“Does permanent makeup hurt?” and “Is permanent makeup painful?”
Las Vegas permanent makeup clients usually have a concern in common. Yes, they worry about quality application of the permanent makeup pigment and the aesthetic value of their procedure, but they all seem to worry about how painful their permanent makeup appointment may be. This is a concern to the client but also to me as the technician. The first question that is asked of the permanent makeup client by their friends and family is “Did it Hurt?”.
It is very important that the client feel little or nothing at all for several reasons. Pain is unnerving to the client and it will be the first thing they will share with their friends if they were in great pain. It is bad business to have clients telling everyone how terrible the cosmetic tattoo procedure was because of the pain. No matter how lovely and natural their healed results are, if pain was present then its likely they will scare future clients away. Most importantly, a client in pain makes stressed faces and may be a moving canvas! This is how clients get eyebrows that do not match. It is a natural response to cringe or move from pain. So pain is not acceptable. A permanent makeup client in pain, will refer few new clients, most likely wont get additional procedures and may end up with a botched permanent result.
Many cosmetic tattoo artists use some sort of anesthetic. There are 3 available anesthetic choices that your technician may utilize. There is over the counter topical anesthetic creams or gels, prescription strength creams or gels and injection local anesthetic. Injection local anesthetic is administered by a licensed medical professional so the topical anesthetic is the most common form of numbing the procedure area prior to permanent makeup implantation.
Most technicians use some sort of OTC (over the counter) topical anesthetic. Topical anesthetic usually last no longer than 1 hour. The word topical is derived from the Ancient Greek topos (plural: topoi), meaning “place” or “location”. In Las Vegas, salon technicians can only use at most a 4% OTC lidocaine. This strength hardly numbs the area. Unless the artist is also an RN, MA or works under a physician, they can not use injection anesthetic or higher amounts of topical lidocaine. Compounding pharmacies make up batches of higher concentrated lidocaine of 7-10% blended with 20% benzocaine and 2-4% tetracaine with a prescription from the supervising physician. This blend is ideal for procedures. Most clients feel little to nothing when a prescription strength topical is applied.
Las Vegas has many artists and technicians and many of them do beautiful work but you do need to take into consideration some important details.
1. Always see their portfolio prior to deciding to do your permanent cosmetic procedure. Our resume for what we do is in that portfolio. All professional, experienced cosmetic tattoo artists have a before and after book. I have 4 and they keep growing.
2. Make sure you see the salon or clinic prior to the procedure.
3. Ask about pain management, brand names and percentage of numbing agents in the product. Pain management should be a very important topic of discussion. Ask straight out “Does permanent makeup hurt?” Your permanent makeup technician should be well educated in her topical or injection of local anesthetic and be able to discuss it with you, putting you at ease.
For Client Consumer Information about permanent makeup, contact the SPCP (Society of Permanent Makeup Professionals).
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For the best permanent makeup procedure and pain management in Las Vegas, use a qualified permanent cosmetic artist and quality anesthetic!