What are the advantages of permanent cosmetics?
Can I use conventional cosmetics over my permanent make-up?
Is dermapigmentation (cosmetic tattooing) permanent?
Who applies the permanent make-up?
Which procedures are the most popular?
How much time does each procedure take?
Is there a risk of infection following the procedure?
Should precautions be taken before the lip procedures?
Is there any discomfort involved?
What about sterilization and sanitation?
Can this technique be used for anything else?
Could I talk to others with permanent make-up?
Is permanent make-up expensive?
Will I need more than one appointment?
What method of payment is expected?
Are discounts on fees available?
 

What are the advantages of permanent cosmetics?

Permanent cosmetics are perfect for the busy person who has little time to apply conventional make-up; for the athlete who wants to look natural and for those with oily skin whose make-up seems to disappear after a short time. Persons allergic to conventional make-up or anyone with limited hand movement, poor eyesight, or contact lenses may benefit from the application of permanent cosmetics.
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Can I use conventional cosmetics over my permanent make-up?

Because permanent cosmetics are applied in the skin and conventional cosmetics are applied on the skin, any conventional make-up applied will somewhat cover the permanent cosmetics temporarily.
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Is dermapigmentation (cosmetic tattooing) permanent?

Although this is considered to be a permanent process, in years to come, a slight amount of "fading" may occur and a "maintenance" application may be necessary. The color and/or style may be altered slightly by an experienced practitioner.
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Who applies the permanent make-up?

Highly skilled dermapigmentation specialists (permanent make-up technicians) with years of experience enhancing one's natural beauty. They will be glad to assist you in determining what color and style is best for you.
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Which procedures are the most popular?

Younger clients usually begin with eyeliner or lip tinting; others may choose eyebrows or lip liner. The cheek color (blusher) and eye shadow are popular with everyone. Begin with the procedure that is most important to you.
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How much time does each procedure take?

Each procedure takes approximately an hour to complete. Many clients have a procedure applied during lunch hour and go immediately back to work.
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Is there a risk of infection following the procedure?

Anytime the skin is broken there is a risk of infection. Following the procedure, proper care should be taken of the treated area, keeping it clean and medicated, for a few days until healing is complete.
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Should precautions be taken before the lip procedures?

If you've ever had a fever blister, we suggest you ask your physician for a prescription for an antiviral medication to take prior to having your lips pigmented.
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Is there any discomfort involved?

Because of the delicate area, some discomfort may be experienced. The use of a topical anesthetic reduces any discomfort considerably. This anesthetic, combined with a relaxing atmosphere, is most beneficial. Taking ibuprofen prior to the procedure helps reduce any discomfort and/or swelling.
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What about sterilization and sanitation?

The staff at Advanced Cosmetic Techniques follows the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for sterilization and sanitation. Please be assured that your health and safety are of utmost importance to us.
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Can this technique be used for anything else?

Dermapigmentation is beneficial for persons with hair loss (as in alopecia areata and trichotillomaina). Pigmentation can be applied to the nipple/areola area after breast reconstruction following mastectomy. Also, persons with skin discolorations such as vitilego, birthmarks, etc. can be treated.
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Could I talk to others with permanent make-up?

We urge you to talk to persons who have had the procedure(s) in which you are interested. We will gladly supply a list of references upon request.
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Is permanent make-up expensive?

Fees vary at Advanced Cosmetic Techniques studios. Keep in mind that this is permanent; the few hundred dollars you invest will be enjoyed for a lifetime.
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Will I need more than one appointment?

At the time of your initial application, a follow-up visit will be scheduled to "perfect" the lines and the color. There is no additional charge for this visit. Slight maintenance may be required in months or years to come; a nominal fee will be charged.
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What method of payment is expected?

Unless prior arrangements are made, payment in full is expected at the time service is rendered. A deposit in advance is sometimes required. We accept cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard.
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Are discounts on fees available?

We offer a finder's fee; therefore, when you refer someone to us, please tell them to let us know you referred them.
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G. J. was one of the founding members of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (S.P.C.P.) and Jennifer was one of the organization's first approved trainers.
Both G.J. and Jennifer have lectured at the S.P.C.P.'s conventions.