What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup is the implantation pigments in the dermal layer of the skin by a machine powered tool. The pigment implantation is achieved by small punctures from various needle configurations, depending on desired results. The technique is like that of traditional body tattoos. Micro-pigmentation differs from micro-blading in the manner pigment is implanted. Pigments are implanted during micro-blading by creating small lacerations in the skin with a manual hand tool.
Permanent makeup is a type of cosmetic tattooing which is done to replicate the appearance of wearing topical cosmetic make-up. Permanent make-up can also be used to enhance natural features or restore areas of client concern.
How does PMU differ from a regular tattoo?
The skin of the face differs greatly from that of the body. The face generally has a thinner dermal layer, more sebaceous glands, and is most frequently exposed to environmental elements such as UV rays. These differences require different tattooing techniques and materials to create successful permanent make-up results. Also, many types colorants that are safe for the body are not recommended for use around the eye area. Permanent make-up pigments are specifically formulated for use in areas such as around the eyes and lips.
What type of permanent make-up services do you offer?
Body Mechanics currently offers eyebrow, eyeliner, and lip micro-pigmentation. Eyebrows are available in several styles – powder-fill, ombré/shaded, hair-strokes or a combination of ombré and hair-stroke. Eyeliner is available in a light lash enhancement, a light liner or as a full liner look. Both solid lines and smokey shading are available for eyeliners. Lips are available in a full lip colour or a blended lip liner.
Does permanent make-up look natural?
Permanent make-up provides a natural polished look. It will give the allusion of wearing topical make-up when you are not wearing any make-up. It can quickly be dressed up with topical cosmetics for a more dramatic look for suitable occasions.
How long will my permanent make-up last?
Although permanent make-up is commonly marketed as “semi-permanent” it is best to describe it as “permanent with fading”. All tattoos fade or become “dull”. The rate and degree of fading will vary from person to person depending on the tattoo itself, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Darker pigment colours (e.g. blacks and dark browns) have a higher lightfastness rating and are more resistant to fading in comparison to lighter colours (e.g. blondes and light browns). Sun exposure, facial treatments, exfoliants, etc. will cause faster fading.
Fading is not necessarily a bad attribute of permanent make-up. Fading allows for future colour changes as hair and skin mature and change. It also allows for shape or style alterations.
Why is permanent make-up expensive compared to body tattoos?
Permanent make-up and other forms of cosmetic tattooing require specialized training, tools, and materials. Specialized training is needed to work with facial skin as it presents different challenges in comparison to body skin. Permanent make-up pigments are specific to method of implantation as well as specially formulated for the area of implantation to ensure the best healed results. Prices reflect these factors as well as the skill and experience of the artist.
Can you work over-top of previous permanent make-up done by a different artist?
Our artist, at this time, will take corrective work on a case by case basis only. Previous permanent make-up poses unique challenges. Please contact Body Mechanics Salon and Spa to schedule a free consult. At the consult we will determine if corrective work is suitable to your unique situation.
I would like permanent make-up for my special event (e.g. wedding, vacation, honeymoon, etc.) when should I book my appointments?
To ensure the best healed results it is recommended to start scheduling your consultation and procedure at least 3 months before any big event.
What happens at the consult?
During the consult we will determine your skin’s overtones and undertones as well as many other skin factors. In addition, we will discuss and decide the best choice of style, shape, and colours for your procedure. Your lifestyle, health, and medical history will also be reviewed to ensure the best healed results for your chosen procedure.
What are my style, shape, and colour choices?
Our artist will use her experience and training to choose the best style, colour, and shape for your permanent make-up procedure. Please come to your consultation with our topical make-up on as you would normally wear it (be advised you will be washing it off at the consult). In addition, please bring your current eyebrow pencil to you consult appointment.
Eyebrows are designed using your facial structure in conjunction with your desired result. Colours are typically decided by your natural hair and eyebrow colour. Thick or winged eyeliners are not currently offered. We hope to add this to our services in the near future.
