Eyebrow pencils, uneven brows or brows that smear, smudge or wipe off?
Eyeliner that won’t go on evenly, runs or wears off by the end of the day?
A busy and active lifestyle?
Little or no eyebrow hair?
Thin or light eyelashes?
Unsteady or arthritic hands?
Lips that lack natural coloring and definition?
Scars or birthmarks that need to be camouflaged?
Allergies to conventional make-up?
Visual impairment, contact lenses or eye glasses?
Reconstructed breasts without an areola or faded areolas?
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To secure an appointment over the phone, your details (name, address, phone) must be entered into the database booking system and a non-refundable $50 deposit is required. This deposit will be deducted from your total fee. Failure to cancel or reschedule your appointment within 48 hours of your scheduled appointment will result in forfeiting the deposit.
Read ALL of the Important Information Section on this page prior to procedure.
On the day of your permanent cosmetic appointment arrive with a clean face, except if you are coming in for an eyebrow procedure. This is especially important for an eyeliner procedure. Rubbing your eyes to remove eye makeup causes too much irritation prior to the procedure. Eyebrow clients should come in with their eyebrow makeup penciled/powdered as they normally wear it.
Really effective numbing agents are used during the treatment – You may experience a slight vibrating/scratchy or pinching sensation similar to tweezing your eyebrows. During the permanent cosmetic procedure your technician will apply a second type of numbing gel to further numb the permanent cosmetic procedure area.
looks so natural that your friends never know, however the opposite is also true. You realize, of course, that your face is a very important part of your overall appearance and wellbeing. Choosing the right artist/technician is vital to your wellbeing. Not all permanent cosmetic artists/technicians are equal. Like many things, it is Buyer Beware. Picking a technician based on the lowest price “quoted” without regard to skills and sanitation standards is not recommended. It is suggested that you look for a permanent cosmetic technician in the same way that you research doctor, dentist, etc.
Each state has unique requirements. In New York permanent cosmetics/tattooing is regulated by the Department of Health. There is no prescribed requirement for training, although permits are required for the technician. Reality is that many technicians do not comply with state laws and/or basic standards. There are technicians who seem to simply not care about the consequences of non-compliance. They offer services without training and under some very questionable circumstances.
There are many criteria to consider when seeking a permanent cosmetic technician.
Although ethics dictates that a person only offer permanent cosmetic services when he/she is skilled and credentialed to do so, many are not qualified. Tattoo equipment can be purchased online by anyone.
“Artists/Technicians” can purchase video training without having completed any hands on procedures or successfully passing competency examinations. This is clearly dangerous!
To avoid problems, ask the permanent cosmetics technician about his/her background. How long have they been in the permanent cosmetic industry? Since there is no licensing requirement it may be difficult to confirm, but you can ask to see training certificates to verify dates of initial education.
More importantly how many procedures have they done? Many permanent cosmetic professionals do other beauty treatments and only do permanent cosmetic procedures occasionally, a few times a month or less! They may have been in the industry for a while, but they may not have significant permanent makeup experience.
Ask to see all certificates of training and continuing education. Since this field is rapidly evolving, regular continuing education is a must. Ask to see the current Blood borne Pathogens Training certificate. This class is required for professionals who perform invasive procedures so that they learn how to perform safe procedures and prevent cross contamination.
Look at the technician’s photos of before and after work. Make sure to ask if the photos are their own work or stock photos or copied from the internet! Does their work appeal to you and match your own personal style? Photo examples of work should also include examples of “healed work.” The appearance of the permanent cosmetic procedure area changes during the healing process.
Permanent cosmetic professionals should work in an environment that is considered safe for conducting invasive procedures. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set standards for physical cleanliness and a sanitary working environment. Determine if your procedure will take place in a private room dedicated to permanent cosmetics, or in an open area where other services such as nails or hair are being conducted with contaminants circulating in the air? Is there hot and cold running water in the procedure room and not just in a restroom? Cross contamination and infection prevention depends on set criteria, so you should look for a permanent cosmetic technician who is compliant with a code of ethics to safeguard the clients.
