Does it hurt?
SofTap® is the gentlest method you will find for implanting permanent color into the skin. The sensation is said to be similar to tweezing. If you are sensitive, your SofTap® professional will use topical anesthetic on your eyebrows. Lips and eyeliner always require topical anesthetic.
Do I get a say in how my makeup is done?
Of course. Our Permanent make up professional wouldn't dream of giving you a design you didn't want. This is a process in which the both of you work together to find what works for you—after all it is for you!
How long will it last?
This depends on the color and style you have chosen. If you choose a subtle, light color and application, expect to need more touch ups than if you choose a dark color and heavier application. It is important to understand that while very dark colors and heavy applications require little or no touch ups, they do not look as natural and therefore are not recommended.
Will I need a touch up?
Light color and light applications need touch ups to stay looking natural. Darker colors need fewer touch ups, but you still need them.
Why do I need a touch up if this is permanent?
Because color is implanted in the facial area there tends to be more fluid circulation than other parts of the body. Your face sees the most wear of any piece of you—exposure to the sun, food, facial products—the list goes on and on. All of these things cause permanent color to fade, this is why you need a touch up.
How should I prepare before the procedure?
If you are sensitive, you may take an over the counter pain reliever approximately one hour prior to your procedure. Do not take aspirin or any other blood thinners as these promote bleeding. If you are having your eyeliner done, refrain from wearing contact lenses and eye makeup, conventional eye makeup may leave residue and make the procedure more difficult. For lip procedures, you may obtain a prescription to prevent viral outbreaks if you are prone to this.
Is there going to be any scabbing?
There can be scabbing if your skin is sensitive. Eyeliner procedures tend to scab more than eyebrows. DO NOT pick off these scabs; picking scabs may result in a loss of color or minor scarring.
Why do I see color flaking off after about a week?
This can happen for a number of reasons, but it usually has to do with skin type. Older skin, more weathered skin, and drier skin may flake color off during the healing process. There should be color underneath, but if not, we will touch up your color at your follow up appointment.
Will I be swollen?
Eyebrows swell slightly. Swelling is normal and expected for lip and eyeliner procedures. We recommend ice packs ten minutes each hour for the first three hours after these procedures to minimize swelling.
Can it be removed?
Small exfoliations and corrections may be possible, but if you want a complete removal you should see a laser specialist.
I'm pregnant, can I get permanent makeup?
If you are pregnant or nursing, your body and your baby are more susceptible to any kind of infection. Wait until you are finished nursing before you get permanent makeup done. Alternatively, if you are not pregnant, but may be in the near future, come in for a consultation—it can be a real relief to know that you look great at any time of your pregnancy.