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10 Things to Consider Before Getting Permanent Cosmetics

Interest in permanent makeup is booming. Men and women alike are going under the tattoo needle to fix lips, eyelashes, eyebrows even blush cheeks. So-called “mommy makeovers,” combo 3D microblading eyebrows and eye liner, have never been hotter—and not just among Hollywood’s A-listers.“Unfortunately, the growing demand has been met with a marked rise in botched procedures thanks to unqualified or under experienced artist ,” says Tamara D. Ferrigno MPS. A Micropigmentation specialist/artist at MM brows in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Finding an experienced, artistic and credentialed artist is your first and most important step, but it’s not the only one.

He are Tamara's, 10-point checklist for potential permanent makeup candidate to consider:

    1. Have realistic expectations. While permanent makeup can enhance your appearance and boost your confidence, it won’t get you a better relationship, a higher-paying job or a more satisfying life. But if your goal is to correct a thin brow , fill your eye lashes or reshape your lips, chances are you’ll be satisfied with the results, provided you do your homework first.  

    2. Check artist qualifications. A growing number of Tattoo artist, estheticians, even makeup artist are performing permanent makeup procedures. If your selected artist isn’t certified in permanent makeup, or in the procedure you want to have performed, keep searching. Permanent makeup artist that love their art will complete 50+ hours of continuing permanent makeup education each year to ensure they’re up to date, and take regular classes on new pigments, as well as record patient outcomes and have a large selection of before and after photos water marked with their name to show off their work and to maintain their certification with the city.

    3. Evaluate the facility. In addition to checking your artiest credentials, make sure the procedure is performed in an accredited facility, with all the proper licensing. Open malls, office building or a private home (such as at a room in the back of the house are normally not equipped to adequately protect from infections)

    4. Consider the timing. you’re having a facial procedure consider waiting to have permanent makeup until you have planed it out. Before vacation, during pregnancy or during beach season, if your a beach goer, may not be the best time

    5. Save for the expense. permanent makeup has a price and it’s not covered by insurance. You can’t even use flexible spending dollars to fund the procedure . But it’s not an area where you can cut corners or search for bargain-basement prices—even if it requires waiting another year or two to save the money you need for procedure, most top studios offer interest free financing to allow you to do it sooner rather than later.

    6. Don’t minimize risk. While permanent makeup is an elective procedure, it isn’t without risks. Whether your procedure is hand or machine applied it comes with its own risks, which you’ll discuss with your artiest beforehand. Extremely rare complications are possible, too, including infection, pigment rejection, and the failure to achieve your desired result.

    7. Be patient with recovery. Don’t expect to look model-ready after your procedure. Be patient with your results. It takes time for swelling,redness and irritation to go away, and it can take weeks or months for the skin to adapt to the new pigmentation. You should also make accommodations for time away from work and family responsibilities, if necessary, too. Talk with your artist about post-procedure expectations.

    8. Consider options. Although noninvasive procedures also carry some risks, you may want to consider a temporary fix before opting for a permanent solution. Like makeup or a make over, However, temporary fixes (the classic example is air brushing) can be more expensive in the long run than one trip to the permanent make up studio.

    9. Ask about “stacked”procedures. In some cases artist can perform a few different procedures during the same visit. A “mommy makeovers,” combines 3D eyebrows microblading and eye liner, is the classic example. The caveat: The more trouble spots you tackle in one shot, the greater the downtime, meaning time away from work and family. And extended procedure times can cause a slightly higher risk of infection.

    10. Think ahead. Our bodies are constantly changing, so it’s reasonable to assume that you may want additional procedures two or 5 years down the road. That said, you don’t want to get caught in a cycle of trying to look “perfect.”

“Permanent makeup is something you do for yourself—not for a spouse, partner or parent,” says Tamara. “Your body is forever. Treat it preciously.”

More important than almost any other factor is your comfort level with your selected artist. Permanent makeup is an art not a science and it requires that you and the artist work together to achieve the desired outcome.

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