This is the last article of the Permanent Makeup 101 introductory series that has been developing through the previous articles. This purpose of this series is to provide information on this subject and also provide guidance for choosing a permanent makeup artist. A very important factor to consider when choosing your service provider is their ability make you feel comfortable and confident regarding the treatment by building a good rapport, answering all your questions with patience and honesty, and not pressuring you to make any decisions. And please, don’t feel bad or get upset if a PMU artist declines performing your procedure. It is likely that they are doing this by putting your interest before their business’ interest, and that’s not something that everyone does. Now, to the FAQ’s:
What kind of technique is better when getting PMU treatments, manual (such as Microblading) or machine (Ombre/powder) techniques?
There are many factors to consider in choosing the best technique. For example, manual is not the best option for oily skin or if you have old PMU to cover up. However, if you are looking for very intense results, machine work is better. So, if you want to get your eyebrows done, and you have oily skin, you’re a sun lover and workout frequently, your best choice is either Ombre/powder eyebrows or hybrids (Microblading & Ombre/powder shading). If you have normal/dry skin and you’re looking to get very natural results, then manual will be perfect for you.
What are contraindications for PMU?
There are some health conditions and medicines that are considered contraindications for a PMU procedure. This is because your health or well being could be compromised by the procedure itself or because, due to the medical condition and/or medicines taken, the results of your procedure could be negatively affected. Some contraindications can be evaluated and the procedure could be performed with medical consent (i.e.: Diabetes II, blood thinners intake, autoimmune ongoing hormonal therapy). Some contraindications are a hard no (pregnancy, lactating women, ongoing cancer treatments). Although not a health condition, it is illegal to perform any kind of tattooing on people under 16 years old.
Why should I have a prior consultation?
A consultation is very important because it allows you to find out if you have contraindications, to get a patch test, receive all the information about your procedure, and ask any questions so you can make an informed decision. This is the moment to ask your artist about important things as their licenses, education, experience, portfolio, etc. It is also the opportunity to let them know your expectations about design, color and getting feedback on how possible it is to meet those expectations. Some artists will show you how different designs would look on you so you will have a very close idea of what they can do and what final result you can expect.
Is it painful?
Being a form of tattooing, some discomfort is to be expected, but the level of pain depends on everyone’s pain threshold. In any case, when a procedure is technically well performed, the possibilities of experiencing pain decreases considerably. All this being said, we usually have numbing anesthetics as part of our pain management options. Combining all this, most of my clients say that the procedures are more uncomfortable than painful.
How can I avoid the risks of PMU?
There will always be some level of risks involved, but these risks can be minimized by making sure to have your treatment done with a well trained, experienced and responsible artist, letting them know each and all of your health conditions and medicines/health supplements consumption and following your cosmetic tattoo artist’s instructions to the letter for both preparing for your procedure and for your at home care during the healing process.
These questions should cover the most important facts that you need to know before getting your permanent makeup done. Do you have questions that I did not answer here? Please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to answer either in further articles or by direct response.
And now, after all this talking on Permanent
Makeup, how about if for our June article we talk about the canvas of all makeup (permanent or not), and one of the biggest keys on beauty and wellness: Behold your majesty the skin!
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