Frequently asked questions about permanent make-up! Info and advice.
Lots of information and answers about PMU.
By Fernando Nascimento, Master Permanent Make-up Artist
Frequently asked questions about permanent make-up
You probably have quite a few questions: general information you would like to have such as “Is the application of permanent make-up painful?” or more specific questions related to your own circumstances, such as extremely sensitive eyes or medications that you must take.
In this blog, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions about permanent make-up treatments. Please read them carefully! And if you still have questions after that, you can call our toll-free Green Number 08002/82.918 to have any questions you could not find here on our blog page answered personally.
This page contains useful information that is important to know before you come for a PMU treatment, as well as information you must take into account after the permanent make-up treatment.
What must I be sure to do before I come for a permanent make-up treatment?
- Please do not drink any alcohol at for least 24 hours, but preferably 48 hours, before the permanent make-up treatment. Drinking alcohol increases the sensitivity of the skin as well as the blood circulation through it. Even just one glass has this effect and may make the PMU treatment more unpleasant. In addition, it is possible that the increased blood circulation could reduce the fixation of the pigments.
- On the day of the permanent make-up treatment also try to limit the amount of coffee you drink; in fact, it is best if you avoid coffee altogether, if possible. Coffee, energy drinks such as Red Bull, and even caffeinated teas have an energising effect and can reduce the effectiveness of anaesthetic creams.
- Do not take aspirin for at least 24 hours, and preferably for 48 hours, before the permanent make-up treatment. Other pain relievers which do not contain aspirin, such as Perdolan, Dafalgan and Paracetamol, are no problem.
- Wear the make-up that you normally wear to your appointment. This helps the specialist gain insight into your personal habits and what you wish to achieve. Of course, this is not obligatory, but it is good advice.
- Bring along your own favourite make-up pencils or lipsticks, if possible.
- The specialist will make you comfortable as soon as you enter the practice, but do try to relax as much as possible. Stress stimulates the production of adrenaline and that certainly will not make the treatment any more pleasant.
- Trust your Permanent Make-up Artist as a true professional specialist and expert. Specialist Fernando Nascimento is a Master Permanent Make-up Artist and therefore a professional expert who exclusively performs permanent make-up treatments, day-in and day-out, throughout the year. In all these years, he has never slipped up with a client. He makes you feel comfortable straightaway.
Why do the prices for permanent make-up vary so greatly from place to place?
Permanent make-up is not cheap, although if you consider the long-term, it is often less expensive than manicures or hair styling. How much you pay for a permanent make-up treatment often depends on the following factors:
- The location where the permanent make-up treatment is performed definitely has an effect on the price. Whether it’s a tattoo parlor, hair salon, beauty salon or an institute and/or clinic specialising exclusively in permanent make-up treatments, the location will have a significant effect on price—but it is likely that there will be a significant difference in quality as well.
- Is your satisfaction guaranteed, including all of the follow-up treatments needed to achieve the result you want? Be sure to ask whether one or more follow-up treatments are included in the price. PMU is cumulative work; it is impossible to achieve the perfect result with just one application.
Often, each follow-up treatment is charged individually, making the final, complete application more expensive than it would be with the specialist who works with a fair total price. Correcting a treatment that is not satisfactory often ends up being much more expensive … if it can be corrected at all. Sometimes you may even require a laser treatment before you can try another PMU treatment with the right specialist.
- Who applies the permanent make-up treatment? This is possibly the greatest determining factor for the price. Are you working with a Master Permanent Make-up Artist and therefore a professional expert? Is this individual a professional who has exclusively specialised in the application of permanent make-up treatments, or not?
- Which pigments are used? High-quality permanent make-up pigments are expensive to purchase. Quality always comes at a price! If much less expensive tattoo pigments are used on the face, don’t be surprised if after a few months you note discolourations to petrol grey, or even to red. Ask specifically if your treatment will be done with pigments specially intended for PMU treatments.
- Investing in high-quality permanent make-up equipment and continuously taking courses to stay up-to-date on the latest PMU techniques both have a significant effect on price. Permanent make-up has been around for 20 years now. But the PMU of today cannot be compared in any way with the working methods and techniques of the first several years, nor can the products that are used today.
- Nowadays everything is much more advanced, and as a result of this, a specialised, professional expert—the Master Permanent Make-up Artist—must invest a great deal each year in order to continue to get the best results and to continue to stand out from all the other institutes that offer permanent make-up treatments.
