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Frequently asked questions and facts


Q  How long do I need to allow for a procedure?

A  A client should allow 3 hours for a procedure, although some procedures do not take that long.  I never rush.  If a client wishes to schedule the consultation at the time of the procedure, extra time should be allowed.

Q  Will I be able to choose the shape and color I want?

A  Yes,  If a client knows exactly how she wants the permanent procedure done, she should come with her make up done like that to the consultation.  If a client would like, color drapes are placed as a collar to evaluate reflected color on the skin.  This helps to determine skin undertones.  Color choices that complement the natural skin are discussed.  The shape is drawn and approved by the client before the beginning of any permanent application.

Q  What if I want to change my lip color after having permanent color?

A  Lipstick may be worn in the same way it was worn prior to pigmentation for changing the color of the lips.

Q What qualifications should I look for in a practitioner?

A  The primary evidence of competency requires the successful completion of the American Academy of Micropigmentation Board Certification Exam.  This exam tests micropigmentation knowledge by a written, practical, and oral exam providing high standards in all areas.    A practitioner should also be very artistic and have knowledge of color theory and facial design.  The ability to draw and to demand perfection is of utmost importance as this is not easily removed.  A good practitioner is fully licensed and insured.

Q Why do some practitioners charge more for procedures?

A  Of course, there can be several factors that determine this, however a practitioner’s level of education should be thoroughly explored.  A financial investment in a good education would be a reason to higher prices. The extensive education in art and in the techniques of proper pigment implantation of a practitioner is often directly proportional to professional excellence.  You should also find out how many touch up procedures are covered and if there are any supply fees.  Hidden fees also can make one practitioner appear less expensive at first, but in the long run are actually much more. 

Q  Does it hurt? 

A  The highest grade of topical anesthetic is used prior and during all procedures. Naturally, some people have more sensitive skin than others. Seldom do clients experience pain in an eyeliner procedure.  The sensation is like a tickling.  Eyebrows seem to be a bit more uncomfortable in the beginning, however as the procedure progresses, the client’s brow area becomes more and more numb. When having a lip procedure, a dental nerve block is recommended due to the size of the area to be pigmented, however, I've had many clients who thought it was not too uncomfortable with my extra strength topical with  an occlusive dressing is applied.

Q  What is the likelihood  of pigment allergies? 

A   Although the media has reported pigment allergies, none of them have been associated with Nouveau Contour   the line of medical grade pigments used by Laura Lewis.  Intradermal  pigments are used more prolifically by the tattoo artists long before they are available to the permanent cosmetic industry.  If there is a rare case of pigment allergies, it is discovered long before it gets to micropigmentation.  Premier Pigments are the only pigments to have reported allergies.

Q  How long does it take to heal?

A   Eyeliner usually has little or no down time where a client would need to take off work until healed.  The slight peeling usually occurs between 3 -7 days.   Eyebrows may take 5-7 days to heal.  Brows appear darker prior to healing and some people are self-conscience.  Brow powders may be applied over a thin coat of Vaseline to camouflage it if needed. Lips may take up to 3 weeks to totally heal.  After 3-5 days the major part of the peeling has occurred and the client has the appearance of chapped lips.  Most people are fine covering the area with Vaseline or lip gloss.  I have heard that a client may request her physician to prescribe an antibiotic such as dicloxacillin which will make the pigmented area heal in less than half of the normal time.

Q  How long does it last?

A  Typically, procedures last at least 2 years or more without noticeable fading.  The color slowly fades so the color does not disappear.  Due to body chemistry, medications, and a lifestyle that includes sun exposure, chlorine pools, and dermal exfoliants, the longevity can be shortened or lenghtened.

Q  What are the risks of infection?

A  Anytime the skin is broken, there is a risk of infection.  Laura Lewis uses only sterile, single use disposable  needles and abides by OSHA and the Alabama Department of Public Health standards.  Although clients are warned not to touch pigmented area, something as ordinary as sunglasses touching a pigmented area can transfer germs.  Only in rare cases are there infections and one must immediately see a physician. 

Q  Is it expensive?

A  When compared to other cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and dermal fillers like Restalyne, permanent cosmetic procedures are relatively inexpensive.  Permanent cosmetics last much longer and touch up applications are years apart rather than months apart

If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me: 
(205)989-9880 or to email me.