Individuals with vision deficiency who have difficulty applying makeup
Sparse or light hair on brows or lashes
Hair loss due to aging, alopecia, cancer
High physical activity level
Allergies to Conventional Makeup
Correction of asymmetrical facial features or scarring
Diminished or no natural lip line
Individuals who desire convenience, saving time & saving $
Men and women who wish to look their best all of the time!
Adding balance, symmetry and color enhancement to facial features
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is Permanent Makeup? A. Also referred to as Permanent Cosmetics, Cosmetic Tattooing, or Intradermal Pigmentation. It is the process of safely implanting natural pigments into the dermal layer of skin for lasting color. Micropigmentation is a modern term for this treatment, which uses the same technology as tattoo. It is a specialty within tattoo that requires specific education, training and tools. Artistic and technical skill combined with extreme attention to detail determines the final look of the inserted pigment. Permanent makeup is used for a variety of cosmetic enhancements, the more popular being, permanent eyebrows, eye liner, and lip liner/color. Other permanent makeup procedures include vitiligo, scar camouflage, areola restoration, hairline enhancement, and more. Permanent makeup has also been used to cover-up or improve the appearance of scarring, stretchmarks, birthmarks, freckles/age spots, and uneven skin discolorations.
Q. What is micropigmentation? A. This is the name of the process used to implant color in permanent makeup. Permanent makeup permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation and intradermal micropigmentation are all words used within the industry to describe cosmetic tattooing.
Q. Is it the same as a tattoo? A. It is a form of tattoo, although different techniques and pigments are used. The equipment for the facial permanent makeup is also different than that used in traditional body art. The true definition of a tattoo is pigment being implanted in the dermal layer of the skin.
Q. Is the procedure safe? A. Many technicians will sterilize the expensive needles, casings, and tubings used during the procedure in order to re-use those parts. We use state-of-the art machine. The parts that actually touch the client and the needles that penetrate the skin are all pre-sterile from the manufacturer and we use medical grade needles. There is no physical way for the needles or casings to transmit air-born or blood-born diseases or bacteria within the system. All other aspects of the procedure are done to OSHA standards – the same standards of sterility, cleanliness and patient protection used in any clinical medical setting.
Q. Are there other health concerns? A. People with a history of cold sores need to pre-medicate with an anti-viral drug (Zoviraz, Valtrex, or Acyclovir) prior to a lip coloring procedure. People with active Glaucoma that requires eye drops to treat cannot have eyeliner due to the pressure sensitivity in the eye. Any active skin condition such as exema, psoriasis, or cystic acne in the area must have clear skin in the area being addressed at the time of the procedure. Depending on the amount, people taking blood thinners may or may not be best candidates for permanent makeup. Prospective clients with any other chronic medical condition (metabolic) being treated by a physician should have written authorization from your doctor. Similarly, even though there has not been any documented cases related to complication(s) from permanent makeup pigments, tattoo inks or topical anesthetics, we do require a written authorization from your primary care physician or OBGYN, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Please click here for additional pre-procedure instructions.
Q. Does it hurt? A. A topical anesthesia is used as needed to help pre-numb and numb the areas to be treated. This helps to alleviate any minor discomfort you may experience during the procedure. On a scale of 1 to 10, our goal is to keep the pain threshold below '2'. However, every person has a different pain threshold and level of tolerance. We will customize the anesthetic process for each individual using a variety of topical anesthetics designed specifically for the sensitive facial areas. There are circumstances that may exacerbate discomfort, such as being on or near your menstrual period, under a lot of stress, recent head/sinus cold etc.
Q. How much does it cost? A. Permanent makeup is not inexpensive, but it can be priceless. It has been estimated that the savings in daily makeup is about $400 per year, and in time that you may save 380 hours per year. Most people don't have permanent makeup to save money; they do it for convenience and to know that they always look their best. If you compare other non-surgical procedures such as Botox or wrinkle filler it gives you a good idea of the value of permanent makeup. For about the same cost as some Botox or filler, which may last only 3-4 months, you will get permanent makeup that lasts for years and saves you time every day.
Q. But permanent makeup is expensive? A. Permanent makeup cost is sometimes a concern. Let's do a little calculation to understand the true value of permanent makeup procedures. Let's assume, it takes someone 12 minutes on average to draw brows every morning. In a typical work week, she will spend one hour (12min x 5days = 60min) to draw her brows. This translates into 52 hours in 52 weeks (one year). What is her hourly wage or time worth? We won't even take the weekends makeup into account, fixing up the makeup during breaks/lunches, occasionally getting ready to go out in the evenings, the cost of a few brow pencils/powder per year, and the cost of waxing/threading. Not to mention, the brows drawn would probably be of different shapes each time. Simple maths would suggest that the permanent brows procedure pays off in just a few months, and lasts for years to come! Is this procedure still sounding just as expensive?