A good permanent make-up specialist will make significant investments in equipment and devices, pigments and continuing education in order to provide you with the highest quality. Naturally, this is indirectly reflected in the price. You probably won’t end up with the least expensive treatment, but you will certainly receive the best one. After all, this treatment is for your face and your long-term appearance!
Good results lead to good word-of-mouth advertising, and a well-trained specialist should not have to work at discounted prices in order to attract clients. If someone must regularly feature special campaigns, offer promotions or try to be the least expensive, you should probably ask yourself … Why?
I take blood thinners. Is this problematic for permanent make-up treatments?
The thinner the blood, the greater the chance of minor bleeding during a permanent make-up treatment. The result of this can be that some of the pigment introduced during the treatment is lost with the bleeding.
Seepage. If, for medical reasons, you must take blood thinning medication every day, it is best to ask your doctor whether you may stop taking this medicine for a few days before the permanent make-up treatment. However, if there is no way for you to stop taking the blood thinners, this is not an insurmountable problem.
In any case, please be absolutely sure to notify Fernando, the specialist, about this. He will take this into account to the best of his ability. What will probably happen is that instead of two follow-up applications, which are included in the price, you may need one or two additional permanent make-up follow-ups.
If for medical reasons it really is not possible to stop taking the blood thinners for a few days, the specialist will not charge any extra fees for the extra follow-ups which may be required. However, never stop taking your medication without first consulting your doctor.
Is the application of permanent make-up painful? Is it possible to apply PMU with no pain at all?
The new permanent make-up treatment techniques really cannot be considered painful. Whether or not you experience pain during a permanent make-up treatment depends to a great extent on the person being treated and on the specialist who is performing the PMU treatment. Furthermore, Fernando Nascimento, together with a pharmacist colleague, has developed his own very powerful (anaesthetic) cream to numb the skin, which has been formulated in accordance with the legal regulations and safety standards in force.
It also depends, in part, on your skin type. One person’s skin does not react at all, while another person’s skin is irritated by the slightest thing. The differences in sensitivity here can also be compared with differences in sensitivity when having your eyebrows depilated. One person can just lie there relaxed, and another finds the whole experience quite unpleasant.
So how will you experience the feeling? At the most, you will feel some tingling due to the vibrations from the permanent make-up pen and device. When treating the eyebrows, some people may react by sneezing as the PMU Artist approaches the centre line of the face, since this is where the sinus line is stimulated.
I regularly have fever blisters or herpes on my lips. Can I still receive PMU treatments on my lips?
During the intake interview or, even better, when making an appointment for the PMU treatment, be sure to mention that you often suffer from fever blisters. This applies to both the application of a lip contour with a permanent make-up treatment as well as to a full lip treatment. (Herpes Simplex Labiales). Occurs in roughly one quarter of the population.
Please do not be ashamed to tell us about this condition. If you sometimes (or more often) suffer from fever blisters and you fail to take acyclovir tablets, such as Zovirax or Zelitrex, before the PMU treatment, there is a significant chance that your lips will “explode”, as it were. Yes, this is just a manner of speaking! However, we wish to be frank about this possibility so that you won’t be tempted not to tell us about your occasional (or even more regular) fever blisters.
Before the start of the permanent make-up treatment, you must take a course of acyclovir. The duration of the course of acyclovir depends on how often you have fever blisters. It is best to discuss this with your general practitioner, who must prescribe the acyclovir tablets.
The rule is very simple. We recommend that anyone who has had fever blisters more than six times takes two acyclovir tablets per day for a period of one month. Anyone who has had fewer than six fever blisters may limit the treatment with acyclovir to a period of seven days or less, as described in the Zelitrex package leaflet.
I have extremely sensitive eyes. Is permanent make-up something for me?
Applying permanent eyeliner to sensitive eyes is no problem whatsoever. As a specialist, Fernando Nascimento has had all types of people in his PMU treatment chair over the years, many of them with extremely sensitive eyes!
Oftentimes, doctors even recommend that people with sensitive eyes, who have difficulties tolerating regular make-up, stop using regular make-up and instead choose permanent make-up as the ideal solution.
