Frequently Asked Questions
Micro Needling FAQs
What exactly is Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling is a technique performed using a specially designed electric device called a Derma Pen. It is a simple procedure that uses very fine needles to slide over the skin surface to break down old scar tissue and stimulate collagen production, which is the key to new and youthful skin. New collagen leads to the formation of new skin tissue which will plump and smooth the skin surface.
How does Micro-Needling work?
The Derma Pen slides along the skin at different depths, penetrating the upper layers of the skin to create numerous invisible micro-punctures. The procedure prompts the body to respond through the creation of new collagen and elastin fibers. In response, the skin firms and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, loose skin, stretch marks and wrinkles.
Who can benefit from Micro-Needling?
Men and women looking to address skin problems associated with acne, scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, and melasma. This type of treatment is even more versatile then laser treatments, dermabrasions, and chemical peels, has less risk involved and can be performed virtually anywhere on the body.
Does Micro-Needling hurt?
Micro-Needling is virtually painless! The application of a topical numbing anesthetic prior to the treatment will reduce any feeling of discomfort during the procedure. The sensation is frequently compared to the feeling of acupuncture needles.
What effects does Micro-Needling have on the skin?
- Micro-Needling improves skin texture
- Improves appearance of stretch marks
- Reduces and improves the look of fine lines and aging
- Reduces visible scars and acne scarring
- Evens out discoloration and pigmentation issues
- Prevents new fine lines and wrinkles from forming
- Tightens and firms loose skin
- Shrinks pore size
What will my skin look like after treatment?
Most people will notice redness and very mild swelling similar to a slight sunburn for 24-48 hours. There may be slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Full results may take a month or two to appear.
What is the downtime of Micro-Needling?
Inflammation of the skin is very temporary and reduces greatly within a few hours. It may remain slightly pink for up to 48 hours after treatment. Using hyaluronic acid after the procedure can help reduce inflammation, and sunscreen can be used to protect the skin. Makeup should be avoided for a minimum of 12 hours.
What should I avoid on my skin after treatment?
AHA’s (glycolic acid), retinol, alcohol based products, acidic or “active” ingredients should not be used for 2-3 days after treatment to maximize healing and lessen irritation. Direct sun exposure is not recommended for ten days and sunscreen is encouraged.
How many treatments will I need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 3-4 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.
Am I a candidate for Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is safe on all skin types and colors because the epidermis is not damaged during treatment. The chance of change in pigmentation or post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation is minimal. Skin micro-needling can be used on sensitive and fragile areas (eyes, neck, back of hands) that cannot be treated easily with other procedures. Micro-needling is not suitable for patients who have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last three months, have open wounds, cuts or abrasions, have had radiation skin treatment within the last year, are suffering from any skin infection, condition, or herpes simplex in the area of concern, are pregnant or breast feeding, have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.
How much does Micro-Needling cost?
Each session is $250.00.
Can I book a consultation and is there a charge?
Yes, you can book a complimentary consultation at any time. A consultation is not required before the procedure however, if you prefer meeting with our technicians beforehand to discuss the treatment we would be more than happy to meet with you!
Permanent Makeup FAQs
Does it hurt?
Every client is different when it comes to pain tolerance. However, most clients don’t feel anything at all! We use two numbing creams- one before and during- to ensure that you’re comfortable the entire time. If you feel any discomfort, let your technician know and she will apply more numbing cream.
Can I have it permanent like a traditional tattoo?
If we could do this, we would! Unfortunately, when it comes to the face we need to use semi-permanent pigments. These do fade over time but this is the best option so we can make adjustments in the future. Even traditional tattoos need touch up appointments in the future, this is inevitable as our body breaks the pigment down. If we were to use permanent pigments as we age the long term looks of it won’t be ideal and we will then have to look at removal options to make adjustments. Semi-permanent pigments still last 1-8 years before touchups are needed. Eyebrows 1-3 years, Lips 3-5 years, Eyeliner up to 8 years, etc. Doing small touchups throughout the years will keep the permanent makeup looking fresh and up to date with new beauty trends.
How come you call it permanent makeup if you use semi-permanent pigments?
In the permanent makeup world, we all use semi-permanent pigments. This can get confusing for clients but the reason its called permanent is
- We can’t wash off
- We don’t have an exact time it will last
- The skin is being broken therefore it is classified as a permanent treatment, however the pigment is semi-permanent and does fade away over time unlike a traditional tattoo.
How do you know what shape to do for Eyebrows?
Your technician will take into account your face shape and will follow your natural muscle and bone structure. In some cases they will draw two slightly different shapes to see which one you prefer. We will not begin the process until we have created the perfect shape that you’re looking for!
What colors do you have?
We have a large variety of pigments for all Eyebrow, Lip, Eyeliner, and SMP services. We can mix and match and create the perfect color for you. If you have a favorite brow pencil, or lip stick, bring it in and we can do our best to get as close to the color as we can.
I get cold sores, can I still get Lip Blush?
