Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS PERMANENT MAKE-UP?
Permanent Make-up is a non-surgical micro-procedure known as micro-pigmentation.Tiny droplets of custom blended colors are skillfully deposited into the dermal layer of skin to simulate natural looking or well defined make-up. This process is a selective art form of traditional tattooing whereby the natural features of the face are enhanced and defined in the form of permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and or lip liner and color. The results are beautiful, immediate and permanent!
WHO BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT MAKE-UP?
- Women with active lifestyles who want the time saving convenience without the daily routine of applying makeup.
- Men and women with scars from surgery or trauma.
- Anyone wanting to save money from cosmetic purchases.
- Women who have difficulty applying make-up because of poor vision or physical limitations.
- Women wishing to change the shape and shade of their lips or the shape of their eyebrows.
- Men and women who have sparse or fair eyebrows or lashes.
- Women, who are allergic to cosmetics, have watery eyes, suffer from hay fever or whose skin tends to absorb or change the quality and color of their makeup.
IS THE PROCEDURE UNCOMFORTABLE?
In most cases discomfort is minimal. Procedures are performed with the most effective topical anesthetics available, providing nearly total numbing of the area involved.
WHAT IS MEDICAL MICRO-PIGMENTATION?
Medical micro-pigmentation is the camouflaging of skin discolorations due to injury, medical surgery, aging of disease. Custom-blended color is skillfully matched to natural skin tones, and then deposited into the dermal layer of skin in order to camouflage the discoloration, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
CAN PERMANENT MAKE-UP BE CORRECTED?
Yes. Through a very careful assessment and planning, permanent makeup mistakes can be corrected which includes color corrections and microblading color correction. Ruth Swissa is renowned for her skilled expertise in correcting mistakes and unpleasant aesthetics that may have been achieved elsewhere.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERMANENT MAKEUP AND MICROBLADING?
Permanent makeup is done with a machine and microblading is done with a handheld tool with a disposable blade attached.
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
We use precision instruments for our microblading services in Los Angeles county. Microblading uses a manual handheld applicator as opposed to an abrasive tattooing machine used in regular tattoos. With a smaller device, permanent makeup artists are able to get finer detail and fabricate very natural-looking features, such as simulating the appearance of hair in eyebrows. With the ability to draw hair strokes, the Microblading technique has been most desirable for those looking for a natural and accentuating look.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Microblading lasts approximately 1 year from initial procedure. If patient follows all pre and post care for the procedure and bleeding is kept to a minimum.
HOW MUCH DOES MICROBLADING COST?
$595-$850 which includes a complimentary touch-up done 4-8 weeks later.
HOW LONG DOES THE APPOINTMENT TAKE?
The initial appointment takes 1.5 hours and the touch-up takes 1 hour.
DOES THE PROCEDURE HURT?
We apply a very strong prescription numbing 30 minutes prior to your appointment. If pain tolerance is an issue, we can provide Pronox (laughing gas) which is available if booked ahead of time, for a nominal fee.
WHICH LOCATIONS DO YOU PERFORM MICROBLADING?
West Hills & Beverly Hill
WHO DOES THE MICROBLADING AT YOUR OFFICES?
Ruth Swissa, C.M.M.
WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME AFTER MICROBADLING?
You can head straight to your dinner date after the appointment! Your eyebrows will be a bit darker in color and will fade 40-60% after the initial procedure. After six days you can discontinue use of the ointment and return to your normal routine. You will be fully healed in four weeks.
WHAT IS THE AFTERCARE?
For the first 24 hrs you must apply bacitracin morning and night (we provide ointment). Following this, A&D should be applied to area morning and night for five days (ointment provided). Please view our Aftercare page for more information.
AFTER I HAVE MY TOUCH-UP, WHEN DO L I NEED ANOTHER TOUCH-UP?
After your complimentary touch-up, it is recommended you come yearly for what we call a re- touch.
HOW MUCH DOES A YEARLY RE-TOUCH COST?
You will get 20% off original price after one year and 40% off if your appointment falls within 6 months from initial date of service.
WHAT IS THE PRE-CARE I SHOULD DO BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?
Please avoid Advil, Baby aspirin, IB Profen, Motrin, or any NSAIDS unless prescribed by your doctor seven days prior to your appointment. Fish oil and omega 3-6’s should not be taken seven days prior to your appointment. We also ask that you refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages 5-7 days prior to your appointment if possible. Please do not tint your eyebrows or shave them off before your appointment. We do not recommend applying retinol or Retin-A the night before your appointment.
CAN I GET MICROBLADING WHILE I’M PREGNANT?
It is not recommended to get microblading while pregnant or nursing.
IF I ALREADY HAVE MICROBLADING OR EYEBROW TATTOO CAN I COME TO RUTH SWISSA?
Yes, we would recommend a consult with Ruth prior to you procedure. This would not be considered a touch-up. This would be a full appointment and include a complimentary touch-up.
IF I NEED EYEBROW CORRECTION AND DISLIKE MY BROWS FROM ANOTHER TECHNICIAN, WILL YOU STILL SEE ME?
Yes we will. Ruth loves challenging work. We recommend coming for a consult first with Ruth to see what the next steps should be. We offer PicoSure laser to remove eyebrows gone bad. We do this in-house and by appointment only.
DOES MICROBLADING LOOK LIKE REAL NATURAL HAIR?
Yes it does mimic real hair! Microblading is individual strokes placed on the eyebrow bone with a handheld tool and blade attached.
SHOULD I GET BOTOX BEFORE OR AFTER MY APPOINTMENT?
It is recommended to get botox after your procedure.