Q. How long does a procedure take? A. Usually, each procedure appointment is approximately two hours. The majority of the time is spent in selecting the appropriate color for your skin, and in measuring and artistically drawing on the planned procedure prior to actually implanting the color. Adequate time is allowed for topical anesthetic to make you completely comfortable. You will also be given thorough aftercare instructions for optimum healing and outcome.
Q. Can I have eyeliner and lips and eyebrows all done at once? A. Yes, a full-face procedure will take 3-5 hours. In fact, one advantage is that your aftercare for all the areas is all done at once.
Q. How will I look immediately after the procedure? A. You may experience minor swelling and redness on procedure day. You may resume normal activities immediately except that you will be advised to wear no makeup on the treated area for about one week. There is some minor redness, healing and peeling during the first week.
Q. How does the healing take place? When will I see the final result? A. Immediately after the procedure, the area treated will look much darker and much more defined (as if were”painted on”) than the final results. Be prepared for the color to be significantly lighter (even 80%-90% lighter depending on numerous factors) and the overall appearance much softer and more natural after the healing occurs. It will take time for this transition, based on how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates. Usually the exfoliation (peeling, flaking) process occurs about 4 to 5 days and will be complete at about day 7. The dark residual pigment is then lost, leaving a soft natural color behind. At that point the contrast between the initial intense and dark color and the new softer and lighter color may be such that you may be very disappointed. Do not worry! It is expected and normal.
The final result is not absolute until 4 weeks. Skin tone, exfoliation, settling of the color into the dermis all contribute to the final outcome at about 4 weeks. Usually the eyebrows and eyeliner are basically healed and true to tone and depth of color after 7-10 days. The lips go through a different type of process and often appear too light after the initial “peeling” in the first 3-5 days. The color intensity becomes more visible after 3-5 weeks. A review of the procedures will take place in 4-6 weeks after to check for perfection. At times, minor touch-ups are needed for a nominal charge, unless a full second application is desired.
Q. What factors affect how long the color lasts? A. The skill of the technician, the quality of the pigments used, the individual's skin type, how dark the original color is, sun exposure, use of exfoliating skin-care products, and lifestyle (e.g., swimmer).
Q. I am nervous about the fact that it is permanent. How can I know what to expect before I have it done? A. We use makeup pencils to draw it on in advance for your approval. Then we are always cautious to keep on the side of light and natural, for we can always add more color later during your follow-up visit.
Q. My lips have no color, and I want daily natural color without appearing to be made up. Can this be done? A. Yes, this can be achieved. We custom blend all of our lip colors to the individual’s preferences. People of color with very dark natural lip tone are not good candidates for the lip procedure.
Q. Can I have lip liner only, and leave the lips natural? A. This is not stylistically recommended. It is recommended that the lip liner be gently blended into the lip tissue just inside the borders of the lip line. That way you achieve definition and color in the lip border, can add fullness and create a perfect shape, but it doesn’t look like just a ring of color around the lips. This is a specific technique and looks best when using a natural color that mimics the interior color of your natural lip tone.
Q. What is eyelash enhancement? A. Eyelash enhancement is a highly recommended add-on to eyeliner. Essentially, it refers to coloring the area in between lashes of the top eyelid, which is implanted just below the eyeliner at the base of the lash line. It compliments the eyeliner which often hides behind multiple layers of lashes, creates definition and framing of the eyes, and provides a subtle and a professional look with illusion of thicker and fuller lashes. Many clients don't need to use the mascara anymore.
Q. I have little to none eyebrow hair. Can eyebrow be made to look natural, and not "drawn on". A. Yes! Using highly specialized techniques (brow feather hair strokes), we can replicate the look of natural individual hairs. The effect looks like your own eyebrows, not like someone drew your eyebrows on with a magic marker.
Q. I am planning a cosmetic facial procedure. Should I wait until after that for my permanent makeup? A. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It depends on the cosmetic procedure you are undergoing. For example, we prefer to do lip color first before getting filler to augment the lips. We can create the perfect lip line to follow later. It is advised if planning any cosmetic procedure within 4 weeks of permanent makeup that you have a personal consultation to determine the order in which you should get your procedures done.
Q. What is a touch-up or follow-up? How many applications are needed? A. Touch-up, also known as follow-up procedure that may be needed in 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure. Although most clients are satisfied with just one application, a few may notice lack or loss of color after the healing. This happens due to different reasons including, but not limited to, individual body chemistry, swelling, bruising, bleeding, medications, etc. If a touch-up or follow-up is desired, it is scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure, so that the area is healed properly, and typically costs $100-$200 depending on the procedure, since it is merely a re-coloring of any areas that have lost color intensity. Even then, the procedure requires numbing the whole area again, and using a new set of needle, anesthetics and supplies.