Consider how the technician will perform the procedure. Ask if all the supplies used during a permanent cosmetic procedure are new and disposable for each client? Does the permanent cosmetic professional use safe pigments/anesthetics?
The ability to communicate honestly with your technician is of paramount importance. You will be telling her/him how you want to look, the color(s) and design work you prefer. Your technician will be conveying information during and after the procedure regarding after care, follow up appointments and important details that require you both to understand one another.
There are people coming into the US from other countries, conducting procedures at salons or even worse “home parties.” They then return to their home country and the clients who received permanent cosmetics are left without follow up services or anyone to ask questions of during the healing process period. There are also people who are traveling to other countries and during their stay getting permanent cosmetic services and then returning to the US. This is not a great idea for the same obvious reasons; there are no follow up services or person to ask questions. In addition, I’ve seen cases where the results that indicate lack of skill.
Communication and customer service follows through after the procedure until the procedure area is healed. Most permanent cosmetic technicians, who respect their profession and their art, offer one follow up visit after the initial procedure has healed to ensure that both parties are happy with the results. If the follow up visit is not offered, that technician is below the standard of care in the industry
If you are considering permanent cosmetics, the information provided should be educational and helpful to make the right decision. Getting a permanent cosmetic procedure, like choosing a professional to enhance your appearance or any health related services, without doing the proper research can be heartbreaking. The outcome can be disastrous when any of the above requirements is not met. Unfortunately these unsuccessful procedures can lead to removal by laser, or corrections, or both, which costs more money, time, and causes trauma. Take the time to find a qualified professional!
This is one of the most often asked questions by people interested in permanent cosmetics. Important questions for you to answer include: What are you willing to pay for a fulfilling long lasting beauty service? Do you want the least expensive person you can find?
The US average cost per procedure varies but averages $400-$600. Advanced work, para-medical procedures, are priced at $200 to $250 per hour. Cost should not be the most important factor when choosing a potential permanent cosmetic professional. Most important should be the training and skill of the person performing the procedure and the confidence of the client in that person’s skill. –Data Sourced from Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals www.spcp.org
The fees for permanent cosmetics at Enhancing Beauty are average for the US and very reasonable for New York City. The prices are between the most and least expensive. Technicians who have training, experience, and comply with sanitation and sterilization standards to ensure your safety are probably not the least expensive. Save money on a new outfit but don’t look for a bargain in PERMANENT FACIAL COSMETICS. There are many people with really unattractive (even awful) permanent cosmetics, who regret having made their decision based on price.
A permanent cosmetic technician who is properly trained, attends continuing education classes, uses proper sterilization, good equipment, excellent anesthetics, top of the line pigments, disposable single use products/machine accessories, has suitable insurance, does procedures in a premium facility, and is compliant with ethical business practices has a higher cost of legally doing business than someone who does not follow these practices and is less committed to quality and safety standards. Like most professional services, in the permanent cosmetic industry, you get what you pay for!
Skill and 10 years’ experience from a permanent cosmetic artist that has passed the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional (CPCP) examination. The practitioner (Ms. Meese) maintains her credentials with continuing education units (CEU) and proof of OSHA class participation.
Sanitation and cross-contamination prevention is mandatory. Before and after each client, all work surfaces are disinfected with an EPA registered disinfectant appropriate for cosmetic tattooing. All other supplies are disposable for single-use.
The operational design and construction of the machines prevents cross contamination. You will see the needle that will be used before it is removed from its package. This ensures sterility and single-use. The sterilization date is stamped on the package.
Only pigments that have been formulated with powders that are listed on the FDA’s Food Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) listing and are made in the USA are used.
The field of permanent cosmetics is a professional career for those of us who have training and experience; not a hobby. Permanent Cosmetics is my passion—to help you look and feel your best!
“It is priceless to look your best all the time!”