Permanent makeup can enhance your appearance, boost your confidence, and save you time and money in the long run. Dr. Charles Hunt, II and the aesthetic professionals at Alabama Vein & Restoration Medspa are experienced and passionate about helping you look and feel your best using this cosmetic tattooing technique. For a consultation with the aesthetician, book your appointment online or call the offices in Hoover, Clanton, Tuscaloosa, Oxford, and Fultondale, Alabama.
Permanent Makeup Q & A
What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup, also called micropigmentation, is not actually makeup at all. It is a type of cosmetic tattooing, using pigments to achieve the appearance of makeup.
Permanent makeup can replace the daily topical application of eyeliner, winged eyeliner, wedged eyeliner, lip liner, or eyebrow pencil. You can then use your preferred foundation, lip color, and eyeshadow as desired.
Pigmentation is applied in the dermal layer of the skin using a machine, it is a gentle tattooing process. Permanent makeup is safe and painless as long as you have the process done by a licensed, experienced permanent makeup artist.
Is permanent makeup right for everyone?
During your initial consultation, your permanent makeup artist discusses if permanent makeup is ideal for you based on your skin type, complexion, and desired style.
Permanent makeup application may not be the best option for you if:
- You have allergies to ink
- You have allergies to topical anesthetic
- Your immune system is compromised
- Your skin tends to create keloids or scars easily
- Unless these contraindications apply to you, this process holds little risk for complications.
What does application of permanent makeup entail?
After your initial consultation, you and your permanent makeup artist make a plan for your permanent makeup application that meets your goals as closely as possible. They draw lines on your face that serve as a guide for application, and help you know what to expect.
Your permanent makeup artist applies the pigment using a facial tattooing machine with very fine sterilized needles. During the treatment, you feel the vibration of the machine against your skin, but it shouldn’t cause any discomfort.
The process usually takes between 1-3 hours, and varies with each person depending on the work being done. Your new coloring is darker than normal immediately after treatment, and will fade approximately 40% lighter as you heal. Healing can take up to 6 weeks from your initial procedure.
A follow-up appointment is needed 6-12 weeks after your first treatment. During this session, your permanent makeup artist evaluates your coloring and may retouch any area that needs to be adjusted.
Do you also offer permanent makeup / tattoo lightening ?
Absolutely, we have seen many patients that have had previous permanent makeup treatments done elsewhere and are looking to remove what had been done or they want us to correct / improve their brows. During your consultation our permanent makeup artist can determine if it can be redrawn and corrected without lightening the previous work done or if we need to lighten the areas before moving forward.
The lightening process is safe, easy, and effective.
We use Li-ft pigment lightening solution, it is safe for permanent makeup on the face and for different areas of the body to lighten body tattoos. This product should only be used by trained and licensed professionals only, our permanent makeup artist is a member of SPCP (Society for Permanent Cosmetic Professionals) with years of training and is a licensed professional with certifications in training of Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control.
Treatments are $200 / session set 8 weeks apart. Multiple sessions are usually necessary to achieve desired results.
Results will vary depending on but not limited to clients own skin and healing process, type of pigment to be removed, depth of pigment placement, technique used, needle used and after care regiment followed.
What is the cost of permanent makeup?
- Lip Liner $425
- Full Lip Shading $650
- Shading Lip Liner $525
- Ombre Brows $650
- Designer Eyeliner $500
- Top Eyeliner $300 – $400
- Bottom Eyeliner $200
- Top & Bottom Eyeliner $500
- Color Boost Eyeliner $275
- Lash Enhancement $400
- Touchup Lips (yearly) $350*
- Touchup Brows (after 4 months) $200*
- Touchup Eyeliner (1-2 years) $150*
- Lightening $200 / session
*Touch up pricing may vary depending on factors determined by our permanent makeup artist
You must schedule your post-evaluation appointment within 6-8 weeks after the initial procedure, if not scheduled within that time you agree to forfeit your 1st initial free touchup session unless an arrangement is made with the artist.
For your permanent makeup consultation, call the office or request an appointment online today. Our main office is conveniently located in Hoover right off the interstate, serving Birmingham and all surrounding areas!
If you would like to take a further look into our permanent makeup offerings please visit our permanent makeup page here.