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Why is it so important to have Permanent Cosmetics applied in a clinical environment?
During a permanent cosmetic procedure, the skin is penetrated leaving the client vulnerable to infection. Salons and Spas offer a variety of services from artificial nails, to different hair treatments, waxing, facials and even spray tanning. All these services stimulate chemicals and dust that may enter into the open skin and cause infection. Also, an establishment that offers many services does not specialize in permanent makeup. WakeUp MadeUp was designed for the sole purpose of applying permanent makeup. It is our specialty!

Is the procedure painful?
Denise applies only the finest topical anesthetic to numb the skin and minimize discomfort.  Clients tell us it’s about as painful as having your eyebrows tweezed.

How safe is the procedure?
Denise prides herself on her impeccable record of safety.  She uses only sterile, single-use instruments.  To further reduce the risk of contamination or spread of disease during the procedure, she also wears surgical gloves.

Is this the same as a tattoo?
Yes, It is a tattoo, although different techniques and pigments are used.

I have little or no eyebrow hair; can you do something that won’t look “drawn on”?
In a word, YES.  Merging art and science, Denise uses a highly specialized combination of soft shading the brow background, and accenting with darker yet subtle individual hair strokes to simulate natural hair.

How long does it take?
The length of the procedure and number of visits vary according to the complexity of the patient’s specific needs.  But generally, it will take 1 ½ to 2 hours for the first visit.  Follow up appointments generally take about an hour.

What colors do you normally use?
Denise uses her decades of experience as a make-up artist to bring out the best features while compensating for undertones in your skin.  This is where many inexperienced technicians and cosmetic tattooists get into trouble.  However, Denise will custom blend colors suited just for you.  The pigments used are created especially for the face. They are hypoallergenic and MRI safe. Trust her vast experience.  Past clients can attest you will not be disappointed.

Will I be involved in the decision making of my permanent cosmetics?
Of course, you will be involved from your initial consultation and throughout your procedure to its completion!

How long does it last?
Permanent makeup is a tattoo and it will fade over time. This is normal and may vary on an individual basis. Maintenance will be required to refresh the color. Maintenance procedures are less involved and cost less than the original procedure. We offer courtesy pricing on maintenance on our own work.

What can effect my permanent makeup?
Lifestyle, sun exposure, tanning beds, medication, medical conditions, chemical exfoliants (such as Retin-A, glycolic or Alpha-hydroxy acid), smoking, metabolism, facial surgery, and age of the skin all contribute to how the color could react over time. In addition, lighter colors will fade faster than darker colors. Originally, if you chose a conservative approach (for instance on your brows), please remember that lighter colors will require more frequent maintenance than darker colors.

What factors can help the color last?
Some important factors are the skill of the technician performing the procedure, the quality of the pigment or color used in the procedure as well as the client’s skin type, amount of time they spend in the sun and the amount of exfoliating skin-care products they use.  Please use sunscreen!

What specific technique do you use?
Denise uses three techniques to apply permanent make-up: the rotary, the coil and the Hand Method.  In the Hand Method, Denise practices the ancient art of Tebori, a highly specialized method of applying color.  In the rotary and coil, special scientific machines and instruments are used. Denise employs these three methods separately or in combination to create the finest results for her clients. 

What should I expect after the procedure?
The procedure injects tiny amounts of pigment into the top layer of skin, a process that usually results in some swelling and redness, typically lasting only a few hours.  During the first week after the procedure, you can also expect some peeling and sloughing of pigment.  Over the next few weeks, the color will continue to undergo very subtle change as the skin heals.  In fact, it may be a month or more before the true color is visible (especially on the lips). For more details, please see the procedure pages.

What is the worst thing that could happen?
Denise has been changing faces with permanent make-up for nearly two decades.  Over that time she has developed a level of precision that very few in her field can match.  At WakeUp MadeUp all necessary precautions are taken to avoid infection. The eyebrows, eyes and lips are drawn on each client's face before the permanent procedure begins. Denise will give the client her expertise advice, but ultimately, the client makes the final decision. We are certain you will be pleased with your final results!

Can I change my mind after the procedure is finished?
When it comes to shape and color variations, adjustments can be made, but you should certainly assume that your decisions are permanent.  That’s the beauty of this procedure.  It’s make up that doesn’t wash off.  At the same time, that’s why this procedure should never be undertaken on a whim.  Give it some very careful thought.

Is everyone a candidate for permanent cosmetics?
Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate.  During the initial consultation, everyone is carefully screened.  Depending on certain circumstances, such as medication and medical history, unfortunately some people are found not to be good candidates for permanent cosmetics.

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