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Permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing is a revolutionary cosmetic technique which involves permanent pigmentation of the epidermis. It’s achieved by inserting coloured natural pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. It produces articulate designs that resemble makeup.
- Powder – a very natural makeup filled look that can be as soft or bold as you like. This technique lasts the longest and is suitable for most skin types.
- Nano or Microblading – hairstrokes are created to achieve the most natural look and great for those with a good amount of existing hair. A good base with option to apply makeup to intensify the brows. Suitable for normal skin.
- Combo – a combination of powder and nano. Most favorite to have the best of both worlds. Suitable for dry to normal skin.
- Classic – traditional eyeliner design that fills in along lash line with a tapered tail. This can done on top lash line, bottom lash line or both. Suitable for most but may not be for very hooded eyes.
- Wing – a twist to the classic eyeliner with a winged tail. Can be subtle or dramatic. Not suitable for hooded eyes or lack of space in the lower eyelid area.
- Lash Enhancement – this is great for a natural look where only the lash line is filled in excluding the upper part of lash line. Suitable for all eyes and eye shapes.
- Lip Blush – Tinting of the lips to add more color, contour and depth. Lip liner not as visible or borderless. This can be used to add volume, define shape and correct symmetry.
- Sultry Lips – More of a lipstick effect. Can create ombre effect or all over saturation of the lips. This can be used to add volume, define shape and correct symmetry.
Frequently asked questions about permanent makeup in Lethbridge
We use high grade topical numbing creams specific for the treatment area. Discomfort depends on how well your body reacts to the anesthetic. Tip- However you tend to numb at a dentist or doctor is how you will numb with this treatment.
We schedule 2 hours for most treatments as it’s important to be thorough and not rushed. This allows time for a full consultation, mapping the shape, choosing colour(s), numbing, tattooing and going over aftercare.
Permanent makeup is called “permanent” because we are applying pigment into the skin which will not be removed. However, it is important to get regular touch ups. The colour will fade over time depending on your age, health, skin type, sun exposure, and the technique chosen (as some last longer than others), etc. Generally a colour boost every 1-2 years is ideal to maintain a natural look but some can go longer.
Permanent makeup tattoos, like all tattoos, do carry some minor risks. This is why it is crucial to answer all health questions honestly. Pregnancy, chemotherapy, blood thinners, and a variety of others are contraindications. You may not be a good candidate or may need to discontinue use of a product before you can get this procedure done. It’s vital for you as the client to strictly follow aftercare protocol. Not doing so can result in poor results or infection. It is also very important to work with a true professional artist who follows all the hygiene protocols meticulously and has the skill and knowledge to provide what you are looking for. Be sure to read reviews, ask for referrals and look at before/after photos of their work.
No, PMU is not the same as tattooing. Even though they both on the surface do the same thing the technique, tools, and pigment used are very different. For instance, in tattooing the needle will penetrate all the way into the deeper dermis, this is done so the ink will last forever. In PMU, the dermis is rarely pierced and the pigment stays in the epidermis. This is the reason why tattoo’s will last a lifetime while PMU will only last a few years before starting to fade. It fades because the epidermis keeps growing and eventually sheds the pigment.
Each service is slightly different, but in general you will see redness and sometimes swelling in the areas that the service was performed on. The redness and swelling should be gone on 24-48 hours. The color will appear more bold initiall and begin to flake off around the 3rd to 5th day. Full healing time of procedures vary. Most are within 2 weeks but may be longer depending on clients health or medications.
Unfortunately, this can be an issue if you choose an artist who does not have the necessary skills and experience or if you do not provide full and honest information about your health and lifestyle. If it has been 48 hours or less since getting your permanent makeup done then emergency removal can be done by a certified technician. If more time has passed then removal treatments may be an option. Once it’s there, it’s there.