Traditional make-up can cause chronically irritated eyes. In many circumstances, regular make-up can run into your eyes. This can cause your eyes to tear. After several hours, it looks like you never even applied make-up in the first place. On top of that, you run around all day with red eyes. With permanent make-up, you will NEVER have that problem again. Permanent make-up remains perfectly in place, all day and all night, and your eyes stay clear, even while exercising, sunbathing, visiting the sauna and engaging in other recreational activities during which you can work up a bit of a sweat. It’s a great feeling of freedom!
Some eyes tear somewhat more than others when the eyeliner is being applied. This may cause somewhat more PMU pigment to run. No need to worry about this. Any minute pigment particles which may bleed away from your eyeliner (or eye contour) are simply reapplied during the first and second follow-up treatments. That is why Fernando Nascimento works with professional permanent make-up treatments, which always include two follow-up treatments in the price!
Also, when your vision is less than perfect, or you are near-sighted, applying traditional make-up can be quite a challenge. Drawing on perfect eyeliner even when your vision is perfect is quite a job. With a permanent make-up treatment, you are always wearing the perfect eyeliner. No more stress and always radiant.
I am pregnant. Can I have permanent make-up applied now?
In principle, the high-quality pigments and the products used with permanent make-up treatments these days are not harmful to your baby. Yet, we recommend that you postpone any pigmentation application, and therefore permanent make-up treatments, during pregnancy. The reason for this is very logical. A pregnant woman’s body is in a heightened state of alertness.
This means that the body will attempt to reject any attempt to introduce foreign substances, no matter how superficial, into the body by means of its highly activated immune system. Therefore, it is better to wait until after the pregnancy and even after the breastfeeding period. In fact, a permanent make-up treatment is an ideal gift for after your pregnancy!
I know I have some severe allergies. Should I do a test before a PMU treatment?
It is always wise to let us know that you tend to have allergic reactions. The latest, high-quality permanent make-up pigments which Master Permanent Make-up Artist Fernando Nascimento uses are hypo-allergenic.
Allergic reactions to them almost never occur. If you have any doubts, the permanent make-up specialist can perform a test which will definitively show whether or not you are allergic to the PMU pigments. Allergies to the latex gloves that are used during a permanent make-up treatment are actually more common than allergies to the pigments. That is why it is important that you let us know all of the substances you are allergic to before the treatment.
High-quality PMU pigments which do not cause allergic reactions are, of course, more expensive.
Can permanent make-up be applied immediately before an eye-lift or a face-lift?
If you are considering plastic surgery, it is best if you first have the surgery done before applying your permanent make-up. This way you are sure that the PMU is applied exactly in the right spot. In other words, we strongly recommend that you do not have eyeliner, eyebrows, a lip contour or full lips applied before having an eye-lift or another type of face-lift.
I have wrinkles on my upper lip. Will a lip contour with permanent make-up look nice on me?
By applying a pigmented lip liner with permanent make-up techniques, there is a good chance that the wrinkles on your lips will become less noticeable and less visible and that your traditional lip contour make-up will no longer run between the wrinkles. It’s highly recommended, in fact. However, do not choose dark colours.
Does the skin swell after a permanent make-up treatment? Can I drive myself home in the car after the treatment? Can I go to a restaurant or out for the evening that same day? Can I go to work the next day? Etc.
Swelling of the skin almost never occurs anymore. The skin is a little taut, but usually not so bad that you could call it swelling. Your eyes will look like you have cried a bit. If you have skin that more easily shows swelling, then after a few hours this effect will most certainly have completely disappeared.
You can drive yourself home in the car after a permanent make-up treatment with no problem at all, and you can certainly go to work the next day. The only issue that you will have with eyebrows, for example, is that they will initially look heavier and darker than the final result. But they will definitely not be unpresentable. After a week, the actual colour of your final eyebrows will start to become evident. It is only after three weeks that the actual permanent colour is seen. Going to a party or out to a restaurant the same evening is also no problem at all.
So, what must I pay attention to after a permanent make-up treatment?
It is very important that you carefully follow the after-treatment procedures at home for one week following the application, until the healing process is complete. Otherwise, you are simply throwing your money down the drain. The purpose of follow-ups is not to correct the consequences of not following the after-treatment restrictions but to perfect and 100% complete the permanent make-up application process.
- Do not take a sauna.
- Do not lie in a sunbed or sunbathe intensively.
- Do not let water touch the pigmentation.
