Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Permanent Eyeliner?
A. Permanent Eyeliner is a non-surgical micro-procedure known as
Micropigmentation. Tiny droplets of custom blended colors are skillfully deposited
into the dermal layer of the skin to simulate natural looking or well-defined Make-Up.
This process is a selective art form of traditional tattooing whereby the natural
features of the face are enhanced and defined in the form of permanent eyebrows,
eyeliner and/or lip liner and color. The results are beautiful, immediate and permanent!
A refreshingly, radiant yet natural look is achieved that cannot be duplicated by
traditional cosmetics. Each treatment is as unique as the individual receiving it.
Q. How much does permanent eyeliner cost?
A. First understand that permanent eyeliner is not a typical 'beauty
treatment' as in having a manicure or your hair colored. Permanent
eyeliner is an invasive procedure requiring the utmost in competence
and care. Women can have the procedure done in a hair or nail salon
for as little as $100. However, no state or county government entity
would ever certify this procedure in an environment contaminated by
chemical fumes and hair clippings. Women who choose to save
money are taking unnecessary risks with their health. You should
expect to pay several hundred dollars for a competent, experienced
technician to apply your permanent eyeliner. This cost is a reflection
of the investment made in education, supplies, equipment and facilities
which ensures your satisfaction and good health.
Q. Is Permanent Eyeliner safe?
A. Your technician must perform all procedures with one-time disposable supplies
and follow strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines as required by the Center of
Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA regulations. Superb instrumentation and topical
anesthetics are now available making Permanent Eyeliner application a safe procedure.
There are no known allergic reactions to the pigments used around the eyes but there
have been a few reported reactions to some of the red dyes used in lip colors. A
color/sensitivity patch test should be made available for those with any concern.
Q. Is infection possible?
A. Even with a minor scratch infection is possible. However, there should be no
major complications. You must keep the area clean and follow your after care
Q. What color or shape should I chose?
A. You have choices! There is an array of beautiful colors to choose from. Colors
are custom blended then the shape and shading are designed to enhance your unique
Q. How long will the procedure take?
A. The typical permanent eyeliner procedure will take from 1 1/2 to two hours of
which only about 45 minutes is actual tattooing. Design work, time for the topical
anesthetic to take effect and icing down after the procedure account for the
remainder of time. Four to six weeks after the procedure a follow-up or touch-up
session should be scheduled which will usually last less than a half an hour. Most
people require at least one follow-up session.
Q. Is the procedure uncomfortable?
A. In most cases discomfort is minimal. Procedures are performed with the most
effective topical anesthetics providing substantial numbing of the area to minimize any
discomfort you may feel.
Q. What can I expect after the procedure?
A. Expect slight swelling and redness. Usually the swelling subsides within 48 hours.
Initially, your permanent eyeliner will appear darker, brighter and thicker than what it
will ultimately heal to. In most cases, people leave looking as if they had been crying
Q. How long will my Permanent Eyeliner last?
A. If properly applied by a competent technician, your Permanent
Eyeliner should last for several years depending on your skin type
and how well you care for it. Over time the color will lighten and
you may desire to have the color refreshed.
Q. Is it true that it is not safe to have an MRI if someone has permanent eyeliner?
A. There have indeed been a very small number of reported cases of discomfort
around the eyes from those wearing permanent makeup while undergoing an MRI.
Since many brands of permanent makeup pigment are iron oxide based, it has long
been speculated that the iron particles in the pigment are to blame. However, test
studies have confirmed that the iron particles in pigment are too microscopic to
react as true metals. Moreover, the iron oxide found in pigments is more
accurately compared to "metals" which already exist microscopically in the human
According to Dr. Frank Shellock of Tower Imaging in Los Angeles, California, a top
expert in MRI safety, only a handful of people have reported minor problems around
the eye area. In those rare instances when redness and edema in the eye area
occurred, it did not cause any permanent damage. Refer to www.mrisafety.com for