Why is the consult scheduled approximately 4 weeks before my procedure appointment?
It is important to allow four weeks before your procedure to ensure all advice and suggestions made during the consult have time to take effect or be accomplished. For example, tanning will cause the skin’s undertones to be hidden which could result in unwanted pigment coloration changes upon healing. The skin renews its epithelial cells every 28 days, thus giving enough time for the tan to fade and your true undertones to become apparent.
Is there any way to have consult and procedure on the same day?
If time allows and you are a suitable client, we may be able to accommodate a same day consult and procedure.
Will the procedure hurt?
Topical anesthetics will used to help create the most comfortable cosmetic tattooing experience for our clients. The use of these products will be discussed fully during your consultation.
Do you shave the eyebrows off?
Not entirely. Once we design and draw an eyebrow shape and you approve the shape we will shave away any stray hairs that sit outside of the new shape. This is important to allow you to fully see and appreciate your new eyebrow shape.
Will I bleed during the procedure?
Some bleeding is normal and to be expected during the procedure. Factors that will affect bleeding will be discussed in length at your consultation appointment.
How long will the procedure take?
Procedure time will vary depending on procedure(s) chosen. Typically, eyebrows and lips require the most amount of time for a procedure.
Why do I need a touch up?
Touch -ups are important to correct, modify, add or change anything from your initial appointment. For example, colours can be darkened, saturation can be increased, and changes to shape can be completed.The touch-up appointment is also critical to help the artist better understand your skin and how your skin takes pigment and what your skin brings out from a cosmetic tattoo. Permanent make-up is a two-procedure process (initial and touch-up).
Aftercare and Healing
How long will it take to heal?
Each person’s skin is unique and therefore healing times can vary. You can expect to see healed results 4-6 weeks post procedure.
Will there be swelling?
Some swelling is normal as it is the body’s natural response to trauma. The degree of swelling will vary from person to person. A good indicator to determine if you will have a lot of swelling is to think about you’re your eyes react after heavy crying. Those who swell after crying will most likely swell after their procedure, specifically the eyeliner service. Severe swelling accompanied by pain, itching, discomfort, etc. can be a sign of an adverse reaction or infection.
Will there be scabbing?
With proper aftercare being followed there should be minimal “scabbing”. A thin crust will appear and flake away as part of the normal healing process. Following the prescribed aftercare is paramount to the healing process.
When will I see the final results?
You can expect to see your final results approximately 4-6 weeks after your touch-up appointment.
What if I don’t like the results?
Your touch-up appointment will allow modifications to your permanent make-up. Colours can be darkened, saturation can be increased, and changes to shape can be completed.
Why is the touch-up appointment scheduled 6 weeks later?
The touch-up appointment is scheduled approximately 6 weeks after your initial appointment to allow for complete healing and for the pigment colour to properly settle into the skin.
What are the infection risks of the permanent make-up procedure?
Any invasive procedure where the skin barrier is broken has risk involved. The most common risk is a general skin infection. The infection risk is most likely to occur in the aftercare/healing period. This risk can be greatly minimized by following aftercare instructions exactly as outlined.
Other serious skin infections such as impetigo, staphylococcus or cellulitis can be reduced by following aftercare instructions exactly as outlined and seeking medical attention as soon as an infection is suspected.
Serious infections from blood borne pathogens are eliminated through safe work practices, administrative controls, and engineering controls. These safe work practices and controls are outlined by the Government of Saskatchewan’s The Health Hazard Regulations under The Public Health Act, 1994 and the Saskatchewan Personal Service Facility Best Management Practices. Safe work practices and controls are then inspected regularly by the local Health and Safety inspector.
What are the other risks of the permanent make-up procedure?
As with any tattoo there are risks involved. Common risks include allergic or adverse reactions to anesthetics, pigments, soaps and wipes, nitrile gloves, removal solutions, aftercare products, etc. These risks will be mitigated or acknowledged through a thorough consultation. A “patch test” is available for clients with concerns. A patch test involves a small amount of product being applied topically on the forearm and then allowed 24 hours to respond. If requested, SDS (MSDS) sheets are available for most products.
