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Frequently Asked Questions

By Louisa Graves

Please, take a moment to review more information below about our registered Permanent Makeup Technician, Louisa Graves, as well as Frequently Asked Questions.

About Louisa Graves, your licensed Permanent Makeup Artist

Be sure to have your cosmetic permanent makeup performed by a licensed professional. Our technician, Louisa Graves, is a registered body art practitioner and fully licensed, and certified in Permanent Makeup Artistry. She holds a certificate in Advanced Correction & Camouflage as well as Advanced Permanent Cosmetic Makeup including micro-blading (aka microstroke or 3D stroke) and featherstroke permanent makeup techniques. Read more about these two techniques below. Louisa also holds a Public Health Certificate of Registration, and a certificate for proper handling and disposal of Blood Borne Pathogens and follows all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines, according to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For your safety, Louisa uses only sterilized equipment and disposable needles, as well as the highest quality USA-made pigments that are both hypo-allergenic and FDA-Approved.

What type of permanent makeup procedures are offered at Christine Valmy?

Louisa offers both a state-of-the-art rotary machine which is gentle, quiet and offers pre-sterilized parts and disposable needles. In addition, she offers the latest eye brow technique called microblading (AKA microstroke technique) which offers real-looking 3-D hair strokes for elegant and more real and modern-looking brows. Microblading is without a doubt, the most authentic method of achieving natural-looking brows. This technique is used by the best permanent makeup artists in the world. The rotary machine is best for lips and occasionally for eyebrows

Are the pigments that are used safe?

Permanent cosmetics utilize sterile pigments with cosmetic grade colorants that are approved by the FDA as safe for human use. Technically, the colored pigments used are suspensions containing insoluble inert compounds, usually with microscopic amount of iron or titanium oxides. The microscopic particles that appear to be dissolved are actually suspended in a clear liquid base of alcohol, distilled water, and glycerin. I also chart the pigment and procedures used for each procedure.

What are the health guidelines for permanent cosmetics?

All equipment used must be disinfected using OSHA Guidelines and all needles used must be individually wrapped, sterile, disposable, and for single use only. All needles are disposed of after each area treated. All pigments and numbing creams used are approved for permanent makeup procedures and are placed in single use containers, then discarded after each procedure. The procedure areas are sanitary and take place in a licensed spa or salon. I work only in licensed spas and salons in the Los Angeles, Culver City and Marina del Rey areas that are routinely inspected by the health department.

Do the pigments cause allergic reactions?

In general, pigments used for cosmetic permanent makeup are formulated to be hypo-allergenic. Studies have shown that immediate allergic reactions to these products are extremely rare. Delayed-hypersensitivity reactions (delayed onset) allergic reactions are also uncommon. Medical professionals believe that most so-called allergic reactions are not reactions to the pigments. They believe a reaction is caused by a bacterial infection or an allergic reaction to a topical after care product. Your technician will discuss any allergies BEFORE you begin your procedure. NOTE: In 2004, the FDA recalled only one pigment line by one manufacturer where allergic reactions occurred. The cause was determined to be a new preservative added to the formula. No other product recalls have occurred before or after that one. FYI: I do not use the ‘recalled’ line.

What to do before your permanent makeup procedure:

• Do not exercise, or take a sauna the day of the procedure.

• Do not arrive with a sunburned face

• Do wait two weeks from the time you have had a laser treatment or peel.

• Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before procedure.

• If you desire permanent makeup on your LIPS, and are prone to fever blisters, cold sores or Herpes I on the lips, we recommend that you take Valtrex as follows: Take 1000 mg. the day before, 1000 mg. the day of your procedure, and 1000 mg. the day after your permanent makeup lip treatment. Check doses with your doctor. If you do not have access for Valtrex, you can purchase over-the-counter Abreva® at any drug store.

• Do be sure to purchase a small tube of Aquaphor or Vaseline and some cotton swabs prior to your appointment, as you will need to apply ointment during aftercare.

• Do not drink alcohol or caffeine on the day of the procedure.

• Do be aware that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.

• Do not bring children or pets to your appointment.

• Do read our Frequently Asked Questions page before arriving.

Is a permanent makeup procedure painful?

Some clients may feel minor discomfort that varies according to their pain threshold and response to anesthetics (numbing cream). People describe the discomfort as a vibration, slight scratching, rough tickle, or slight burning sensation. Our technician uses premium medical grade topical anesthetic creams and gels before and during all procedures to numb the area and to minimize discomfort from beginning to end of the procedure. Many clients remark that their procedure was far more comfortable than they anticipated

What is the recovery period like?

Most people are amazed at how “normal” they look immediately after and do not feel it is necessary to take time off of work. But sometimes, following a LIP procedure, there may be mild swelling, bruising, redness, or tenderness that lasts a few hours to a few days. Eyebrows rarely swell or get red but will require ointment applied 3-4 times a day from Day 1 to Day 10. DO NOT apply bandages over the pigments.

What is aftercare?

Your aftercare instructions are extremely important. I will explain in this in person AND provide instructions on a printed page after your service has been completed. Aftercare is easy and will prevent any infection provided you follow exactly the simple directions. In general…

-We suggest frequent application of ice (wrapped in a cloth) immediately following lip and eye liner procedures. Continue to ice the areas for 3-4 hours afterward.

-Ointment should also be applied on lips and brows 3-4 times a day to help moisten, maintain the color pigments and speed healing. DO THIS FOR 10 DAYS IN A ROW.