- Do not wear traditional make-up on the treated areas.
- Do not rub or scratch the treated areas. Do not pick at the scabs or peeling skin; they must fall off by themselves. Otherwise a great deal of the pigment will be lost, resulting in more rapid and more uneven fading of the pigmentation.
- It is best not to exercise, because of the sweat produced; alternatively, exercise while wearing a sweatband on your head. It is best, in fact, to just abstain from exercise for four days following the treatment.
- Absolutely do not take a bath, go swimming or enter a Jacuzzi.
In short, avoid everything that makes you sweat and avoid all contact with water. This is really very important!
How much time should there be between the initial application of the permanent make-up and the first and second follow-ups?
A minimum of one month, so effectively four weeks. After one week, the skin appears to be healed. Yet, at that point, the skin must still completely heal on the inside. In other words, it is essential that you wait for four weeks before having the specialist perform the follow-up. Some people can be a bit impatient when some pigmentation is missing due to absorption or rejection by the skin, or the colour turns out somewhat light. Yet, for your own safety, the specialist will never perform a follow-up before the four-week mark.
One solution, after the one-week mark, is to apply small amounts of make-up pencil or to camouflage the area with traditional make-up, if necessary. But promise yourself to wait for one whole week so that the traditional make-up does not penetrate into the minuscule wounds.
I have diabetes. Can I have permanent make-up applied?
For safety reasons, Fernando Nascimento, Master Permanent Make-up Artist, specialising in permanent make-up treatments and professional expert in the field with years and years of experience, never applies permanent make-up to persons with diabetes. Permanent make-up is definitely not advised in cases of severe diabetes or in persons with diabetes who must inject insulin one or more times per day. The skin often heals poorly, and there is also a great risk of colour differences. The chance of infection, due to the skin not healing properly, is also significant.
This is usually not a problem in people with a minor form of diabetes. For persons with diabetes, the specialist always recommends first discussing the permanent make-up treatment with their general practitioner or treating physician before proceeding to a permanent make-up treatment. Please remember that the application of permanent make-up is always performed entirely at your own risk.
Please note that applying permanent eyeliner is absolutely no problem in people with diabetes, regardless of the disease’s severity. Eyebrows, lip contours and certainly full lips are strongly inadvisable, however, unless the treating specialist decides otherwise. In that case, we require a written document which guarantees this approval has been obtained from the treating physician.
I take medication. Can this be combined with permanent make-up?
Always inform the permanent make-up specialist before the treatment about the medications you take, especially if these medications are intended for very specific treatments.
People who are receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer really must postpone their permanent make-up treatment until the chemotherapy has been concluded. After the termination of the therapy, the immune system, as well as the skin, need several months to heal and return to their normal state. Only then can the permanent make-up treatment be performed. This also applies to repigmentation of the reconstructed areola after breast and nipple reconstruction. To be sure of a perfect result, repigmentation of the nipple and the areola may only be started after this period.
You must also be cautious when taking blood thinning agents. Always inform us of this, and ask your general practitioner or treating physician whether you may stop taking the blood thinners for a few days before and after the permanent make-up treatment. Excessive bleeding during the application of permanent make-up gets in the way of attaining a perfect result.
Is a permanent make-up treatment possible immediately before an eye-lift or a face-lift?
If you are considering plastic surgery, it is always better if you first have the plastic surgery done before applying your permanent make-up. The surgical intervention for an eye-lift or a face-lift may change the location where the permanent make-up was previously applied, resulting in the eyeliner, eyebrows or lips no longer being visible in the correct location. Significant corrections are possible, but in this case, prevention is better than a cure.
How long does a permanent make-up treatment last?
A permanent make-up treatment must be able to be performed calmly and without rushing. That is why it is important to set aside as much time for the procedure as needed. All permanent make-up treatments are preceded by a thorough intake interview so that the application and the procedure can be discussed in detail with the specialist. For eyebrows, eyeliner, lip contour and lip wrinkles, one hour is reserved. The specialist also reserves one hour for the follow-up applications. This includes the time for the preparations with anaesthetic cream, the application itself and the after-treatment. For the application of full lips and for full lips in combination with a contrasting lip contour, two hours are reserved.
