What is PMU?

Micropigmentation is a safe, sterile process where natural pigment is implanted below the surface of the skin.  This modern twist on an age old art provides a safe and natural looking alternative for eyebrow, eyeliner and lip liner/full lip color applications that can last for years.  Permanent Makeup is beneficial because it is time saving and helps those who have oily skin, which tends to shed conventional cosmetics.  It also provides an alternative to those who have allergies to conventional cosmetics, visual impairments, contact lenses, unsteady/arthritic hands or other difficulty applying makeup.  SEE EXAMPLES AT BOTTOM OF PAGE


What is Microblading?
Microblading is cosmetic tattooing for the eyebrows, also referred to as semi-permanent makeup or micropigmentation. It is the process of implanting color pigment, by way of  tiny scratches made in the outer dermis that are filled with pigment.   The hand too is composed of tiny, sterile, disposable needles that produce the appearance of hair strokes. Strokes look like individual hairs and Microblading creates the most realistic brows of any method.


What is the difference between PMU and traditional tattooing?

​Cosmetic tattooing is softer and more subtle. It is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as natural coloration and facial changes occur.


What kind of tools are used?

There are two different tools that we use, depending on your skin type and desired effect.  The special hand tool contains extremely sharp needles positioned in a way that resembles and operates similarly to a blade.  The other is  a special micro pen machine.


Is PMU permanent?

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of 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, color re-enhancement or color refreshing. Your skin is living tissue that’s subject to change from various external and internal factors.  When placed into the skin, any color will also become susceptible to change, most commonly fading. Permanency to some degree should be expected and planned for, again it is to the degree which is often hard to predict. The process is just a little different, but all procedures heal, peel and fade. It revolves around the pigment insertion depth, the volume of color placed into the skin, machine or manual tool used and techniques used.


What should I do/not do before my PMU procedure?
· Avoid blood thinning medication 72 hours before your appointment
· Do not drink alcohol the night before and the day of your appointment
· If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you must wait at least one year before considering this procedure
· It is highly recommended that you avoid sun and tanning bed exposure for 30 days before and after your procedure

What can I expect immediately after my service?
Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. Redness and swelling is minimal.


Does it hurt?

A highly effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure.  Having this service during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long.  If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.


Is it safe? 

All pigments used are FDA approved are are of the highest quality available.


How long does it take?

We typically schedule 3hrs for brows and 2hrs for eyeliner and lips.  Actual coloring time takes 20 to 35 minutes.  This allows us to make sure we have our shape and color perfect and allows for topical anesthetic application.


How many procedure treatments do I need?

Two sessions, at least  6 to 8 weeks apart are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to achieve the desired results. Some may require more than two sessions depending on skin type, aftercare compliance, lifestyle, and immune system. Some are great with just the initial procedure.


How do you know what shape to use?

During your PMU consultation appointment we will take pictures and use measurements of your face and bone structure to map out a proposed service area.  PMU is a mix of geometrics and artistry.  Brows are NOT one style fits all! I will recommend the treatment that best suits your face shape/skin type/lifestyle.  


What are the different styles and how do I know which is right for me?

PLEASE SEE EXAMPLES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE


How long does it last?

Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, the length of time it lasts is different for everyone.  Being the unique individuals we are, our skin regenerates at different speeds.  Some need a color boost in 8 months, while others  go years.  The average is 10 to 16 months.    Or, you can choose to just let them fade away.


How do you decide what color to use? 

Using your underlying skin tones and natural hair color, we will decide together what is optimal for your individual needs.​


What sanitation do you use?  

We use strict medical sanitation standards in accordance with the state of Michigan.  Most everything we use is disposed after every use.  Items not disposed, (table, bed, lamps etc) are thoroughly cleansed with medical grade sanitizer and covered with disposable covers prior to and after every use.


What should I do/not do before my PMU procedure?
· Avoid blood thinning medication 72 hours before your appointment
· Do not drink alcohol the night before and the day of your appointment
· If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you must wait at least one year before considering this procedure
· It is highly recommended that you avoid sun and tanning bed exposure for 30 days before and after your procedure

What can I expect immediately after my service?
Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. Redness and swelling is minimal.


NOTE:   Microblading/PMU is a big step & requires research on your part. You should choose an artist who’s work you like.  With that being said, if you show too many signs of apprehensiveness or if you are too nervous for the procedure, we will decline the service and you will forfeit your deposit.  NO EXCEPTIONS.   A new deposit will be required to reschedule. This is my right of refusal as an artist & business owner. This is for your benefit. I will always do my absolute best to make my clients happy, but sometimes the timing just isn't right.







Micro-Blading

Micro-Blade & Shade

This technique is performed with a special micro pen machine to create natural looking brows. It is one of the best options for clients that like powder effect on their eyebrows and/or for the ones with oily skin. The pigment is lighter at the start of the brow, and gradually gets darker on the tail.

Microblading  is an embroidery of small, precise strokes that imitates the effect of real hairs, and uses a special microblading pen to individually draw on the strokes.
The  special hand tool  contains  extremely sharp needles positioned in a way that resembles and operates similarly to a blade.

This technique combines hair strokes and powder effect for a beautiful, natural and more defined look. The beginning of the brows is feathered with hair strokes that transition into a powdered effect to achieve a more definition of the arch and tail area. Hair strokes can be added around the outer line of the arch to soften the powdered tail.  This is a great alternative for clients who are not good candidates for microblading, such as those who have very oily skin or have left only few hairs on their eyebrows; or for someone who likes more defined arch and tail.  Both the hand tool and micro pen machine can be used in this procedure depending on the amount of shading desired.

Brow Shading / Powder Brows

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