Q. What is color boost or refresher? When is it required? A. Color boost, also known as refresher, is simply boosting the color of existing color. A color boost is required, when you feel the need to use the pencil to add more color. It is advisable to have color boosts done when needed, rather than waiting too long which may result in a new procedure. Few clients may need the color darkened (color-boost/refresher) within one year after the procedure, while others enjoy their makeup for many more years before needing a refresher. This typically costs $200-$300 depending on the procedure, since it requires recoloring the whole area.
Q. Why are 'color boosts' needed if permanent makeup is called 'permanent' makeup? A. It's similar to having 'permanent color' or a 'permanent wave' (or 'perm') added to your hair at the salon; or having your teeth whitened; or having a face lift, etc. Since we are living, breathing beings, our body chemistry is always busy working in different ways...either metabolizing, replenishing, rejuvenating, etc. Not to mention the effects of the environment on our skin, especially our face, which is constantly exposed to the sun, as compared to other body parts, which are hidden under clothing. Everyone's body chemistry is different, therefore, it's impossible to determine with certainty, when it is "your" time to come in for a "color boost". It is also true that color choice and color density are determining factors, as well. For instance, a blonde eyebrow will probably require a color boost sooner than a black eyeliner procedure.
Q. Why don't people who have body tattoos require a 'color boost'? A. Actually, body tattoos do fade over time as well. However, they don't fade as quickly due to following reasons: Permanent makeup is on the face, not on body parts which are hidden under clothing and shielded from the sun. Face is exposed to other external elements including water and chemicals during face washing and makeup application/removal. Also the chemistry on the face works at an accelerated rate as compared to body parts which is sluggish is comparison. The technique used in permanent makeup on the face is much different than on body parts, it is more superficially implanted.
Q. Does permanent makeup work on all scars? A. Scars are very tricky to anticipate. Test patches are done to determine how receptive the scar is to the color, and what the final color will be. A scar cannot just be correctly "colored" on the initial visit. Getting it right is a process that will take more than one visit. The only scars that can successfully be camouflaged are scars that are lighter than the surrounding skin tone. Scars that are raised or Keloids, dark red or purple scars and scars that are less than 9 months old cannot be treated. Some individual skin types are not good candidates for the scar camouflage process. A personalized consultation will determine if this process if indicated for your situation.
Q. What is the cost of Breast Areola Creation or Repigmentation? A. Fees for areola repigmentation following breast cancer reconstruction or for areola scar camouflage (breast augmentation, breast lift or reduction) are charged per breast. The average fee for breast cancer patients is $400.00 per breast. For patients with no surgically created nipple protrusion, a 3-D effect is possible to create the illusion of a nipple. Add $100.00 per breast for this service. For scars that are to be blended into existing natural areola color, a test patch is necessary for color matching. There is a $50.00 fee for this process, in addition to the fees for the actual procedure. After the test patch, a 21-30 day window is necessary for healing and final color analysis. For scarring of the breasts not related to breast cancer reconstruction, the fees are assessed on a case-by-case basis. A consultation will be necessary to determine the treatment plan.
Q. What is the cost of Burn Marks and Scar Camouflage? A. Fees are provided at the consultation on a per case basis. Usually a test patch is required for proper matching of the surrounding natural skin tones. The test patch is a separate appointment and a fee of $50.00. A healing period and final color analysis occurs and if satisfactory, then 21-30 days later the camouflage procedure takes place. Skin tone camouflage for scars, burns, surgical incision scars etc., is generally a multi-session process, and fees per session may be assessed depending upon the complexity of the situation.
Q. I have a facelift scar and would like it camouflaged. In the future can I receive cosmetic laser treatments? A. The pigment used in scar camouflage contains Titanium Dioxide. This is an opaque white pigment base that cannot be lasered. It can turn the pigment black. You simply need to inform your laser technician that you have had scar camouflage and they will avoid direct contact between the laser and the scar.
Q. Are you a licensed facility? Do you follow or do you have to meet any specific federal, state, or city guidelines? A. Gold Permanent Makeup is a licensed tattoo studio. We are licensed by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) under Texas Department of State Health Service. Texas Department of State Health Services Drugs and Medical Devices Group is responsible for the enforcement of Health and Safety Code, Chapter 146, Tattoo and Certain Body Piercing Studio Act. We must meet/exceed Minimum Standards within 25 TAC (Texas Administrative Code), Section 229.401-229.413.
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