In the case of areola repigmentation, micro hair pigmentation, scalp camouflage and scar tissue camouflage, usually one hour is sufficient, unless the professional expert in this medical permanent make-up specialisation, Fernando Nascimento, decides he needs more time for these types of treatments. This will be determined during the intake interview and when booking these medical permanent make-up treatments.
May I apply traditional make-up in the first days following the permanent make-up treatment?
During the first four days after the application of a permanent make-up treatment, there are a number of restrictions which must be followed to ensure that the PMU treatment is 100% successful. Permanent make-up treatment is not inexpensive, although you do save a great deal of money with it in the long run, since you do not have to use or purchase any more traditional, and expensive, make-up. But you may not apply traditional make-up to the areas just treated for a period of XXXX.
The first reason for this restriction is that traditional make-up contains colouring agents which influence the colour of your pigmentation. If these agents are absorbed into the recently treated skin, they can have extremely harmful effects. This is especially true in the case of lip treatments with permanent make-up.
A second reason is that make-up that has already been used contains bacteria which could cause infection. Furthermore, you will have to rub this traditional make-up off at the end of the day, usually with the help of a make-up remover product. This creates a significant risk that a portion of the permanent pigment will also be pulled out of the skin.
That is why you may not use traditional make-up for one week after a permanent make-up treatment. After this period, it can be handy to apply traditional make-up to areas where the skin has absorbed some of the PMU pigment after the initial application and to do so until the next follow-up treatments are performed. Of course, this is no longer necessary after the two follow-up treatments, after which time the permanent make-up will be perfect for a number of years.
Traditional make-up may then still be used, for example, to change your lip colour for a special occasion or to place a wing on your eyeliner.
When will I see the final result of the permanent make-up treatment?
Count on the fact that you will only be able to see what ultimately remains of the treatment and how the colour will definitively look after approximately three weeks. Immediately after the permanent make-up treatment, your colour appears much darker and thicker than how it will finally look. That is something to definitely be aware of and something that many people are shocked by immediately after the PMU treatment.
Having confidence in the Master Permanent Make-up Artist, a specialised, professional expert, is truly of the utmost importance. Often, upon arriving home, you may receive very negative comments about the darkness of the colour. Don’t worry, just wait for three weeks, at which time you will be better able to assess the result or have your family members, your partner or your friends assess the result.
Sometimes, in the first hours, it may even seem that your permanent make-up is not entirely symmetrical. Please take this into account! This is usually a result of the fact that the skin is a bit more taut on one side than on the other side. This effect will disappear by itself. Furthermore, the follow-up treatments are not only intended to reapply PMU pigments that have disappeared and to fixate them but also to perform minor corrections, where necessary.
It can also happen, especially in the lips, that when the peeling skin and scabs disappear, it seems all of the pigment has disappeared. This pigmentation usually reappears after some ten days. Do not react to this too quickly. Of course, you may always contact the specialist to ask about it and even send a photo, if necessary, to email@example.com.
The specialist will never perform a follow-up treatment before one month has passed after the PMU treatment!!!
Severe cases of the disappearance or absorption of the pigmentation from a permanent make-up treatment almost never occur. This only occurs when the after-care restrictions and the after-treatment procedures are not respected, for example by exercising intensively, showering, taking a warm/hot bath, taking a sauna or going swimming, but also in cases of the use of antibiotics and during the menstrual cycle.
Know that the follow-ups after a permanent make-up treatment are there to perfect the application of your permanent make-up and to apply and fixate it nicely for a number of years. Follow-ups are NOT intended to correct permanent make-up that has disappeared as a result of non-compliance with the after-care instructions and the PMU after-treatment procedures.
Why are additional follow-up treatment(s) necessary after the initial permanent make-up application?
This all depends on the individual person in question. A great deal also depends on your skin. Applying permanent make-up to the face, areola or scalp in one single session is impossible and can also be unsafe.
Should someone try to do so, the skin could overreact. Applying permanent make-up in a correct and professional manner is cumulative work. If the practitioner forces the application, you will most certainly not be able to go out in public in the first days following the treatment, and you will suffer a great deal of pain. Permanent make-up treatment should be as good as painless.
In this respect, permanent make-up techniques are completely different than tattoo techniques. With permanent make-up applications, the work is done in the uppermost portion of the dermis (not the epidermis, but the middle layer of the skin) in order to achieve soft, natural results. This layer also contains the most lymph. The lymphatic system tries to protect the skin by carrying away, and even rejecting, foreign substances.
