Frequently asked questions about permanent make-up
What are your policies?
Very simple, please be sure to be on time for your appointments. Being a few minutes early is probably in your best interest because you will be more relaxed and able to enjoy a better experience if you’re not rushing. Also, getting away from the city can help you feel at ease, so give yourself the extra time to enjoy it. If you have to cancel your scheduled appointment, we ask for the business standard of 24 hours’ notice. Missed appointments without 24 hrs cancellation notice will result in an additional charge.
Is it painful?
A permanent make-up procedure can produce slight discomfort, but it is not painful. Bodies On The Go Inc. applies highly effective topical anesthetics to the treatment areas, which numb the area and provide comfort. This helps ensure a perfect procedure with minimal discomfort.
How is it performed?
Sterilized, disposable needles are used to implant the colour into the dermis layer of the skin.
What is the recovery time?
There is no down time, and you can return to work the same day. Lip procedures can produce visible swelling, so we recommend a day or two at home to recover from the swelling and soreness. Swelling lasts for only a short period of time.
What is the pigment composed of?
Pigments are made of mineral and iron oxide-based colourants.
How will I look immediately after the treatment?
The colour looks very dark and intense when first applied. This is because the colour is sitting on top of your skin, but once the colour drops into your dermis, it lightens dramatically.
Will I need more than one appointment?
We always recommend a touch-up, anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks after the initial appointment. The touch-up appointment is very important because a lot of the colour fades after the first treatment. A subsequent treatment will intensify the colour, detail, and definition, and produce a final look that’s perfect.
What is offered for permanent make-up?
- Classic upper and lower eyeliner
- Upper eyeliner lash enhancement
- Bottom eyeliner lash enhancement
- Thicker upper eyeliner with eyelash enhancement on bottom
- Natural hair-stroke brows / solid eyebrow
- Powder-effect brows
- Lip liner
- Lip shading
- Full lip with liner and shading
Has the technician had any permanent make-up procedures?
Yes, Tennille McConnell, the owner of Bodies On The Go Inc., has powder-effect brows, full lips, and thicker upper eyeliner with eyelash enhancement on bottom.
Can I wear make-up over permanent make-up?
Can I wear make-up right after the procedure?
No! You cannot wear make-up around the area that has been treated for at least a week or more, depending on how the treated area has healed.
Is it really permanent?
The darker the colour, the more permanent the make-up. Darker colours last longer than lighter colours. Permanent make-up will fade over time, but typically lasts 10 – 12 years.
What is involved in the healing?
Everyone heals differently. Some people experience redness, swelling, and even bruising immediately after the procedure. It all depends on how sensitive your skin is. However, it disappears quickly, usually within 1–2 days.
What is post-care?
Post-care is a specially formulated balm that you apply to the treated area until healed. You will be provided with verbal and written instructions.
Can things go wrong with getting permanent make-up done?
Yes! This is a touchy subject for me. Please allow me to be blunt.
Permanent make-up is becoming more and more popular, and you must choose wisely where you get your procedure done. My business is growing very quickly; I have been in this industry since 2010 and already have well over 4000 clients under my belt and counting. I’m fairly well established as a professional. Not saying I’m perfect, and don’t let any technician say or act like they are, because in order to get really good at this type of career you need tons and tons of practice, which I have had. However, you can never get enough when it comes to tattooing. Much like surgeons, each time you treat a client you become better and better for the most part. As for other technicians in the world of permanent make-up, if they do not improve over time, maybe this field is not for them. I don’t need to put down the competition or schools in order to get my clients. I am honored to get referrals from doctors and from clients who have happily told others about what good I have done for them. Word of mouth is my best marketing. It’s also very nice to get notes and cards from people in different cities letting me know how happy they are and how natural they feel. My client is my walking advertisement, so they get treated in my eyes … like a model.
If something ever did go wrong with a tattoo, it’s not necessarily the artist; the client’s skin texture and durability of their skin are also major factors. That is why a consultation and knowing all the pros and cons before continuing with a procedure is HIGHLY recommended. Your artist should be able to answer any question that you ask them. If not, that artist is not the right one for you. No professional artist can determine someone else’s dermis and how much their dermis can handle! I would have to say that for the most part, 90% of clients are fine with getting these procedures done.
The truth is, I have seen hundreds of very good tattoos and some not so good. I take my career very seriously, and work very hard to meet clients’ expectations of how they want their permanent make-up to look. One thing you need to know is that permanent makeup is supposed to look very natural. Sometimes, what some people expect or request is not acceptable or doable. Bottom line, make sure you:
- Do your homework on permanent make-up and on the artists.
- Have a consultation before having a procedure done.
- Make sure you feel comfortable in the environment and with the technician you have chosen.
I absolutely love permanent make-up. I too have all the procedures done and I highly recommend all of them to you.