Yes!! Most of our clients do get cold sores. All that needs to be done is going to the pharmacist and asking for 1 week supply of cold sore medication which you’ll take 4 days before and 3 days after to prevent any cold sores from happening. Cold sores are easily triggered so we definitely need you to take the medication as it can lose color in the areas the cold sores appear and it can be extremely worse breakout then you’ve had before.
Should I wax/thread/tweeze my eyebrows before my appointment?
You definitely can clean the eyebrows up before your appointment but don’t do it the day of your appointment as the skin can be more sensitive to work on after and more irritation can occur.
Can I book a consultation first?
Consultations are always complimentary but not mandatory. Permanent cosmetics don’t necessarily need a consultation unless you have previous work done and are looking for a correction. However, if you feel you would be more comfortable with having a consultation first then of course we can set one up!
Can we do a patch test at a consultation?
Yes, a patch test is available where we can do a small patch using skin color pigment behind the ear. We will wait minimum 2 weeks and see if a reaction occurs. We have never had any allergic reactions or heard of any with the pigment lines we use!
Can I get permanent makeup while on Chemotherapy treatments?
No, we will need you to finish treatment and get clearance from your doctor before proceeding. Typically ranges from 6-12 months after treatment before we can do any permanent makeup.
How long do Eyebrows last?
Semi-permanent treatments will fade over time and on average Eyebrows will need a color touch up every 1-3 years. Typically, darker colors will last longer a bit longer than the lighter toned colors and using a shaded method will last longer compared to a hair stroke look. Typically, micro blading touch-ups are every 12-15 months where shading/ombre brows can last 2-3 years. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors such as sun exposure, skin type (thin or oily skin typically fades quicker), facial treatments, skin products, etc. Following the aftercare very closely is crucial and failure to follow instructions fully will result in substandard results.
No tattoos are the same as no skin is the same. It is very important to understand that results vary with each individual client & NO guarantee will be made. That being said, we stand beside our work and strive to ensure each client is satisfied with the work they receive.
How long does Lips and Eyeliner last?
Lips last anywhere from 3-5 years before they need to be done again and Eyeliner can last up to 8 years! It’s all dependent on the client, life style, color chosen, and style we choose (natural vs bold appearance)
Can I get permanent makeup while pregnant or breast feeding?
Unfortunately, we cannot perform this service during pregnancy. During pregnancy, facial tissues can be distorted and stretch due to swelling and fluid retention. This means that makeup tattoos applied during pregnancy can change in shape once the baby has been born and the swelling subsides. When you are breaking the skin, there is a risk of infection as well, and we would never want to put you or baby at risk. Breast feeding while getting permanent makeup done can also affect the color retention. It is recommended to wait 6 weeks after you are done breast feeding to let your hormones level out. That being said, we can do it while breast feeding we just make sure all our ladies are aware of the possibility of lower color retention and to take good care of the area while healing to prevent any infections from occurring.
I have previous work done, can you fix it/touch it up?
Yes, before we can book you in we will need you to send in clear photos of your permanent makeup or come in for a consultation so we can see the area. In the event, we don’t believe the outcome will be amazing for you, we will recommend first doing a removal service to lift out previous pigment so we can get the best possible result for you.
What is the aftercare like?
Each service has a bit different of aftercare which you will be provided with after your appointment as well as a healing ointment. If you would like to hear about aftercare for a specific service, please contact us.
I take daily blood thinner, can I get permanent makeup?
We would need you to stop for a few days before and after as the medication thins the blood and can cause bleeding during the appointment which ultimately will affect the results and is dangerous. If you’re unsure if you are able to stop, contact your physician before booking.
I have Diabetes, can I get permanent makeup?
Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t have a tattoo you just need to ensure your diabetes is well controlled. High blood sugar levels, for example, can complicate the healing process and increase the risk of infection. Diabetics do heal much slower so the healing process can be longer then someone who is not diabetic.
Permanent makeup can’t be done for any clients who are or have:
- Currently in chemotherapy treatments
- Currently using Accutane
- Skin irritations on the area. Example psoriasis, eczema, etc.
- Uncontrolled diabetes. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t have a tattoo you just need to ensure your diabetes is well controlled. High blood sugar levels, for example, can complicate the healing process and increase the risk of infection.
- Clients who can’t stop their daily blood thinners
- Keloid scars- clients who tend to keloid from wounds/cuts shouldn’t take the risk on permanent makeup.
- Viral infections as simple as a cold, we suggest coming in feeling healthy so your healing period isn’t compromised and it doesn’t put you at a higher risk of an infection occurring.
Scalp Micropigmentation FAQs
What is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?
SMP is short for Scalp Micro Pigmentation. It is a medical grade technique of depositing pigment (colour) into the upper dermal layer of the skin on the scalp. This technique allows the replication of hair follicles in the scalp, which gives the appearance of having a “buzz cut” or recently shaved head. SMP hair follicles can range from hundreds to thousands of pigmented dots per square inch. The SMP method gives the appearance of having a full head of hair, rather than having a receding hairline, thinning hair line, the classic horse shoe balding pattern, or being semi or permanently bald. The SMP method color matches the pigment to be used with your skin complexion, thus, this treatment works for clients with pale to dark skin tones. This treatment is invasive and requires no surgery. Whether you have red hair, blonde hair or grey hair, the SMP method can benefit you!