In the case of tattoos, the application is somewhat deeper in order to achieve nice tattoo results. The skin of the body is also somewhat thicker than that of the face. With tattoos, more pigment is introduced (at a greater depth) into the skin. At that depth, the lymphatic system has less chance to carry away the tattoo pigments.
Furthermore, the lymphatic system in the face is activated more rapidly than it is in the rest of the body. Whereas with a tattoo everything is applied from the first prick, with permanent make-up it is a bit more difficult than that. That is why two follow-up treatments are necessary in order to correctly perform permanent make-up treatments.
A Master Permanent Make-up Artist, that is to say, a professional expert specialising in the placement of permanent make-up, will always perform the permanent make-up application in three steps: the initial application, the first follow-up one month later and the second follow-up after another month.
That is why it is also important to know that all of these steps are included in the price. That is another reason why the appropriate price for a permanent make-up treatment is more expensive—the specialist must reserve three full hours in order to apply a perfect make-up treatment.
Pigments used in tattoos are also completely different than pigments used for permanent make-up treatments. Tattoo pigments may NOT be used on the face. They are not high-quality enough for that, and they discolour to petrol grey or even to red. That is why colour pigments for permanent make-up applications are so much more expensive and, as a result, so is the PMU treatment.
A second reason that a follow-up treatment is necessary is to achieve a natural result, one that is indistinguishable from the natural eyebrows, for example. It takes time and expertise to perform a top-quality permanent make-up treatment.
Too often, less accomplished colleagues (to put it diplomatically) choose a darker shade, because the pigment lightens after healing. They do this in order to apply an eyebrow or eyeliner in one application. This is guaranteed not to look nice. A practitioner who works with the three-step method consisting of the initial application and two follow-ups is a person with professional expertise, not to mention passion and knowledge, in the application of permanent make-up treatments.
Is permanent make-up only for women, or can it be applied to men?
Permanent make-up treatments are definitely not exclusively for women! There are a number of PMU treatments that may certainly be performed on men.
There is a menliner, or guyliner, specifically intended for men. This specific application of eyeliner for men consists of points of colour. Point eyeliner or eyeliner consisting of pigmentation points which are applied at specific intervals and only along the upper eyelid are different than the full, thin or thick upper lid eyeliner used for women. This is a fantastic permanent make-up technique used to emphasise men’s eyes. Ultimately, it has the same goal as the eyeliner used for women, but it only goes on the upper lid, not the lower lid, and is applied in points instead of as a complete thin or thick line.
And do not forget the several medical permanent make-up applications or very specific sub-specialisations of permanent make-up treatments that are also for men or have even been developed especially for men.
For example, there is scalp pigmentation, also called micro hair pigmentation or tricopigmentation.
This is a technique which can be used to treat a completely bald head by applying hair simulation, a technique in which hair stubble is simulated. With this PMU hair stubble simulation technique, you no longer look completely bald.
For example, the man shown below would look completely different if he were completely bald. By simulating hair stubble, he looks significantly more masculine. This is also called the military look.
For some men, the difference between hair stubble and complete baldness can make a world of difference. Some men are not in the least disturbed by a bald head. Others completely close themselves off from their social lives because they are bald. A well-known example is the actor Vin Diesel, who has a completely pigmented scalp, as does the person shown in the photo below.
This same technique of scalp pigmentation or micro hair implantation can also be used in men for scalp camouflage. Isolated bald spots on the head can be camouflaged with this technique. Think, for example, of balding on the crown of the head but also of other bald spots on the scalp where the hair stubble simulation technique can disguise or even completely conceal the balding areas.
Besides that, bald spots due to disorders of the hair (skin disorders), diseases of the hair or scalp such as Alopecia Areata, or baldness resulting from chemotherapy treatments in men are also applications for which permanent make-up is suitable and can offer an ideal solution.
So men certainly do not fall outside of the category of permanent make-up treatment clients.
In addition to the menliner or guyliner, the eyebrows can also be reconstructed or perfected. In other words, the 3D/4D hair strokes permanent make-up technique for men’s eyebrows is another PMU treatment that is certainly applicable to men.
Also, do not forget scar tissue camouflage for scars left behind after hair implantations, or a scar on the lips, a cleft lip or another lip imperfection requiring lip correction. In addition to these applications, there is also the camouflage of a scar left behind after brain surgery. If hair no longer grows from this scar tissue, the scalp camouflage technique using permanent make-up can also be applied here.
