beauty 71277Deciding to have permanent cosmetics is a huge decision. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions to put you at ease. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to email us: info@madisonpermanentcosmetics.com or call us at 608.445.6200

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Are you certified?

 Absolutely! Our team of experienced permanent cosmetic artists are well trained and certified in Softap Permanent Cosmetics; the preferred method of precision micropigmentation by celebrities and models world wide.

How long have you been doing permanent cosmetics?

Stacy, the owner and primary permanent cosmetics artist, has been in the beauty industry for 22 years; specializing in permanent cosmetics since 2006

Is your facility sanitary?

 Sanitation is of the utmost importance to us. Our treatment rooms are thoroughly cleaned, including the removal of any and all materials from previous treatments. All of our implements are single use tools, so they are disposed of after each use making it impossible for any contamination.

Do you reuse tools or accessories?

 Absolutely not! We use brand new, sealed, single use needles for each and every micro pigmentation procedure.  We will show you your sealed tools and open them in front of you prior to your procedure for your reassurance.

Does the pigment get into your blood stream?
No. The pigment is implanted into the dermis layer of your skin and does not enter your blood stream.

What colors can I choose from?

We offer a variety of natural colors ranging from platinum blonde to black. More than 80% of our clients choose black or black brown for eyeliner. Please keep in mind that pigments look dark for the first 5-7 days but always heals lighter.  Please note that blues and greens are a special order.

Do you accept tips? 

Tips are very much appreciate on the full value of your service.

Can I have permanent cosmetics if I’m pregnant? 

Because of the additional blood volume in your body due to pregnancy we do not perform permanent cosmetic procedures on pregnant women.


Is there much bleeding?
The process is very gentle and in most cases there is very little bleeding.
How much swelling and pain should I expect during recovery? Immediately after your permanent cosmetics procedure mild swelling and tenderness is to be expected. Swelling is often more obvious in the morning after waking up, and disipates throughout the day. You will experience some tenderness in the procedure area for a few days following your appointment.  We recommend applying a cold compress to the area frequently over the first 48 hours. (No direct ice.)
Do I need a driver? 
No. Because swelling is minimal clients are able to safely drive themselves home or back to work after their appointment.


Could I have an allergic reaction?

 We’ve never had a case in our practice or heard of an allergic reaction with softap pigmentsAlthough there is a risk of allergic reaction with any product, Softap pigments are the best on the market; formulated to be gentle and hypoallergenic. Although most of our customers waive a patch test,  allergy testing can be done prior to your appointment for $25, please let us know when booking your appointment if you’d like a patch test.

Our hand method of micropigmentation is extremely precise. There is almost no risk of error with this type of procedure.  In rare cases a client might get a post procedure sty in the tissue close to the eye, which will generally go away after a few days with the use of a warm compress. We pride ourselves on precision and the safety of our customers and have had no eye injury in our practice.

What if you make a mistake? Will I be stuck with messy looking Permanent Cosmetics?

 We understand that fear, but there’s really no risk of a sloppy looking result with our method of micropigmentation. We are often asked to correct permanent cosmetic procedures done at other practices that use a machine pigmentation method which is less precise and often causes more pain and scaring.

What is the Permanent Makeup process?

 At Madison Permanent Cosmetics you’ll receive  a comprehensive consultation the same day as your appointment, so a pre-procedure consultation is generally not necessary, however we do offer a complimentary phone consultation to answer any questions you might have prior to your appointment.

    • Schedule your appointment and have a complimentary telephone consultation.
    • Arrive at your appointment 10 minutes prior to appointment time to complete intake form.
    • Your appointment will begin with a  consultation and color selection process.
    • Review and sign release form.
    • Discuss desired results and design the desired shapes.
    • Numb the procedure area with a topical anestetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout the process.
    • Once you are comfortable, we will begin the permanent cosmetic procedure. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable at every step of the procedure, and let you look at the progress during the process.
    • After finishing your micropigmentation procedure, we will apply a thin layer of after-care product to the procedure area. After-care ointment is used to sooth and to protect your new permanent cosmetic site while it is healing at home.
    • We will conclude your appointment by discussing aftercare instructions and answering questions.
    •  Touch-up: 
Sometimes our clients decide after their appointment that they’d like to go darker or more dramatic with their permanent make up. Touch ups can be performed at a special price for returning customers no sooner than three months and  up to one year after your original procedure.
 You’ll be given a certificate for a $60 touch up along with your after care supplies before leaving your appointment.
    • Enjoy the beauty and simplicity of your new permanent cosmetics!
How long is the recovery? There will be some mild swelling and redness for a few days after the procedure. Typically we advice our clients to plan for a three to five day recovery period where no make up or contact lenses are worn (for eyeliner). Although many of our clients return to work directly after having a procedure there is some mild swelling and redness to be expected. Friday appointments typically allow a person to be ready to return to work on Monday.

How long does the permanent makeup procedure take?

 On average each permanent cosmetics procedure takes about 1.5 hours; depending on variables such as line thickness and skin sensitivity. Some appointments can take up to 2 hours.

Is the recovery painful? Most people describe some tenderness the first few days after a permanent cosmetic procedure. The use of a cold compress is recommended to sooth the area. Eyeliner often feels like you’ve had a good cry with some puffiness and tenderness when blinking for the first 24-48 hours. Eyebrows are a simple recovery with very little discomfort.
Is there a risk for infection?  Although we’ve never had this happen in our practice, there is always a risk of infection. All permanent cosmetic sites should be treated as an open wound. Taking care to follow aftercare instructions should prevent any risk of infection.