-Use a light application of ointment to help minimize scabbing or peeling and help retain the pigment. If you do not keep the areas moist, your pigment will go away very quickly.

-Your technician will suggest the correct type of ointment you should apply on lips, brows and eyeliner after your procedure.

-Brows will not require ice, but you must apply ointment from day 1 to day 10. Brow colors and lip colors will look much darker from Day 1 – Day 3 but will lighten 40-50% within Day 3-7 and will continue to lighten during the first 14 days. Healing time takes 4 weeks at which time you will need to schedule your touch-up appointment.

-Your technician will verbally explain AND provide a written AFTERCARE Protocol Sheet revealing the type of ointment to apply on each respective area.

-Be sure to apply the ointment EXACTLY as explained by your technician. Failure to do so, will cause the pigment to peel off.

What will the final color look like?

Permanent makeup colors should be selected to compliment a person’s skin tone, hair, and eye color. A conservative approach is best because it is easier to make an existing color darker versus lighter in your follow-up appointment. Colors will always look darker and more intense immediately following a procedure (up to three days) then on the fourth day, they will lighten at least 40- 50%. Then over the next four week, the color will gradually lighten and soften. Please allow 4 weeks BEFORE you have your touch-up treatment.

Why is the color darker right after the procedure?

Because we created small openings in the skin using needles, the permanent makeup will become temporarily darker, may even turn red (for LIPS) or dark black (for brows) due to the “flush” of blood flow to the area during the permanent makeup process. Some report that their brow strokes look thicker like a Sharpie® was used – but do NOT panic - within ONLY 3-4 days, the strokes will become 50% lighter, appear more thin and less thick. For LIPS, the color may peel and within day 3-4 days, and may even appear like the color has faded away. But then within 14 days, you will see all the pigmented color reappear and your lips will look marvelous for many years.

Also, the pigments contain dry microscopic powder particles that are suspended in a clear liquid. As the body absorbs the liquid, the colored particles remain where they were implanted and gradually return to (“dry to”) their original powder color. NOTE: It will take about 4 weeks for the true color to appear.

How long does each procedure take?

Many important steps are followed when a procedure is done correctly. A well-trained and experienced permanent cosmetics specialist will take 2 ½ to 3 hours or more for an initial appointment. During that time you will receive a free consultation, (if not done before) and a review of your medical history. Time is then used to numb the area, determine the best design, color and shape you desire, taking a before photo, performing the procedure, taking after photos, explaining after care instructions, and answering all questions. Follow-up visits usually require less time.

How long do permanent cosmetics last?

The color should be considered “semi-permanent” because some fading will occur over time for hair stroke techniques. Lip color and eye liner can last 2-5 years or more. Color retention is affected by different factors including the shade of the original color, the person’s age and metabolism, skin type and condition, exposure to UV radiation (sun exposure, tanning booths), not wearing sun screen, smoking, certain medications, and skin peeling treatments such as AHA’s, Retin-A or microdermabrasion. In general, the color lasts from one to five years and can be enhanced and refreshed by a maintenance visit when needed (usually at a lower fee than the initial procedure when performed by the original artist).

What is a touch-up appointment?

During the initial procedure, the area(s) of treatment will be saturated with color. But sometimes, there may be an area where the tissue will not allow more pigment to be implanted. No worries! Those areas will show less color after healing and may likely need another visit to be filled in. This is called a touch-up appointment. A small touch-up fee will be discussed and agreed up by both parties before your appointment. Once your desired results are achieved, a maintenance visit should be booked every 2 years or less. Keeping your face protected from the sun will help maintain your pigments. Wear sunscreen when outdoors.

Can I have an MRI procedure after Cosmetic Tattooing?

Yes. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and electromagnetic fields to create pictures of internal human organs. The magnetism and temperature changes during these procedures may cause mild temporary discomfort (mild burning sensation) in BODY tattoos containing large amounts of iron oxide metals. However the amounts of iron oxides in brow, eyeliner and lip permanent makeup is much much less than for body art tattoos. Studies showed that only a few patients with an iron oxide tattoo reported a mild pulling or burning sensation during an MRI test.

Can someone donate blood after a procedure?

The Red Cross blood donation eligibility guidelines specify that each potential donor’s health history is discussed before any blood is collected. The Red Cross will have you complete forms that will ask if you have had a tattoo done within one year. Please be honest on your questionnaire.

Can I have my lips enhanced with permanent cosmetic makeup if I am prone to cold sores, fever blisters or Herpes on my lips?

Yes. However, please be sure to inform your technician BEFORE coming to your appointment if you are prone to fever blisters, cold sores or herpes on your lips. You MUST take 1000 mg. Valtrex PRIOR to, the day of and after your appointment to prevent a breakout. Please review “What to do before my Permanent Makeup Procedure” note further up on the page.

I wear contact lenses. Should I take them out if I get an eyeliner procedure?

Yes, always inform your technician of this and also remove contacts before starting your permanent makeup procedure round the eyes.

Am I a candidate for permanent makeup if I am diabetic, have HIV/AIDS, shingles, fever blisters or cold sores, or Hepatitis?

For everyone’s health sake… Please do not come to your appointment if you have a cold or the flu or an outbreak of shingles, cold sores or fever blisters on the lips. Please call us at 310-821-8892 for more information. NOTE: Unfortunately, if you have AID/HIV or Hepatitis B or C, our technician cannot perform this procedure.