There’s even the masking of imperfections of the male areola by means of adding colour. The darkened area around the male nipple is also called the areola. Just like in women, men’s areolae can differ in colour. These differences can be masked and coloured in so that the areolae appear the same colour, thus offering an aesthetic improvement of the male areola. Men can also suffer from breast cancer, and the male areola can also be repigmented after breast and areola reconstruction using areola repigmentation, which is a medical application of permanent make-up treatment.
In short, we can say with certainty that permanent make-up is not only for women but also has many uses for men.
Lip contour and full lips are really the only applications that are not generally used for men.
I have a tendency to have allergic reactions. Should a test be done before a PMU treatment?
Allergic reactions to permanent make-up treatments almost never occur because of the high quality of the latest PMU pigments. The new, high-quality, and therefore somewhat more expensive permanent make-up pigments are all hypo-allergenic.
Throughout all the years that Fernando Nascimento, International Master Permanent Make-up Artist, has been applying PMU treatments, he has never witnessed an allergic reaction to permanent make-up products and pigments, with the exception perhaps an instance of a slight reaction to latex gloves.
Naturally, we recommend that you mention if you tend to be highly allergic or sensitive to allergens in general. The specialist can always easily perform an allergy test to see whether you have an allergic reaction to the high-quality pigments that he uses for his permanent make-up treatments. The test takes a few days and is usually performed on the wrist.
If after a few days, no allergic reaction occurs, you will probably not develop one. Of course, there is never a complete guarantee of what may occur in the long- or very long-term. In all our years of experience, we have never seen a long-term reaction and neither have our fellow Master Permanent Make-up Artists who also work with the same PMU products and pigments.
Furthermore, the Permanent Perfection Institute works in 100% accordance with all hygiene regulations governing the work of permanent make-up experts.
How long does permanent make-up remain visible?
How long permanent make-up remains visible depends on:
- the skin of the individual clients.
- the area to which the permanent make-up is applied: eyebrows, eyeliner or lips, scalp pigmentation or areola repigmentation, for example.
- the way the client cares for the skin and/or the degree of exposure to those natural elements which have an influence on the permanence of PMU, such as UVA-UVB exposure (daylight/sun) and other weather factors, but also sunbeds, chemical peels and the application of more or less extra traditional make-up.
On average, a permanent make-up treatment remains clearly visible for two years before it begins to fade.
- Eyebrows:1,5 to 2 years
- Eyeliner: 3 to 5 years
- Lips: 2 to 3 years
- Areola repigmentation: 3 to 5 years
- Scalp pigmentation: 5 to 10 years
Pigments for permanent make-up, as opposed to tattoo pigments, which may NOT be used on the face, always fade until they completely disappear! To extend the permanence of PMU, it is important to use a sun protection factor on a daily basis, and in the summer months to apply a high protection factor. This way you not only optimally protect the colour of your permanent make-up but also your skin!
Ideally, you should have your permanent make-up treatment applied by a Master Permanent Make-up Artist, a specialist in PMU treatments, who will offer you an annual touch-up at a reduced price, for example, at 50% of the original price of the initial application.
This way you can be sure that you will always have the perfect permanently made-up eyebrows, lips or eyeliner, year-in, year-out. As you can see, Permanent Perfection turns out to be a well-thought-out name for the International Master Permanent Make-up Artist Fernando Nascimento’s Institute, which offers these yearly touch-ups at half price.
Is the permanent make-up technique hygienic? Are the needles hygienic?
All expert permanent make-up specialists work in an extremely professional manner, and hygiene is lesson number one for permanent make-up treatments. Even the room in which the PMU treatments are performed must comply with strict hygiene regulations. Of course, new, sterile needles are used for each treatment. This guarantees sterility and hygiene.
The fresh needle is removed from its packaging in front of the client. It is destroyed after use and deposited in a special waste container. For the application of follow-up treatments, we also start anew, just like for the initial treatment, with new needles and materials. The specialist in permanent make-up application is also required to wear latex gloves.
Should the gloves become damaged for one reason or another, the old gloves are immediately replaced by a new pair, but not before the hands are re-cleaned with special disinfectant products. Permanent Perfection Master Permanent Make-up Artist, Fernando