What is permanent cosmetics?
Permanent cosmetics is also called permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing, micropigmentation, or dermal-pigmentation and is the implantation of cosmetic pigment below the epidermis(top layer of skin) into the dermis(2nd layer of skin). Equipment, techniques, and pigments have been specifically developed for the permanent cosmetic process.

Is it safe?
Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) standards and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) guidelines are strictly adhered to by Angela, who is blood borne pathogens certified, board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation and a certified member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals(see below). Disposable, sterile needles and surgical gloves are used at all times. Permanent cosmetic pigments have been used in medical and artistic industries for over 20 years. Allergic reactions are extremely rare but may occur at any point in time.

Does it hurt?
Pain threshold varies, and topical anesthetics are applied before, during, and after, depending on your sensitivity. At first, there is usually a stinging or tingling feeling, then a period of numbness, and then tenderness afterward.

How long does it take?
Procedure time varies according to your sensitivity and skin condition. Considering time for design, anesthetic effect, pigment implantation, and fine tuning, you should plan at least 1 hour for eyeliner, 2 1/2 hours for brows, and 3 hours for lips. A follow-up in 4-6 weeks is necessary to make final adjustments on healed skin.

Is it really permanent, and how long does it last?
Like any tattoo, there is softening and fading with time depending on your lifestyle. UV ray exposure, skin-care products, smoking, various drugs, and the integrity of your skin(aging, hydration level, etc) will affect the healing and longevity of the pigmentation. Pigments for the face are less intense than body ink allowing adjustments over time as the face and hair change. Periodic touch-ups (every 1-3 years) are recommended to keep your look fresh and its best. Laser and other lightening techniques may help to remove pigment, but the results have not been proven to be consistent. See the SPCP Microblading Fact Sheet.

Why should I consider it?
* convenience, saving time each day
* sports or very active lifestyle
* sensitivity to topical makeup
* hair loss or sparse hair and/or lashes
* visual and/or motor skill impairment
* looking your best at all times

What is the American Academy of Micropigmentation?
The mission of the American Academy of Micropigmentation is to serve the public by improving the quality of micropigmentation practice through a voluntary certification process that fosters excellence and encourages continuous learning. We are not affiliated with any State or Federal government agency. Board Certification by our not-for-profit organization is strictly voluntary and is only mandatory in the States of Maine, New Jersey and Nevada. Candidates become Board-eligible after one year of practice. Each candidate for board certification undergoes a rigorous 3-part examination process including a written exam, an oral exam, and a practical exam.

What is the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals?
The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals was founded in 1990 and is the largest non-profit professional association in the US and internationally for the permanent cosmetics industry. SPCP promotes permanent makeup safety, excellence, and professional standards by providing education, certification, and industry guidelines. Members agree to abide by the SPCP Code of Ethics and to conduct permanent cosmetics in accordance with the highest safety standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC).