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Permanent Makeup & Skin Care
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a procedure involve?
Your first step will be to make an appointment for a consultation to discuss your needs and the procedures which you are interested in. OM Spa uses gamma sterilized pigments made in the USA. Allergic reactions to this product are extremely rare.
Your technician will discuss the shape which would be most flattering for your face as well as the color which will harmonize with your skin’s undertones. You will be shown before and after photographs to give you an idea of how the procedure can transform and add youth to your facial features.
On the day of the procedure, your technician will spend time determining the shape before beginning.
Your rate will include two visits to give you the perfect result. During the second visit the color can be adjusted, made warmer or cooler if skin chemistry demands it. Our technicians work conservatively, so they will increase the width of the brow or eyeliner as the sessions progress. This can give a client time to adjust to the look of having their facial features refreshed with color.
What will my new permanent cosmetics look like?
Initially, the pigment in the brows will look dark for several days. Once the skin begins to heal it will lighten and soften.
Eyeliner will initially look very dark even though you may select a light color. The color will start to lighten in several days. As your body goes through the healing process, for some clients tiny raised areas will form where the pigment was applied. This is what makes the pigment appear dark. As the layers of skin start to slough off, they cover the pigment so that it may appear that the color is faded or gone. After those layers completely slough off, the underlying pigment can be seen.
Will permanent cosmetics change or look bad as I age?
Permanent cosmetics will fade gradually over time, so there will not be an obvious change in your applications. The color will fade and when you return for a touch-up you can also change the color (within reason) as you age.
We never recommend “wide, winged eyeliners” because as the eye ages you could end up with what looks like a hook at the ends. Natural is always the best way to go!
Can I keep my own brow hair?
Once you and your artist have decided on the best brow shape, any hair within that shape can stay and will only make the work look more natural. Any hair outside the shape can be waxed or tweezed just as you would normally do with your normal brow maintenance.
Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
The cosmetics implantation technique deposits color pigment into the upper reticular layer of the skin and is considered permanent because it cannot be washed off. Unlike traditional tattoos performed on the body, permanent cosmetics professionals do not use traditional tattoo ink (dye). Permanent cosmetics pigment is more delicate and designed to work with the skin’s undertones and to mimic hair. Every person’s skin is different in regarding pigment retention. Factors which effect longevity of permanent cosmetics are: color selected, age, thickness of skin, scarring of skin, use of skin care products, injectables, laser treatments, medication and sun exposure. You will need periodic refreshing of color, depending on how light the shade of implanted pigment, as well as factors mentioned above.
A general Color Retention guideline is:
Blondes and light taupes shades may need refreshed every 10 to 12 months.
Mid-tone browns may need a yearly touch-up.
Dark browns and blacks may need a touch-up every 12 to 24 months.
*Please note--if a technician tells you only need one visit to complete your procedure and you will not need a touch-up, then he/she is not being truthful. Run!
What if I am using Latisse? Can I still get an eyeliner procedure?
It is very important to stop using Latisse at least 2 months before having a permanent eyeliner procedure. In some cases Om Spa may refuse to work on a client who has had Latisse if their eyelids are thin to begin with. Do not start to use Latisse until at least two weeks after you have completed your final procedure.
What if I have lash extensions?
They should be removed at least a few days before procedure is started and can be put again when procedure is fully completed.
I had an unsatisfactory permanent make up procedure done elsewhere, can it be fixed?
In most cases Om Spa can significantly improve your bad permanent make up procedure, depending on how much time you want to invest and whether or not your skin is scarred. Correcting bad work is never going to give you the same beautiful brows, eyeliner or lips as we could have created on virgin (un-tattooed) skin, but certainly an improvement is possible in most cases.
Is the procedure painful?
Om Spa is doing everything to minimize any discomfort . The sensation to pain varies between clients.
How long does the procedure takes?
A full and in depth consultation is carried out at the time of your appointment. All colors and shapes are customized to each person! We always draw on the shape first to make sure this is YOUR desired shape--no surprises! A consent form will be filled out to ensure we have all the medical information necessary for the procedure. Your photo will be taken and we will apply topical anesthetic cream to start your numbing process so you will be comfortable during the procedure.
Is Permanent Cosmetics expensive?
Not if you look at long-term cost and effect. Micropigmentation actually costs little compared to lifelong daily make-up expenses. Permanent makeup doesn’t run or wash off! Consider it a beautiful investment in yourself.
Nearly 1/3 of Om Spa's work consists of corrective services for permanent cosmetics done elsewhere. When you go bargain shopping for the lowest price, the work you receive may produce unsatisfactory results. Your face is too important to chance having such serious work done by a technician who does not have the experience, training or artistic talent to achieve the best result.
Are there safety issues that I should be concerned with?
All procedures performed adhere to strict OSHA standards for safety and sterilization. Technicians take a yearly Blood Born Pathogens exam.
Here is our safety protocol:
Pre-sterilized disposable needles which are opened in front of client
Pre-sterilized disposable pigment cups
Gamma sterilized highest quality pigments used. .
New treatment table paper used for each client
Disposable needle containment system
New gloves between client procedures and throughout your procedure
New wipes, cotton pads and cotton swabs
Hospital grade disinfectant for tables, lamps, instruments and surfaces
Disposable apron/gown worn
Stations and rooms are cline and desinfected after every client