.
Can I get Lip Blushing if I have a cold sores/ herpes?
You can still have this procedure, especially that herpes virus sometimes causes lip color fading. Micropigmentation helps to cover it. It is recommended to take antiviral medicine 3 days before and 3 days after a lip procedure. Please consult with your DR before this procedure and ask for this medication.
Can I get PMU or Microblading if I am under the age of 18 and have patents consent?
The law forbids performing any permanent makeup procedures to minors, even if they have parent’s consent.
How long-term maintanence of PMU & Microblading should look like?
Please remember about using sunscreen and moisturizing your skin. Avoid harsh peelings, acids, and lasers in the pigmented area. Many anti-aging or acne products and services containing acids, lighteners, and exfoliates cause premature fading of pigment.
Can I have PMU or Microblading while I am pregnant?
The procedure is not allowed for pregnant women.
Can I get PMU or Miroblading while nursing?
You should wait at least 8-12 weeks after the labor if you are nursing. Only lip procedure is not recommended, if you suffered a cold sore in the past, because you would have to take antiviral medication before and after treatment. If you want to make sure that you can have this procedure please consult with a doctor. We use a numbing cream that contains lidocaine.
Can I get PMU eyeliner if I have eyelasn extensions?
Do not dye or curl lashes for 2 weeks prior. If you have the individual glued on eyelash extensions, don't bother going for your next touch up knowing you have an eyeliner or brow procedure coming up. The numbing creams, many eye washes, and skin wipes during the procedure break down the glue and they fall off. The lash extensions can be hard to work around. You can have the lash extensions reapplied after you heal which is about two weeks.
Cosmetic injections and botox?
Botox appointments should be timed either two weeks after the semi-permanent procedure. Most physicians are giving a 3 week ok after lip fillers injections.
Is it good that scabs fall off?
The scabs will fall off on their own, it is important to let the process happen naturally. Picking at the scabs is forbidden. You will not only lose pigment that will require a more extensive touch-up but you can cause an infection.
What if the treated area looks patchy?
Your treated area might look patchy throughout the healing process. Not all parts of the scabs will fall off at the same which is why you get a patchy and uneven appearance. It is a normal part of the whole process.
What if the treated area looks faded?
It is normal for your treated area to fade. Most people retain about 80% of the color after their first appointment as long as they follow all of the aftercare instructions. People who pick their scabs off or do not follow the aftercare instructions properly may only have a 40-50% retention. This means the touch-up will take much longer or you might need more visits.
Is it safe to have PMU or Microblading?
With proper sterilization and disinfection, single use instriments and needle, blades this procedure is completely safe. New and sterile needles should be open in your presence. Disposable gloves, equipment and bed covers should be new for each client. If you follow post procedure instructions carefully any risk is reduced. Medical problems like infections usually are linked to poor aftercare. Please make sure that you will be able to follow the aftercare rules.
What about MRI scan?
There is little to no potential for irritation resulting from an MRI. In rare cases, some very temporary discomfort was reported. Always inform MRI technician about pigmented areas of your body.
Is numbing agent used during the procedure?
Yes, we are using numbing cream before and during all procedures.
When can I start using any eye make-up after PMU eyeliner?
You will have to wait at least a week, we strongly recommend taking a break for about 10-14 days from eye make-up.
When can I start using lip balm or lip gloss after lip procedures?
Aftercare requires waiting until outer healing ends, which is 10-14 days. using the supplied ointment is required. Please refer to your aftercare.
Can I sunbathe or use tanning beds before or after PMU or Microblading?
Sunbathing is not recommended before the procedure since skin gets overdry and changes color. It is harder to choose the right color that will suit you also after you lose suntan. You should avoid the sun for about 14 days after the procedure. Protect the pigmented area before and after it is fully healed. sun and uva, uvb rays fade out tattoos.
Can I drink alchahol before or after PMU or Microblading?
Drinking alcohol 2-3 days before permanent makeup is not recommended. For your safety and faster healing, it is better not to drink at all for 14 days after.
When can I get eyelash extensions aftert PMU eyeliner or lash enhansment?
You can’t have permanent eyeliner if you wear eyelash extensions. You just need to remove them before the procedure. You can put them back after the healing process is over. Please keep in mind it is after touch up (second appointment after 4 weeks), plus healing time.
Do you remove eyebrow hairs before the procedure?
Absolutely no, we never shave eyebrows before the procedure. We only remove some unwanted hair that is out of designed lines.
Do lips get swollen aftert PMU lip precedures?
It’s an individual thing. Lips are a very vascular and sensitive part of our face. Swelling is visible after the procedure, every client reacts differently.