Does an SMP Treatment look real?
Absolutely! By placing the correct amount of pigment and “dots” per square inch and color matching the pigment to your skin tone, the results are a realistic, full head of hair. The result looks like a freshly shaved head of hair, or a “buzz cut.”
Can the SMP Treatment cover scars on the scalp?
Yes! By color matching the pigment to your skin tone, we are able to cover most scars with real looking hair. The results, of course, depend on the amount of scar tissue formed, age of scar, location, etc. Consultations are always free, and we encourage you to come in and speak to us about your concerns, and we will better be able to advise you on the results we expect to see after the treatment.
How long does an SMP Treatment last?
Depending on your age, immune system, metabolism, etc, an SMP treatment can last anywhere between 1-5 years before ever needing a touch up. We, nor ANY provider, can guarantee how long the SMP treatment will last because everybody is different and no one can estimate how long the pigmented dots will last before needing a touch up. However, with proper aftercare (i.e. applying sunscreen, etc.), SMP will last many, many years.
Is SMP for women too?
Of course! Women can experience thinning hair, baldness or bald spots, and alopecia. As with men, we are able to tattoo the scalp to camouflage thinning hair and hair loss, or if your hair loss is permanent, we are able to give you the buzz cut look – which is becoming very popular in today’s world.
How long will the procedure take?
Depending on the clinical degree of baldness the SMP procedure can take between 1 hour and 4 hours. The human head contains approximately 2000 hair follicles per square inch of scalp. Each SMP follicle must be placed by hand, so you can see that the procedure time directly depends on how much work needs to be done.
How many SMP Treatments will I need?
Scalp Micropigmentation should never be considered a one treatment process. Most SMP treatments require 2-3 sessions of 1-4 hours, again depending on the degree of baldness, you may need less or you may need more. Your first treatment requires the application of pigment to the scalp. The second treatment, usually 5-7 days after the first treatment, allows us to touch up any spots and to continue to add density to the scalp. Your third treatment, which is 5-7 days after your second treatment, allows us to ensure that you are happy with the results and to do a final touch up and continue to add density to the scalp, if needed.
How much is an SMP Treatment?
What are the benefits of having a SMP Treatment?
- The appearance of a full head of shaved hair or a fresh buzz cut
- Simulate realistic hair follicles and recreate your hairline
- Increase Self confidence
- Increase Self esteem
- Hide scars, burns, hair transplant scars, birthmarks
- Restore hairline for all types and levels of baldness
- Camouflage thinning hair or bald spots for men and women
- Increase hair density for men and women
What types of balding can SMP help with?
- Crown balding
- Receding hairline
- Semi or complete baldness
- Thinning hair for men and women
- Hair transplant scars
- Medical scars
- Accident or injury related scars
Does the SMP Treatment hurt?
Although pain management and your comfort is our ultimate goal during the treatment, most Men and Women rate the treatment between 2-4 on a pain scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst pain ever! We use the most powerful topical anesthetic possible to increase your comfort, and decrease the amount of pain involved in the procedure.
You can also purchase a numbing cream from Bliss Permanent Cosmetics Inc. beforehand to apply before your appointment. During the treatment your technician will apply numbing cream to the area as well.
Is there pain after the SMP Treatment?
Clients report sensitivity on the scalp; however, any pain subsides minutes after your treatment has ended. Usually by the time we discuss your after care, and the client is ready to leave the clinic, there is no pain. You can expect to feel scalp sensitivity or tenderness, swelling, and redness after the treatment, however, these side effects resolve on their own completely.
What is SMP aftercare?
Although we thoroughly discuss aftercare with each and every client, we will give you a summary here so that you know what to expect in regards to days and weeks after your SMP Treatment. Aftercare is just as important, if not more important, than the actual treatment for long lasting results. For the first few days after your treatment, we ask that you rest your scalp and avoid: sweating, no use of any scrubs or abrasives on the scalp, no shampooing or washing of the scalp, no running or exercising, etc. Regular office work activities, shopping, and other light activities are perfectly fine. By day 4 post treatment, most clients can resume regular activities. Again, your aftercare will be discussed in detail post treatment.
Who is not a candidate for SMP?
The following list are contraindications to having an SMP treatment:
- Blood clots
- Infectious diseases
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- High blood pressure
- Undergoing antibiotic therapy
- Undergoing blood thinner therapy
- Undergoing chemotherapy
**Bliss Permanent Cosmetics Inc. does not perform SMP treatments on clients with the above noted conditions because of the possible risk of infection and/or chances of not achieving the most optimal results.**
Can I book a consultation and is there a charge?
Consultations for Scalp Micro Pigmentation are mandatory. If you cannot make it into the clinic a consultation can be done over e-mail/phone, but pictures must be provided via e-mail or Facebook.
All consultations at Bliss Permanent Cosmetics Inc. are free of charge.