 Are Permanent Cosmetics really permanent?

The amount of permanency varies from each individual, and is also depends on the experience and skill of the micropigmentation technician. Being selective is extremely important in having long lasting permanent cosmetic results.
Over the years, the color and the intensity could also be affected by your skincare habits, body chemistry,biological changes, skin exfoliation, the degree of sun and tanning bed exposure, and chemical facial peels.
In general, it is a permanent procedure that can last for years; however we recommend a touch up every three to five years to maintain beautiful results.  Note: Sun exposure plays a huge role in pigment fading. Some of our clients who rarely expose their skin to the sun find it completely unnecessary to ever have a touch up.


Is the color exact?

 The outcome color will be extremely close to the color you chose, but not always exact because of the reaction of your body chemistry with the implanted pigment. The pigment, when first applied will be darker than the healed results. Keep in mind that the pigment is imbedded under layers of skin; the skin acting as a sheer veil over the implanted pigment. A dark black pigment will look less dark when it’s completely healed.

How do I express my shape & color?

 Bring photos! We ask that you bring your 5 favorite photos from magazines or online resources to discuss at your appointment. This helps ensure that you and your permanent cosmetics artist are on the same page.  We will do our absolute best to incorporate your desired look with your facial features, eyebrow bone structure and skin condition. With your approval, we will figure out the best shape for your face before we begin your procedure.
Please note that extra dark thick lines may require multiple appointments.

How sensitive is the procedure area? Is it painful?

 Brow tattoo are usually the least sensitive, with eyeliner being a bit more sensitive.
 Everybody has different sensitivity level, however most of our customers tell us that it wasn’t painful at all.  Some describe the sensation as annoying more than uncomfortable; an itch, tickling, vibration, or tender feeling are possible, however we use a high quality anesthetic to keep the area as numb as possible during the process.

 Why does it look darker than I wanted right after the procedure?

 Pigment oxidation! Until the procedure heals some of the oxidized pigment is sitting on top of the surface of your skin. If your brows or eyeliner look too dark at first, don’t panic; it’s completely normal!  After the procedure area has completely healed, you will see the true, softer color, that is imbedded under the skin surface.

What is the healing process for Eyebrows?

 After the procedure, most eyebrows are not bruised and the swelling is very minor, if at all. We recommend a thin layer of Neosporine as a healing ointment for three to five days post procedure; it prevents infection and moisturizes your skin. Simply apply a thin layer in the morning, reapply again before bed. If you are allergic to Neosporine, you can use Vaseline (petroleum jelly).
 It’s important to use a new container to ensure you’re not applying a contaminated ointment to your procedure area. Around the third day, you may feel an itchy sensation as the area is healing and scab. Never rub, pick or scratch at your procedure area. If a piece of scab is ready to come off you can gently help it along with a soft cotton swap. Picking at your procedure area can cause bleeding, scarring and color loss.
After 5 to 7 days, the peeling stage should be completed.

Please note:

Medications and food that cause water retention in your body or thin your blood (alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen(advil), tylenol, Coumadin, etc.) can create problems with pigment retention in some cases, and can make the anesthetic less effective. We are not physicians, and can not give medical advice. Your safety comes first, please consult with your physician if you have any medical concerns prior to your permanent cosmetic procedure.

 What is the healing process for Eyeliner?

 After the procedure, swelling may appear below or above the eyelash line during the first few days following the procedure.  Rarely a faint bruising may occur; this typically dissipates during the second day of healing. To reduce swelling after the procedure, please use cold compresses on the eyes as often as possible. Dip cotton rounds into ice water, squeeze to eliminate excess water, and apply to procedure area. between. Apply Vaseline (petroleum jelly) ointment in a thin layer to protect and promote healing of the area once in the morning and again at night before bed. When washing your face, please avoid rubbing on the eyeliner area; gently wash and rinse around the area. To dry your eyes, gently dab with a clean towel; do not rub. Avoid using your body towel on your procedure area as your body towel may carry bacteria.
Please do not apply make up on or close to the procedure area while it is healing; used makeup may carry bacteria including your mascara. Treat your procedure area as an open wound, taking care to avoid touching, or exposure to dust, dirt, and bacteria.

What effects the longevity of my permanent makeup?

 Your age, skin tone, exfoliation, extreme cold (sun or heat) exposure, tanning bed, body chemistry, circulation changes, hormone changes and the degree of care taken.

 What if I have Keloids?

 We have to do a patch test to determine if you are able to get your permanent makeup procedure done or not. This patch test is also used for pigment reaction.

Patch test size: 4 mm in diameter
Location: behind your ear in the hair line
Cost: $25

 What should I wear to the procedure appointment?

 Dress comfortably if you can, but rest assured that you will be properly covered to prevent product or pigment getting on your clothes.

Do permanent Cosmetics interfere with having an MRI.

 Some clients have described a slight tingling sensation in the permanent cosmetic sight when having an MRI, others have felt nothing at all. Permanent Cosmetics do not interfere with the medical imaging outside of the possibility of a slight tingling sensation.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at: info@madisonpermanentcosmetics.com or call us 608.819.5801

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