Frequently Asked Questions
What is Permanent Makeup?
Also known as micropigmentation, permanent cosmetics, derma pigmentation, micro pigmentation. Permanent makeup is a safe cosmetic application where high grade pigment is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin. The reasons for permanent makeup are abundant, therefore the interest in the procedure has been steadily increasing for both women and men. The fact is simple: permanent cosmetics is a fast and effective way to improve the way you look. It is not about changing your look, but rather, enhancing your natural features. Cosmetic tattoo is a way to save time and make your life easier. Wake up every morning with perfect make up. Go for a swim, to the gym, have a run, play tennis, golf, shower or perspire, your make up won’t smudge or run off.
Why should someone have Permanent Makeup?
Permanent Cosmetics is perfect for the busy person/professional who has little to no time to apply conventional makeup, those who like to wake up with a fresh natural look, eyebrow symmetry, the athlete who wants to look natural, Alopecia sufferers, those with medical conditions that cause their hands to shake, areola re-pigmentation after breast reconstruction/cancer, vision problems or those that have allergic reactions to over the counter makeup products...but mostly for convenience!
How long will my makeup last?
Micropigmentation last a long time, but not forever. As you become accustomed to your new make up, it’s not uncommon to want more. You will want to freshen up your new make up every couple of years. The darker the color, the longer it will stay unchanged in your skin. Natural, delicate colors are oftentimes more vulnerable to the effects of sun, swimming and breakdown by body’s natural response.
What is the recovery- healing time?
Healing time varies from person to person. With proper topical anesthetics & numbing, swelling will be very minimal and typically there is no bleeding involved with my procedures. I provide each client with aftercare package and written instructions. The treated area will begin to soften/lighten up within 3- 60 days...and it is recommended to have your touch-up appointment any time 2-6 months following your original procedure.
How Long Does Each Procedure Take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours, there are records to establish, photographs to take, desired design and color to discuss, the procedure to perform and the aftercare requirements to discuss. Follow up or color refresher procedures usually do not require the same amount of time.
Does it hurt?
A topical anesthesia is used as needed to help numb the areas to be treated. This helps to alleviate any minor discomfort you may experience during the procedure. Everyone has their own unique level of pain tolerance. Some people feel that certain areas of the face are more sensitive than others, so special emphasis is put on making the client as comfortable as possible. A variety of topical anesthetics are on hand to ensure that your procedure is as pain-free as possible.
Can I have eyeliner and lips and eyebrows all done at once?
Yes, a full-face procedure will take 3-4 hours. In fact, one advantage is that your aftercare and healing time for all the areas is consolidated into the same time frame. However, some people choose to do the procedures as individual appointments and some will do only brows and eyeliner and return for lips later.
What is eyelash enhancement and how is it different from eyeliner?
For a more natural, less dramatic effect than is achieved with the look of full eyeliner, eyelash enhancement can be done. The color is implanted at the base of the lash line only. This procedure can even be done on men too and simply serves to define the eye lash line, make the lash base look fuller and more dense. This is great for those that don’t usually wear eyeliner but want the eyes to stand out more. All eyeliner starts with lash enhancement to color in the spaces between the eyelashes. The color is then widened until the preferred thickness is achieved.
I have already had laser vision correction or cataract surgery. Is it ok for me to get permanent eyeliner?
Yes, you must be 3 months post surgery or have a release from your eye surgeon prior to that.
I have or am considering having eyelash extensions. What are the rules for mixing the two processes?
You must not be wearing any eyelash extensions during your permanent eyeliner procedure. You should wait until full healing has taken place before having lashes put on.
"Things you should know prior to your appointment"
* Permanent makeup procedures are affected by the canvas (your skin) that they
are performed on. If your skin is sun damaged (even from tanning beds), thick and uneven in texture, or excessively dry or oily, the result cannot be expected to be perfect after the initial procedure. Lifestyle, medications, smoking, metabolism, facial surgery and age of skin
all contribute to fading.*
Avoid any Alcoholic beverages, Coffee, Tea, Soda, Energy drinks, Multi vitamins, Fish oil, Advil, Ibuprofen, Aspirin and any blood thinners. Blood thinners can cause unnecessary bleeding during your permanent makeup procedure.
Have your contact lenses removed and wear glasses the day of your eyeliner procedure and continue using the glasses up to 7 days after your procedure.
If you are planning to have eyeliner procedure done please have your lash extensions removed for the procedure.
If you are knowingly under any influence of alcohol, drugs or medication (I.e Prozac, Xanax, Valium, Prednisone...) you will be rescheduled and will charged a $100 missed appointment. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Shasha will not work on you If you are Pregnant or Nursing or trying to get pregnant.
Stop using any products that contain Retin-A, Glycol or Alpha-Hydroxy Acids or exfoliant 3 weeks prior to your appointment.
For the best result please have your fillers and injections done 3 weeks before your procedure.
If you are pre or on your menstrual cycle, you will be more pain sensitive. Try to plan your procedure so it does not fall at this point of your monthly cycle.
If you have any medical conditions or taking prescribed medication, you must let Shasha knows and consult with your physician and obtain a written consent to get permanent makeup done.
If you are planning to have lip blush procedure done and have ever experienced cold sore, even one time in your life, it is recommended you obtain a prescribed Anti-viral medication (Valtrex 2000 mg).
If you come to your appointment without the prescription, your procedure will be rescheduled and you will be charged a $100 for missed appointment. Please call Shasha for more information.
If you have any blemishes, pimples, active cold sores, irritation on the skin of any kind, moles or other skin imperfection in or around the area pf the procedure, Shasha will not be able to do the procedure until the blemish or the area of the concern is gone. If you show up to your appointment and there is an area of concern, you will be rescheduled and forfeit your deposit. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Touch ups will be required to restore fading colors. It is difficult to predict exactly how long the permanent makeup will last since it depends greatly on client's skin type and lifestyle. Expect your permanent makeup to last anywhere between 1-5 years before it shows signs of fading.
If you had Chemotherapy or Radiation done, you need to wait 6 months before having any permanent makeup done.
If you have any upcoming surgeries, you need to let Shasha knows by call or text at (919) 637-9336.
Failure to follow post treatment instructions may causes loss of pigments, discoloration or infection. More customized after care direction will be giving to our clients after their procedures.
No direct water on the treated area.
No working out or sweating for 7 days after your procedure.
No direct sun or tanning beds. No Retin-A on or around the area.
No chlorine (swimming pool) or salt water (ocean) for 7 days after your procedure.
No facial surgeries or laser procedures after permanent makeup procedures. Please consult with Shasha for instruction.