FAQ-Permanent Makup

I like to fully inform my clients as to the nature and process of permanent makeup. Thus an informed decision can be made by each individual as to what is right for them.

Permanent Makeup FAQ’s


What is Permanent Makeup?

     Permanent makeup is an art form not a science and is done using pigment not ink so it fades over time. The sun, skin care products, medications, smoking, and different types of skin metabolisms can cause this to happen at a different rate for each individual. Most clients permanent makeup procedures last one to three years. A maintenance touch-up is needed to keep the color fresh. A first time procedure can take multiple appointments to complete the look and can wear differently on each individual.

How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Done?

     Permanent makeup procedures are performed using various methods, including the traditional tattoo or coil machines, the rotary machine, digital machine and the non-machine or hand method. The process includes an initial consultation, then the application of mineral pigment into the layers of the skin, and at least one or more follow up visits for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.

Is There Any Down Time?

     Most people have little or no down time after many of my procedures and walk out looking great. However, every individual is unique. Furthermore, a couple of my procedures require some aftercare that needs to be attended to for a couple of days. Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and some swelling may last one or two days. During the procedure there may be some bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first three to five days. Therefore, I instruct my clients fully as to what to expect for each procedure so that they can plan accordingly. You can find much of this information in the “Care Instructions” tab at the top of this page or call 928-925-3026 and I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

How Long Does Each Procedure Take?

     The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1½ to 2½ hours. Touch up procedures usually do not require as much time. During the first appointment some of this time is spent in the numbing technique. Some of the time is spent discussing color choice and drawing on a shape so you will know where the color will be applied. These are important aspects to the procedure and I do not rush through them. As I said before this is an art form.

How Much Does Permanent Makeup Cost?

     This is one of the most often asked questions when people first consider permanent makeup. The bigger issue is do you really want the cheapest person you can find? In this industry, higher cost often equals higher quality. The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when looking for a potential technician. Most important is the training and skill of the technician and the confidence you have in that skill. The reality is you should be paying hundreds of dollars for any single procedure. In the permanent makeup industry, you get what you pay for! I price my procedures for the Prescott area, to be a fair price for quality work.

How Permanent Is Permanent Makeup?

     The mineral pigment that is put into the layers of the skin will always remain there to some degree, hence the word permanent. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur requiring periodic maintenance. Also the degree of “permanency” varies with each individual.

What Is A Touch Up And Do I Need One?

     A touch-up is a color re-enhancement. Almost always the implanted color is not perfect after the first procedure. These procedures are processes and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled. It is recommended that your skin heal for a minimum of four weeks. Six weeks is better but of course, your individual needs take precedence. Eight weeks is recommended after a lip procedure.

How Safe Is It?

     When the tattoo or permanent cosmetic work is performed under professional conditions, there is limited risk for disease transmission. I use single use pre-sterilized needles and machine accessories and in my procedure room I follow proper OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard practices.

What About Allergic Reactions?

     The chances of developing an allergic reaction to pigments are extremely remote. I use a mineral pigment supplier that sells pigment formulations that only contain color additives from the FDA’s Food, Drug, and Cosmetics listings.