Permanent Make-Up

For the woman who keeps herself healthy and has an on-the-go lifestyle, Rose Hill MedSpa offers multiple possibilities for health and beauty including, but not limited to, permanent makeup.

What is Permanent Makeup?

Also called micropigmentation, permanent makeup allows women to focus more on their healthy lifestyles by alleviating the stress and time involved in applying makeup daily. The most common form of permanent makeup is eyeliner, however the latest FDA-approved service offers permanent styles for eyebrows, lips, cheeks and eyelids.

How does it work?

Needles place pigmented granules beneath the dermis, the upper layer of the skin. This practice allows women with busy lifestyles to workout, sleep, shower and work without makeup smudges or constant reapplications.


Q. What does it cost?
Q. How long does a procedure take?

A. Usually, each procedure appointment is 1 ½-3 to hours depending on the procedure. The majority of the time is spent in adequately consulting and selecting the appropriate color for your skin; in measuring and artistically drawing on the planned procedure prior to actually implanting the color; and allowing for the application of topical anesthetics. Complete after-care instructions will be reviewed verbally and then sent home in written copy form.

Q. Is it the same as a tattoo?

A. It is a form of tattoo, although different techniques and pigments are used. Anytime color is implanted into the dermis of the skin, it is technically a tattoo, regardless of the manner in which it is performed.

Q. What is micropigmentation?

A. This is the name of the process used to implant color in permanent makeup. Many people refer to permanent makeup by fancy names such as micropigmentaton, dermal pigmentation etc. It is all correct, however, it truly is a tattoo process.

Q. Is the procedure safe?

A. Unlike many technicians that re-use or sterilize via an autoclave the various components of their equipment, we use all pre-packaged, sterile and disposable needles and needle casings. With the highly technologically advanced digital implantation system used at Rose Hill MEdSpa, we use medical-grade needles that are encased in a special permanent cartridge. This patented cartridge system contains an internal diaphragm that prevents any bodily fluids and airborne contaminants from entering into the system. This ensures that you will receive the safest, most sterile form of cosmetic tattooing available. In addition, all of your procedures are done under Federal OSHA standards that regulate the sterile, safe and healthy practices for prevention of cross-contamination from person to person.

Q. Does it hurt?

A. A topical anesthesia is used as needed to help numb the areas to be treated. This helps to alleviate any minor discomfort you may experience during the procedure. Everyone has their own unique level of pain tolerance. Some people feel that certain areas of the face are more sensitive than others, so special emphasis is put on making the client as comfortable as possible. A variety of topical anesthetics are on hand to ensure that your procedure is as pain-free as possible.

Q. I have pretty good natural brows, but they aren’t perfectly even and I have a few sparse areas. Do I need permanent eyebrow color?

A. Some people really only require eyebrow enhancement. This means that select areas are augmented with hair strokes to fill in any “gaps” and create symmetry and balance so both brows match well. This eliminates the need for daily penciling or filling in of these areas.

Q. How will I look immediately after the procedure?

A. You may experience minor redness on procedure day. The eyebrow area has very little soft tissue content so swelling is usually not a concern. You may resume normal activities immediately except that you will be advised to wear no makeup directly on the treated area for about one week. There is some minor redness, healing and peeling during the first week. Most clients resume their regular schedule, such as returning to work, the very next day. It is advised that for very special occasions or anytime you want to look your super-best that you allow one week of healing time.

Q. When will I see the final result?

A. At first the pigment will appear too dark. There is an exfoliative process during the healing that allows for the surface layer of color to “peel” after 4-7 days. Once completely healed, you are actually viewing the color through the skin, not on the surface as with traditional cosmetics. You can expect that it will “heal, peel and fade” after about one week. The color is usually about 30-40% lighter when healed than it appears the day of the procedure. If the color looks perfect immediately after the procedure, it would be much too light when healed.

Q. Is it really permanent? How long does it last?

A. Some people may need the color darkened within one to five years after the procedure. This is typically only about $100, since it is merely a re-coloring of any areas which may have lost color intensity. A light blonde eyebrow tone will not last as long as a dark brown color due to the physical properties of the color pigments.

Q. What factors affect how long the color lasts?

A. The skill of the technician, the quality of the pigments used, the individual’s skin type, how dark the original color is, sun exposure, and use of exfoliating skin-care products. First the color must be put into the dermis layer of the skin, If not, it will come off as soon as the epidermis goes through a normal shedding cycle. The sun, exfoliating products such as Retin-A, and regular swimming contribute to premature fading. Regular use of sunscreen will help prevent premature fading.

Q. I am nervous about the fact that it is permanent. How can I know what to expect before I have it done?

A. We use makeup pencils to draw it on in advance for your approval. Guidelines such as facial shapes, bone structure and artistic design techniques are implemented to create your unique brow shape that perfectly suits you. I am always cautious to keep on the side of light and natural, for we can always add more color later during your follow-up visit.

Q. How do I know what color will look best on me?

A. You may give input into the selection of the color. Some people like to bring their everyday brow makeup to the procedure appointment for color comparison. However, there are many considerations to choosing a color for permanent makeup, and especially so in the eyebrows. This is where a highly trained and experienced permanent makeup practitioner guides you in the selection process. Everyone has their own unique skin qualities, including color tone and sensitivity. Using these guidelines helps in the decision making process. Underlying skin tone will influence the healed color result and the long-term color qualities. It is IMPERATIVE that the technician has a good grasp of color theory, extensive knowledge of the skin physiology and investigates the ethnic influences on skin tone values. In addition, having lots of experience working on many different skin types with the particular brand of color pigments is important. I have worked on so many different skin types that I can usually predict with great accuracy how my individual colors tend to heal just by reading the undertones of the skin correctly.
The final factor is to remember that being conservative is key. It is easy to darken or add more color later, but not easy to remove or recolor if the result is too dark or unnatural.

Q. Can permanent makeup be removed?

A. Yes. A laser can remove it, however this is rarely done due to the risk of scarring and the colors used in permanent makeup. If you wish to change color, re-coloring is possible and requires a skilled technician. For severe cases a properly trained technician can use a salt-based product for pigment removal. This process is extremely advanced and requires special training and the technician should be a seasoned practitioner.

Q. Which technique do you use to implant the color?

A. The most state-of-the-art technology today is the computerized digital system. We are proud to use the German-engineered Nouveau Contour Intelligent system. This system allows for precision artistry, medical grade sterility and with the computer “brain” the settings for the needle speed and depth can be individualized for each person’s skin type and texture. This allows for preservation of the skin’s integrity, minimal to zero chance of scar tissue or other complications often associated with permanent makeup tools or machines.