Questions and Answers about Micropigmentation

Below are some common questions that will help you understand how the process of micropigmentation works. Please Contact Amy Kernahan Studio if you have additional comments, questions, or concerns.

How are permanent cosmetic procedures done?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various machines and methods, such as the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or hand method. These procedures are a process which includes the initial consultation, initial application of pigment, and usually, one or two follow up visits for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.

Who benefits from permanent cosmetic makeup?
Anyone who desires a soft and natural look to their appearance.

Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?
Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance. We recommend color refresher touch ups between 12-18 months.

How long does each procedure take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Follow-up procedures usually do not require as much time as the initial procedure.

Is it painful?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are of a skin invasive nature (as they are a form of cosmetic tattoo) and therefore you may experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. There are different methods available to help with pain management, including various topical anesthetic ointments and anesthetic blocks as well as topical desensitizing products.

Is it safe?
Micropigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OSHA have set standards for a clean and sanitary working environment and sterile equipment. Things to look for: 1. Needles used should be new and sterile for each patient and disposed of properly after each patient. 2. Gloves should be used for each client and changed during the procedure when needed. 3. Your technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements. 4. Clean sheets should be used for each patient. 5. The room or treatment arena should be in an area free from other contaminants as well. Documented allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare. Skin testing may be done by technicians upon request. Regardless, it should be understood that an allergic reaction could occur at any point in time. amy | kernahan Studio is OSHA compliant and we work within a medical facility.

What if I don’t like it?
Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process, which takes approximately a week.