Frequently Asked Questions

What is permanent cosmetics?

Permanent Cosmetics is cosmetic tattooing. Colored pigment is implanted into the upper layer of the dermis. It may be referred to as “micro pigmentation”, “derma graphics,” “permanent make-up,” or even “extended wear cosmetics.” – whichever the term, it is still tattooing.  Microblading IS a tattoo.  It IS permanent.

Also, permanent cosmetics and body art is an industry within itself.  It is completely separate from the “Beauty Industry.”  Area technicians are claiming to be “in the industry” for several years, inflating their experience.  Please use caution when deciding on a technician.

What are the training requirements for technicians?

The Industry of Permanent Cosmetics and Body Art is regulated at the State Level.  Every state has different requirements.  Delaware is regulated by the Board of Public Health for the safety of the consumer.  However, the board is focused on health concerns (very important), NOT ability.  Hence, the state does not at all dictate or require ANY training or education in order to begin working on consumers – this includes body art, permanent cosmetics and microblading.  Please be sure to only have your procedure done by a technician that completes regular continuing education, keeps an up to date bloodborne pathogen certification and can demonstrate and prove good results.

How are permanent cosmetic procedures done?

Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various methods, including the traditional tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or hand method. I prefer the manual hand application method for a softer, more natural result.

Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?

Permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, color refreshing or color boosting. Just like hair color, furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint, pigment implanted in the skin will fade with time.

Area technicians are claiming that microblading is “semi-permanent.”  This is very misleading.  While all permanent cosmetics and body art will fade over time, microblading fades quicker because of the small amount of pigment placed in the skin.  Fading does NOT mean gone.  Pigment particles will always remain where placed and some will be visible for a very long time.  Do not embark on this procedure thinking that it will fade in a year and my skin and appearance will be the same as before any procedure was done.

I love the thought of never applying make-up again! Wow! Really?

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.  Permanent Cosmetics covers eyeliner, eyebrows and lip color.  Not foundation, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, lip gloss.  In addition, at Lasting Looks, we believe in a conservative approach.  Do you really want to look like “a night on the town” first thing in the morning?  Permanent Cosmetics can give you a soft, everyday look – or a bit more.  Add eyelash extensions, foundation and maybe blush and you are set.  Special occasion?  Add some enhancing eyeshadow for a smudgy eye pop.  Never apply makeup again?  Sorry.  False claim.

What is involved with a procedure?

This is a process - typically 2 applications to the area. The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2 hours and includes an initial consultation, brief medical history review, and procedure design. Before and after photos are taken to help both the client and technician maintain the client’s natural features. Topical anesthetics are applied, and the pigment application is completed. A second follow up application will be schedule for approximately 6 to 8 weeks out. At this follow up appointment, refinement will be made to both shape and color as needed. At Lasting Looks, this follow up procedure is charged separately, but the price listed includes this application.

Is it painful?

Topical anesthetics are used before and during the procedure. Most people find the experience surprisingly comfortable. This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service.

What if I don’t like it?

Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure, but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure.  Depending on the color selected, care of the area and skin genetics, and your personal preference, you’ll want to have a color boost in 2 to 5 years.

Can you enlarge my lips with tattoo color?

As we age, our lips thin.  I hear everyday from women that want the larger, fuller lips of youth.  Many of the fillers used in a plastic surgeon’s office are great for this.  Results typically last 9 months to 1 year.  However, it is highly recommended that tattooing of the lips does NOT extend beyond the lip vermillion border.  Lips can be shaped – with good artistry – to appear fuller while staying within the boundries.  If the tattooing goes beyond the border the pigment will heal 2 different colors – one color on the lips and another color on the skin around the lips.  The result – a sloppy mess that looks like you didn’t know how to apply your lipstick!  This is an extreme faux pas in permanent cosmetics!  Do not have this done.

And… lip color first, then filler.  This way the lip color will be in the right place all the time – with or without the filler – as the filler will expand and contract the lip area as applications are repeated.

Is it safe?

If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. The most important things to look for when selecting a technician and shop:

  • All needles should be new and sterile for each client. With the hand method, Lasting Looks uses only individually, pre-packaged needles from the manufacturer.
  • All tools are disposed of immediately.
  • Gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
  • The technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements.
  • Clean sheets or table paper should be used for each client.
  • The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants, such as hair or wax.

Always go for a consultation.  Be sure you are comfortable with your technician and the place of business.  Ask questions.  Get references.

Should I wear make-up to the studio?

Yes.  Wear your conventional makeup to the studio for your consultation. This will allow your artist to see how you normally wear your make-up, discuss how this does or does not meet your esthetic needs and what can be done to get you the look you are after.

Have more questions?

Call today to schedule a free consultation.  At Lasting Looks, we perform unique procedures that require skill, knowledge and experience.  We have it.  Please come see us.  We’d love to share the Lasting Looks experience with you!

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