Permanent Cosmetics

FAQs & Information

The more you know, the more you will appreciate how permanent cosmetics will change your life for the better!

Q. How safe is the procedure?

A. All equipment is auto clave sterilized to the set standards of the Center for Disease Control. All needles and supplies used for the procedures are disposable single use only.


Q. Is permanent cosmetic makeup permanent?

A. Fading can, and often does occur, but a hue of color may always remain, therefore, we must call it “permanent”.


Q. How long can I expect my permanent makeup to last?

A. Depending on the procedure, choice of color, individual skin tone, body chemistry and sun exposure, results may last from three to fifteen years, or longer.


Q. What is the healing time, and what will I look like after the procedures?

A. Healing time will depend on the individual, but usually takes between 4 to 7 days. You may have a mild swelling in the area that has been pigmented for 24 to 36 hours. On all procedures, color will be slightly darker for 4 to 7 days.


Q. Could I have an allergic reaction?

A. Very few people have an allergic reaction to iron oxide pigments. Iron oxide is in most cosmetics, even those labeled “Hypo-Allergenic”, and in most vitamin pills we ingest. Regular cosmetics have many other ingredients that can cause allergic reactions. If you can wear regular cosmetics, you should have nothing to worry about. If you wish, we will do a patch test with our tint before scheduling a procedure for you.


Q. Is there much discomfort?

A. The procedures are of a skin invasive nature, so you may experience mild discomfort. Barbara uses a topical anesthetic to dull the sensation.


Q. How long will my appointment be?

A. Barbara books appointments for 45 minutes to 1 hour.


Q. What will happen to my makeup as I age?

A. Over time, your color will slowly fade. This can be to your advantage, as you may want the color to be softer than what you had a few years ago. You will still have color, as the pigment will always be there, only softer. If you wish, you may have touch-up enhancements to brighten your color again.


Q. Can I have an MRI or Cat Scan with permanent cosmetics?

A. It is important for MRI and CAT scan operators to ask if someone has had any changes or foreign parts to or in their body. It is unfortunate that a tattoo, permanent makeup and pacemaker are all grouped together as it gives people the wrong impression.


Some body changes and foreign parts make it so people cannot have an MRI or Cat Scan, but that is not the case with permanent makeup. Why the MRI operators ask if someone has had permanent makeup, is simply to inform that person that they may experience temporary redness and/or a slight warming sensation in the area of the permanent makeup. Learn more at