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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Permanent Cosmetics” ?

Permanent Cosmetics, also referred to as micro-pigmentation, dermal-pigmentation or cosmetic tattooing is a process whereby completely natural pigments are implanted beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin), into the dermal layer (second layer of skin), by micro insertion.

The technique has been medically developed and specifically designed for a safe permanent application. The pigments used have been specially formulated for cosmetic applications. Not to be confused with traditional tattooing, in which permanent skin dyes and inks are placed into the skin.

Who would benefit from Permanent Cosmetics?

Everyone from the young to the elderly, who desire a natural enhancement to their appearance:

Those who:

Are fashion conscious

Want to save time each day

Have to look their best in the professional world

Have sparse, or very light eyebrows

Are allergic to cosmetics

Have ultra-sensitive eyes

Wear contact lenses

Have sparse lashes

Have visual limitations

Have unsteady or arthritic hands

Often engage in strenuous activity

Entertainers, actresses and models

Want to look naturally beautiful, always

Want the convenience of make-up that won’t smudge, smear or wear off

Does the procedure hurt?

This will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. However, topical anesthetics are used to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Most people describe a mild stinging or pricking sensation.

Is it safe?

Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare. The cosmetic pigments are made from completely natural ingredients, and disposable sterile needles and surgical gloves are used for each procedure. However, micro-pigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. It is extremely important to consult an experienced professional technician who is licensed, qualified and conscientious.

How long does each procedure take?

Times vary according to the individual’s sensitivity, hydration, density, elasticity, and overall condition of the skin.

Allowing time for anesthetics to take effect, implanting of the pigment, and some final fine tuning of the procedure, average time for the initial visit is as follows:

1 hour for eyeliner or lipliner
1+ hours for eyebrows (depending on facial symmetry)
1+ hours for full lip color (depending on patient sensitivity)

How many appointments will be necessary?

Four to six weeks after the initial application, a follow-up visit may be required to perfect the lines or color. This visit does not require as much time as the initial procedure.
There is no additional charge for this visit.

What procedures are offered?


Eyeliner (top and/or bottom)

Lash enhancement


Full lip color

Beauty marks

Hair simulation

Ms. Hackett is trained in Paramedical Dermagraphics as well, for those requiring the following services:

Feature reconstruction

Areola restoration or repigmentation

Scar camouflage

Cleft lip corrections


The above procedures are more advanced techniques and require an experienced technician. Not all technicians are qualified to offer these services.

How much does permanent cosmetic make up cost?

The average cost per procedure can vary widely, depending on the locality of the particular salon or clinic, and on the qualifications of the technician, but usually averages between $350 to $600. Paramedical work is normally charged at $200 to $400 per hour and up, depending on whether the work is being done at your technician’s location or in a doctor’s office.

The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician. Since what you are contemplating will be a permanent application, the most important factors to consider are the training, skill, expertise and artistic ability of the technician.

Always insist on seeing pictures of work done for previous clients. Check to see that brows, liner and lip color have been applied evenly.

In our practice, we frequently see clients who have had their permanent cosmetics applied by someone who did not apply it evenly. If it is something we feel we can correct we, of course, do whatever we can to help these people. However, in some cases, if there is nothing that can be done to correct the problem, we refer the client to a physician who may be able to remove it using a laser.

Laser treatments are very expensive! It is much wiser to pay a little more for the initial procedure, having the confidence in knowing your permanent cosmetic work is being done by an accomplished technician who is conscientious and who has the expertise to apply your permanent makeup correctly.

Read more on the cost of Permanent Makeup procedures HERE

Are Permanent Cosmetics truly permanent?

A variety of factors influence the longevity of Permanent Cosmetics.

Ultra-violet exposure from sun or tanning booths, various drugs, excessively dry skin, and smoking are all factors that may affect the length of time you can expect your permanent makeup to last before requiring a touch-up.

Alpha- hydroxy, Retin-A, and glycolic acid must be kept away from treated areas. These kinds of substances slough away top layers of the skin and eventually the layer that the pigment has been implanted into.

Use of these kinds of substances will require additional maintenance in years to come. The use of sunblock to protect your eyebrows, sunglasses to protect your eyeliner, and applying an SPF to your lips will greatly prolong the effective life of your permanent makeup.

Other items of note:

Colors will appear darker and somewhat unnatural for the first few days,  but then lighten to a completely natural look during the following few weeks.

Pigment colors can be soft and natural looking, or a bit more dramatic. If desired, your end result may be deepened with additional applications, or lightened slightly if you feel it has not lightened sufficiently during the healing period.

Permanent Cosmetics is causing a wave of excitement, and has revolutionized cosmetic application. It has definitely become the make-up of our time.

To provide some background, as to Ms. Hackett’s specialized training and experience, please consult her Profile page.

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