What is the Process

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What is involved during the consultation?

There is an initial consult where your medical conditions are discussed, any concerns are addressed, and your desired results are considered. From there, you and your practitioner of choice will evaluate and determine color selection, measurements and designs.  The implantation process of micropigmentation or permanent makeup can not begin until an agreement is confirmed between you and your practitioner of choice.  It is strongly suggested that you are 100% confident with every step during the consultation.

What is the process?

During this procedure, the practitioner will numb the eyebrow area and then carefully implants pigment into the skin using a manual microblading hand tool or a machine.  The microblading hand tool looks similar to an exacto knife or surgical blade, but instead of there being one big blade, there is a series of micro needles in one disposable tool. The microblade is dipped into a selected color of pigment and then is used to make a fine cut, or microstroke, in the skin. The end result strokes should appear crisp and fine.

The pigments used in this method will been formulated to match your original eyebrow color, and if the eyebrows are still present, it will blend perfectly with your natural brows.  The design and color selection will be determined during your consultation.  

For the best possible healed results, its required that you adherence to strict aftercare instructions, and understanding the healing process.

Is it semi-permanent or permanent?

The answer is yes! This is permanent.   Although, mircoblading is being promoted in the industry and being semi-permanent, it’s only right that I provide the most accurate information as possible.  Where the misconception can come into play is that some stokes can be very light and some strokes dark.  The dark strokes mean that the pigment reached the dermis (2nd layer of the skin) with enough pigment, and the light strokes mean that the practitioner didn’t go deep enough, with little pigment being implanted.  

Depending on the depth of each stroke and the amount of pigment that has been absorbed, this will determine the visibility of pigment.  The natural and mechanical elements that we expose our skin to on a daily basis such as; aging, sweating, sun exposure, anti-aging creams, tanning services; its guaranteed to fade the pigment over a period of time, because you don’t see it doesn’t mean that its not there.  To keep your PMU looking its best, its recommended to get touch up to boost pigment vibrant and fresh.

* This also applies greatly to lip enhancement treatments.

Does micropigmentation hurt?

Before the procedure begins, the practitioner will use a topical anesthetic that will numb the area where the PMU is will be applied.  This ensures that the client is as comfortable as possible, minimizing any discomfort.  The amount of pain is subjective according to ones tolerance. Clients have compared the level of pain to that of a light scratch, and possibly falling asleep while having the procedure done.  

Its up to the practitioner to try and make sure that your experience is as pleasurable and minimal discomfort is felt. However, everyone is different, so therefore pain is possible.

Is there any downtime?

After the procedure, you may go back to work.  There’s no need to take off.  However, your area that receive mircopigmentation may feel tender, red and slightly swollen, its normal.   These symptoms will disappear in 2 to 3 days, but everyone’s healing process is different.  To ensure the best results, please refer to aftercare instructions to ensure optimal healing.

How long does microblading or a PMU session take?

Micropigmentation or permanent makeup will require 2 to 3 sessions before a “full release” is given.  The majority of the time spent is during the consultation, deciding the appropriate color, measuring, and design before the procedure can even begin. A professional practitioner will never rush a procedure jeopardizing the quality of a good job.  The an average permanent makeup appointment can take 2 to 3 hours.  

When scheduling your appointment, it is recommended that you allow the maximum time needed to allow the practitioner to provide the most beautiful, natural looking results.  

After your initial application, you may be required to follow up at least 2 more times before desired results are achieved.  After all, this is permanent makeup being applied to the face. So please, be patient it doesn’t happen overnight!

Is it safe?

Absolutely!  100% sterile, disposable needles and supplies are used during the process.  All items that come in contact with each client are single used disposable.

Are there any risk?

As with any invasive procedure, there are risks involved. These include undesired results in color, allergic reactions, infection, or scarring. Its up to you and the practitioner to make sure that these risk are minimzed as much as possible.  Therefore, do your research on your practioner and be truthful about all things regarding your health and expectiations.  

How to choose a qualified PMU artist?

When searching for a permanent makeup practitioner its best to be aware of what your state requirements are.  There are a lot of states that are not regulated, therefore allowing people to get away with performing PMU procedures without any regulations.  What in the world!  Can you imagine?  

Here in the State of Virginia, it is required that an individual complete 90 hours of study at a school where the curriculum has been approved.  Upon completion of the hours an examination for licensure must be passed before a permanent tattoo license is issued.  Not only does the individual need a license, but the location must have a DPOR issued “tattoo parlor license” to operate. The State of Virginia, also requires that a bloodborne pathogen and CPR certification is held by any practitioner.   (Click the DPOR link above to see the state requirements)

Each business location must be approved by the City of Virginia Beach Zoning & Planning Office, and each facility must be inspected and approved by the City of Virginia Beach Health Department. All business, city and state licenses and permits must be displayed in public view and not be expired!  If you don’t see these credentials displayed, it is perfectly acceptable that you ask.  It’s important that the facility is operating within guidelines according to the state and location jurisdiction. In addition, you want to know:

If they are insured? Insurance company’s require that all licenses and permits are valid of the policy is null and void.

Do they have unedited photos of their work?

Do they have experience in brow shaping and color theory?

Remember, this is a procedure where the contact of blood is possible.  Therefore, strict health and safety regulations should be followed, making sure that clients safety is 1st !

Do your research an choose a practitioner by their credentials, not their price.