Other risks include keloid or hyper-tropic scarring and possible adverse colour changes. These risks will be discussed at your consult appointment.
Health and Safety
What health and safety guidelines does Body Mechanics Salon and Spa follow?
Our health and safety practices are in accordance with the Government of Saskatchewan’s The Health Hazard Regulations under The Public Health Act, 1994, Saskatchewan Personal Service Facility Best Management Practices, local Health and Safety inspection requirements, as well as industry standards.
Is Body Mechanics licenced?
Tattoo businesses and other invasive personal services facilities in Saskatchewan do not need a provincial “licence” to perform these services. However, these types businesses do require inspections and ongoing monitoring from Public Health Officers in Saskatchewan. Body Mechanics Salon and Spa has proof of their most recent Public Health Inspection readily displayed always.
Is the equipment sterile?
The needles used are sterile and individually packaged. The package will be opened in the client’s presence and discarded into a sharp’s container when the procedure is finished. NEEDLES ARE NEVER REUSED. All other equipment and supplies used during the procedure is discarded after the procedure (e.g. remaining pigment, pigment cups, brushes, personal protective equipment, etc.). The micro-pigmentation machine as well as all other re-useable tools and equipment are covered and sealed in single use barrier devices to prevent any cross contamination.
Are the pigments safe?
Our pigment line is State Certified and created in a regulated and licenced cosmetic manufacturing lab. Pigments created are tested by the Chemical Technological Laboratory CTL® GMBH in Germany. Our pigment line has been creating quality, stable, high performance pigments for over 25 years. We purchase our pigments from a distributor in the United States.
Can I still have an MRI?
Tattoo risks while in an MRI machine are caused from pigment contamination and impurities by heavy metals which is a result of poor quality pigments or poor manufacturing practices. Our pigment line has no recorded adverse reactions to MRI procedures. Our pigment line sources the highest quality colourants then synthetically re-creates the formulation in the safest chemical structure. Independent testing for carcinogens, impurities, microbial activity and unsafe dyes/colourants is done by the Chemical Technological Laboratory CTL® GMBH in Germany.
Can I be allergic to the pigments?
The colorants used in our pigment line are synthetically recreated to ensure purity and to reduce the risk of allergic reactions. It is important to list ALL KNOWN ALLERGIES on the Client Form and Consult Form. Although you may not have an adverse reaction to the pigments, it is important to consider other potential allergens such as – anesthetics used to numb the area, soaps, wipes, disinfectants, aftercare products, nitrile gloves, etc.
We will be happy to search ingredient lists or provide a copy of a product’s SDS (formerly MSDS), should it be available.
Hypertonic Tattoo removal/Lightening
What is hypertonic tattoo removal/lightening?
A hypertonic solution (saline solution) created from natural sources with natural additives are used to “pull” unwanted pigments from the skin. Our removal solution was created in 1980, by a cosmetic tattoo artist, as a safe method to remove or lighten unwanted tattoos.
How does it work?
The saline solution is injected into the desired tattoo in the same method the tattoo was implanted. The saline solution helps to “free” the pigment from its place through osmotic pressure and “pull” the pigment to the epidermal region of the skin where it will be naturally shed in a controlled healing process.
Why are removals needed?
While corrections are possible for some unwanted tattoos many require a removal or lightening. Removal or lightening help reduce pigment saturation allowing for a cover up tattoo. Hypertonic removals/lightening are also safe to use in areas where laser or surgical tattoo removals are not possible or desired.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will be determined by the size and saturation of the tattoo. Hypertonic removals will only be done in a 2.5 x 2.5-centimetre (1” x 1”) area at a time. This treatment size is industry standard to ensure proper healing and minimize infection risks.Highly saturated tattoos will require more treatments to pull the pigment out of the skin to a satisfactory saturation level.