Frequently Asked Questions



How long does the procedure take?
Is it painful?
What about people with skin allergies?
What is involved in the recovery?
Are there any risks?
Does the procedure require an anesthetic?
Is the procedure reversible?
Who performs the procedure?
What is micropigmentation?
What are the benefits?
Can I get the permanent make-up while in medical treatment for cancer?
How do you ensure a clean and sterile environment?
Will the colours look different once I leave the spa?

How long does the procedure take?

Most permanent makeup or micropigmentation procedures require one initial treatment and then a 2nd application in 4 weeks. Generally, permanent makeup takes less than an hour to complete. The applications will generally last 3-7 years, depending on skin type.

Is it painful?

With most procedures, patients will experience mild discomfort with minimal swelling as a result. Client’s often refer to the sensation as a “tight” or “pulling” sensation. Typically a topical or local anaesthetic is used to minimize the discomfort. Injectable anaesthetic are used for lip colouring and areola are administered by a dentist or doctor, which is arranged by the patient prior to coming to Vancouver Permanent Makeup. Back to Top

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What about people with skin allergies?


Permanent makeup is a good option for women who have allergies to cosmetic make-up, but usually the procedure is used to just enhance features using individually mixed pigments customized for each person so that it will appear more natural.

What is involved in the recovery?

After Care

There will be slight swelling and redness that will typically subside within 24-48 hours. Most clients are able to return to normal activities immediately. After the treatment, the client should avoid direct sunlight (except for melanocyte restoration), resist wearing make-up and contact lenses for a couple days. There should also be no direct contact between the treated area and water such as swimming pools/hot tubs, showers, lakes/oceans, etc.  

End results can be viewed by the end of eight weeks. Back to Top


Are there any risks?

The procedures used in permanent makeup are non-surgical, so choosing a certified cosmetic practitioner to perform your permanent makeup procedure greatly reduces a number of risks. The delicate nature of many places where permanent makeup is applied requires an understanding of facial structures and anatomy. Visualizing the outcome of a permanent makeup procedure may be easier for individuals with extensive experience in cosmetic methods. Practitioners with a medical, esthetic and artistic background are preferred.

In many cases, permanent makeup does not require any type of anesthetic, but topical creams are available for use during permanent makeup application, and injectable anesthetics may also be used, although only a medical professional may administer them. Allergic reactions and infections are rare as a result of permanent makeup procedures. Strict post procedures must be followed per instructions, especially the first week after. Back to Top

Does the procedure require an anesthetic?


In many cases, permanent makeup does not require any type of anesthetic, but topical creams are available for use during permanent makeup application. Injectable anesthetics are used for lip coloring and areolas are administered by a dentist or doctor, which is arranged by the patient prior to coming to Avalon Cosmetic Tattooing. Back to Top

Is the procedure reversible?


Yes. By Eliminink. Micropigmentation is a permanent procedure that requires “Eliminink” tattoo removal, to remove the pigment. Patients should be sure of their decision.

Who performs the procedure?


Alannah Lane is the only Certified Micropigmentation Technician at Avalon Cosmetic Tattooing and therefore, the only one who performs this procedure. Back to Top


What is micropigmentation (Permanent Makeup)?


Micropigmentation is an ancient Asian beautification practice that acts as permanent makeup. Minute, metabolically inert pigment granules are implanted below the skin (epidermis) for either cosmetic or corrective enhancement. The needles penetrate the skin a few millimeters, very similar to a tattoo. Permanent makeup has become popular around the world, not just in Asia, for enhancing facial features such as eyebrows, lashes, and lips. It is also used to improve conditions like scarring and uneven pigmentation (uneven pigmentation), scars from cleft palates and to reconstruct the nipple/areola breast area.

What are the benefits?


Permanent makeup allows people to enhance their natural beauty with a lasting application. It is a practical solution for busy women who don’t want to have to apply make-up every day. Athletes prefer the application because it won’t smudge or smear with perspiration and it is not washed off in the pool or shower. Older women whose vision has become impaired and have difficulty putting on their make-up by themselves may prefer a permanent application. Back to Top

Can I get the permanent make-up while in medical treatment for cancer?


Yes, many cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and experience severe hair loss appreciate the ability to retain their natural appearance with permanent makeup. Back to Top

How do you ensure a clean and sterile environment?


1.Needles come in single sterile packages used on each individual and disposed of immediately after being used
2.Plastic protective rubber surgical gloves (latex free) are worn by the technician
3.Fresh pigment and disposable pigment containers are used for each client
4.Hospital grade disinfectant is used to clean environmental surfaces

Will the colours look different once I leave the spa?


The permanent makeup room has a large window that lets in plenty of natural light so that an accurate colour match can be made. Back to Top