Questions & Answers
Q. What is Permanent Cosmetics?
A. Permanent Cosmetics is also called Permanent Cosmetic Make-up, Microdermal Pigmentation, Intradermal Pigmentation or Microsurgical Pigmentation. It is a safe and completely controlled non-surgical procedure which applies micro insertions of pigment (color) into the upper dermal layer of the skin.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. Everyone’s tolerance level is different. For those who are more sensitive, anesthetics are available to make you more comfortable.
Q. Do I have a choice of colors?
A. Certainly. There is a wide range of custom blended colors to choose from. Bring in your favorite pencils and I will create the perfect color for you!
Q. How do I know I will like the shape that is given me?
A. Before the procedure, you will draw on the shape you like. I will help you if necessary and give suggestions as well as take measurements. When you are absolutely happy with the shape and color, only then will I proceed to work within the boundaries we have created.
Q. What about allergies?
A. If you experience allergies from traditional face make-up then permanent cosmetics may be just what you need. Allergy sufferers have obtained wonderful results without any reaction to the pigment. Just to be sure, I recommend a patch test before any procedure.
Q. Is there any down time?
A. Most clients are happy to see that they can resume everyday activities within 24 hours. Depending on the procedure, there may be a small amount of swelling which will subside within 24 to 48 hours.
Q. How long will the color stay?
A. Many factors will influence how long the color will stay. The colors used, the area treated, chemicals used on the skin, and sun exposure may cause the colors to fade over time.
A touch up may be needed in a few years to brighten up the area.
Q. What is electrology?
A. Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal utilizing needle/probe devices. A fine sterile probe is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical energy is discharged which destroys the hair growth tissue.
Q .Is Electrolysis permanent?
A. Electrolysis has been shown to be permanent in over a century of use. It's permanency has been well recognized by knowledgeable physicians and is also testified to by hundreds of scientific articles published in the medical literature.
Q. How many treatments are required?
A. The number of treatments necessary varies with each patient. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity & hormone function influence the treatment program for each individual. There will be continuous improvement from each treatment until the hair is gone for good.
Q. Is electrolysis safe?
A. Electrolysis has a 120 year history of safety and effectiveness. Lifetime Cosmetics uses sterilized disposable probes and follows guidelines set up by the CDC (Center of Disease Control).
Laser Hair Removal
Q. How does the laser treatment work?
A. The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into the skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat. The GentleLase® laser emits a cooling burst of cryogen to your skin before the actual laser light is generated. This allows for a comfortable treatment with minimal effect to the skin surface.
Whether you are a man or woman, you can now have smooth, hair free skin without shaving, waxing, plucking, or bleaching your unwanted hair.
Q. How many treatment sessions will I need?
A. The number of sessions depends on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. The projected number of treatments needed is between 5 and 8. Treatments are delivered 10 weeks apart.
Q. How do I prepare for treatment?
A. You should wait 4-6 weeks after your last tanning session before you start your laser hair removal treatments. The melanin in your skin seems to be "activated" when you tan. Activated melanin will heat more quickly when exposed to the laser energy, and therefore afford a higher potential for burning the skin or causing pigment changes.
You should plan your laser treatments 4-6 weeks after your last electrolysis treatment or waxing session. You will receive the most economic benefit with laser hair removal if you have a high density of hair growing in the desired treatment area.
Q. Are there side effects?
A. As with any personal service of this type, there are always risks involved.
Side effects may include purpura (a laser bruise), redness, blistering, hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, and swelling in the treated area---these usually do not last more than a few days.
Permanent side effects, such as hyper or hypo-pigmentation or scarring, are rare.
Spot testing prior to treatment will allow us to use the safest parameters particular to your skin type.
Q. What can I expect after treatment?
A. Patients should avoid sun exposure before and after treatment, and should apply sun-block (SPF 30 or above) when going outdoors.