FAQ Permanent Cosmetics

Permanent makeup is the name given to the “cosmetic” tattoo process. The application of  permanent cosmetics will last most individuals up to 18 months or longer before requiring a  color booster. Unlike traditional tattoos, permanent cosmetic colors are more delicate, have  larger molecules and are designed to mimic, hair, skin and makeup tones. These colors are  less intense than traditional tattoo pigments, and therefore will fade sooner. Additionally,  cosmetic tattoos are applied just under the surface of the skin in the top layer of the dermis.  They are shallow tattoos and are therefore more susceptible to fading and UV damage.  Every person is different with how well pigment holds in their skin. You can lengthen the life  of your permanent cosmetics by protecting your skin from the sun and improving overall  skin maintenance. Most people will choose to have their permanent makeup color boosted  within one to three years of the original procedure.

We are often asked if Permanent Cosmetics or Medical Tattoos will interfere with future  MRI scans if needed. Our industry works very closely with surgeons in the Medical Field  and MRI manufacturers. There is no concern about permanent cosmetics interfering or  causing burns with today’s advanced MRI technology; however, you will need to disclose  that you have a cosmetic or medical tattoo, just for the record.

Yes, absolutely. You can opt to have your permanent makeup “camouflaged” by  your technician, although this is a temporary fix. You can also have your permanent  makeup completely removed with a laser. Another alternative is to simply allow your  permanent cosmetics to fade away on their own over time.

You can choose to have your permanent makeup applied prior to surgery to eliminate the  need to wear cosmetics and to help you look your best during the healing process. It does  not interfere with the surgical procedure unless your physician advises otherwise. You may  also wait until after surgery and have your permanent cosmetics applied as soon as your  physician feels you are ready.

Permanent makeup will fade gradually over time, so there will not be an obvious change in  your cosmetic applications. The color will lighten in “intensity” as the skin continues to  renew itself over the years. Loss of muscle tone or elasticity through the natural aging  process will not interfere with color retention or pigment placement. You will be aware that  you need a color booster when you begin having to use more cosmetics.

All of our Medical and Cosmetic Tattoo Artists and technicians complete annual OSHA Certified blood borne pathogen certification, Red Cross CPR and Basic First Aid certification courses approved by the state.

  • Pre-sterilized disposable one-use only needles
  • Pre-sterilized disposable tubes
  • Single use, new pigment cup holders between pigments and clients
  • New gloves and mask between clients and throughout procedures(s)
  • Barrier film or spray on communicable surfaces
  • Hospital grade disinfectant wipes for tables, lamps pigment bottles and instruments
  • New covers for tables and pillows
  • Medical sterilization procedures for all instruments
  • New wipes, gauze, cotton and swabs
  • Medical Waste Management
  • Disposable needle containment system

If you are in good physical health and could have an out-patient procedure, you are a
good candidate for permanent cosmetics. The following is a “partial list” of individuals
that we feel are not good candidates for this type of tattoo process:

  • Pregnant women
  • Hemophiliac (bleeding disorder)
  • HIV Positive or HEP B or C
  • Active Infections (Staff, Cold Sores, Contagious Skin Lesions)
  • Individuals with Liver Disease

If you have questions or concerns about conditions not listed here, please contact our  office for a confidential assessment.

MEDICATIONS:  Please note that certain medications can affect how a tattoo holds or processes in the  skin. Some medications can cause a spike in the PH of the skin and cause a premature  fading or a graying of the color. Additional touch up sessions or early booster sessions  may be required to adjust color or artistry if this happens. We cannot predict which  medications will affect tattoos as most individuals take one or more prescriptions  medications, and all medications affect the skin.


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